The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to release its report on the committee’s probe of the IRS today—and it is a bombshell.
According to an advance copy of the report obtained by the Daily Caller, the IRS has been completely politicized under the Obama administration.
The targeting of conservative organizations applying for tax exempt status (termed “icky” by one IRS official) is just the beginning, according to the committee's findings.
Top IRS officials specifically targeted tea party groups and misled the public about its secret political targeting program led by ex-official Lois Lerner, according to a bombshell new congressional report.
The Daily Caller has obtained an advance copy of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report set to be released Tuesday morning that definitively proves malicious intent by the IRS to improperly block conservative groups that an IRS adviser deemed “icky.” (That’s right. “Icky.”)
“The Committee has identified eight senior leaders who were in a position to prevent or to stop the IRS’s targeting of conservative applicants,” the Oversight report states. “Each of these leaders could have and should have done more to prevent the IRS’s targeting of conservative tax-exempt applicants.”
This is profoundly disturbing: the IRS is the most feared agency is the federal government. It touches the lives of each and every one of us. Mark Tapscott at the Examiner quotes this from the report:
“Most American taxpayers find themselves at the mercy of the IRS — they must turn over sensitive information and even successful efforts to fight off erroneous agency actions can create life-altering turmoil," said the report that will be made public Tuesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
"Trust in the IRS is essential — Americans want and expect an IRS that treats them fairly and does not discriminate based on factors like race, religion, political beliefs, or legal participation in our democracy. The facts surrounding wrongdoing by the IRS and the agency’s wholly inadequate response have broken the trust that Americans placed in the IRS as a neutral and unbiased enforcer of the tax code," it said.
To enforce ObamaCare, the IRS plans to hire as many as 19,000 new agents. ObamaCare is on the brink of toppling, and maybe it is time to consider drastic tax reform that makes this gargantuan and (now we know) politically-motivated agency obsolete. Steve Forbes, for example, advocates a flat tax. Since taxpayers could fill out their forms on a postcard, a massive revenue service would not be required.
Earlier this year, we quoted Steven L. Hayes (not to be confused with the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes), president of Americans for Fair Taxation, who maintained in an article in the Examiner that the IRS could not be fixed and that the agency and our current income tax system have become “a cancer eating away at this nation, her taxpayers and our economic engine.”
Now, we know that they also think we are icky.