Remember when the IRS denied singling out tea party groups and delaying their tax exemption requests? Remember when they then withdrew that denial but then said that they destroyed the donor lists and didn’t use them for anything?
There’s now another thing to remember: they did NOT destroy those lists as promised.
Furthermore, House Republicans checked those lists and determined that about 10% of the donors to tea party groups had their tax returns audited. There is no proof that this was intentionally done at this point, but as the typical audit rates for Americans is less than 1%, it’s not absurd to wonder if an audit rate ten-times the average is something other than accidental.
In a House Ways and Means Committee meeting last week, Republicans presented this information to the new Commissioner John Koskinen. Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) said:
The committee uncovered new information indicating that after groups provided the information to the IRS, nearly one in 10 donors were subject to audit.
The abuse of discretion and audit selection must be identified and stopped.
The IRS Commissioner did not respond to the information nor did the IRS respond to requests for further comment.
It used to be a funny comment to warn a politically active friend about a possible audit. Now, with the President, his party, most of the media, and even some Republicans, having spent years warning about the destructive influence of the tea party and their rhetoric, that joke isn’t funny any more…
H/T Washington Times