Paul L. Caron

Monday, August 3, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 816

IRS Logo 2Forbes:  Watchdog Finds Deficient IRS Controls Leave Room For Targeting, by Robert W. Wood:

Should you be audited based on your religion? Your political beliefs? How about which charities you support? Plainly, the answer to all these questions is no. Yet there are still questions how our tax system measures up, especially when it comes to the still-in-the-news topic of exempt organization targeting. In his recent appearance on The Daily Show, President Obama still denies any targeting.

For more than two years, we have seen a long list of excuses with no one taking responsibility. There was no targeting, we were told. Well, if there was, it was organic, like that spontaneous demonstration from an internet video in Benghazi. Any targeting was not directed, it was those rogue IRS employees in Cincinnati who did it entirely on their own.

Besides, emails show there was no directive about targeting. Sorry, it turns out some of our emails are missing. Hey, hard drives crash. We recycle them too. Liberals got targeted too. There’s no smidgen of corruption. Cash bonuses? Those are unrelated. And the latest in the long line of excuses: it was all the Republicans’ fault.

Actually it turns out that the U.S. Government Accountability Office–the GAO–reports that the part of the IRS that reviews tax exemptions is really at risk for targeting activities. The GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency working for Congress, often called the congressional watchdog. The GAO, headed by the Comptroller General of the United States, investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.

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Another ad hominem attack by the defenders of IRS abuse. Please stick to the facts.

Posted by: TexEcon | Aug 4, 2015 9:37:05 PM

Suffer from persecution complex much?

Posted by: Publius Novus | Aug 4, 2015 8:16:15 AM

Controls don't matter when there are already people there willing to break laws to persecute people viewed as enemies of the Democrat party.

Murder is illegal and yet it still happens. Much like with murderers, the problem is not the need for more laws but rather with the people who break them.

Posted by: wodun | Aug 3, 2015 11:57:48 AM