Paul L. Caron

Monday, March 16, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 676

IRS Logo 2WND, Do U.S. Presidents Really Make 'Enemies Lists'?, by Joseph Farah:

Four years ago, I wrote a column called “Obama’s enemies list” predicting Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service would subject his domestic political adversaries to politically motivated audits.

How did I know it was coming?

For one thing, my personal tax return in 2009, Obama’s first year in office, was audited. Every single one of my documented deductions was disallowed. The IRS claimed my receipts for books I had purchased for my work as an author, publisher of books, producer of movies and news executive were not substantive enough. They were all Amazon-generated receipts that included dates, purchase price and the fact that they were books. The IRS insisted the receipts had to include the titles of the books purchased. I didn’t think the IRS had any business knowing what I was reading. I still don’t. Because I read a lot of books, it represented a lot of money – more than $8,000 in what the IRS claimed were overdue taxes, with penalties.

Before having my personal tax returns audited in 2009, I had never before faced one in 40 years of professional life. Since then, I have been audited every year Obama has been in office. That’s either a striking coincidence that defies astronomical odds or a striking indictment of IRS policies under Obama. Think about it: No personal audits for four decades, then five out of five years since Obama took office. I fully expect to be audited again for 2014, 2015 and 2016 – Obama’s last three years in office.

But I also expected it because of what I witnessed in the 1990s when Bill Clinton was president. During his first two years in office, Democrats had control of the House and Senate. But in the 1994 midterm election, Republicans took over the House in a stunning repudiation of Clinton’s attempt to nationalize health care. The White House was shocked and embarked on a campaign to identify its political enemies and neutralize them. I was high on the list of those targets and paid a big price for investigating corruption and uncovering scandals in the Clinton administration.

Long forgotten by the press, which writes first draft of history, is the fact that Clinton’s “enemies,” lots of them, were targeted for IRS audits: They included individuals, corporations and nonprofits.

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This sounds a little paranoid. Obviously, after an audit produces revenue, the Service should follow up to see if the taxpayer has curtailed the activity producing the tax revenue.

Posted by: me | Mar 17, 2015 5:56:27 AM

How what the IRS did in stopping conservative groups from receiving their legal exemptions is not a major story in the MSM is beyond me. Not to mention the cover up of Lerner's "lost" emails. Unless of course as most believe the MSM is hopelessly biased against conservatives is absolutely true. Imagine if a Republican administration tried this...oh did...and it was a charge on Nixon's bill of impeachment. The MSM are hopelessly corrupt.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Mar 16, 2015 11:29:01 AM

Yup. Plus the plural of anecdote is not data.

Posted by: MB | Mar 16, 2015 8:35:24 AM

No, "notauslawprof", what is in evidence is the despicable and fascistic policy of Democrats to use the IRS as it's Dirty Tricks action arm. People need to be sent to prison for this, but will not as long as Eric Holder and criminals like him are running this government.

Posted by: Andrew Russell | Mar 16, 2015 8:32:13 AM

Surely, after an audit that results in additional payments + penalties of $8,000, follow-up audits in the subsequent years is little evidence of anything other than a sensible approach by the IRS to look closely at someone who (at least according to their assessment) represents a high risk for fraud. I would be worried if after such audit they would leave him be without audit for the next years (as the author obviously would have assumed that the odds of an audit would be miniscule for any subsequent year)

Posted by: Notauslawprof | Mar 16, 2015 4:49:23 AM