Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 05:21 PM
By Tom Topousis
An IRS official at the center of the agency's scandal over screening applications for conservative groups told Congress Thursday for the first time that a political appointee in Washington was behind delays in approving requests to set up tax-exempt status for the political advocacy groups, Fox News reported.
Carter Hull, a recently retired tax specialist for the IRS in Washington, said delays in processing the applications from conservative groups were caused by demands that documents be sent for review to the Office for Chief Counsel led by political appointee William Wilkins, Fox reported.
During testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Hull said the extra level of scrutiny was "unusual."
He blamed delays in processing the applications from the Cincinnati office — one of five regional offices assigned to review the applications — on the delay in receiving guidance from the chief counsel’s office. "I was waiting for word from chief counsel as to how to proceed," said Hull.
Hull, a veteran of the IRS, had earlier been fingered by workers in the Cincinnatti office who told congressional investigators he micromanaged the applications from tea party groups and other conservative organizations.[...]