Paul L. Caron

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The IRS Scandal, Day 198

IRS Logo 2Global Dispatch: IRS Scandal Leaves Non-Profit Division With a Staff Which Has ‘Essentially No Tax Administration Experience’:

The greatest fallout from the IRS scandal may be the quality of staff left behind after the purge which has occurred at the non-profit wing of the agency.

Bloomberg reports that sources say they see ”heightened difficulties for tax preparers dealing with the agency, according to a lawyer who specializes in tax-exemption issues.”

The news agency cites comments by Marcus Owens, a tax lawyer and former head of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division, at a November 15 conference held in Washington by two legal organizations.

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It is ironic that Owens laments the replacement of a lawyer (Paz) with a nonlawyer. The role of lawyers at the top of the IRS was a significant cause of their problems. They need technical and nonideological tax practitioners (such as CPAs), NOT more lawyers.

Posted by: Reader | Nov 25, 2013 9:25:27 AM

Thank you, Prof. Caron, for keeping abreast of this issue, but ...

Will there be a resolution to the IRS Scandal, or will even you tire of it and move on? Will Congressman Issa and his committee accomplish anything? Will there be any satisfying outcome at all? In particular, will the depth and breadth of the scandal be known? Will anyone be held accountable? Will the IRS change in any way?

What's the best we can hope for?

Posted by: Sam Cox | Nov 23, 2013 12:37:00 PM

After 200 days, is this really a scandal?

Why would the passage of time make it less scandalous; was Watergate a scandal?

Posted by: Bruce | Nov 23, 2013 10:22:52 AM

After 200 days, is this really a scandal?

Posted by: michael livingston | Nov 23, 2013 2:38:13 AM