Paul L. Caron

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 714

IRS Logo 2Forbes, Before IRS Targeting, Lois Lerner Targeted At Federal Election Commission, by Robert W. Wood:

The IRS audits, sends bills, imposes penalties, files liens and levies. Yet incredibly, most of the money the IRS collects is self-assessed. We all fill out tax returns and voluntarily send in money. How much we believe in the system is critical to making it work. Sure, part of the reason we comply is our fear that we’ll be viewed as willful risking jail if we don’t. But there may be a correlation between how much people cheat and their faith that the tax system is impartial. That’s one reason the state of the IRS is so terribly important.

It is hard to believe that the IRS scandal is on day 711. More than two years on, we know that Lois Lerner got a pass on prosecution. She even got nice bonuses. And it seems clear that nothing more will happen. Democrats say that is as it should be, since as President Obama remarked that there is not even a smidgen of corruption at the IRS. But Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) spoke in support of Congressman Jim Renacci’s (R-OH) Prevent Targeting at the IRS Act, which passed unanimously along with several other measures to rein in the IRS. Rep. Roskam called the targeting insidious and poisonous. ...

There is arguably no part of the government more important than our tax system. Our country cannot exist without it. Our tax code and how we administer it could be improved. Yet it is still a system with integrity, one that is administered mostly on the honor system. IRS employees deserve better than the black eye they are getting over this mess. American taxpayers deserve better too.

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Burn the IRS to the ground
Drive a stake thu it's heart
splash holy water on it
Shoot it with silver bullets
Preform exorcism
Cut off it's head
Bury it

Posted by: brewmaster95060 | Apr 23, 2015 3:50:55 PM

When was the trial? I must have missed it.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Apr 23, 2015 10:08:13 AM

It is too late. The broad public views the IRS as a self-perpetuating bureau that exists to enrich itself and its supporters. It is uncontrolled by the Congress or law enforcement or the courts. Normal people fear it. That is why the number of clear IRS scams have been so successful now instead of years ago.

Voluntary compliance will suffer. Only the IRS and the executive branch can start to change this perception. It is probably too late. It is for me.

Posted by: gpa | Apr 23, 2015 10:02:41 AM

It is not an honorable system when the "mostly honorable" employees are complicit in supporting those engaged in official oppression. It is similar to the situation created by "moderate Muslims" who do not criticize and condemn violent jihadis. We can believe in the honor of IRS employees when we see the honorable stand up and speak out against official oppression by political moles. Until they do, we should entertain the presumption that all IRS employees are sympathetic to the tyrant's cause.

Posted by: black jack | Apr 23, 2015 8:42:54 AM

" IRS employees deserve better than the black eye they are getting over this mess. "

No, they deserve to get fired and/or go to jail. The entire agency is rotten.

Posted by: wodun | Apr 23, 2015 8:28:22 AM