Paul L. Caron

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 689

IRS Logo 2Politico, From IRS: 'Death by Delay':

Nearly two years after the IRS was exposed for improperly sidetracking requests for tax exemptions from tea party groups, POLITICO has learned that at least a half-dozen conservative applicants are still waiting for an answer.

This challenges repeated assertions by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen that his embattled agency has “completed” a set of recommendations to fix the problem and address a backlog of nearly 300 applications, some of which had been pending already for three years.

The groups that are still waiting include Karl Rove’s giant Crossroads GPS, which spent at least $26 million against Democrats in the last election cycle. But most of the half dozen are mom-and-pop outfits from New Mexico to New Jersey, run by volunteers out of their own houses and operating at a fraction of Crossroads’ budget.

The years-long delay has gutted these groups’ membership, choked their ability to raise funds, forced them to reserve pots of money for possible back taxes and driven them into debt to pay legal bills. ...

The agency said it cannot comment on specific cases, but it deflected blame, in part, to the Justice Department. When an applicant is suing the IRS, Justice also has a say in whether to issue a final ruling during litigation. Almost all the groups in limbo have taken the IRS to court.

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@Uxorius – I assume you would also approve of shutting down groups like the League of Conservation Voters, NARAL Pro-Choice, Planned Parenthood, Priorities USA and on and on?

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Mar 30, 2015 8:14:55 AM

Considering the $26 million spent against Democrats, I'd want the IRS to audit Crossroads all to hell. Why are we giving tax exempt status to obviously political entities? Why are my tax dollars being spent to protect political speech?

Posted by: Uxorius | Mar 30, 2015 6:21:01 AM

Obama and the IRS said repeatedly that they had stopped the illegal actions and yet they continue. Us ordinary people call that a lie and the Obama administration has lied repeatedly to congress, courts, the press, and the American public.

It is far past time for Democrats to realize that they are being lied to constantly and consistently by the leader of their party. They need to hold Obama accountable rather than cheer him on unless they want Republicans to respond in the same manner when the reins of power change hands.

Posted by: wodun | Mar 29, 2015 10:06:16 AM