Paul L. Caron

Monday, November 25, 2013

The IRS Scandal, Day 200

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USA Today:  Scant Evidence of Fixes at IRS After Scandal:

More than six months after a top Internal Revenue Service official acknowledged the agency inappropriately scrutinized the applications for tax exemption by tea party and other conservative groups, the scandal has faded from the headlines and moved to Congress' back burner.

But it's unclear how much has changed inside the IRS to fix the underlying problems that led to the targeting. Some argue the agency has taken significant steps to revamp a flawed review process that left certain groups waiting years for approval and subjected others to intrusive, burdensome questioning. ...

But where some see progress, others see superficial tweaks and a still-festering problem. "I'm quite sure they're not going to go after tea party groups again," said Paul Streckfus, editor of a trade journal focused on tax-exempt issues. "The larger question is, is the system working better than it did? And the answer, as far as I can tell, is it's not." He said IRS screeners are still overloaded and the tax-exempt unit has been paralyzed by the scandal.

Here's a rundown of what's changed — and what hasn't:

  • The IRS' top ranks have been purged
  • A ban on BOLOs
  • New review process with more neutral instructions for front-line workers
  • Murky decades-old rule still in place
  • Wait times for applicants still long
  • Cincinnati office still facing big workload without adequate resources

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Once again, thanks for all the work you do in keeping the running history of this shameful episode. I don't see a tip jar, so, I'm going to buy my new computer through our Amazon link.

Posted by: Bill Webser | Nov 25, 2013 12:25:57 PM

Thank you so much for continuing to report on the IRS Scandal.

Posted by: Henry | Nov 25, 2013 9:01:48 AM

What is surprising about this? It is in the "conservatives" best interests to maintain conditions ripe for further screwups. How better to insure future scandal fodder?

Posted by: Publius Novus | Nov 25, 2013 8:23:25 AM