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Senator Moran: ‘IRS Committed Felony’

The Kansas Republican says he has waited weeks for Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to answer his questions.

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Patrick Richardson

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June 14, 2013 - 12:00 am
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With the NSA wiretapping scandal dominating media, the IRS targeting scandal has taken a back seat. However, Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) is pursuing the issue with zeal.

According to Moran: two weeks before the scandal became public, he was questioning Treasury Secretary Jack Lew about the alleged targeting of conservative groups. Moran said that over the past year, the IRS has had a number of allegedly “inadvertent” releases of protected, confidential taxpayer information.

Most of these relate to the improper release of Schedule B of Form 990, which lists donors to nonprofit organizations. The IRS made these improper releases of information about nonprofit groups in response to information requests from other groups that subsequently used this information to attack the organizations and their donors.

Moran gave three particularly egregious examples:

– Last April, the IRS improperly disclosed the Schedule B donor list on the Form 990 of the National Organization for Marriage, a 501(c)(4) organization that advocates for traditional marriage between a man and a woman. While the Form 990 is publicly available, tax law and IRS regulations make clear that the Schedule B donor list of the 990 is not to be released for (c)(3)s and (c)(4)s.

– Last December, the IRS turned over to the group ProPublica several applications for non-profit status that included pending applications for tax-exempt status from a number of 501(c)(4)s . While applications for non-profit status are available to the public after an official exemption is granted, they are protected tax-return information while the application is pending.

A Moran staffer said this example is particularly damning, as it represents a felony:

“As we understand it, publishing unauthorized tax returns or return information is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $5,000, or both. Despite this, Pro Publica published information from these pending applications that it should never have received. Thus far, we have not been able to confirm that appropriate administrative or legal responses have been undertaken by the IRS and the Treasury.”

– Earlier this year, in another allegedly inadvertent disclosure, the IRS released to a group one page of the Schedule B showing donors to a 501 (c) (4) affiliated with the Republican Governors Association. Moran said that Lew told him at the hearing he had no idea about these allegations, but would get back to him with answers. To that end, Moran submitted a list of questions to Lew — these questions have yet to be answered. The scandal became public two weeks later.

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Nothing will happen, nothing. Get over it. The Republicrats have a country to loot. Hearings, outrage and mutterings, a sound and fury signifying nothing. There will be the same outrage when Obama seeks a 3rd term - he didn't create this massive vote getting engine just to turn it over to the democratic party. The Constitution no longer matters, if you haven't noticed. SCOTUS, POTUS, COTUS - it's all the same smoke and mirrors to have the power, to use the power and to keep the power. And you, sir and madam, debate the issues, as if there were any, assisted by pundits and blogs that are out of breath, out of power, in fact, out of it completely, like here. There is only the power: at your local paramilitary police force, your state national guard, your federal agencies and their swat teams, the army of federal prosecutors, the FISA courts and the contributions of the corporations and unions to assist and abet this power. Nothing will happen, go back to your little jobs, your debased currency, your arguments with the bank and credit companies; send your children off to the propaganda mills, spend your time with video games, pornography and mega sports events. For those on the fringe, polish up your marksmanship and wait for a home invasion. Nothing will happen, go to sleep now, if you need medicine, it will be provided, as needed. That's it. Shhhh. Everything is fine. Nothing will happen.
1 year ago
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Is there a RICO-type act that this would fall under?
1 year ago
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And with the Justice Department controlled by Obama loyalists, who really thinks anyone is going to be charged with a crime?
1 year ago
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Please continue to rattle this cage, Jerry! You have my unrelenting support if you help nail these evil-doers to the wall. I'm sick of the corruption.
1 year ago
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Don't hold your breath waiting for Eric The Red Holder to file any charges.
1 year ago
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The IRS clearly committed a felony, and what is most worrisome, is that their same enforcement agents will soon be armed to the teeth, if not stopped - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/06/03/irs-enforcement-agents-to-be-armed-with-shotguns-as-law-abiding-citizens-are-disarmed-where-is-this-headed-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

NOT only that, but all of these scandals are similar in scope and in intent. In other words, the IRS has every piece of pertinent financial data on most Americans. The NSA has every piece of communication of most Americans. The DOJ, which operates in tandem with DHS (whether most Americans realize it or not), as well as with NSA, is being overseen by Valerie Jarrett, a communist & Islamist sympathizer. She is Obama's "hidden hand" (as is John Brennan) and ideological twin. She is inordinately powerful!
In other words, the top tier of America's power centers (State Dept included) are under the purview of very dangerous anti-Americans. To not understand this nexus allows each separate scandal to appear separate, consequently, of lesser import. They are wholly interconnected.
And the above is no conspiracy theory. Just connect the dots.
Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
1 year ago
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Actually, the IRS does not represent our U.S. Constitution, as the IRS is an unfair tax collecting system – (a “voluntary tax system” but with force is a contradiction incongruity). If it’s a “voluntary tax system” why should anyone participate?

