WaPo vs WaPo (vs WaPo!) on IRS targeting of conservative groups

posted at 10:01 am on May 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

If you feel like you may be getting whiplash from all of the spin on the IRS scandal, it just means you’re paying attention.  Over the weekend, people had a tough time keeping the story straight — even within a single newspaper.  On Friday, the Washington Post reported from their sources within the Cincinnati office of the IRS that the low-level employees just followed orders from their bosses, rather than going rogue as the administration suggests (via Sean Higgins, emphasis mine):

As could be expected, the folks in the determinations unit on Main Street have had trouble concentrating this week. Number crunchers, whose work is nonpolitical, don’t necessarily enjoy the spotlight, especially when the media and the public assume they’re engaged in partisan villainy.

“We’re not political,’’ said one determinations staffer in khakis as he left work late Tuesday afternoon. “We people on the local level are doing what we are supposed to do. . . . That’s why there are so many people here who are flustered. Everything comes from the top. We don’t have any authority to make those decisions without someone signing off on them. There has to be a directive.”

So it was the managers who put this extra scrutiny in place?  Not so, said … the Washington Post yesterday.  In an article headlined “How the IRS seeded the clouds in 2010 for a political deluge three years later,” the Post argues that the targeting was just an organic response to a stream of applications for tax-exempt status:

In early 2010, an Internal Revenue Service team in Cincinnati began noticing a stream of applications from groups with ­political-sounding names, setting in motion a dragnet aimed at ­separating legitimate tax-exempt groups from those working to get candidates elected.

The IRS officials decided to single out one type of political group for particular scrutiny. “These cases involve various local organizations in the Tea Party movement,” read one internal IRS e-mail sent at the time. …

According to the inspector general’s report, as IRS officials in Cincinnati tried to decide what to do about the groups — political advocacy organizations seeking what is known as 501 (c)(4) status — they sent out intrusive questionnaires seeking donor lists, copies of meeting minutes and reams of other documents. Applications sat around for months, sometimes years; some organizations ended up folding while awaiting answers that never came.

IRS officials in Cincinnati were ignorant of the law and did not recognize that they should not scrutinize groups solely based on terms such as “tea party,” “patriots” and other conservative-sounding descriptions in their names, the inspector general’s report said.

On Friday, the low-level IRS officials insisted that they wouldn’t have applied any special scrutiny without a directive from management.  On Sunday, they’re back to being rogue agents making their own decisions.  I wonder if Washington Post reporters actually read the Washington Post.  They certainly seem to have trouble doing any research outside of their own archives, because had they checked on the actual data for applications in FY2010, they would have discovered that the number of applications had dropped, not increased.

Oh, if the Post only had a checker of fact to weigh in on this conundrum. Hey, wait a moment, it does!  In fact, the paper’s Glenn Kessler gave Lois Lerner four Pinocchios today for making the same claim:

At first glance, the Inspector General’s report appears to show that the number of 501(c)(4) applications actually went down that year, from 1,751 in 2009 to 1,735.

But it turns out that these are federal fiscal-year figures, meaning “2010” is actually Oct. 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2010, so the “2010” year includes more than three months before the Supreme Court decision was announced.

Astonishingly, despite Lerner’s public claim, an IRS spokeswoman was not able to provide the actual calendar year numbers. By allocating one-quarter of the fiscal year numbers to the prior year, we can get a very rough sense of the increase on a calendar-year basis.(Figures are rounded to avoid false precision; 2012 is not possible to calculate)

2009: 1745

2010: 1865

2011: 2540

In other words, while there was an increase in 2010, it was relatively small. The real jump did not come until 2011, long after the targeting of conservative groups had been implemented. Also, it appears Lerner significantly understated the number of applications in 2010 (“1500”) in order to make her claim of “more than doubled.”

So much for the organic defense.

The Post’s reporters make another odd and unsupported claim:

Many liberal-leaning and nonpolitical groups were also caught up in the effort.

