Who's behind IRS audits?

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Members of the Tea Party are not alone in the scandalous IRS audits. IRS audits have long been a tool of intimidation and punitive action by federal authorities. This I can verify from personal experience and is a matter of record at the IRS.

My first experience followed the organized work stoppage by the independent trucker groups in 1971 and 1972 in response to the fuel shortage and soaring pump prices – later verified in federal court to be a “created crisis” by the oil companies. My involvement resulted in a tax audit by the IRS. A short time later, in hearings by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Small Business Committee, testimony revealed that leaders of the trucker groups had all been audited. This was during the Nixon administration.

Several years ago, after more than two years of research, my associate and I contacted the incoming U.S. secretary of energy to request research and development of a patented alternative energy device that had been suppressed. Soon after, we both received notice of IRS audits.

Mine was required to be conducted by the Boise, Idaho, office of the IRS. It was done in a manner clearly intended to be intimidating and punitive. I was penalized several thousand dollars. I appealed the decision while paying on the penalty. Several years later, in a review held at the Augusta office, I recovered more than half of the penalty. After a lengthy delay, payment was received through the intercession of U.S. Rep. Paul Broun and U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson.

Needless to say, our advocacy of alternative energy inventions ended.

The investigation of the IRS must go beyond management to the origin of the orders. We can hope that the end result will prove the need for tax reform!

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lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 05/29/13 - 12:09 am
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same folks

Who's behind the audits? Same people that rigged this election in 2012 and now sit in the tarnished White House. A disgrace for our nation indeed.

chascushman
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chascushman 05/29/13 - 07:58 am
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very, very true loving.
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'Same people that rigged this election in 2012 and now sit in the tarnished White House.'

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/29/13 - 09:30 am
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The Obama administration has
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The Obama administration has no knowledge of what the Obama administration is doing. Ignorance is their defense.

deestafford
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deestafford 05/29/13 - 10:26 am
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There are a number of tenacles to this beast.

It originally started under the progressive Teddy Roosevelt when Congress began turning over some of its responsibilities and duties to administrative agencies beginning with the Interstate Commerce Commission. Then the IRS was formed under the super progressive Wilson. It has evolved to such a point that agencies such as the IRS, EPA, and various cabinets now run the government with just cursory "oversight" by Congress. Congress has now become almost a figurehead.

The Gestapo would have loved to have had the intimidation and power of the IRS.

faithson
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faithson 05/29/13 - 06:01 pm
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the law

after watergate a law was passed that does not allow any interaction between the executive branch and anyone other than the director, period. Now if we can find a lawbreaker through these investigations he will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, period. let the investigators do their work, I am sure there is a whistle blower out there who would love to speak, if he has anything to say... big IF

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Darby 05/29/13 - 06:04 pm
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"A disgrace for our nation indeed."

More of a disgrace to the legacy left to us by the founding fathers and the patriots who died giving us our nation and the Constitution.

Franklin said that we have a republic, if we can keep it.

I feel it virtually slipping through our collective fingers.

KSL
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KSL 05/29/13 - 07:42 pm
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I heard today that the head

I heard today that the head honcho at thr IRS, who took over the job in 2007, visited the WH, with ozbo in it, a total of 118 times. Unprecedented, since he is not supposed to be a policy advisor. This smacks of wrongdoing, starting at the very top.

KSL
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KSL 05/29/13 - 08:16 pm
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Former head honcho, that is.

Former head honcho, that is.

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