Paul L. Caron

Friday, November 25, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1296: Will Koskinen Resign As IRS Commissioner At Trump's Request?

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If you thought Donald Trump’s win last week might soften Rep. Jim Jordan’s desire to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen — well, you were wrong.

As our Katy O’Donnell reports, Jordan (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, used the occasion of the IRS denying the Albuquerque Tea Party tax-exempt status to put a jolt into his impeachment efforts. Jordan called that decision just the latest sign that “Koskinen continues in his dereliction of duty. Congress must move forward on impeaching him.”

As Katy also notes, Koskinen isn’t likely to sound daunted by the threat, having noted previously that the votes just don’t seem to be there in the House for impeachment. He’s also said that a federal judge’s recent statement that the IRS might still be improperly singling out tea party groups — which Jordan cited on Monday — was mistaken.

What does it all mean? It’s pretty clear that House GOP leaders really don’t feel the need to tackle impeachment. But Koskinen, who has about a year left on his term, has also suggested that he’d leave if the next president doesn’t want him to lead the agency — which certainly seems like a possibility, at least.

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Mr. MM: I too would like to see the federal income tax system scrapped. But I would like to scrap income-based taxes completely and move to a post-industrial friendly, consumption tax. Some kind of progressive VAT.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Nov 29, 2016 8:17:46 AM


Understood. I therefore recommend adopting a progressive flat tax system! Business income reporting could also be simplified, though I haven't thought that one through yet.

Posted by: MM | Nov 28, 2016 7:54:30 AM

This may be hard for you to believe, Mr. MM, but not all taxpayers file honest returns. In other words, some of them make larger refund claims than are justified by reality. Some don't pay their taxes at all. Many small business owners use trust fund taxes to fund their operations. Some taxpayers outright lie. And of course, we need a small army of IRS employees to respond to FOIA requests.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Nov 27, 2016 12:52:39 PM

Since the IRS (with the DOJ) has acted akin to a political police, perhaps total replacement of the agency wouldn't be such a bad idea. Considering 8 of 10 taxpayers receive a refund every year, and thus have a strong incentive to file, what useful purpose does the IRS serve beyond targeting political opponents and meddling in the health care system?

Posted by: MM | Nov 26, 2016 12:52:40 PM

The Republicon Platform (p. 27) calls for the abolition of the IRS. Problem solved.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Nov 26, 2016 9:46:16 AM

Is there any advantage to Obama if Koskinen stays on after Trump is sworn in? If not, he will be gone on his own free will regardless if Trump asks him to stay or resign.

Posted by: wodun | Nov 25, 2016 12:54:21 PM

Just show that obstructionist a picture of a drone. M'kay?

Posted by: Anon | Nov 25, 2016 12:39:12 PM

The Republicans were cowards for not impeaching him last year.

Posted by: bflat879 | Nov 25, 2016 10:26:13 AM

Koskinen should have never been appointed in the first place....doesn't have tax experience and has no clue what goes on in the IRS...We need a Commissioner who has actually worked in the tax area and knows the issues

Posted by: Sid | Nov 25, 2016 7:59:01 AM