Three Months Later: Is IRS Still Targeting and Intimidating Americans?
On May 16th, after reports erupted about the IRS’s explosive scandal (of targeting and harassing Tea Party and other Conservative groups),President Obama addressed the nation, calling the IRS’s misconduct inexcusable.
The president said that he was “angry” about the scandal while also stating he “will not tolerate this kind of behavior from any government agency, especially the IRS.”
In his address, President Obama proclaimed, “I will do everything in my power to make sure nothing like this happens again.”
Apparently, the IRS did not hear the President Obama’s “stern” warning on May 16th because here we are three months later, and the IRS is still targeting Conservative groups and now even intimidating small business owners.
On August 9th, the Washington Examiner reported:
“In a remarkable admission that is likely to rock the Internal Revenue Service again, testimony released Thursday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp reveals that an agent involved in reviewing tax exempt applications from conservative groups told a committee investigator that the agency is still targeting Tea Party groups, three months after the IRS scandal erupted.”
In fact, in a recent interview with Myrtle Beach Tea Party Chairman, Joe Dugan explained:
“Our group filed for our tax-exempt status over three years ago and we still haven’t received it. And while many groups have finally gotten theirs, the IRS wanted to know personal information such as: who all their members were, what politicians they were affiliated with, and how much money they anticipated to raise.”
At the June 19th “Audit the IRS” rally in Washington, DC, National Coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, JennyBeth Martin said, “We have a tax code that is 73,000 pages long and Obamacare was 2,000 pages and it’s now 20,000 pages in regulations in just three years.”
These two enormous mountains of government regulations are in themselves, a method of intimidation. Not to mention the fact that they are un-American. This certainly explains why JennyBeth Martin exclaimed at the “Audit the IRS” rally, “This government is out of control! Thuggish, bullying, gangster-style government will NOT stand in America!”
And while the president expressed his own “outrage” over the IRS scandal back in May, we are just learning that the IRS official who oversaw the Cincinnati exempt operations office during the scandal is actually getting a promotion.
On August 10th, Fox News reported, “The IRS official in charge of the exempt organizations office in the Cincinnati branch at the time conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status were unfairly targeted just got a promotion. Cindy Thomas has been appointed to the senior technical adviser team for the Director of Exempt Organizations.”
Mr. President, is this your idea of “doing everything in your power to make sure nothing like this happens again”? Rewarding IRS agents this closely connected to the scandal with promotions? Really?
It’s no wonder the president’s job approval rating has fallen to 41% in the latest Gallup poll. Americans don’t believe what he says anymore. Either way, apparently, Tea Party and Conservative groups are not alone these days. Now, small businesses appear to be in the IRS’s crosshairs as well.
According to Fox News, “Small business owners across the country are receiving letters from the IRS questioning if they are reporting all of their cash income, in a new push by the agency some are saying could unnecessarily create fear in the small business community.”
“Tax officials say the letters don’t constitute an audit and instead are simply a request for more information. Some business owners and some lawmakers, however, call the new IRS program alarming,” the Wall Street Journal says.
“There’s an emotional thing when you get a pretty ominous-looking letter from the IRS, [saying] you might have done some bad things,” small business owner Tom Reese tells the Wall Street Journal. “I really work hard with my accountant to make sure that I not only follow the law, but follow the letter of the law.”
Fox News also reported:
“One letter the IRS sent is headlined, “Notification of Possible Income Underreporting.” It notifies the business owner “your gross receipts may be underreported” and says they must complete a form “to explain why the portion of your gross receipts from non-card payments appears unusually low.
One lawmaker says the letter’s tone implies wrongdoing from the start.
“The letter implies that this is a serious matter that could lead to assessments of additional tax, penalties and interest,” says a letter sent to the IRS Friday by Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., chairman of the House Small Business Committee.”
There is no doubt that the IRS is the most feared U.S. government agency that exists today. Who can blame these small business owners for being very upset about receiving these intimidating letters?
In fact, Myrtle Beach Tea Party Coordinator, Gerri McDaniel, actually attended the recent Congressional hearings on the IRS’s scrutiny of Conservative groups. She explained in our interview, “The IRS has the power to destroy anybody they want anytime they want. That is so scary.”
What’s even scarier is the fact that the IRS is the very agency that is now in control of enforcing Obamacare upon all of us. Yikes!
The IRS clearly has far too much power these days as it is. Perhaps we should rethink giving them so much control over our healthcare; after all, it is still not too late to defund the atrocious and unpopular healthcare law and repeal it once and for all.
And while we are at it, perhaps it is time to put the IRS on a permanent vacation and replace their 73,000-page tax code with a more simplified tax system that is much less intimidating to Americans.