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Coburn: Constituents link IRS audits to Mitt Romney donations [our whistleblower side is lit up]
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Posted on 05/23/2013 9:55:52 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Coburn: Constituents link IRS audits to Mitt Romney donations By Daniel Strauss - 05/23/13 09:33 AM ET

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Thursday his constituents have suggested they were audited by the Internal Revenue Service because they donated to Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

Coburn made the charge during an interview on MSNBC. [Watch video]

"What I would tell you, is our whistleblower side is lit up," Coburn said Thursday on the news channel. "And I got a phone call yesterday and one of the things I want to know is, everybody that contributed to Romney, I want to know what their audit rate was because the indications out of Oklahoma are right now is if you happened to be a conservative and wealthy and gave to Romney, you had an audit where you'd never gotten an audit before.

"And so there are a lot of questions that still have to be answered," Coburn said. "Maybe that's untrue but that's certainly the implication from people that are calling me from Oklahoma."

Coburn's comments come as Congress is investigating the IRS's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for additional scrutiny. The IRS has apologized for inappropriately flagging groups for additional scrutiny because they had certain words in their titles, such as Tea Party.

There's been no evidence the IRS targeted people for audits based on their political donations, though some donors to Romney have drawn a link.

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) in a floor speech last week also said that a number of his constituents spoke of being audited during the 2012 presidential campaign for the first time.

“These folks believe the audits were conducted for no other reason than the fact that their groups were conservative. And they believe the questions they’ve been asked have more to do with their political views than their business activities," McConnell said.

Without a proper investigation, McConnell argued the truth would never be known.

Earlier in the week, Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio) said that people have come to him saying the IRS targeted them for criticizing the Obama administration. Tiberi recounted how a former colleague told him about a radio host who received an audit from the IRS after he criticized the Obama administration.

"And this is not a national guy, this is a local talk show host in a city outside Ohio, and he's been very critical of the administration and as soon as he started being critical of the administration, coincidentally, he got audited and he got audited by the Cincinnati office,'" Tiberi said.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky; US: Ohio; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: impeachnow; irs; irsteaparty; kentucky; mitchmcconnell; ohio; oklahoma; patricktiberi; tomcoburn
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Keep it coming..........

Darn, time go buy more popcorn.

Oh and if anybody is watching the Penny Pritzker Commerce Sec confirmation hearings - it is the funniest pile of manure I've seen since, well yesterday.

Did you know she's qualified because the bank her family owned went bankrupt due to bad mortgage loans in of all places Chicago?

Can't make it up........oh and her money is stashed in the Caymans.

1 posted on 05/23/2013 9:55:52 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
B T T T ! ! ! ©

2 posted on 05/23/2013 9:58:57 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I want to see LARGE NUMBERS of IRS employees and Obama Regime officials heading to jail. I strongly suspect that “Tax Agents” will be as popular in prison as child molesters are.


3 posted on 05/23/2013 10:07:23 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: House Atreides

bttt


4 posted on 05/23/2013 10:08:19 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: Sub-Driver

Are we reaching critical mass?


5 posted on 05/23/2013 10:08:30 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Sub-Driver

Audit rates for Romney donors will be higher than for the average tax payer because Romney donors tend to be wealthier than the average taxpayer.

Now, if you control for wealth, and see a spike of audtis for Romney donors, that would be something.


6 posted on 05/23/2013 10:11:03 AM PDT by altsehastiin
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To: Sub-Driver

OK Sen. Coburn, the only way this gets solved is by disbanding the IRS. Can we count on you to lead the charge?

Freedom is at stake here people. If the IRS gets away with this it will never be held accountable again. They will be free to intimidate anyone at any time. Time to man up GOP.


7 posted on 05/23/2013 10:12:55 AM PDT by Lets Roll NOW (A baby isn't a punishment, Obama is)
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To: altsehastiin

People who are coming forward are reporting first-time audits after contributing to Romney, there’s your ‘control’.


8 posted on 05/23/2013 10:14:26 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: Lets Roll NOW

BTTT


9 posted on 05/23/2013 10:15:11 AM PDT by Balata (*)We came unarmed (last time)
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To: txhurl

‘.... If those teabaggers bring a knife, we bring a gun. Get in their faces.’


10 posted on 05/23/2013 10:16:23 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: Lets Roll NOW
OK Sen. Coburn, the only way this gets solved is by disbanding the IRS. Can we count on you to lead the charge?

Even if Congress disbanded the IRS, guess who gets to hire the replacements? Guess who educated them?

11 posted on 05/23/2013 10:16:23 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics usually is.)
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To: onyx; maggief; penelopesire; SE Mom; thouworm

The more normal individuals that come forward and tell their stories the sooner he goes down

The IRS Ap and Fox targeting are his attempt to silence his opposition thru intimidation Tyranny !!!


