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Former IRS head may be held in contempt

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A House committee is voting Thursday on whether to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings.

Lois Lerner previously headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status and stands accused of singling out tea party applications for extra scrutiny.

Last May and again last month she refused to answer questions at a House oversight committee.

Meantime, the House Ways and Means Committee, headed by Michigan lawmaker Dave Camp, voted Wednesday to refer Lerner to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution.