IRS: A Broken Agency

Carol Platt Liebau
Posted: Jul 03, 2013 9:24 AM

Here is a round up of news stories running today that demonstrate how broken the IRS is -- how its status as tax collector for the welfare state has bred a culture of lawlessness, arrogance and contempt for the people (and political traditions of the country) it is supposed to be serving.

From the Washington Times:

The Internal Revenue Service spends millions of dollars a year for 200 employees who actually work full-time on labor-union business even as it furloughs employees and cuts taxpayer advice services under the budget sequester, Congress' chief waste watcher said in a new letter to the tax agency.

From Politico (as predicted here and discussed here, incidentally):

Embattled IRS official Lois Lerner will not testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unless she’s given immunity from prosecution.

And, as a reminder of what the targeting scandal is about, a post from today's Houston Chronicle online, detailing the intrusive questions posed to targeted groups:

Here are just a few of the “additional information” the Clear Lake Tea Party was asked to give. Each answer must be sent to the IRS by mail, hard copy. Nothing can be sent via computer. Questions in parenthesis are mine. This is clearly nothing but harassment on the part of the IRS.

Provide copies of agreements that you have entered into as well as copies of agreements that you plan to enter into.  (Remember one is under perjury of law if they miss state something on these forms. You sign a document saying so. You try and figure out how you can look into the future and know what agreements you may enter into)

Provide a list of topics you have covered at your educational events for the past year and  a list if topics you will cover for the next year. (What if you haven’t planned your next year yet?)

Provide resumes for each of your board members.

Provide copies of  information found on facebook and twitter. (!)

Explain your relationship with King Street Patriots. . . .

Provide scripts of your YouTube videos. (This would require listening to every speech, in every video of dozen of rallies, and typing it out in full)

Provide a template of your new web site

Provide a list of speakers and their qualifications for events you have had in the last year.

These are just a few examples of the questions.

Keep in mind that these pieces are just from today's papers.  Republicans should be presenting common sense plans for major tax reform, reminding Americans that an agency this corrupt needs to be reformed and replaced.