Below is a press release sent out by IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman today -
On February 18th, a small plane was intentionally crashed into an office building in
Our deepest sympathies go out to all who suffered through this terrible ordeal, but especially to the Hunter family and their neighbors, friends and colleagues who are struggling to make sense out of this senseless attack.
They are struggling to understand why Mr. Hunter was so callously slain. Why a husband won’t come home for dinner. Why a father, grandfather and loyal family man won’t be there for holidays and birthdays. Why the church usher won’t be at Sunday services at Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Why a soldier who honorably served our nation and survived two tours in
Sadly, in the mind of one deeply disturbed individual, it was because Mr. Hunter worked in a building that housed the Internal Revenue Service. IRS employees were demonized – human beings no longer to be respected – human life no longer to be valued.
In today’s world, it is difficult for some to see beyond the labels – to see the person. Mr. Hunter worked for the IRS – a difficult and demanding job. But he did his job fairly and he did it well. He was a dedicated public servant who respected taxpayers and their rights. He viewed serving the taxpaying public as a high and noble calling and went out of his way to help taxpayers whenever he could.
And there are tens of thousands of Vernon Hunters throughout the country working at the IRS helping taxpayers navigate a difficult tax code that we did not write and collecting the taxes to keep our nation vibrant and strong.
The person standing next to you at your daughter’s soccer game may be an IRS customer service representative who answers difficult tax questions over the phone. The guy down the street helping with the community food drive may be a revenue agent who investigates wealthy individuals trying to hide money in secret offshore bank accounts. And the woman behind you in the supermarket check-out line may work at the IRS processing tax refunds.
For some in
Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service