Bob Woodward: ‘There still are lot of unanswered questions re IRS’

Oh I suppose this adds some credibility to those of us who are still making noises about the IRS scandal. After yesterday’s post one would think this would make it as a headliner. IRS can seize bank accounts on suspicion, no crime required. In truth, now with this administration’s stone walling, it takes big bucks and a lucky draw of a decent Judge to get any documentation. The Freedom of Information act be damned.

So, Woodward’s comment is relegated to the micro bloggers to make notice. So here is my feeble attempt to keep the story relevant.

Woodward said, “The reality now in my view that in the Obama administration, there are lots of unanswered questions about the IRS, particularly. If I were young, I would take Carl Bernstein and move to Cincinnati where that IRS office is and set up headquarters and go talk to everyone.”

Woodward added that when it comes to the IRS scandal — in which conservative groups reportedly have been targeted and officials have claimed computer data has been lost — the important questions to ask are still, “What are the facts? What really happened?”

More over with clip Breitbart

IRS can seize bank accounts on suspicion, no crime required

Anyone still think we are not living in a Banana Republic? This ought to do it. An out of control government totally. Where is the media? That’s right, more than happy to go along with the regime. Surprise, this from the NY Times no less. Wonders never cease.

For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her checking account, almost $33,000.

The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report.

Using a law designed to catch drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking their cash, the government has gone after run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation that they have committed serious crimes. The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up.

More at The New York Times

IRS threatens Church, says owes $325,000. Church has 20 members

Anyone want to bet that there will be no threats to any Mosque? I wonder how soon Eric Holder will take on the case for criminal charges? Yet how many churches are heavily involved in politics and keep their non-profit status. A sore point of mine since I have left several churches over their rabid political bent. A nice post for a Sunday, isn’t it?

Members of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, told the Topeka Capital-Journal this week that they never meant to break the law back in 2003, when a member of the church started running a daycare center for low-income families out of a church building.

That daycare center closed in 2007, and the woman who ran it no longer attends the church — but she apparently left a mess on the church’s hands.

“She did not keep pay records and did not pay all the payroll deductions for employees,” said interim pastor Gary Roten. “Once this was discovered, the IRS came for payment from Emmanuel.”

The IRS is apparently placing the blame for the unpaid taxes squarely on the church, which has shrunken from roughly 100 members in 2003 to around 20 now, the Capital-Journal reported.

The tax bill: $210,000 in payroll tax delinquencies and $115,000 in penalties.

With a meager $7,000 in the bank, it’s unclear how the church could possibly pay the debt.

The congregation fears the IRS could seize their property, something that the Capital-Journal noted had only been done once before in U.S. history:

Emmanuel Baptist Church’s property is valued on Shawnee County tax rolls at $721,910. Church leaders and members scoff at that amount, saying the church would fetch only a fraction of that amount on the market. A third-party appraisal of the church property placed its value at $261,500.

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Perhaps of greatest concern, church leaders said, the IRS “failed to consider that in the entire history of the United States, the government has only seized a church building once in 2001, which was the result of that church’s leadership refusal to pay employment taxes.”

The next meeting between the church and IRS is set for sometime in October in Kansas City, Mo. That meeting could determine the church’s ultimate fate. Members and leaders hope Emmanuel Baptist doesn’t become the second church in U.S. history to be seized by the IRS.

H/T:The Blaze

Now an IRS agent in every Church? Agrees to monitor sermons

Is this another sweet heart “out of court” settlement deal? The EPA has been notorious in the so-called “out of court” deals. A “friendly” environmental group files a suit and of course the EPA is more than happy to come up with a so-called “settlement” which is nothing more than a wink and a nod on the part of both parties. Now we are moving on to the Churches? I am sure Lois Lerner is smiling. Interesting that today we learn that the IRS was giving “special attention” to those supporting Israel. Here we go:

The IRS has agreed to pay closer attention to what is said in houses of worship after reaching a settlement with a secularist group in federal court last week.

On Friday, the IRS settled a lawsuit filed in 2012 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). The Wisconsin group brought the lawsuit because it said the IRS was ignoring complaints about churches violating their tax-exempt statuses. Specifically, FFRF said many churches promote political issues, legislation, and/or candidates from the pulpit in violation of the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which requires that non-profits not endorse candidates.

According to FFRF, the IRS has not followed a 2009 ruling requiring it to hire someone to keep an eye on church politicking. The IRS says it hasn’t ignored the ruling, but merely failed to follow it.

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But let us not stop here. We know the drill about the targeting of the iRS.  Churches and now the support of  Israel will put a bulls eye on one.

Today, more emails were released from Congressional investigations into the IRS scandal. You know, the one where our Dear Leader used federal agencies to target the political opposition with repression and abuse.  The Wall Street Journal reports today, in an article called “The IRS’s Foreign Policy, that now evidence has emerged that it wasn’t just American conservative groups our president was criminally targeting for special attention.  It was targeting groups supporting the Jewish State of Israel.

