February 10, 2014

What a politicized IRS means

What happens when the IRS becomes a tool for those in power.

You could be hounded like Catherine Engelbrecht

In nearly two decades of running our small business, my husband and I never dealt with any government agency, outside of filing our annual tax returns. We had never been audited, we had never been investigated, but all that changed upon submitting applications for the non-profit statuses of True the Vote and King Street Patriots. Since that filing in 2010, my private businesses, my nonprofit organizations, and family have been subjected to more than 15 instances of audit or inquiry by federal agencies.

* In 2011, my personal and business tax returns were audited by the Internal Revenue Service, each audit going back for a number of years.

* In 2012, my business was subjected to inspection by OSHA, on a select occasion when neither my husband nor I were present, and though the agency wrote that it found nothing serious or significant, it still issued fines in excess of $20,000.

* In 2012 and again in 2013 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms conducted comprehensive audits at my place business.

* Beginning in 2010, the FBI contacted my nonprofit organization on six separate occasions – wanting to cull through membership manifests in conjunction with domestic terrorism cases. They eventually dropped all matters and have now redacted nearly all my files.

You become too scared to work for or donate money to the candidate of your choice.  IRS also  targeted conservative donors

After the revelations of the IRS's targeting of conservative groups came to light, many potential donors to conservative and Tea Party groups said even though they wanted to donate to Tea Party and conservative groups, they did not do so because they were afraid the IRS would find out their identities.

t's just one story, but there's a smidgen of coincidence when six couples donated to Mitt Romney's campaign at a fundraiser in California...

My friends’ tax returns for 2012, both their personal and that of their business, were audited, with the dreaded correspondence originating not in the local IRS office but rather, oddly enough, in Cincinnati.  And in later discussing the matter with the people with whom they attended the fund-raiser, they learned that all six couples had endured the same ordeal.

The rules change in the middle of the game.  Organizations whose purpose is to promote “social welfare” have been given tax-free status since 1959 so long as politics does not become its main purpose. But now the IRS wants to change the game.

The new rules they propose expand the definition of “candidate-related activity” so broadly – to include voter-education campaigns and grassroots lobbying campaigns – and to forbid even the mention of a candidate in any context 30 days before a primary or 60 days before a general election – that it will make it impossible for these organizations to function.
IRS officials, whose job it is to collect taxes, have abused their power to harass those whose politics they do not like. And this is what the current attempt to shut down 501©(4) organizations by rewriting long-standing rules by which they operate is about.

You lose trust. 
An attorney with the IRS for 26 reveals the sick and corrupt culture at the IRS

I have personally witnessed improper giveaways of billions of dollars to taxpayers with inside access at the agency, bullying of elderly taxpayers, the cover-up of managerial embezzlement and misappropriation of thousands of dollars in government funds, and a retaliatory audit. I have also heard credible accounts of, among other things, further improper giveaways, blatant sexual harassment, and anti-Semitism. All of these matters have been swept under the rug.

No more fair presidential elections    Very possible IRS targeting impacted 2012 election

Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice, said it was "very well possible" that the IRS's targeting and harassment of conservatives and Tea Party groups impacted the 2012 presidential election between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney

Sekulow said that there is evidence that the "groups being intimidated," even those that did not realize it at the time, had a "significant impact on the election." He said it is "very well possible" that the 2012 election was impacted by an "aggressive, continuous, and systemic intimidation factor by the IRS with applications still pending… for three years."

But if you belong to the right party, you don't have to worry about consequences. "Who is going to jail over this scandal?"

The Commissioner of the IRS lied to Congress in March 2012 when he said there was absolutely no targeting, … "lying to Congress is a crime."

Department of Justice refuses to investigate who it was that was responsible for releasing confidential tax information of Koch Industries…Or who released the National Organization of Marriage's tax return?….. It is a criminal offense to release confidential tax returns.

Barbara Bosserman, an Obama political donor appointed to head Justice Department’s IRS investigation

In the midst of the ongoing criminal investigation, the President himself says there's not even a "smidgen of corruption."
This despite the fact the FBI hasn't even interviewed the victims yet.

Posted by Jill Fallon at February 10, 2014 12:17 PM | Permalink