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The IRS cover-up is reaching epic levels

In case you didn’t think the mess at the IRS could get any worse, the Lois Lerner saga is continuing to prove otherwise. A government watchdog is now saying that the IRS erased computer evidence during the Congressional investigation into the IRS, Lerner, and the systemic targeting of tea party groups. Fox News reports [1]: J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, testified to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that IRS employees erased computer backup tapes shortly after officials discovered thousands of emails related to the tax agency's Tea Party scandal had been lost. As many as 24,000 ...

The IRS won’t turn over Lois Lerner’s emails. You’ll never believe why.

Remember last week when a federal judge started the countdown clock on the deadline for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to put up or shut up on Lois Lerner’s missing emails [1]? Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia made it very clear: either release Lerner’s lost-and-found emails by Friday (June 12) or have a good explanation ready. On Monday, the IRS had its excuse ready. And it’s a doozy. Reports Fox Business [2]: The Internal Revenue Service may have found 6,400 emails from Lois Lerner, who oversaw the tax agency’s Exempt Organizations Unit, but the government agency has no plans to share....

More of the lost Lois Lerner emails were found

So, about those “missing” IRS emails… Turns out it depends on what the meaning of “missing” is. According to news reports on Wednesday, a Treasury Department watchdog was able to recover 6,400 of Lois Lerner’s lost emails. To recap: Lerner was in charge of the IRS’ tax-exempt division when it targeted tea party groups for pure political reasons. She then pled the Fifth during a Congressional hearing, retired with dignity and a nice pension, and with the IRS backing her up, told lawmakers all her emails were lost during a computer crash. And not just lost – permanently lost. Turns out that wasn’t quite true. As reported in ...

Statement of Jenny Beth Martin on the recovery of 6,400 ‘lost’ IRS emails

The latest information from the Treasury Inspector General indicates that from the very beginning, the IRS was attempting to cover its tracks throughout the targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups. This is another in a long line of deplorable actions from the Internal Revenue Service against groups who were merely trying to hold their government accountable. It will be very enlightening to see the content of the emails as TIGTA continues the investigation. No doubt there will be even more egregious revelations, as we have sadly come to expect from the IRS under the Obama Administration. They’ve said they did nothing ...

New IRS emails: Lerner knew what she was doing, and so did John McCain, apparently

New emails obtained by Judicial Watch shine even more light on the depth of the IRS targeting scandal. As much as the left would like for America to be convinced the scandal is over, it is far from it. Among the new revelations is a February 2012 email in which Lois Lerner, then head of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations ranch, asked for a new program to be set up that would “put together some training to help [IRS staffers] understand the potential pitfalls” of giving away too much information to Congress. Another 2013 email reveals that Lerner said she is willing to take the blame for not providing adequate direction to staffers on their ...

Tax refunds for illegal immigrants?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has officially confirmed that it’s going to allow illegal immigrants to apply for up to three-years-worth of tax refunds. Yes, you read that right. Illegal immigrants, who broke the law by entering the U.S. and continued to break the law by residing here, can now claim benefits from the IRS. The policy, of course, is all thanks to President Obama’s executive action on amnesty. On Capitol Hill, some are rightfully labeling it [1] “amnesty bonus.” Senator Chuck Grassley even stated that ‘the tax code shouldn’t reward those who broke our immigration laws.” We couldn’t agree more. President ...

Statement of Jenny Beth Martin on Lois Lerner’s bonuses

Nothing the IRS does surprises me. The news that Lois Lerner collected $129,000 in bonuses during the three years she was wrecking people’s lives, however, is particularly galling.  Millions of hardworking Americans are hurting and struggling to make ends meet. Meanwhile, it’s buckets of cash for the woman who persecuted her president’s perceived enemies. This administration penalizes achievement and success, and rewards those who further its big-government agenda. Sad. 

Statement of Jenny Beth Martin on continued IRS stonewalling

The only reason this is news is because it was a media outlet that got the IRS’s thumb stuck in its eye. This punitive, malicious agency has been targeting Americans who have the nerve to disagree with their president since 2010, and this is yet another example of the Administration’s arrogance. It is, simply, above the law. The fact is that The Hill is getting the same treatment Tea Party Patriots, Cause of Action, Judicial Watch and others have received for the last 14 months. We’ve received thousands of pages largely or totally redacted, with no arguable basis for nondisclosure, because this rogue agency knows it can defy the law with ...

The IRS and Obamacare: a match made in heaven?

Obamacare is going to make tax season significantly more complicated this spring. For most of us, that doesn’t come as a shock given the amount of authority the Affordable Care Act cedes to the Internal Revenue Service to enforce the new health care law. For starters, [1] this year Americans will have to divulge to the IRS, whether or not they have health insurance. If they do, great! If not, get ready for more forms and a hefty fine. Then there’s the tax credits and subsidies qualifications that Obamacare enrollees will have to decipher, though getting those wrong could incur even more penalties down the road. So what’s a confused ...

The IRS and the five-year-long wait

For more than five years [1], the Albuquerque Tea Party has been waiting in regulatory limbo, waiting on the bureaucrats within Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It was December 2009 that the group submitted their application for tax-exempt status. It’s now January 2015, and still, they wait. The Albuquerque Tea Party is yet another casualty in the IRS targeting scandal that rocked headlines in 2014. That scandal, in which IRS employees applied extra scrutiny to tea party groups, led to “lost” emails, Congressional hearings, potential cover-ups, and no shortage of questions on ethics and legality directed at the government agency and Obama ...