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Monday, September 27, 2010

GOP Senators Seek TIGTA Probe of White House Access to, and Disclosure of, Confidential Taxpayer Data

Following up on last week's post, Barack Milhous Obama -- Did White House Reveal Confidential Tax Information About Political Enemy? (Sept. 21, 2010):  Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member  Chuck Grassley and six other committee Republicans have sent this letter to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, seeking an investigation of whether Obama Administration officials illegally accessed and disclosed confidential taxpayer information about Koch Industries in violation of § 6103.

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The legal structure of Koch Industries is discussed at length in Koch v. Commissioner of Revenue, 624 N.E.2d 91 (Mass. 1993). The Senators' letter is grandstanding. Section 6103 is a highly technical statute, the violation of which must be shown by a preponderance of the evidence. The WSJ statement isn't going to cut it. It is also worth noting that Sens. Hatch, Snowe, and Crapo did not sign the letter. I think they can feel good about that.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Sep 28, 2010 11:53:46 AM