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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The IRS Is Building A Safe To Hold Trump’s Tax Returns

SafeThe Politico, The IRS Is Building a Safe to Hold Trump’s Tax Returns:

This week, the 78-year-old Koskinen began his third retirement. And he says the IRS is still a distressed organization. “When Eisenhower left office, his message was: Beware the military-industrial complex,” Koskinen said. “My message is: Beware the collapse of the IRS.”

But its problems, Koskinen said, have nothing to do with politics; a recent inspector general report found no evidence of political bias in the agency’s decisions. Koskinen believes its real problems stem from underfunding and understaffing, which have imperiled its ability to nail tax evaders and collect the tax revenues that fund the government. ...

Koskinen basically believes the IRS and its professional culture are virtually impregnable to political agendas. He hasn’t spoken to Trump or anyone in the White House in 2017, even though he’s known the president since they negotiated the sale of the Commodore Hotel in New York City in 1975. He’s never looked up Trump’s tax returns—legally, he can’t, and neither can any other IRS employee who isn’t working on them—and says the agency not only keeps them in a locked cabinet in a locked room, but is replacing the cabinet with a safe.

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Comments

They returns used to be kept in the Commissioner's office--at least they were there 12 years ago, when I verified that with someone that worked close to the Commissioner. Maybe the locked room they are talking about is adjacent to the Commissioner's office, or maybe they moved the returns.

Posted by: Beau Baez | Nov 28, 2017 8:02:24 AM

Someone needs to explain Basic English to Politico. I doubt the IRS is "building a safe" for Trump's tax returns, meaning welding sheets of steel together. They've simply placed them in a commercially available one.

This is equally absurd: "Koskinen basically believes the IRS and its professional culture are virtually impregnable to political agendas."

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Nov 28, 2017 10:28:46 AM