May 16, 2013

Second IRS official to leave amid tea party targeting

As part of his job, Joseph Grant oversaw the division that targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny.

By Stephen Ohelmacher / The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A second top Internal Revenue Service official has announced plans to leave the agency amid the controversy over the targeting of tea party groups.

An internal IRS memo says Joseph Grant, commissioner of the agency's tax-exempt and government entities division, will retire June 3. Grant joins Steven Miller, who was forced to resign as acting IRS commissioner on Wednesday.

As part of his duties, Grant oversaw the IRS division that targeted tea party groups for additional scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.

Grant joined the IRS in 2005.

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