Skip to comments.IRS apologizes for targeting conservative groups
Posted on 05/10/2013 8:05:33 AM PDT by mandaladon
WASHINGTON (AP) The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews. Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington. Many conservative groups complained during the election that they were being harassed by the IRS. They said the agency asked them an inordinate number of questions to justify their tax-exempt status. Certain tax-exempt charitable groups can conduct political activities but it cannot be their primary activity.
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An apology is not sufficient for criminal action.
“Gosh, we’re sorry”
Somehow that doesn’t seem to help.
The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.
What’s wrong with these people? Don’t they know that being a fascist means never having to say you’re sorry?
These “low level” workers were probably promoted for carrying out “higher level” workers bidding.
But the IRS does not hesitate to give tax exemptions to organizations that drown babies in toilets or throw them in the trash.
Well the election is over now,,they can come clean. Rats!
How do you think “low level” IRS workers get to be high-level IRS workers? By falling on the sword and taking the heat for their bosses.
Will they apologize for all the politically-motivated audits initiated by ‘Rat-minded politicians and bureaucrats every election since Woodrow Wilson? Will they apologize for all these audits and harassments that they WILL still perform in all the elections for the next 100 years? It would be nice, especially the latter, because I don’t expect them to stop.
The IRS is just an arm of the Democratic Party ,it needs to be severed
IRS = 120,000 employees. A flat tax would eliminate at least 100k of them. Any others?
They should by trying these buggers in court and convicting them and sentencing them to a$$-banging jail. Further, the IRS as an agency should be held liable for treble monetary damages and punitive liability 100 times that.
No surprise. 10-15 years ago, I founded a property rights organization to educate homeowners about some local environmental proposals that would take away property rights. The IRS fought our 501c3 status application, and we ended up folding (after raising tens of thousands of dollars, and winning the battle).
I’m pretty certain it was heart felt and they really, really mean it. Don’t worry about those crossed fingers behind their backs. While your at it, don’t listen to those folks who talk about tyranny and big government. They’re here to help you.
Surprised?.............do you really think the Chicago thugs running the White House had nothing to do with it?
We intentionally tagged you for review before the election, but hey, the election is over, so we apologize.
But shape up, because next year, when we are policing for Obamacare, we may tag you again.
The IRS is just an arm of the Democratic Party ,it needs to be severed
Served papers that is .
So, where are the firings and resignations?
That's just silly... they can't be fired because then the IRS won't have the knowledge to not do it next time!
The Founding Fathers would have started shooting a LONG time ago.
What? The IRS attacked those opposed to their dictatorial policies and specifically targeted groups that are calling for a reduction in the IRS’ power! It is shocking I tell ya.
Luckily, we are trusting them to be the enforcers of Obamacare!
Just curious how this story broke. The IRS didn’t just up and decide to fess up. Did an undercover reporter break the scandal (yeah, I know jus kiddin)? Or is there a whistleblower (doubt that too..)?
So no one will be losing their cushy government union jobs, benefits, pension, etc..
Uncovered in response to lawyers’ request fighting audits.
So the lawyers were or are about to go public with this and the IRS is beating them to the podium with their little “not politically motivated low level workers in Cincinnati” story....oh ok that sounds about right
LOTS of complaints made their way up to Congress.
Apology goes nowhere to the ones that had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to fend off the attacks of the IRS. Not to speak of those that were destroyed by the audit. This is criminal and the IRS should be audited and employees should be hired by ability, not affirmative action.
Of course there will be no repercussions and this will be a blip on FOX, only.
More abuse of power from this administration!!
Are they ever going to have to answer for these flagrant violations of their oaths of office and the laws of this country?
The IRS employees who did this deserve to be fired - but of course, federal employees can’t be fired for things like this. They may be “reassigned” but they won’t be fired.
The “apology” is a shot across the bow showing that they can do it, they can admit it, and nothing will be done about it. In other words they can continue doing it with impunity. This is in your face.
They are as sorry as Hillary Clinton is about Benghazi. :)
Apology not accepted. The political (socialist/fascist) goons involved must be prosecuted!!
That’s the only solution barring a miracle from God. It’s completely broken and the people in position to fix it won’t because they made it this way.
Sorry they got caught.
Does Obama have an “Enemies of Obama” list and is he directing the IRS to harass them?
Low level workers? Who directed them to do this? I don’t believe they did this on their own. The whole chain of command should be subpoened by an independent counsel.
Why is this news?
This is how the game is played.
Back in May 2009, Professor Glenn Reynolds, better known to his followers as Instapundit, penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he discussed some odd rhetoric from President Obama. Obama had been refused an honorary doctorate by Arizona State University, and Obama remarked, President [Michael] Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS. Reynolds pointed out:
Just a joke about the power of the presidency. Made by Jay Leno it might have been funny. But as told by Mr. Obama, the actual president of the United States, it’s hard to see the humor. Surely he’s aware that other presidents, most notably Richard Nixon, have abused the power of the Internal Revenue Service to harass their political opponents. But that abuse generated a powerful backlash and with good reason. Should the IRS come to be seen as just a bunch of enforcers for whoever is in political power, the result would be an enormous loss of legitimacy for the tax system.
As it turns out, the IRS under President Obama routinely gave special scrutiny for groups with the terms tea party or patriots in their titles. His little joke doesnt read much like a joke anymore.
This administration is unlike any other and I am 63 years old this administration has to be run by some shadow group of a frightening kind
She’s not apologizing for the IRS, but for the “low level workers”.
Our Founding Fathers would have never had an income tax or IRS to begin with.
DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON
SECTION: IRS AUDITS AND TAX EXEMPT STATUS
Speaking of CLINTON! Anyone remember Bubba’s illegal IRS audits:
Paula and Stephen Jones
Billy Dale (Travel Office)
Western Journalism Center (Joseph Farah)
Citizens for a Sound Economy
Manufacturing Policy Project (Pat Choate)
American Life League
Christian Film and Television Commission
National Rifle Association
National Center for Public Policy Research
American Policy Center
Heritage Foundation http://alamo-girl.com/0273.htm
Once again, those in the government ruling class, are evil to the core.
Again, those in government have no honor and refuse to take responsibility for their actions, actions which if occurred in private sector America, those involved would be fired, and prosecuted.
They all do the deeds with the idea they’ll simply apologize after the fact. It’s how they work.
Then they confuse any matter with all sorts of unrelated information to flood the real purpose and happening....
It does work...as we have seen with so many moves they make....then all the politicians use it to gain brownie points...and no consequences ever are forthcoming.
Unfortunately you are right...and we do tend to follow the tail that is wagged don’t we? None of this should surprise us, we’re watching the equivalent to any “gang” of mobsters dressed in suites and role playing to look “shaven and clean”.
Absolutely...These are the actions of mobsters, Nazis and those who desire to control everything and everyone, using fines, audits, taxes and threats of investigation as their weapons.
Take everything away from everyone involved, leave them destitute. Matter of fact, take everything away from everyone who works for the IRS. Make those who aren’t involved prove it. Goose-Gander, that’s the way they treat taxpayers.