Really?  Like whom, exactly?  An analysis by USA Today last week showed the exact opposite — that groups with liberal- or progressive-sounding names sailed through the approval process without any additional scrutiny.  Zachary Goldfarb and Kimberly Kindy just throw that sentence into the article above the jump, and follow it up with no data or even anecdotal evidence that it’s at all accurate or even arguable.

Next time the Post wants to offer a follow-up, maybe they’d like to have reporters do it, rather than stenographers for the IRS.

Update: Guy Benson reminds me that Steve Miller specifically refuted the notion that progressive groups got the same targeting during his testimony on Friday:

I guess these reporters missed the hearing, too.

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The WaPo must be confused. Actually it is probably incompetence. They have forgotten how to research a story and write it so it makes sense. Usually they just make up stuff. Big difference.

BetseyRoss on May 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

On Friday, the low-level IRS officials insisted that they wouldn’t have applied any special scrutiny without a directive from management.

Correct. When do bureaucratic cubicle occupants take the initiative to do extra work on their own? And in their defense, they are more likely to be reprimanded than commended if they do, so why would they?

There is no way in hell low level people took it upon themselves to do this.

forest on May 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Who had a sale on Whitehouse kneepads? So many seem to be wearing them these days.

meci on May 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

I wonder if Washington Post reporters actually read the Washington Post.

I wonder if Washington Post editors actually read the Washington Post.

ss396 on May 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

I don’t mind different reporters writing a story as they find the facts, especially within the same media outlet. That separates who’s doing the job from who’s the stenographer.

I also enjoy seeing liberals becoming at odds with other liberals. Maybe we’ll finally get some truth about Obama, his minions, and the Democrat Left as a whole.

Liam on May 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

It’s crumbling. They can’t keep the narrative straight anymore. Expect more and more outlandish accusations from the left.

rbj on May 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

So the WhiteWashing Post is just like the WhiteWashing House….

“I know of three lies but facts floating around the WH”.. Jay

Electrongod on May 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

It’s all a vast right-wing conspiracy!

Rovin on May 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Because when the IRS, the Dept of Labor, OSHA and the ATF all show up on the same day… it’s a few low-level ‘rogue’ employees in Cincy

DANEgerus on May 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Many liberal-leaning and nonpolitical groups were also caught up in the effort

How many liberal-leaning and nonpolitical groups were asked the content of the prayers at their meetings?

For the record, the administration is making this scandal even worse for them by the lies and the support they are getting from partisan organzations like the WaPo. Woodward and Bernstein would be spinning in their graves (if, you know, they were dead).

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Next time the Post wants to offer a follow-up, maybe they’d like to have reporters do it, rather than stenographers for the IRS.

As an official arm of the Obama Pressitute Organs, the WaPo has stenographers for the IRS serve as “reporters”.

Steve Eggleston on May 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Clearly this is a case of nattering nabobs

workingclass artist on May 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

This is a sign that Journolist II and the media conference calls are breaking down. The talking points are supposed to be frozen before the articles are written!

slickwillie2001 on May 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

In other words, “How could he do this to us, when we love him so?”

Ward Cleaver on May 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

It’s crumbling. They can’t keep the narrative straight anymore. Expect more and more outlandish accusations from the left.

rbj on May 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Which is why the latest meme is that we need to get beyond this and fix the problems instead of concentrating on placing blame. Rehashing the past is nothing but racist or partisan or something.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Scandal Denial and Holocaust Denial

NotCoach on May 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Next time the Post wants to offer a follow-up, maybe they’d like to have reporters do it, rather than stenographers for the IRS.

Surely you’re not suggesting that a government entity is supplying/leaking “talking points” to the Post?

Rovin on May 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I wonder if Washington Post reporters actually read the Washington Post.

I wonder if Washington Post editors actually read the Washington Post.

ss396 on May 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

You’d think they’d see a little of it when they’re lining the bird cages. I mean it’s not like they’d use the sports section for that.

questionmark on May 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Audit THIS! Tea Party groups to protest at IRS offices nationwide on Tuesday
http://michellemalkin.com/2013/05/19/audit-this-tea-party-groups-to-protest-at-irs-offices-nationwide-on-tuesday/

Don’t stand down. Stand up and let the IRS know we won’t roll over. Tuesday. At your local IRS office. Be there.

