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Bachmann Continues to Omit Details of Past Work for IRS

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann speaks during the first 2012 Republican presidential candidates' debate in Manchester, New Hampshire June 13, 2011.(EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

July 26, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., continues to highlight her legal experience without mentioning that the one and only employer of her services was the Internal Revenue Service.

In a press release from her congressional office late Monday, Bachmann, also a presidential candidate, praised the IRS decision to do away with a two-year limit on claims from spouses of accused tax delinquents. The press release describes Bachmann only as a "former federal tax litigation attorney,'' making her sound more like a lawyer who helped clients lower their tax bills than a U.S. Department of Treasury employee who sued tax scofflaws on behalf of the IRS.

The press released quotes Bachmann as saying: "I support the IRS's decision to remove the two-year timeline on most relief requests. I hope this change proves to be sufficient to lift the burden off men and women who are proved innocent from their spouse's tax liability."

Bachmann worked for the federal government from 1988 to 1993. But you won't find that information in the biographies on her congressional and campaign web sites, which highlight her calls for smaller government and lower taxes as a leader in the Tea Party movement.

Bachmann's campaign spokeswoman has said she is not trying to hide her work for the IRS and that it taught her the impact of taxes on families. Her congressional office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday about the press release.

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