Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 985

IRS Logo 2Investor's Business Daily editorial, IRS Scandal: It's The Tax Collector's Turn To Be A Defendant:

Justice:  It's not often that the victims of IRS abuse find satisfaction, but the Tea Party groups mistreated by the tax collector will get a shot. Maybe next will be an audit of the IRS — which apparently hasn't changed its ways.

On Tuesday, Day 978 of the unresolved IRS scandal, a federal judge granted class-action status to as many as 300 conservative groups that have been affected by the agency's practice of unduly scrutinizing small-government organizations that sought tax-exempt status but which the IRS saw as dangerous dissidents.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Dlott's ruling also opens the door for other groups who believe they have been harmed by the IRS to join the suit. We hope the piling on is heavy.

Maybe legal trouble from the suit will teach the IRS, because it sure seems it hasn't learned so far. Americans for Tax Reform, citing Government Accountability Office reports, suggested Wednesday that the "IRS may still be targeting conservative groups."

Seems the culture that allowed the IRS to target right-of-center groups for political reasons — effectively rendering them inoperative — has never been fixed, despite promises from the president himself.

"The control deficiencies increase the risk of selecting organizations for audit in an unfair manner — for example, based on an organization's religious, educational, political or other views," says the GAO.

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Those saying nothing should be done because the taxpayers foot the bill for the IRS being punished would never say the same about an innocent unarmed black kid being gunned down by cops.

People should have gone to jail. Money will only make up for the expense these groups incurred while fighting the IRS. Justice would be people being held accountable. The only government workers that are held to any standard under this administration, are those that serve in the military but how can you stack the officer corps if you don't purge it first?

Posted by: Wodun | Jan 19, 2016 8:59:42 PM

The IRS has gotten away with this because the Republican congress continues to do little or nothing to stop it, and the MSM has boycotted the story.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Jan 19, 2016 9:14:55 AM