Report: IRS Official Who Targeted Tea Party Groups Retiring

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The Daily Caller reported on Sunday that Carter C. Hull, an Internal Revenue Service official based in Washington "who oversaw improper targeting of tea party groups... is retiring this summer." Breitbart News spoke with Mr. Hull on Tuesday, but he would neither confirm nor deny the report.

Mr. Hull told us that "I can not make any comment on this matter," and referred us to his supervisor. He did confirm that he is a tax law specialist, but he neither confirmed nor denied reports he was retiring. He also neither confirmed nor denied that he is an attorney.

Breitbart News left a voice message with Mr. Hull's supervisor, Ron Shoemaker, for answers to these questions. As of the publication of this story, Mr. Shoemaker has not returned our calls.

Some press reports, including those in the Daily Caller, have stated that Hull is "an IRS attorney," but a review of Martindale.com, the most well known registry of lawyers in America, shows no listing for a "Carter Hull."

According to the IRS website, a law degree is not a requirement to obtain a job as a tax law specialist.

According to the Caller, Hull's signature is on a letter to at least one Tea Party group that requested tax-exempt status:

Hull instructed Cincinnati-based IRS employee Elizabeth Hofacre to target tea party groups and provided her a copy of a letter he wrote to a conservative group requesting additional information in an audit. Hull signed a May 12, 2010 letter to the Albuquerque Tea Party grilling the group on the recent content of its newsletters and its website.

“I was essentially a front person, because I had no autonomy or no authority to act on [applications] without Carter Hull’s influence or input,” said Elizabeth Hofacre, an employee of the Cincinnati IRS office, according to an interview with congressional investigators.

Hull is the co-author of a 2003 IRS publication, "IRS 501(c)(4) Organizations: Exempt Organizations Technical Instruction Program for FY 2003." A 1965 graduate of the University of Maryland, Mr. Hull has apparently worked for the IRS for more than four decades. In 2006 and 2007, Mr. Hull was involved in an IRS ruling regarding the National Association of Security Dealers. 

The Caller also reported on Sunday that Hull, a Maryland resident, "is a registered Democrat, according to the Real Voters Database." 

Until the IRS scandal broke, Mr. Hull maintained a Facebook page, which he has recently deleted.


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