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  •  Collins has it right. Don't think most folks (12+ / 0-)

    give a whit about the IRS auditing and investigating as long as it's doing it to someone else.  It's always good to know that an agency is actually doing its job, but of course that's not what conservatives want because it's now become tyranny.
    Noonan can compare these scandals to Teapot Dome, the Brits' Mandy Rice-Davies, or Prez Warren Harding if she likes.  It gives her ever more reasons to swing her hair like Tallulah Bankhead while some watch in fascination to see when she's going to pass out.

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    by judyms9 on Sat May 18, 2013 at 04:51:20 AM PDT

    •  where is the petition?? (11+ / 0-)

      demanding ABC's Jonathan Karl reveal the names of the Republicans associated with providing him an EDITED and FALSE Benghazi email.....I'm ready to sign!

      "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

      by MartyM on Sat May 18, 2013 at 05:03:47 AM PDT

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    •  besides the IRS is supposedly auditing a smaller (5+ / 0-)

      number of returns than ever before and this was before agency furloughs due to sequestration.  If I remember correctly, the irony is that the reduction in audits is at the top end of the scale while the middle class still risks the same number of audits or perhaps even more than they have historically in the past.

      Now where is the outrage over billionaires skating with their offshore accounts while Joe Sixpack sweats out a line by line?

    •  I'd get more excited about it 1 IF it seemed to (1+ / 0-)
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      be more that a screw up and 2. if there hadn't been worse done pretty much as long as the IRS has been in business.

      I've had some dealings with them over the last couple years . I have a rather small, fixed income so you'd think no problem but one year they decided they knew better than I and when I should have paid a modest sum, as I indicated on my return, they sent me a not so modest refund. I convinced them I shouldn't pay penalties for their error so victory! - kind of.) Then I sent them a new automatic withdrawal form when my bank changed hands. They used it for a few months, then for some reason reverted to the old, non-existent account & expunged the new account info. I've bumped into a few agents there who have really no clue which used never to be the case. Things seem kind of screwed up there in general & when you contact them it can take 6-8 weeks to get a reply.

      As for item 2, back in the day I my (now ex) husband was involved with the local branch of the committee to impeach Nixon & wrote a couple of letters to the editor. Sure enough our pitifully poor income tax return (only wages, barely above poverty line (I was just out of college & he was still in) only standard deduction, no investments, etc.) was audited & no one (at the IRS) seemed to know what they were looking for. It appears to have been purely an annoyance audit & I understand we were one of many that year. My understanding is this "scandal" doesn't even involve audits, just applications for tax exempt status where, in my opinion, they are way too casual anyway.

      Where are we going and what am I doing in this handbasket?

      by gelfling545 on Sat May 18, 2013 at 05:55:36 AM PDT

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