12 posted on 05/23/2013 10:17:28 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.u)
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To: Sub-Driver

bflr


13 posted on 05/23/2013 10:18:03 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Proud contributer to the Free Republic Q-2 Freepathon.)
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14 posted on 05/23/2013 10:19:25 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: RedMDer

bttt


15 posted on 05/23/2013 10:23:05 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: Sub-Driver

Can’t make it up........oh and her money is stashed in the Caymans


I believe Varney from FBN said it was a mere 80 million dollars that her accountant forgot to disclose.
OOPS!


16 posted on 05/23/2013 10:25:32 AM PDT by billys kid ("Bury me on my head for one day this world will be upside down." (Diogenes))
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To: Sub-Driver

John Cornyn of Texas has set up a hotline for businesses to report if the IRS singled them out. I hope it turns up some irrefutable trends.


17 posted on 05/23/2013 10:25:55 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: altsehastiin

Audit rates for Romney donors will be higher than for the average tax payer because Romney donors tend to be wealthier than the average taxpayer.

Now, if you control for wealth, and see a spike of audtis for Romney donors, that would be something.

Is there a definitive link to that info?


18 posted on 05/23/2013 10:27:00 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: austinaero

I’m not one of those !link?! guys but you gotta link?

It’s about to all come crashing down for POSHITUS.


19 posted on 05/23/2013 10:27:10 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: txhurl

Thanks :)


20 posted on 05/23/2013 10:27:52 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: RedMDer

Kinda surprised Megyn hasn’t mentioned this yet.


21 posted on 05/23/2013 10:32:18 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: Sub-Driver
I say this election was illicit then. And if it can be proven the admitted foreign born twice unconstitutionally elected Kenyan was involved (and he was but we need proof), then he should be impeached. But being that we no longer have a GOP but a RINO party, that will not happen which is why we have an admitted foreign born unconstitutionally elected Kenyan as POTUS in the first place.


22 posted on 05/23/2013 10:34:10 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: House Atreides

I want to see LARGE NUMBERS of IRS employees and Obama Regime officials heading to jail. I strongly suspect that “Tax Agents” will be as popular in prison as child molesters are.

Get used to disappointment

What you are wishing for could only happen in a country ruled by laws. That country is dead. The GOP will help sweep this under the rug....even though they were targeted by this. Why? I just don't know.

I weep for my country.

23 posted on 05/23/2013 10:40:50 AM PDT by RepRivFarm ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -George Orwell)
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To: austinaero

http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?p=irs-targeting-texans#Form


24 posted on 05/23/2013 10:42:34 AM PDT by Wisconsinlady (Benghazi makes a difference to more people than you thought, Hillary)
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To: txhurl

http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?p=irs-targeting-texans#Form


25 posted on 05/23/2013 10:42:53 AM PDT by Wisconsinlady (Benghazi makes a difference to more people than you thought, Hillary)
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To: txhurl

http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?p=irs-targeting-texans#Form


26 posted on 05/23/2013 10:42:53 AM PDT by Wisconsinlady (Benghazi makes a difference to more people than you thought, Hillary)
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To: altsehastiin

Actually - if you correlate donation amounts between Romney and Obama donors, with a secondary income band correlation, you would (in my opinion) see a five hundred to a thousand percent difference in audit risk. The numbers are pure guess work - but I’m confident they’re in the ball park.


27 posted on 05/23/2013 10:43:40 AM PDT by MortMan (Disarming the sheep only emboldens the wolves.)
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To: RepRivFarm

This seems too hot to cover already. The items FNC deems worthy of a BREAKING ALERT is strange... if you’re covering the IRS live, as Megyn is, can’t you slip Coburn’s story in?

I guess everybody’s on the phone with him right now.


28 posted on 05/23/2013 10:46:02 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: COBOL2Java
There is no critical mass for 0 tho. He's hands off, intentionally.

29 posted on 05/23/2013 10:46:46 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Wisconsinlady

THANK YOU!


30 posted on 05/23/2013 10:46:53 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: Sub-Driver

This is EXACTLY the kind of abuse of power by the executive branch that the founders sought to prevent.


31 posted on 05/23/2013 10:47:55 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) in a floor speech last week also said that a number of his constituents spoke of being audited during the 2012 presidential campaign for the first time.

Most people are only audited once. Audits are happening all the time. Automatic audits from matching income are increasing in frequency because the IRS is matching more data every year.

32 posted on 05/23/2013 10:52:30 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Sub-Driver

Congress should ask for the IRS’s internet records and see who all was going to donation sites like opensecrets.org (which should be blocked from gov’t computers imo)


33 posted on 05/23/2013 11:00:22 AM PDT by lwd
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To: Sub-Driver

Even Coburn seems to want to stop short of saying that the singling out of Romney donors is a fact, but it does make everyone wonder.

