The IRS Admits it Targeted Conservative Groups

 

From the Associated Press:

The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.

Over at National Review, Kevin Williamson responds in a manner both succinct and just:

Using the IRS to target political opponents is banana-republic stuff, a clear and intolerable violation of the public trust, not to mention relevant criminal statutes. This is not the sort of offense that should get these IRS workers fired from their jobs — it is the sort of offense that should get them five years in prison.

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    Randy Weivoda: The danger of having a tax code that is tens of thousands of pages long is that everyone is probably guilty of some violation without even realizing it. That makes it a perfect tool for harassing the enemies of those in power. · in 1 minute

    Exactly so.

    • #1
    • May 10, 2013 at 11:17 am
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    The danger of having a tax code that is tens of thousands of pages long is that everyone is probably guilty of some violation without even realizing it. That makes it a perfect tool for harassing the enemies of those in power.

    • #2
    • May 10, 2013 at 11:19 am
  3. Profile photo of David Knights Member

    Our tax system only works if the vast majority of the citizens voluntarily cooperate with it. Once citizens begin to believe it has been politicized, compliance may fall. If even 10 or 20% of the citizens fail to comply, the system will fall apart. The political hacks in the government are playing with fire and do not realize it.

    • #3
    • May 10, 2013 at 11:31 am
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    So, it was a Vast Revenue Wing Conspiracy. VRWC.

    • #4
    • May 10, 2013 at 11:39 am
  5. Profile photo of Fricosis Guy Coolidge

    So does anyone wonder why people use screen names? Why tempt the beast?

    • #5
    • May 10, 2013 at 11:45 am
  6. Profile photo of Roberto Coolidge

    This story is just jaw dropping in so many ways:

    A senior official from the Internal Revenue Service conceded Friday afternoon that she is “not good at math” during a conference call on the IRS targeting of conservative groups during the 2012 election

    IRS says targeting of “tea party” label wasn’t political. But can’t point to non-conservative-sounding words that were targeted also.

    Thank goodness it wasn’t political, I am so relieved.

    • #6
    • May 10, 2013 at 11:56 am
  7. Profile photo of John Peabody Member

    This is also why government officials, and officeholders, should never even joke about IRS audits.

    • #7
    • May 10, 2013 at 11:56 am
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    QuickerBrownFox: You forgot the best part:

    Lerner said the practice,initiated by low-level workersin Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington.

    Ugh, tell me about it, L-squared! Those low-level federal employees are ALWAYS taking the initiative to do more work for which they won’t be recognized.

    Yep. Let’s recall that back in the fall, when the contours of Benghazigate were becoming apparent, the Administration and the ABC Media similarly argued that bad decisions by low-level people in the State Department were to blame for Obama’s denials that the Benghazi facility had been attacked by terrorists (as stated by Biden in the vice-presidential debate on October 11). With a federal government as large as ours, there’s plenty of unnamed lower tier colleagues to blame for one’s incompetence.

    • #8
    • May 11, 2013 at 1:10 am
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    Oh, I hope it doesn’t go down that lamely. Hung by the taxman?

    Maybe something like this will do…

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    Sabrdance: Speak for yourself, Fricosis. I’d be insulted not to be hanged by these clowns.
    • #9
    • May 11, 2013 at 1:20 am
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    If they admit to this dirty business ….what else is out there? Seems as if they might be trying to get out in front of something ….

    • #10
    • May 11, 2013 at 1:28 am
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    Randy Weivoda: The danger of having a tax code that is tens of thousands of pages long is that everyone is probably guilty of some violation without even realizing it. That makes it a perfect tool for harassing the enemies of those in power. · 2 hours ago

    In the words of the slimy Dr Floyd Ferris from Atlas shrugged;

    We’re after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it. There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them…you create a nation of lawbreakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Rearden.”

    If you arent a “criminal”, just wait. If you stand still they’ll catch up. And in four years when OFA is out raising money from the Buffets and the Hollywood types for Hillary, all of a sudden it wont be a crime anymore.