On behalf of Tea Party, Patriot groups, 9/12, liberty activists, and the American people, we are calling for anyone and everyone to protest the IRS’ complete abuse of power on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at noon local time.

Galt2009 on May 20, 2013 at 10:23 AM

The vaunted Wash Post. My bird won’t even crap on it, why would I read this tripe.

Thomas More on May 20, 2013 at 10:23 AM

I wonder if Washington Post reporters actually read the Washington Post.

I wonder if Washington Post editors actually read the Washington Post.

ss396 on May 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

The Obama Administration reads it all the time. It’s how they learn what the Obama Administration is doing.

forest on May 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM

The sports scores are the only thing you can believe from newspapers anymore.They can’t lie about them.

docflash on May 20, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Captain Ed

I hereby nominate you for a Pulitzer Prize in the following category:

“Editorial Writing – for distinguished editorial writing, the test of excellence being clarity of style, moral purpose, sound reasoning, and power to influence public opinion in what the writer perceives to be the right direction.”

luckybogey on May 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

This all makes complete and total sense… If by ‘low-level rogue IRS employee,’ you actually mean Obama.

bitsy on May 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM

As the charges multiply, and the responses become less and less plausible (let alone believable), it’s soon going to come to “Who are you gonna believe, me or your lyin’ eyes”?

Barky’s all in on the American Sheeple believing him. And I’m afraid he’s onto a winner.

bofh on May 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Ahh, the battle between doing the actual reporting job and supporting the political protection of this administration. Always a battle.

michaelo on May 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Next time the Post wants to offer a follow-up, maybe they’d like to have reporters do it, rather than stenographers for the IRS White House.

FIFY

GarandFan on May 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Doesn’t this require a way to create some ‘Triple Facepalm’ artwork?

reddevil on May 20, 2013 at 10:37 AM

-Hey chief, we could just tell the truth, then there wouldn’t be any problems.

“The what?”

Bishop on May 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM

How many liberal-leaning and nonpolitical groups were asked the content of the prayers at their meetings?

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Silly! That’s an easy one! Liberal leaning groups don’t pray, well, except to their god Gaia, or in the case of Planned Parenthood, that detestable god Molech.

AZfederalist on May 20, 2013 at 10:43 AM

I wonder if Washington Post editors actually read the Washington Post.

ss396 on May 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

You can have WaPo reporters getting different stories, or in the most malicious reading, WaPo reporters who are and who aren’t willing to spin the IRS scandal to make things look as good as possible for the administration. It’s the editors’ jobs to not just notice the contradictions, but to have both groups of reporters go back and explain the contradictions (and based on today’s news dumps, the ones who reported that it’s still just low-level grunts in Cincinnati masterminding this should be ones who have to go back and show their work, since it no longer jibes with the latest information).

jon1979 on May 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Looked at the headlines today at not a word about any of these scandals…. Surprise!

sandee on May 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

This is the kind of reporting you get when you’re pursuing an outcome rather than a story.

Socratease on May 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Many liberal-leaning and nonpolitical groups were also caught up in the effort.

Really? Like whom, exactly? An analysis by USA Today last week showed the exact opposite — that groups with liberal- or progressive-sounding names sailed through the approval process without any additional scrutiny. Zachary Goldfarb and Kimberly Kindy just throw that sentence into the article above the jump, and follow it up with no data or even anecdotal evidence that it’s at all accurate or even arguable.

Seems there is a minor war waging, between the few actual journalists left, shamed into action.. and the die hard liberal ideologues doing their messiah’s clean up detail.

We’d better support those who’re finally doing the real reporting, or the demagogues will just shout them down.

