Paul L. Caron

Monday, March 17, 2014

The IRS Scandal, Day 312

IRS Logo 2Lily Kahng (Seattle), The IRS Tea Party Controversy and Administrative Discretion, 99 Cornell L. Rev. Online 41 (2013):

The IRS Tea Party controversy erupted when the Treasury Inspector General issued a report finding that IRS employees in the Cincinnati office had targeted certain organizations’ applications for tax exempt status for heightened scrutiny, in particular singling out groups with “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names. A media firestorm ensued, with fevered speculation about a hidden political agenda extending all the way to the White House. A complete picture of the controversy has yet to emerge, but as of the writing of this Essay, it appears that the worst suspicions about political bias are unfounded. Nonetheless, the IRS has suffered reputational damage that undermines its legitimacy and impairs its ability to perform its central function.

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Unfounded?? As unfounded as Watergate perhaps...

Posted by: David R. Block | Mar 17, 2014 8:02:08 AM