IRS probe ignored most influential groups on right and left, targeted 'the little guy'

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  • the truth Holladay, UT
    May 19, 2013 5:04 p.m.


    The scandal has been admitted to.

    IT not even an issue that they went after certain groups, most certainly to silence their voices, with a costly and belabored application process.

    And the fact government was using tyrannical powers to do this should be abhorrent whether you agree with those voices or not.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 18, 2013 8:53 p.m.

    Of course they start with their unprecedented demands for voluminous documentation from the small groups. They are less likely to have high priced lawyers doing the paperwork, and thus will be the easiest to intimidate. Then, the IRS only has to point out to the larger groups "Nice little group you got here. Be a shame if anything happened to youse guys," and point out that other groups have given up.

    This was a purely political exercise, with the goal of suppressing votes from conservatives, one of the most dastardly deeds in a democracy.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2013 7:00 p.m.

    The business woman in Texas who had not be audited in 20 years claims she had 17 federal agency (IRS, OSHA, ATF, FBI) visits after applying for a tax-exempt organization status illustrates that the IRS misconduct was not an error in judgment or an unwise decision. If true, these abuses are not the IRS just over zealously doing their job. While apologies are in order, if laws were broken there should also be justice. IF Mr. Obama, Mr. Holder and the former IRS chief do not have answers, just who is in charge?

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    May 18, 2013 6:56 p.m.

    The tax code needs to be totally and completely overhauled and the IRS abolished. Never again should this kind of intimidation happen. And anybody in the administration who had knowledge of this while it was happening needs to resign.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    The real IRS scandal should be that a lot of organizations (right and left) are getting a tax exempt status reserved for organizations that are primarily for social welfare when these groups are clearly primarily for political activism.