I admit, Bob Scheifer.. of all people, reaming a WH spokesfool was a pleasant surprise.. but I’d put that down to him being insulted the WH didn’t take him seriously.

mark81150 on May 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Looked at the headlines today at not a word about any of these scandals…. Surprise!

sandee on May 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

But some singer jumped on somebody’s head at some awards thing.

forest on May 20, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Because when the IRS, the Dept of Labor, OSHA and the ATF all show up on the same day… it’s a few low-level ‘rogue’ employees in Cincy

DANEgerus on May 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Read what happened to the True the Vote woman down in Texas. Unannounced audits from several agencies. The FBI calling periodically after an initial visit to see if she had anything to report.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/348756/true-scandal-jillian-kay-melchior

WTF is going on is the federal government.

BuckeyeSam on May 20, 2013 at 10:54 AM

How many liberal-leaning and nonpolitical groups were asked the content of the prayers at their meetings?

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Why would anybody ask a liberal group about prayers at their meeting? They would get the same answer from all the groups: “We don’t believe in the non-existent fantasy. We pay homage to our savior Barak Obama and his prophet, Al Gore. We just pick up the phone and talk personally to them to see what they want us to do.

PrettyD_Vicious on May 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM

I’m still trying to imagine an alternate universe, where if the IRS were targeting liberal and green 501′s.. that every major news outlet wouldn’t be screaming impeachment.. NOW

we all know it’s true..

A given even our worst trolls accept without question.. GOP scandals are always the worst kind of evil illegal abuses, a Special Prosecutor absolutely necessary.. and every GOP politician browbeaten into condemning it on every show..

while we get this from the media when the party is theirs.

They give us reports questioning whether laws were even broken.. questioning the sinister motives of the party OUT OF POWER.. when the motives of democrats are NEVER questioned.. ever.. We get aw… nothing much here,, and well, the left was targeted too, laughably with no examples or proof..

Pravda lives in the heart of every modern MSM journalist..

party trumps all.. God, honor, country,.. everything.

mark81150 on May 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Barky’s all in on the American Sheeple believing him. And I’m afraid he’s onto a winner.

bofh on May 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Call me an optimist but the rat-eared coward needs to stay above the fray for the sheeple to continue to believe everything he says. That’s tough to do with all these scandals coming to a head. Of course, the public is never going to support the impeachment and removal of office of the first black president but rendering as impotent politically is good enough.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

WTF is going on is the federal government.

BuckeyeSam on May 20, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Hope and Change, you ignorant misogynist.

Bishop on May 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

But some singer jumped on somebody’s head at some awards thing.

forest on May 20, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Another awards show? How many rappers killed this time?

slickwillie2001 on May 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Liberal Progressive Media Talking Points of the Day/Week/Month: All of these scandals are being driven by the Republican Party and they will over-play their hands. It’s the GOP vs. Obama! Pay no attention to any of the department heads who are directly responsible for their subordinates’ actions, (or the distinct possibility that it was under their direction). And, remember one important point—President Obama knows nothing about what his department heads are doing—absolutely NOTHING.

Rovin on May 20, 2013 at 11:08 AM

I know the word Nazi is over used, misused.. but how else do you describe this?

How many liberal-leaning and nonpolitical groups were asked the content of the prayers at their meetings?

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

It chills every person of faith, at least on the right or center.. to the bone..

and the left says nothing, as if they asked what color your car is..

The government, wants to get to the core of your faith, and stand between you, and God.. and they’re fine within this?

Our country was founded by people fleeing this kind of religious persecution. Ultimately fighting a war over it.

The left doesn’t get just how offensive this is, are they TRYING to provoke a heated response? an excuse?..

mark81150 on May 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Another awards show? How many rappers killed this time?

slickwillie2001 on May 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Hey! Take this stuff seriously. The haters actually booed a no-talent Canadian idiot who isn’t being taken seriously as an artist.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Seems the admin supporting PTB at WaPo have no idea what happened or what the WH wants the MSM to say about it. They can’t keep their left-wing propagandists in line and focused on the desired narrative because no one knows what it is supposed to be.

I still want to know who (plural) specifically proposed the questions and demands for information, who specifically reviewed them and commented on them before approval, what the review and modification process was, who if anyone raisied any objections to the questions and demands for information, and who finally approved them.