Oppression and government employee corruption is everywhere in the USA. An individual does not have choices anymore, as their choices are limited by the U.S. government employees and their regulations. The elected that are meant to protect this nation’s Freedoms; have instead destroyed our Freedoms; they have regulated and taxed us to death to the point that the oppression in this country is in the anger phase.

A FAIR AND EQUAL TAX SYSTEM:
“We the People” need “Individual Freedoms” / the “Free Enterprise / Market System” upheld; and my TRANSACTING TAX in place -The TRANSACTION TAX is my idea that I thought about back in the early 1970’s when I was working alongside my father Fred H. Vahlsing Jr. for our family’s companies. I want to abolish all taxes at the federal level, at the State level and at the local level; and I want to put in place my TRANSACTION TAX which is the most “fairest” tax on earth. Everyone pays -- No Exceptions / No Exemptions. Everyone pays on every transaction a 12% tax--including all donations to non-profits, foundations, churches, etc. (No Exceptions / No Exemptions / EVERYONE PAYS). This TRANSACTION TAX will cause the stock market manipulators to cease their manipulating market games; as they will have to pay 12% on every securities transaction. At the same time we must abolish every tax that is existent. Every time a dollar is transacted; 12% goes to the Feds; no matter what entity or who is transacting the dollar – (part of this 12% TRANSACTION TAX to be shared with each State directly using location where the initiated transaction took place). The wealthy do not want this TRANSACTION TAX as they know that they will not be able to avoid this tax and that they will be hit the hardest. That’s why when any one promotes a tax similar to my TRANSACTION TAX; the wealthy uses their leverage to stop it. But they don’t understand that in the long run the wealthy would come out ahead considerably; if they did the math they would understand this. Our economy would flourish, as the business arena using this TRANSACTION TAX system would equal the competition playing field for all enterprises (new and established).

The IRS must be shut down and my TRANSACTION TAX system put in place. We must abolish every tax that is existent (the U.S. Congress must stop the States and local governments from creating any kind of taxation including property tax). All existing taxes must be abolished at the federal level, State level and local level and put in place my TRANSACTION TAX system. Do the math on this. At some point the 12% could be dropped down to 8% or 5% because this TRANSACTION TAX system will increase “supply and demand” in the market.

The U.S. Congress must stop the States and Local governments from collecting any type of tax. I will list a few here - such as property tax and special assessment tax, sales tax, profession license tax, business taxes and fees of any kind (franchise taxes, etc.), vehicle reg. tax, driver license tax, CDL license tax, tractor-trailer taxes, shipping taxes, building permits taxes and fees, assorted fuel taxes, oil tax, pollution tax, utility tax, water tax, sewer tax, communications tax, carbon tax, farm animals and pet taxes, all special and excise taxes (including cigarette excise; estate; bank franchise; insurance franchise; ore; energy mineral severance; coin operated laundromat license fees; beer, wine and distilled spirits; gaming excise; beer and liquor license fees; and alcohol beverage brand registration fees), capital gains tax, “?THE FANNY TAX?”, j-walking tax, including and not limited to a million or more hidden illegal taxes, fees and fines, etc., etc….

Do the math – if you shut down the IRS tomorrow and fired every IRS employee, what would that cost saving be? ($ about ten to twelve-billion in savings?) …
We the People are powerful in numbers. Shut the IRS down now.
1 year ago
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1‰ (0,1%) would be more realistic.
1 year ago
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Wow, 12%! The transaction tax has been tested and failed at rates of 1%. The problem is not the everyday normal transactions , but the financial transactions (and not all of them are "manipulations" or "speculation") , 1% was enough to cause at stall in the economy, now 12% would produce a nihilistic chaos.
1 year ago
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This stalling seems to be having its desired effect somewhere. Liberal chatters are agreeing with Elijah Cummings. Time to move on. The longer the investigations drag out, the "clearer" it is that Republicans are obsessed and will not stop their witch hunt until a witch is found -- or created.
1 year ago
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It's a witch hunt, alright. With real witches.
1 year ago
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Holy crapballs, the Daily Beast and their mostly Illiberal useful idiot readers are-a-talkin!?

Alright then. If you believe everyone should contact Issa to stop and desist this investigation then by golly that's the 'right thing'.

Come on..!

Investigations don't, 'drag out'. They take longer when Lew & like-minded lifelong grifters drag their feet in providing information. Whereas you believe the case should be mothballed?

Lame.
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