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“The scandal first erupted at an American Bar Association event when IRS official Lois Lerner answered a planted question about the tax agency’s handling of applications for nonprofit status. She apologized for the inappropriate scrutiny some groups experienced, adding that the conduct “was incorrect, insensitive, and inappropriate.”
The documents expose former IRS Acting Commissioner Steven Miller as the author who actually wrote Lerner’s response word for word.”
Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $1.48 trillion for the first half of fiscal year 2016, but the federal government still ran a $461 billion deficit during that time, according to the latest monthly Treasury Department statement.
With tax day approaching on Friday, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren has proposed a solution to the tax problem.
On Wednesday, she introduced a bill that would allow Americans to forgo filing tax returns each year. Instead of taxpayers preparing their own returns, Warren’s bill would require the IRS to send them a prepared return form based on the information it already receives, such as W2s and 1099s.
In early 2010, the IRS began flagging applications from conservative groups applying for non-profit tax status. Tax agents in the agency’s Cincinnati office began targeting for further review applications that contained terms such as “tea party,” “patriot,” and “government spending.”
After a congressional investigation Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS Exempt Organization Unit, stepped down from her post in Sept. 2013. For failing to turn over subpoenaed documents and refusing to testify, the House voted to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress in May 2014.
The Constitution invests impeachment power in congress but the authority has been deployed sparingly. Congress has only impeached 19 federal officials since the nation’s founding.
“A federal appeals court spanked the IRS Tuesday, saying it has taken laws designed to protect taxpayers from the government and turned them on their head, using them to try to protect the tax agency from the very tea party groups it targeted.
The judges ordered the IRS to quickly turn over the full list of groups it targeted so that a class-action lawsuit, filed by the NorCal Tea Party Patriots, can proceed. The judges also accused the Justice Department lawyers, who are representing the IRS in the case, of acting in bad faith — compounding the initial targeting — by fighting the disclosure.”
But by Oct. 1, 2020, every air traveler will need a Real-ID-compliant license, or another acceptable form of federal ID for domestic travel. The Real ID Act created a national standard for state-issued IDs. Some states initially refused to comply, fearing that the federal government would make a national database of citizens.It is clear that a U.S. passport will have increasing importance even for domestic travel. And the rise of the passport’s importance coincides uncannily with a new law giving the IRS power to revoke passports. Plainly, the easy answer to travel worries may be to dig out your passport, and they are already often in evidence in domestic air check in lines. But what if your passport is cancelled because you owe the IRS?
An undertaking by both the Obama Administration and the DOJ together with the IRS began to surface.The American Center for Law and Justice put it thusly: We know the IRS unconstitutionally targeted conservative groups. We know they illegally demanded, obtained, and held the donor lists of these conservative organizations. Now we learn that in 2012, the height of the targeting, the IRS was involved in a “secret research project” with this confidential, illegally obtained donor information.That’s more than a big deal. It’s potentially criminal.The very fact that the IRS was using the phrase “secret research project” should give every American pause. But the fact that this project was conducted as part of a well-orchestrated effort to target and silence conservative Americans is utterly disturbing.Now, again, ask yourself: Why would Lois Lerner be delivering 21 CD-ROMs of data, lists of every American who joined arms with the Tea Party, to Eric Holder in the DOJ instead of just transferring that data over their internal computer systems?