In an interview with The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, President Obama blamed Republicans for the IRS scandal.
“You’ve got this back office, and they’re going after the Tea Party. Well, it turned out, no, Congress had passed a crummy law that didn’t give people guidance in terms of what it was they were trying to do. They did it poorly and stupidly,” he said.
President Obama went on to say there was never a plot to go after conservative groups.
“The truth of the matter is that there was not some big conspiracy there. They were trying to sort out these conflicting demands. You don’t want all this money pouring through non-for- profits, but you also want to make sure everybody is being treated fairly,” he said
The government collected more money from U.S. taxpayers in history in the first nine months of fiscal 2015, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement, but Obama said the IRS is poorly funded.
"The real scandal around the IRS is that they have been so poorly funded that they cannot go after these folks who are deliberately avoiding tax payments," he said.