Indeed the big story here is that the IRS is fast losing any credibility for being impartial. Most people have had some apprehension about the IRS, and most probably inherently dislike it (no one likes to pay taxes), but this will spread fear and complete distrust.


34 posted on 05/23/2013 11:01:45 AM PDT by Cap Huff
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but this will spread fear and complete distrust.

But will it spread a real tax revolt? How do you like your TEA...one lump or two?

35 posted on 05/23/2013 11:08:15 AM PDT by EBH (The government that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: altsehastiin
Targeting the wealthy also seems inappropriate. The law should apply equally to all taxpayers, not just those above a certain income level.
Irrespective of that, there are plenty of rich Obama contributors. It would be easy enough to determine the relative rate of auditing for each income group of each party.
36 posted on 05/23/2013 11:09:30 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Sub-Driver

I think we should go print out some of those “Tax Closure” notioces that they love to plaster on the front doors of businesses when they close them down....

We should print them out and then go to our local IRS offices and tape them to their windows and doors as a protest.....

But they would send in DHS and probabaly have us all hauled away....


37 posted on 05/23/2013 11:09:31 AM PDT by GraceG
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38 posted on 05/23/2013 11:11:06 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: EBH

“tax revolt?” Maybe, but I think this is going to not only reinvigorate the Tea Party movement, it will bring some others into more active criticism of tax systems.

The whole reason the administration went so hard, so long against the Tea Party people is that they posed a real, existential threat. They have awakened the movement, I think.


39 posted on 05/23/2013 11:22:48 AM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: House Atreides

You’re dreaming. Obama is going to pardon all IRS workers who have committed felonies.


40 posted on 05/23/2013 11:25:41 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: Raycpa

I think that a lot of this is false correlation, meaning that an audit and political activity/association is only coincidental.

But, I think the question should be asked, especially in those cases where no deficiency was alleged. I went through one of those in 2012. Even the investigating agent admitted it was a waste of time, and after over $1000 in fees, my audit was closed with no change.

Somewhere, there is a record of why I was selected. If it was at an agent’s discretion, I want to know why. If they won’t say, then they deserve a visit from the FBI.


41 posted on 05/23/2013 12:03:52 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: austinaero

I would never give any information to John Cornyn. He has never been nor will he ever be a friend to any true Conservative and particularly if you are a TEA Party member or supporter.


42 posted on 05/23/2013 12:40:26 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Lets Roll NOW
Time to man up GOP.

GOP man up? You can't be serious!

43 posted on 05/23/2013 1:46:10 PM PDT by dearolddad (/i>)
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To: justlurking

When a client gets an audit notice I review the return and the documents requested and almost always can determine what triggered the audit. The document request normally tells you what triggered the audit because mixed in with the boiler plate requests is often something that is not boiler plate.

When I represent a client in an audit I want to know what they are looking for before the come. When I know what they are looking for, I can be prepared. I hate surprises in audits. It is almost always obvious what they think they can get for an adjustment.

I then do a cost benefit analysis to discuss the process of handling the audit. For example, if they are after auto expenses and the benefit of the auto expense deduction is less than the cost of supporting it we may decide to rollover.

I understand the normal field audit process to be that first returns get scored for potential income. The scoring process is secret but its not hard to see what items on a return may be questionable, the nature of the business etc. The second step is more arbitrary. Someone is supposed to manually review the selected return and assign it. Sometimes I have seen some less productive audits get assigned simply to keep staff busy or to train the auditor on procedures.

Every agent I have asked regarding the reason for selection responds that they do not know.


44 posted on 05/23/2013 2:15:23 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Raycpa

This is my point.

The audit letter didn’t request anything. It was simply an audit of my complete return. Now, do you understand why I am suspicious?

The agent didn’t challenge anything. All he did was disappear into a conference room for a day with my documentation, and sent a letter a few days later saying that there was no change. I got a final determination letter about a month later.

I didn’t expect the agent examining my return to know. But, someone made that decision. If they can’t articulate a reason, then I should have never been audited. But, if I found out they selected me for inappropriate reasons, I would file a criminal complaint.


45 posted on 05/23/2013 2:32:36 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: Sub-Driver

Wasn’t Harry Reid the on going on and on about Romneys tax records? Wonder where that info came from? Perhaps Issa or Gowdy can ask.


46 posted on 05/23/2013 3:13:53 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - Orwell)
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To: Personal Responsibility

Still no mention of this on the news.


47 posted on 05/23/2013 3:15:22 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Sub-Driver.


48 posted on 05/23/2013 3:44:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: justlurking

He did not ask for any documents?


49 posted on 05/23/2013 4:26:09 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Raycpa

None specifically. Just “everything”. My accountant just gave him copies of everything I provided to her.


50 posted on 05/23/2013 4:34:47 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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