Judicial Watch • IRS Conservative Witch Hunt Just Latest of Many Offenses

IRS Conservative Witch Hunt Just Latest of Many Offenses

IRS Conservative Witch Hunt Just Latest of Many Offenses

MAY 17, 2013

US-POLITICS-TAX-CONGRESS

The Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) witch hunt of conservative groups similar to Judicial Watch is indeed atrocious, but it’s hardly the first scandal to rock the beleaguered tax agency in the last few years.

This particular crisis exploded after an investigation by the Treasury Inspector General revealed what many conservative groups have known and alleged for years; that the IRS is used by the administration as a political tool to go after its enemies. Though illegal this was rampant at the highest levels of the agency, as the inspector general’s scorching report indicates.

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The IRS singles out groups with conservative-sounding phrases such as patriot and Tea Party in their titles when applying for tax-exempt status, the IG says. The probe determined that for more than 18 months the IRS “used inappropriate criteria” that singled out conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status. This has ignited outrage among lawmakers—both Democrat and Republican—as well as President Obama who called it “intolerable and inexcusable.”

At a congressional hearing this week, IRS chief Steven Miller apologized for the way his agency has treated conservative groups but he had the audacity to say that partisanship did not serve as a motivation. Rather he attributed his agency’s actions to “foolish mistakes” made by employees attempting to be “more efficient in their workload selection.” He must think Americans are really dumb.

“Partisanship or the perception of politics has no place in the IRS,” Miller assured members of the House Ways and Means Committee, which is investigating the scandal. If that’s true, then it’s just a big coincidence that liberal groups aren’t targeted by the agency. In fact, liberal groups are spared scrutiny and one news report reveals that a foundation operated by President Obama’s half-brother got fast-tracked to become tax-exempt.

This appears to be the icing on the cake for an agency that’s made plenty of headlines over the years for its transgressions. One of the things the IRS is well known for is giving incarcerated criminals who prepare fraudulent returns tens of millions of dollars in refunds they’re not entitled to. The figure increases annually and at last count the IRS doled out north of $35 million to criminals, according to a federal audit.

A few years ago the IRS came under fire for allowing 1 million foreigners—many in the U.S. illegally— to improperly claim close to $9 billion in tax credits even though they did not provide valid Social Security numbers on their return.  Not long after that, the tax agency got in trouble for handing out $33 million in bogus electric car credits.

Just last month, on the heels of “Tax Day,” two dozen IRS employees got charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in government benefits, including food stamps, welfare and housing vouchers. The scheme fleeced U.S. taxpayers out of at least a quarter of a million dollars, according to federal prosecutors.

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  • JohnA

    It seems that the IRS scandal has been pushed off the MSM radar. Will Congress have the tenacity to follow this investigation through? This article was linked on Bnet News at www.bnetnews.com.

  • NOamnestyEVER

    OBAMA’S WATERGATES… IRS DEBACLE, BENGHAZI TRAGEDY, SABOTAGE OF AMERICAN BORDERS TO ILLEGALS, PARTNERING WITH LOOTING BANKSTERS

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2013/05/why-irs-investigation-is-already-obamas.html

    Moreover, the Inspector General released a report last year showing that illegal aliens received an astounding $4.2 billion in taxpayer dollars by claiming the ACTC in 2010.

  • NOamnestyEVER

    Inspector General: IRS Management Discouraged Employees from Discovering Illegal Alien Tax Fraud

    The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report last week indicating that Internal Revenue Service (IRS) managers discouraged their employees from detecting illegal alien tax fraud.

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2012/12/irs-told-to-lay-off-la-raza-obamas.html

  • NOamnestyEVER

    HOW CRIMINAL WALL STREET BANKS and the MEXICAN FASCIST PARTY of LA RAZA FUNDED BY BARACK OBAMA, BUILT AN OBAMA DICTATORHIP.

    “Slowly, Mr. Obama has changed the United States into another country — the Soviet States of America — an authoritarian state where false promises of “hope and change” were used to manipulate the public.”

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-case-for-impeachment-how-criminal.html




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