An IRS email unearthed in Congressional discovery asks these questions to a Jewish group applying for tax-exempt status: (1) “Does your organization support the existence of the land of Israel?” and (2) “Describe your organization’s religious belief system toward the land of Israel.”  So tell me how that issue is worthy of IRS attention?  The obvious answer is that it is not.  It’s only relevant to a presidential administration taking its cues from an anti-semitic leader.

By the way, on Monday, the IRS filed motions to stop all discovery in the case.  This lawsuit is not even asking for damages.  I wonder what they are afraid of?

Read more at Western Journalism

Lois Lerner’s potential partner in crime blocked by Grassley before being targeted

So how many drips does it take to make more than a smidgen? I think we are getting very close. True the Vote, an organization that was targeted is running the IRS issue through the courts, and it looks like the agency didn’t get a very friendly Judge. First this update before the new smidgen:

Another federal judge tells IRS to explain itself on lost emails

IRS attorneys will be even busier than normal next week, because another federal judge has told them to show up in court July 11 to defend the federal tax agency.

They will have to explain to U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton why the IRS shouldn’t be required to let an outside expert evaluate whether emails on the computer hard drives of former IRS official Lois Lerner and six colleagues really are lost forever, as the agency recently told Congress.

Ex-Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner tried to audit Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley after Grassley blocked President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice (DOJ) tax division, an executive branch insider told The Daily Caller.

Grassley made it more difficult for the IRS and DOJ to work together to target conservative groups by blocking Obama’s political appointee Mary L. Smith from taking over the DOJ Tax Division, which prosecutes criminal cases for the IRS. Grassley held up the nomination in early 2010, just as Lerner and fellow IRS officials were mapping out their targeting strategy. The White House later withdrew Smith’s nomination.

Grassley made sure that no Obama political nominee got confirmed for the post, and kept in a “career,” or non-political, DOJ tax head for another two years.

The source confirmed to The Daily Caller that the White House and IRS officials “were very upset at Senator Grassley and Republicans for blocking a vote on Mary Smith’s nomination.”

The IRS relies on the DOJ Tax Division to prosecute both criminal and civil cases, and has entire legal teams devoted to making DOJ referrals. Placing a political appointee as assistant attorney general for the DOJ Tax Division was a top priority for the Obama White House..

Read more at the Daily Caller

IRS admits guilt, settles with conservative group for $50,000 for revealing names

Opportunity missed big time. So the IRS settles without going to court for a measly $50,000? Had the organization gone to court, discovery would have revealed names, names names. That is what we want. And we want the names to go to jail. The National Organization for marriage did an epic fail.  NOM feels relief? After your donor list was revealed???? How about the damage to your donors?

Washington Free Beacon:

The IRS has agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) for unlawfully releasing its private information to a gay rights group that is a political rival, the Daily Signal has learned.

NOM expressed relief at the settlement agreement.

“Congress made the disclosure of confidential tax return information a serious matter for a reason,” NOM chairman John D. Eastman told The Daily Signal. “We’re delighted that the IRS has now been held accountable for the illegal disclosure of our list of major donors from our tax return.”

 

In February 2012, the Human Rights Campaign posted on its web site NOM’s 2008 tax return and the names and contact information of the marriage group’s major donors, including soon-to-be Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. That information then was published by the Huffington Post and other liberal-leaning news sites.

 

HRC’s president at the time, Joe Solmonese, was tapped that same month as a national co-chairman of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

 

Eastman said an investigation in the civil lawsuit determined that someone gave NOM’s tax return and list of major donors to Boston-based gay rights activist Matthew Meisel. Email correspondence from Meisel revealed that he told a colleague of “a conduit” to obtain the marriage group’s confidential information.

Read more at the Beacon

The IRS, Elijah Cummings, True the Vote and a ‘smidgen of corruption’

After reading copies of letters, links included below, we may just take down one big fish with Elijah Cummings. Take a minute or two to read them for truly some feel good moments. We catch bits and pieces of the story, but the letters lay it all out.

Hats off to the True the Vote women, Catherine Engelbrecht, for hanging tough.

True the Vote released this statement on Wednesday following the report released by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) implicating Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in colluding with the IRS and Lois Lerner against the nonpartisan voters rights group.

Engelbrecht added, “We filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Cummings in February. Today we’re amending that filing to include this latest revelation. As I have said in my testimony before Congress; I will not retreat, I will not surrender, I will not be intimidated. I will not ask Rep. Cummings, Lois Lerner, Barack Obama, or anyone else, for permission to exercise my constitutional rights.”

Click here for a copy of the letter from Chairman Issa and five Subcommittee Chairman to Ranking Member Cummings.

Click here for documents about Cummings’interactions with the IRS about True the Vote.

Democrat Elijah Cummings Faces Up to Five Years in Federal Prison for obstructing the Congressional hearing.

Catherine Engelbrecht testified before Congress in February.

She was targeted by FBI, IRS, ATF, and OSHA after she filed for tax exempt status for her voters rights group.

Engelbrecht said her testimony before Congress and Cummings,
“Frankly, to sit before my accuser and be silent in the face of what he did was unconscionable.”

H/T:
EMAILS CONFIRM LOIS LERNER FUNNELED INFO ON CONSERVATIVE GROUP TO DEMOCRAT CUMMINGS

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