Outgoing IRS Commissioner Steven Miller apologized Friday on behalf of the federal tax collection agency for unfairly targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. But Miller insisted the practice was "absolutely not illegal."
The IRS is under fire for placing heavier scrutiny on organizations with words like "tea party" or "patriots" in their name when they applied for nonprofit status between 2010 and 2012, according to a report unveiled this week by the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration.
"It is absolutely not illegal," Miller said during an exchange with Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price during a four-hour House Ways and Means Committee hearing.
"Do you believe it is illegal for employees of the IRS to create lists, to target individual groups and citizens in this country?" Price responded.
"I think the Treasury inspector general indicated it might not be, but others will be able to tell that," Miller said.
"What do you believe?" PriceRead More »from IRS commissioner says agency practices were ‘absolutely not illegal’