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WHAT OTHERS SAY: IRS stonewalling puts audit shoe on the other foot

Friday, April 4, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

If the Internal Revenue Service was auditing you, and you whined that getting all the documentation agents wanted was too hard and would take you years, what do you think the response would be?

Exactly.

Yet that's the game IRS chief John Koskinen is playing with the U.S. House Government Oversight and Reform Committee. Apparently, turnabout is not fair play in IRS Land.

At issue is how the IRS handled applications for tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups, and what Koskinen says will be millions of communications involving his agency, White House officials and others.

A leading member of the committee, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Koskinen, "We don't want the excuses anymore. Prioritize it. Put more lawyers on the job. All means all."

Under this flurry of paper is the fact that the IRS has already disclosed that agency employees flagged groups that mentioned "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for nonprofit status or were involved in "limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform/movement."

Add to that the fact Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the controversy, has twice refused to answer Oversight Committee questions and may be held in contempt of Congress and turned over to federal prosecutors.

According to IRS.gov, the agency's mission is to "provide America's taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all." That mission statement makes this stonewalling all the more unacceptable — and just as offensive as if a different party was in the White House and a different party was asking the questions.

Copyright Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal. Distributed by the Associated Press.


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Tony Black April 4, 2014 | 7:22 a.m.

They targeted liberal groups too, but that kinda kills the mood if you mention that. Nothing to have your hair on fire about then.

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Ellis Smith April 4, 2014 | 1:07 p.m.

@ Tony:

Yet another illustration of "it all depends upon whose ox is being gored."

"Sometimes I think that everyone in the world is wrong but me and thee, and there are times when I have serious doubts about thee." - Old Amish saying

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