    • #11
    • May 11, 2013 at 1:43 am
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    Flyondawall: If they admit to this dirty business ….what else is out there? Seems as if they might be trying to get out in front of something …. · 12 minutes ago

    A modified limited hangout? Those always work best on a Friday…

    • #12
    • May 11, 2013 at 1:47 am
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    Nothing like Watergate karma.

    Percival
    Flyondawall: If they admit to this dirty business ….what else is out there? Seems as if they might be trying to get out in front of something …. · 12 minutes ago

    A modified limited hangout? Those always work best on a Friday… · 21 minutes ago

    • #13
    • May 11, 2013 at 2:09 am
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    She

    I think this has been a good week for Glenn Beck.

    He’s been saying for months that tea party/patriot types are being targeted by the government (he starts with himself, of course).

    And several months ago he began his love affair with 3D printing by stating that people were going to be able to print plastic guns. He was widely mocked.

    Then someone did it. And people said, “Oh, haha, it’s a toy. Look at it. It looks like a water pistol.”

    Then someone posted the plans for the gun online.

    And the Feds went guano.

    I hope you’ve all got ‘food insurance.’

    • #14
    • May 11, 2013 at 2:10 am
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    Tonight is Family Game Night at our parish. We are concerned about the IRS because this event is at a non-profit with “Saint” and “Church” in its name. Never know these days…

    Your legal and tax opinions welcome here.

    • #15
    • May 11, 2013 at 2:11 am
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    Does anyone believe the IRS would be targetting Tea Party groups if Chris Christie were president?

    I mean, anyone else besides me. Imagine: Secretary of the Treasury Mike Castle.

    • #16
    • May 11, 2013 at 3:09 am
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    This is actually a bit of an opportunity.

    With the precedent established by the Pigford case, Ricochet and all other conservative organizations, as well as their members, are entitled to an endless supply of enormous monetary settlements.

    (Someone mentioned wanting to increase Ricochet membership? This will do it.)

    • #17
    • May 11, 2013 at 3:23 am
  18. Profile photo of Jeff Y Inactive

    The whole point of the Progressive administrative state was to separate administration functions from politics.

    How’s that working out?

    • #18
    • May 11, 2013 at 5:01 am
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    I haven’t been audited since the mid 80s. 

    Until the other day, when I got the letter that they wanted to audit my business return for 2011. 

    2011 was not a good year for my business . Involved in a very large suit with very fancy K Street lawyers, who charged me considerably more than my modest shop had earned that year, my return showed a negative number .

    A jocular IRS agent called me, full of vim and vigor, pleasant and doing his best to keep things in that spirit. I asked him if he intended to increase or decrease my memorable pain of that year . 

    Now I wonder, since being a Ricochetti of record since Aug 2010, if my association with a notorious , though somewhat less than vast, right wing conversation could have been the netbot flare that has snagged in the tea party purge of this post’s subject.

    But it could have been the Tea Party rallies I attended with my family, the Gadsden Flag I flew over my river manse, the anti-Obama bumperstickers on my car, or Sarah Palin sweatshirts I dressed my youngest daughter in . (Insert contrary Grouchoism.)

    Class action anyone ?

    • #19
    • May 11, 2013 at 5:34 am
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    If I’m not mistaken, JFK, LBJ, and Nixon also used the IRS to harass political opponents. Not saying it’s OK, but just that it’s not new.

    • #20
    • May 11, 2013 at 6:42 am
  21. Profile photo of Ronald Raygun Member

    Tax attorney here, and not the only on the site, I’d wager.

    The Service has a policy manual governing its conduct in most proceedings, searchable at http://www.irs.gov/irm. It’s useful in many cases for seeking some certainty for clients whom Heaven in it’s anger has fated to audit. 

    What frustrates me, and is frankly inexplicable, is how certain portions and subsections are redacted. For example, under Section 20.1.2 “Failure to File/Failure to Pay Penalties”, the following:

    “Returns and payments that are received after their respective due dates are treated as filed or made on the return or payment due date if the postmark date indicates timely mailing.

