IRS Illegally Shared Taxpayer Info with the White House

According to the Daily Caller, emails released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reveal that IRS official Sarah Hall Ingram was among top officials who shared sensitive taxpayer information with the White House in 2012.

Ingram attempted to counsel the White House on a lawsuit from religious organizations opposing Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Email exchanges involving Ingram and White House officials — including White House health policy advisor Ellen Montz and deputy assistant to the president for health policy Jeanne Lambrew — contained confidential taxpayer information, according to Oversight.

The emails provided to Oversight investigators by the IRS had numerous redactions with the signifier “6103.”

Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code forbids a federal employee from “disclos[ing] any return or return information obtained by him in any manner in connection with his service as such an officer or an employee.”

Federal employees who illegally disclose confidential taxpayer information could face five years in prison.

“Thanks, David. Thanks for the information on [6103],” White House official Lambrew wrote to IRS official David Fish in a July 20, 2012 exchange. “I am still hoping to understand whether the 50 percent rule is moot if the organization does not offer goods and services for sale to the general public. Do we assume that organizations like [6103] do offer goods and services for sale?”

Another email from Montz to Ingram and others refers to the “[6103] memo” and the “[6103] letter” while discussing organizations that are not required to file 990′s.

Ingram appeared in the House today to testify about the IRS abuse scandal, but could not recall the discussions involving taxpayer information. Democrats treated Ingram's appearance with even less seriousness than they have treated previous IRS abuse testimony, with one Democrat member of the committee asking the IRS official if she is a witch, among other idiotic time-wasting questions.