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Saturday, April 11, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 702

IRS Logo 2The Blaze, ‘America Is Fed Up’: GOP Schedules Votes on Major IRS Reforms Next Week:

The House next week is expected to pass several bills aimed at reforming the IRS, in

particular the way the IRS handles applications for groups seeking tax-exempt status.

That issue has been highly controversial since it was revealed that the IRS applied extra scrutiny to conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status just before the 2012 election. The resulting scandal forced former IRS official Lois Lerner to leave the agency, although Lerner has so far dodged any punishment for her role.

For example, the Justice Department just said it won’t prosecute Lerner for her decision not to testify before Congress about her actions in the targeting scandal.

GOP leaders say the IRS needs real reform, and quickly, to ensure it doesn’t become a political weapon for whichever party runs the executive branch.

“The IRS has maliciously targeted individuals and groups simply because of their personal beliefs,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told his colleagues on Thursday. “The current system is unfair and America is fed up.”

Three of the bills up next week deal with the targeting scandal. One of these, from Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.), would try to to ensure the IRS can no longer play politics with tax exempt applications by allowing groups to declare tax-exempt status on their own, without having to wait for the IRS.

Another from Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) calls for the firing of any IRS worker that delays their tasks for political reasons, such as slow-walking the tax-exempt status of a political group. And the third, from Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.), would require the Treasury Department to issue regulations allowing groups to appeal decisions by the IRS not to grant them tax-exempt status.

The bills are being considered long after the targeting scandal broke, which shows a lingering resentment among conservatives, and a feeling that reforms are still needed at the tax collection agency. Just last month, some Republicans accused the IRS of quietly working to undo some of the reforms Congress has tried to impose on it, by putting forward a budget plan that doesn’t include language related to ending the political targeting of tax-exempt groups.

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Comments

Why no questions about the FBI investigation?

Posted by: eltee | Apr 11, 2015 9:03:40 AM

"For example, the Justice Department just said it won’t prosecute Lerner for her decision not to testify before Congress about her actions in the targeting scandal."

Has the DOJ brought charges against any administration official for perjuring themselves before congress or the courts? No, they haven't and it would be hard for them to do because the DOJ has also been lying to congress and the courts.

We are witnessing examples of corruption on par with any of the worst scandals from our nation's history. Some are cheering it and that is a scary thought from a party that idolizes Mao and Che.

Posted by: wodun | Apr 11, 2015 1:52:54 PM

Mr. wodun, before DOJ prosecutes anyone for lying under oath, someone will have to lie under oath. LLerner took the 5th, so who lied under oath?

Note to Rep. Holding: Orgs can already declare themselves tax exempt under 51(c)(4), which is why knowledgeable tax professionals have ben wondering why most of them failed to do so.

Note to Rep. Meehan: IRC 7428 already provides a statutory appeal for orgs denied recognition of tax exempt status.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Apr 11, 2015 7:06:40 PM

"Mr. wodun, before DOJ prosecutes anyone for lying under oath, someone will have to lie under oath."

Yes, Mr Novus. There are numerous examples of the Obama administration lying before congress and the courts. Sure, they lied about this IRS scandal but there are other issues where they lied as well. James Clapper and Eric Holder are just two high profile examples of people who knowingly gave false testimony. There are more, including the head of the IRS, Koskinen.

This is not just a problem with the IRS scandal but rather an administration wide program to intentionally deceive congress, the courts, the media, and the public.

You know this to be true.

Posted by: wodun | Apr 13, 2015 11:28:33 AM