Given the IRS is a massive bureaucracy, with everyone always in CYA mode, there should be a robust documented archive of all of this and a huge paper trail.

Probably only a special prosecutor can get to the bottom of it all.

farsighted on May 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

FIFY

GarandFan on May 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Thread winner.

Looked at the headlines today at not a word about any of these scandals…. Surprise!

sandee on May 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

They will tomorrow. Everyone will turn out for the protests tomorrow.

It’s time the citizens put the IRS where they belong.

dogsoldier on May 20, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Our country was founded by people fleeing this kind of religious persecution. Ultimately fighting a war over it.

The left doesn’t get just how offensive this is, are they TRYING to provoke a heated response? an excuse?..

mark81150 on May 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

It is Nazi-like. Your religous affiliation, the organizations your group’s leaders belong to, and all the rest. As if this is any of government’s business when it comes to our civil rights. I don’t understand why the public isn’t more outraged about the IRS scandal.

After Friday’s testimony I’m more pissed off than ever.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I still want to know who (plural) specifically proposed the questions and demands for information, who specifically reviewed them and commented on them before approval, what the review and modification process was, who if anyone raisied any objections to the questions and demands for information, and who finally approved them.

farsighted on May 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

I’d like seeing copies of those questionnaires. Every government form has a Form Number, which means it has a place in the main databank. That has to be approved by several layers of supervisors, like in private industry. Which means there’s a paper trail of who signed off for approval.

Liam on May 20, 2013 at 11:22 AM

WTG Morrissey…..it’s spreading:

Breitbart News ‏@BreitbartNews 16m
IRS Scandal: Washington Post Factchecker Busts Washington Post:
Ed Morrissey of Hot Air makes a great bust he… http://bit.ly/19Vq6qb

Rovin on May 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM

NYT has the solution. Deny any scandal and devote the front page to news that’s fit to print, like stellar mastectomies and hysterectomies.

applebutter on May 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Our country was founded by people fleeing this kind of religious persecution. Ultimately fighting a war over it.

The left doesn’t get just how offensive this is, are they TRYING to provoke a heated response? an excuse?..

mark81150 on May 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

No — they are just stupid and stupidity is the mother of dictatorship.

Attacks on peaceful religious or political activity are the work of tyrants.

Forget questions about a decent church or a Christian home! Where did these people go to school and study civics or history?

Our people, led by our media, have become inured to tyranny.

The monarchs of the 18th century didn’t have the subtle controls and levers of powers that were developed later.

The old comment that one banker or lawyer can steal more in a day than ten thugs with machine guns is even more true when applied to government power.

You would have intense resistance if jack booted federal agents took property from conservatives or burned their crops and beat them. But let the tax law ravage their legitimacy (since they couldn’t claim a recognized status) reduce the revenue flow, collect the names of their friends and supporters and even play havoc with their business operations with audits in addition to vilification by the national leader, and nothing is said.

Look around the world, with enough stupidity in the right places and power in deft hands, people suffer tyrants in silence.

IlikedAUH2O on May 20, 2013 at 11:52 AM

President Obama knows nothing about what his department heads are doing—absolutely NOTHING.

Rovin on May 20, 2013 at 11:08 AM

If there were a “Sergeant Schultz Award,” he would no doubt win hands down.

(He wouldn’t know that he’d won of course until he read it in the paper like the rest of us.)

EastofEden on May 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Audit THIS! Tea Party groups to protest at IRS offices nationwide on Tuesday
http://michellemalkin.com/2013/05/19/audit-this-tea-party-groups-to-protest-at-irs-offices-nationwide-on-tuesday/

Galt2009 on May 20, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Patriots! God bless them each and every one.

IlikedAUH2O on May 20, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Don’t expect establishment blessings.

Looks like it’s a little more popular to be a liberal or a progressive these days, although conservative remains the best political label you can put on a candidate for public office. Being linked to the Tea Party is the biggest negative.

