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Saturday, December 12, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 947

IRS Logo 2The Blaze, IRS Power Grab? Deadline Looming for Public Comment on New Rule to Gain Social Security Numbers of Certain Donors:

Next week marks the deadline for public comment on a new Internal Revenue Service rule giving the tax agency access to the Social Security numbers of donors to certain nonprofit group.

For a tax-collecting agency still under a cloud for accusations of targeting of conservative and Tea Party organizations, the proposed rule has sparked immense concerns. The final deadline for public comment is Dec. 16.

“The IRS needs less information from nonprofits and less opportunity to go after donors for harassing them,” Cleta Mitchell, an attorney for Tea Party groups, told TheBlaze. “I wish they would stop looking for ways to harm people.” ...

In addition to the targeting of conservative groups, in at least one case, an IRS employee leaked information about a conservative organization. The House Ways and Means Committee is investigating the IRS for leaking donor information from the pro-traditional marriage National Organization of Marriage to the gay advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.

In a statement, the IRS insisted there have been “major misimpressions” about the proposed rule.

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Comments

I opposed it, and so did every other commenter through the few pages that I viewed. But given the wanton corruption inherent in this organization, they'll probably find a way to implement it anyway, and everyone opposed will probably be served with an punitive audit.

Posted by: Forrest | Dec 12, 2015 11:19:07 AM

Those "major misimpressions" will probably turn out to be true. And it's the IRS's own fault if the public got those misimpressions, even if they aren't true.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Dec 14, 2015 5:25:36 AM