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Saturday, January 16, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 982

IRS Logo 2IRS Statement:

The IRS stresses that audits of tax returns are based on the information contained on the taxpayer’s return and the underlying tax law – nothing else. Politics play no factor in audit selection. There is nothing in the GAO reports that contradict that statement. GAO did not identify any instances where the selection of a case was considered inappropriate or unfair. The audit process is handled by career, non-partisan civil servants, and we have processes in place to safeguard the exam process.

We generally agree with the recommendations in the GAO report and will take a number of steps to further improve our processes. The IRS has procedures in place that adhere to internal control standards, which help ensure fairness and integrity in the return selection process. No individual can control which tax returns are selected for audit. As required by law, we have a number of safeguards in place to restrict access to our systems to only authorized users. We emphasize the importance of fairness and integrity to fulfilling our responsibilities as the nation’s revenue agency.

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Comments

Can we trust the GAO? So much of the government under Obama seems to have been politicized. Which parts are still neutral? Guess we'll get some indication when the FBI report on Clinton's shenanigans comes in.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Jan 16, 2016 9:15:19 AM

Mr. VOI: McCarthyite claptrap as usual. What FBI report? Clinton is not under investigation, unless you have some non-public information unknown to the rest of us. As for politicization of the government, there has not been any finding by anyone, including the eight or nine congressional investigations that found any. On the other hand, I worked in DOJ during the Bush 43 administration. When lawyers were hired based upon their conservative credentials. Remember Monica Goodling Mr. VOI?

Posted by: Publius Novus | Jan 16, 2016 11:44:18 AM

I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for the FBI. This is a show down between the Obama (Kennedy) wing of the democratic party versus the Clintonistas. So far it appears a deal has not been struck; but, don't worry, one will be made.

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Jan 16, 2016 12:06:32 PM

Publius Nauseous shows his colors. Openly resents a president trying to balance things out in govt dominated by purulent liberals. No balance? No govt.

Posted by: Teapartydoc | Jan 16, 2016 3:40:34 PM