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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The IRS Scandal, Day 579

Horrible BossesForbes:  Horrible Bosses, IRS Edition, by Robert W. Wood:

People joked about horrible bosses long before Horrible BossesHorrible Bosses 2, and The Office. I’m guessing that at least some employees over at the IRS may not be too impressed with their own leadership. I mean big issues, not relatively harmless but kitschy things like Star Trek, Gilligan’s Island or line dancing videos. Perhaps there may have been some mistakes from regular employees, but the bosses surely have the most explaining to do.

The news that the lost or destroyed Lois Lerner emails were actually not lost or destroyed, for one. Remember, when the IRS brass said they looked really hard, and spent $10 million (of taxpayer money!) trying to find those emails? After a year of investigation, they belatedly said they were lost, hard drives were recycled, etc. Anyhow, now they will be sorted, cataloged and released, which is good.

Some people are upset that money is being spent on a ‘witch hunt’ that reveals not even a smidgen of corruption. Others aren’t so sure. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has confirmed that, on top of the backed-up email horde, there are also nearly 2,500 documents relating to investigations of the improper disclosure of confidential taxpayer information by the IRS to the White House. ...

Lois Lerner–the former IRS official at the heart of Tea Party targeting–supposedly didn’t even direct them, though she remains silent. She was held in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify, but hasn’t been prosecuted. Yet after her long silence, in an exclusive interview with Politico she said did nothing wrong and considers herself the victim.She bristled at any suggestion she had anything to do with destroying emails, switching to texts, or letting her own political views influence her treatment of Tea Party “a__holes.”

In the midst of all this, many Americans could use a little reassurance on key points:

  • We Want To Be Dealt With Fairly ...
  • We Don’t Want Others To Get Away with Anything ...
  • We Want Our Private Information Kept Private ...
  • We Want IRS Employees To Be Policed ...
  • We Don’t Want More Complex Tax Laws ...

Since the IRS is made up of humans, sometimes the IRS is unreasonable or wrong. Richard Nixon supposedly asked the IRS to audit his political enemies. There has been no proof yet that President Obama tried to influence the IRS in the Tea Party targeting scandal. But it’s not unreasonable to want to get to the bottom of it once and for all. ...

The IRS has a very hard job to do, and in general, does it well and fairly. But that is precisely why this is so important. We need fairness and faith in the tax system restored. We shouldn’t need a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to get it.

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2014/12/the-irs-1.html

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Comments

"who were prosecuted between Jan. 20, 2009 and today."

Persecuted or prosecuted? You seem to think anything short of sending trainloads of people off to camps isn't persecution or breaking any laws.

Posted by: wodun | Dec 12, 2014 1:42:21 PM

Please name all of the "political dissidents of[] Obama and the Democrats enemies list" who were prosecuted between Jan. 20, 2009 and today.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Dec 10, 2014 12:39:48 PM

" I note once again that TIGTA is run by a Republican holdover and that there have been no public prosecutions filed. "

Why would Obama's DOJ prosecute Democrats working for the IRS who had been so loyal to him? Why would the DOJ prosecute people at the IRS when the DOJ was working with Lerner for over two years to prosecute and imprison political dissidents off Obama and the Democrats enemies list?

The fact that no less than three federal agencies were coordinating efforts to persecute and imprison non-Democrat groups long after the Obama administration and the IRS claimed the actions had stopped, shows an approving White House culpable in the actions of federal agencies that willfully broke the law. The cover up and lies are just more evidence of the underlying actions of the Obama administration that continues to Gruber useful idiot Democrats into believing that using the federal government to attack political enemies is not only justified but required.

Posted by: wodun | Dec 9, 2014 1:42:09 PM

It looks like Mr. Wood has returned to the tenor of his generally fair coverage of the IRS. Please note, however, that he again misstates the subject matter of the TIGTA case: it is not true that "there are also nearly 2,500 documents relating to investigations of the improper disclosure of confidential taxpayer information by the IRS to the White House." The disclosures that were investigated are ALLEGED disclosures. The point of investigating the allegations of disclosures was: 1) to determine if any disclosures occurred, and if so 2) whether the disclosures were illegal. I note once again that TIGTA is run by a Republican holdover and that there have been no public prosecutions filed. This is a pretty good indicator that TIGTA did not find any prosecutable illegal disclosures.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Dec 9, 2014 6:53:39 AM