The Internal Revenue Service is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses despite an Obama administration directive to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts enacted this year, according to a GOP senator.
The chairman of a House committee investigating the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative organizations is telling members of those groups that they were singled out simply for their beliefs.
A top White House adviser insisted President Barack Obama learned the Internal Revenue Service had targeted tea party groups only "when it came out in the news" while Republicans continued to press the administration for answers on Sunday.
The Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service just as another probe concludes that lax management enabled agents to improperly target tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status.
The Internal Revenue Service has $153 million in undelivered tax refund checks looking for the right homes. The agency says there are 99,123 taxpayers to whom the checks weren't delivered because it had the wrong mailing address. The returned checks average $1,547 apiece.