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Surprise: IRS vendors owe hundreds of millions in back taxes

posted at 11:09 am on December 19, 2013 by

Raise your hand if you’re shocked by this:

The Internal Revenue Service has been doing business with nearly 1,200 vendors that owe back taxes, including one unnamed contractor that owed a whopping $525 million, a new inspector general’s report says. Altogether, 1,168 IRS vendors owed back taxes totaling $589 million as of July 2012, according to the report released Tuesday. Only 50 were in a payment plan to pay off their debt.“When the IRS conducts business with vendors that do not comply with federal tax laws, it conveys a contradictory message in relation to its mission to ensure compliance with the tax laws,” said J. Russell George, Treasury inspector general for tax administration.

Two sets of rules: One for well-connected players happily ensconced within America’s ruling class elite, and quite another for the average fetid schmucks who populate the rest of the country.  If you’re part of an organization that might make Barack Obama’s life harder, the IRS will withhold your tax exempt ruling for 27 consecutive months — but if you’re a scofflaw contractor who hooks up with the IRS, sins can be overlooked for years. It’s DC magic.  Oh, and this is the agency tasked with monitoring and enforcing the healthcare arrangements of 300,000,000 Americans starting next year.  If and when initial hurdles are overcome, will the IRS’ Obamacare enforcement regime be more stringent than the way they treat their business partners?  I discussed this topic on Fox News last evening, then stuck around to talk about Jim Matheson’s retirement:

Parting thought: Don’t forget about these guys! #FairShare

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Gee – the President bestows Warren Buffett with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, while his company owes the country millions in back taxes.

Surprised? I’m not.

Hill60 on December 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Oh yeah, I’d forgotten about that one. But hey, the IRS had bigger fish to fry….like local Tea Party groups with operating budgets of a few hundred dollars.

Guy Benson on December 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Imagine the opportunities here to be great patriots!

/Joe B

mankai on December 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Oh yeah, I’d forgotten about that one. But hey, the IRS had bigger fish to fry….like local Tea Party groups with operating budgets of a few hundred dollars.

Guy Benson on December 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Well you know, a couple of hundred dollars here, and couple of hundred there – and pretty soon we’re talking real money, power and influence. /

Hill60 on December 19, 2013 at 8:16 PM


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