Have you ever looked at a pile of work on your desk and wished you could just throw it all in the garbage and start fresh tomorrow? That is exactly what the IRS did recently by throwing 30 million backlogged tax filings in the garbage so it would be easier for it to dive into more audits on middle class earners.
And guess what else? The Democrats in D.C. are defending this outrageous action.
Figures, doesn’t it?
Now, imagine if this had been done under Trump! The Democrats and the media both would be screaming bloody murder.
Here is the back story, according to the Washington Examiner:
On May 22, the treasury inspector general for tax administration reported that the IRS deliberately destroyed 30 million returns in 2021 so as to relieve a backlog of paper documents in anticipation of a flood of new filings. The agency cited software limitations as an excuse.
The decision was met with widespread incredulity. “How can the agency ask taxpayers to meet their filing obligations for information returns when it cavalierly destroys duly filed documents?” asked Nina Olson, former national taxpayer advocate. Brian Streig, a certified public accountant for Calhoun, Thomson + Matza, LLP, added that “small businesses stress out every year in January trying to accurately prepare these informational returns and get them filed on time. To see the IRS just destroy these is almost like the IRS admitting they don’t really care.”
So, were the Democrats also outraged?
Apparently not. Since this action was taken with Biden in the White House, Democrats rushed to excuse it all away.
House Democrats, too, seem not to care. Before the inspector general blew the whistle, the IRS repeatedly failed to disclose to Congress or the public that it had destroyed the documents despite numerous questions from Republicans about how the agency was handling a rumored backlog. Then, after the inspector general report, House and Senate Republicans repeatedly asked the IRS for the “decision memorandum” it used to justify the destruction. The IRS refused, saying the document’s release would somehow cause a “significant risk to the agency.”
The excuse was risible considering that the Republicans’ requests specifically said the IRS could redact any “sensitive” information from the memorandum.
Therefore, Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees tax policy, proposed a congressional request for information to compel the IRS to produce the decision memorandum. Last week, the Democrats, who comprise a majority on the committee, all voted down the proposal. Democrats are not only uninterested in a fuller explanation but are actively blocking attempts to secure one. The committee meeting video shows they offered scant explanation for aiding the IRS’s cover-up other than citing a private briefing the IRS gave to some committee members (while still refusing to provide the memorandum).
So, while the IRS will audit poorer Americans at five times the rate of richer taxpayers, and while they can literally destroy your life and raid your house with armed agents at will, they also feel they can simple destroy 30 million tax returns because they just don’t feel like dealing with them.
And Democrats are excusing this?Commentary