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    • #21
    • May 11, 2013 at 6:45 am
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    Fricosis Guy: Oh, I hope it doesn’t go down that lamely. Hung by the taxman?

    Maybe something like this will do… · 7 hours ago

    Sabrdance: Speak for yourself, Fricosis. I’d be insulted not to be hanged by these clowns.

    Gotta say it, because it’s one of my favorites: Top of the world, Ma!

    • #22
    • May 11, 2013 at 9:15 am
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    Ronald Raygun: Tax attorney here, and not the only on the site, I’d wager.

    The Service has a policy manual governing its conduct in most proceedings, searchable at http://www.irs.gov/irm. It’s useful in many cases for seeking some certainty for clients whom Heaven in it’s anger has fated to audit. 

    What frustrates me, and is frankly inexplicable, is how certain portions and subsections are redacted. For example, under Section 20.1.2 “Failure to File/Failure to Pay Penalties”, the following:

    “Returns and payments that are received after their respective due dates are treated as filed or made on the return or payment due date if the postmark date indicates timely mailing.

    1. ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡
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    4 hours ago

    I cannot for the life of me imagine any legitimate reason for this. 

    • #23
    • May 11, 2013 at 11:25 am
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    Fricosis Guy: So does anyone wonder why people use screen names? Why tempt the beast? · 23 hours ago

    Modest comfort. Apparently the IRS was demanding donor lists from these groups. I don’t know about the rest of you but that fairly guarantees that my name has been added to the list of revanchist class enemies the DNC is no doubt compiling. 

    Damn, I’m going to be kicking myself for not completing my militia compound when I had the chance. 

    • #24
    • May 11, 2013 at 11:31 am
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    Roberto
    Ronald Raygun: Tax attorney here, and not the only on the site, I’d wager.

    The Service has a policy manual governing its conduct in most proceedings, searchable at http://www.irs.gov/irm. It’s useful in many cases for seeking some certainty for clients whom Heaven in it’s anger has fated to audit. 

    What frustrates me, and is frankly inexplicable, is how certain portions and subsections are redacted. For example, under Section 20.1.2 “Failure to File/Failure to Pay Penalties”, the following:

    “Returns and payments that are received after their respective due dates are treated as filed or made on the return or payment due date if the postmark date indicates timely mailing.

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    4 hours ago

    I cannot for the life of me imagine any legitimate reason for this.

    Here’s the reason:

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    • #25
    • May 11, 2013 at 11:38 am
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    I am a bit late to this story, but have any of the so-called apologies used the word “illegal,” or have they just used weasel-words like “inappropriate?”

    • #26
    • May 11, 2013 at 11:44 am
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    Rack up another point for public choice theory.

    Why wouldn’t the IRS seek to make life more difficult for groups that popularize lower tax rates?

    • #27
    • May 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm
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    Speak for yourself, Fricosis. I’d be insulted not to be hanged by these clowns.

    Of course, I’m not going to make it too easy.

    As for hanging, at this moment I think Williamson has the best of it. This type of activity is the kind of corruption that should get them arrested, but I would settle for fired. If that doesn’t happen, we know something about the government and the current administration. Alas, it begins “There comes a time in the lives of men…”

    • #28
    • May 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm
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    Joe

    You forgot the best part:

    Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington.

    Ugh, tell me about it, L-squared! Those low-level federal employees are ALWAYS taking the initiative to do more work for which they won’t be recognized. Man, when I worked at DoD I practically had to drag those peons away from their computers while they passionately went the extra mile to screw someone for which they wouldn’t be able to seek any personal benefit. And the most frustrating part – they never seemed to have names! What’s up with that?

    • #29
    • May 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm
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    QuickerBrownFox: Man, when I worked at DoD I practically had to drag those peons away from their computers while they passionately went the extra mile to screw someone for which they wouldn’t be able to seek any personal benefit.

    Are you sure they weren’t seeking a personal benefit? There was no chance that going the extra mile would increase their status, maybe help get them promoted someday?

    And don’t forget that relief from boredom is also personal benefit.

    • #30
    • May 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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