WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran questioned Treasury Secretary Jack Lew during his testimony before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, about the troubling evidence that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Schedule B donor lists belonging to 501(c)(4) non-profit groups to other outside groups. The evidence also suggests that the groups who improperly received this information intended to use it for partisan political purposes. Less than 48-hours after Sen. Moran questioned the Secretary about the handling of this issue, the IRS apologized for the release of these tax records.
“The release of these nonprofit donor lists is forbidden by U.S. tax law as well as internal IRS regulations. While an apology is a good start, it does little to rectify the mishandling of this situation,” Sen. Moran said. “We must find out how this happened and make certain it does not happen again. As promised, I am submitting a written inquiry to Secretary Lew and Acting Commissioner of the IRS Steven Miller and I anxiously await their response. When Americans file their taxes or donate to a cause they believe in, they have a right to assume their tax return will not be used for political purposes.”
The release of tax returns or return information is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $5,000, or both.