IRS Official Who Oversaw Targeting Of Conservatives Promoted To Obamacare Director


Sarah Ingram

The guy who supposedly was asked to resign over the IRS scandal yesterday was going to be leaving his position in a few weeks anyway. Some other official was thrown under the bus today. But the woman who oversaw the office responsible for targeting all of those conservative groups was promoted. Now she’s going to be the IRS director of Obamacare.

Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.

Her successor, Joseph Grant, is taking the fall for misdeeds at the scandal-plagued unit between 2010 and 2012. During at least part of that time, Grant served as deputy commissioner of the tax-exempt unit.

Grant announced today that he would retire June 3, despite being appointed as commissioner of the tax-exempt office May 8, a week ago.

As the House voted to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act Thursday evening, House Speaker John Boehner expressed “serious concerns” that the IRS is empowered as the law’s chief enforcer. (Read More)

Unless the Democrats lose the majority in the Senate don’t expect to see Obamacare repealed.

But back to Ingram. Not only was she promoted, she also received over $100,000 in bonuses from 2009 to 2012.

Ingram received a $7,000 bonus in 2009, according to data obtained by The Washington Examiner from the IRS, then a $34,440 bonus in 2010, $35,400 in 2011 and $26,550 last year, for a total of $103,390. Her annual salary went from $172,500 to $177,000 during the same period.

The 2010, 2011 and 2012 bonuses were awarded during the period when IRS harrassment of the conservative groups was most intense. The newspaper obtained the data via a Freedom of Information Act request. (Read More)

Lois Lerner also received hefty bonuses in  2009 and 2011. What’s the IRS doing handing out these big bonuses anyway, considering that the national debt is $17 trillion?

Oh, and as far as those “rogue” employees we heard about – they say they “simply did what their bosses ordered.” Would those bosses be Lerner and Ingram who received those big bonuses?

Oh, also be sure to check out how much the IRS paid out in bonuses since 2009.

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