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Sunday, January 18, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 619

IRS Logo 2USA Today, IRS Boss: Please Don't Call During Filing Season:

Grover Norquist, the anti-tax crusader behind Americans for Tax Reform, accused the IRS Wednesday of employing the "Washington Monument" strategy of cutting the most popular programs in response to budget cuts.

It's an allegation Koskinen denied. "It's clearly Illusory at this point that you can cut the budget any further and not have an impact," he said. "If I wanted to do a Washington Monument, I'd shut the place down in the middle of filing season, to demonstrate to people what it would look like. Obviously, we want to do anything but that."

Wall Street Journal, Taxman Shrugged: Will the IRS Go on Strike?, by James Taranto:

[A]nother law-enforcement agency is threatening to follow suit. “Taxpayers could see delays in getting their refunds this year—as well as ‘unacceptable’ customer service—as the IRS commissioner warns budget cuts are forcing the agency to cut back,” Fox News reports. ...

It’s all rather comical—but also galling. The IRS’s abuse of power in its harassment of conservative nonprofits aimed in substantial part at suppressing opposition to ObamaCare. That is, the IRS traduced the free-speech rights of citizens in order to preserve a law expanding IRS power and creating more work for IRS agents.

Now the commissioner complains that the IRS has too much work and not enough resources and threatens to make life even more difficult for taxpayers. It’s like the guy who killed his parents and then pleaded for mercy because he was an orphan.

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2015/01/the-irs-scandal-13.html

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Comments

The Government Accountability Office, National Taxpayer Advocate, and TIGTA have all found that the IRS spends money without a real plan when it comes to individual taxpayers. Supposedly there was an Unfair Labor Practice charge settled before the Federal Labor Relations Authority over that lack of spending planning and the dreaded 2014 Service Approach that resulted in such remarked-upon service to taxpayers. There is more to the story yet to bubble up...

Posted by: LieutenantBlantyre | Jan 18, 2015 11:08:54 AM