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!