Source:

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/august_2011/43_now_view_tea_party_label_as_a_negative

What did the Tea guys do to be so despised is my question.

IlikedAUH2O on May 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM

How many liberal-leaning and nonpolitical groups were asked the content of the prayers at their meetings?

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

You don’t have to. Theirs are posted on the WH petition site.

GWB on May 20, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Patriots! God bless them each and every one.

IlikedAUH2O on May 20, 2013 at 11:59 AM

God bless them and help them through the upcoming audits that are sure to follow

Ditkaca on May 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM

IRS officials in Cincinnati were ignorant of the law and did not recognize that they should not scrutinize groups solely based on terms such as “tea party,” “patriots” and other conservative-sounding descriptions in their names, the inspector general’s report said.

A bold faced lie.

pat on May 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM

They’re kind of in a news-reporting learning curve, now that they don’t get “I heart u” texts from ValJar anymore telling them what to say. I’m sure when they are all BFF’s again, they will stick to the script.

Boudica on May 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM

This is the kind of reporting you get when you’re pursuing an outcome rather than a story.

Socratease on May 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Indeed.

My question, if I was a Congressman sitting on one of these hearing panels, would be: What standards did the IRS establish for determining how the answers to the questionnaire would evidence forbidden political activity and what kind of answers would be exculpatory?

If you don’t know what the answers indicate, you have no business asking the questions.

(The way it looks, the IRS acted like a teacher giving an exam of essay questions which (1) had nothing to do with the course content; (2) had no answer sheet other than the teacher’s personal preferences; (3) was administered to only part of the class; (4) was a pass-fail exam structured for a zero pass distribution.

AesopFan on May 20, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Doesn’t this require a way to create some ‘Triple Facepalm’ artwork?

reddevil on May 20, 2013 at 10:37 AM

The problem is that most people have only two palms and one face.

The Washington Post might be an exception, being two-faced.

Steve Z on May 20, 2013 at 1:06 PM

“We’re not political,’’ said one determinations staffer in khakis as he left work late Tuesday afternoon. “We people on the local level are doing what we are supposed to do. . . . That’s why there are so many people here who are flustered. Everything comes from the top. We don’t have any authority to make those decisions without someone signing off on them. There has to be a directive.”

Gee….I wonder what I should do, as an IRS employee, when I see weird stuff happening?

If you are aware of fraud, waste, mismanagement, and abuse in the IRS programs and operations, report it to the TIGTA Hotline!

What kinds of things should you report?

Allegations of violations that impact the integrity of Federal tax administration and IRS programs. This includes allegations of misconduct by IRS employees.

Allegations of improprieties, false claims and fraud by outside contractors attempting to defraud the IRS by utilizing deceptive contract methods.

Allegations of identity theft where any individual (s) impersonated the IRS or an IRS employee or used words, letters, symbols, or IRS emblems to illegally obtain personal, confidential or private financial information.

Examples of specific allegations that should be reported include, but are not limited to: attempts by taxpayers to bribe IRS personnel; extortion or misuse of position by IRS personnel; assaults and/or threats by taxpayers against IRS employees; schemes involving the use of computer technology or mail that impersonate the IRS or IRS personnel; misconduct by tax practitioners (falsification of qualifications, theft of IRS tax remittances and theft of IRS tax refunds).

By Phone:
Call toll free: 1-800-366-4484

Yeah…I wish they knew what to do, too.

BobMbx on May 20, 2013 at 1:14 PM

What did the Tea guys do to be so despised is my question.

IlikedAUH2O on May 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Their existence is a threat to the gig the GOP and Dems have created. And the press is complicit in ensuring the continued degradation of “the people”.

BobMbx on May 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

So the tax code and regulations allow the IRS to vet non-profits for “political activity”, and the politics of power allow the IRS to decide what political activity is worthy of scrutiny and which is not. All of which puts the IRS on roughly the same plane as the secret police under Beria in Stalinist Russia. There is no point in trying to reform or “corral” this agency; a flat (or fair, I don’t care) tax and a two-page tax code ought to do it.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on May 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM