IRS Admits, Apologizes For Targeting Conservatives During 2012 Election

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: you can't make this up

Just because you are a conservative and paranoid, doesn't mean the IRS is not after you. And, assuming the AP was not hacked again, this is precisely what happened. In a stunning disclosure, the supposedly impartial Internal Revenue Service has admitted and apologized for flagging and subjecting to extra reviews, conservative political groups - those that included the words "tea party" or "patriot" - during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. No such privilege was apparently afforded to groups identifying themselves as "liberal." 

From AP:

The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.


Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.


Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington.


Many conservative groups complained during the election that they were being harassed by the IRS. They said the agency asked them an inordinate number of questions to justify their tax-exempt status.


Certain tax-exempt charitable groups can conduct political activities but it cannot be their primary activity.

It does make one wonder, just how far the IRS goes to make the lives of conservatives a living hell: will all 2012 tax audits be those who on their facebook profile admit to liking Ron Paul? And just how far does the IRS invade personal privacy to determine how any one tax filer is indeed, a "conservative?" But don't worry - aside from the obvious persecutions, America is a free country for one and all.

One wonders: how long until "conservatives" engage in "tax-avoiding" blowback and really give the IRS reason to persecute them. Alternatively, one wonders the IRS is simply limited by logistical considerations, due to the notional difference in number of actual tax filings submitted by "conservatives" vs "liberals" and the prepondrance of one group over the other...

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Almost Solvent's picture

Easy way to avoid audits - get an Obamaphone and a SNAP card

The Phu's picture

I'm going to legally change my name to "Tea Party Patriot Phu" just to ensure that I piss off the IRS each and every year.

Pladizow's picture

Another reason to flee the plantation!

ZH audited in 3...2...1...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The IRS was deliberately set up to act as a blunt instrument of the (presently elected and/or self proclaimed) ruling class. Don't think for a moment that every administration in power for decades, either Demo or Repub, has not used the IRS and various other real and quasi governmental agencies to serve their own purposes.

There is only one purpose for power. That purpose is to use it....preferably against "your" enemies real and imagined.

Doubleguns's picture

Simply more of an argument for "Fair Tax" to be passed and the elimination of the IRS.

Joe Davola's picture

Or, your check goes directly to them and they then dole out what you "deserve".

redpill's picture

Oh, they 'apologized' so everything is OK.  We need repeal the 16th amendment and abolish this group of thugs.

SamAdams's picture

Mr Cog is correct.  The IRS is not part of your government, but a tool of the International Bankers and Masons.  You want proof, take a look at this:

wee-weed up's picture

Tricky Dick Nixon Admin Part Deux.

somecallmetimmah's picture

Tricky Dick's got NOTHING on this guy.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Hasn't SC[R]OTUS already ruled that the 16A granted no new powers of taxation to The CONgress?

Pegasus Muse's picture

I didn't know David Axelrod was demoted to a "low-level [IRS] worker in Cincinnati"...   Some downgrade, eh?

Joe Davola's picture

It's always some low level flack who does this stuff.

And the part about the flack looking for a big promotion as a reward is always left out of the story.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

+ 1

Yes, plausible denial, the oldest trick in the IRS playbook.

imapopulistnow's picture

“Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you”
? Joseph Heller, Catch-22

NoDebt's picture

They apologize?  Where I come from an apology comes with two other things attached to it:

1.  Saying you won't do it again (even if you know you will, which they will)

2.  Hand the people who were wrongly targeted their money back.  No, no, no- we could never do that, could we?


pods's picture

Might I add:

3. Suck on a Liberator.


Stackers's picture

Simply more reason for repealing the 16th amendment which was never legally ratified in the first place.

tarsubil's picture

That is the truly fair tax plan. Thought experiment: If you didn't have to pay income taxes in dollars, would you continue to use them?

goBackToSleep's picture

I guess that's why I would like a percentage of my 401k in the precious. A little birdy told me that they can't tax what they are unable to track. Of course, there will never be an underground economy arise from political policy.......... Who would have thunk it?

goBackToSleep's picture

I guess that's why I would like a percentage of my 401k in the precious. A little birdy told me that they can't tax what they are unable to track. Of course, there will never be an underground economy arise from political policy.......... Who would have thunk it?

kchrisc's picture

If the gov is criminal and treasonous and "tax" is synonymous with theft then please define "fair tax" for me.

Seems that it would be a creature that is associated with unicorns?!            hujel

The_Dude's picture

Why just an apology?  Where is the announcement of heads rolling?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

It was just a few low level "rogue" examiners. Plausible deniability bitches.

"Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington."

shovelhead's picture

It's always "That friggin guy in the mailroom went rogue."

DachsieLady's picture

Right on.

The IRS and every single one of the state tax agencies operates in the same manner.  None of them fairly enforce the law.  And the handing out of exemptions, even at the city and county level, as well as, of course, the state and federal level is just one big under-the-table exchange and joke.

If you point out a major avoidance of state tax in my state, you cannot get the attention of any agency head, any state legislator, or any city council member.  They only enforce the law on a matter when they get something in return.  Otherwise, they could care less about the lawful and fair enforcement of tax laws, or any laws for that matter.

I think it is kind of funny that everybody is making a big story of this IRS disclosure of their wrongdoing.  Doesn't everyone know that the disclosure was a politically calculated disclosure for who knows what political manipulation du jour?  This is no slip-up or goof on any IRS person's part.  This is more corrupt conduct by the IRS and their commissioner and other employees.

Maybe the powers that be want to deposit some political chits in the GOP purse for next time around joke presidential elections.

Sometimes the corruption reaches such a level that almost every story of this kind is just a curious joke.


GraveyardSpiral's picture

You should hypenate the word -Al Something or -Mohammed in there somewhere too!

1100-TACTICAL-12's picture

Same goes for your childrens vaccination waver, just write in you're muslim & you wont hear a fucking peep from anyone...

XitSam's picture

If it is a federal form, it would be a crime to make a knowingly false statement.

NidStyles's picture

It's not false if you tell them it's true.

LFMayor's picture

Well, whatever you do, just don't break any rules.
The very thought makes me all flushed and fluttery, fetch the smelling salts!

Race Car Driver's picture

I junked ya for being that kind of a jerk-off.



Chaos_Theory's picture

Johny Corzine called and laughed for an hour.  Suck it Trebek!

Socratic Dog's picture

Is that true?  Got a link?  Sounds like an ace strategy to me.

takeaction's picture

I am one of those Ron Paul supporters that got hammered.  $52,000 in back taxes...$28,000 in penalties and fines.  Nothing you can do either.  They took my business and said it was a "Hobby" and nulified all deductions for years.  Of course I proved to them that I had a business.  They even came to my house to see all of the equipment.  THey said "Nope".  And my attorneys said it would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight them, and we would probably lose...  This is real.  

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"Pay me now, pay me later, pay me always." - IRS drinking song

MachoMan's picture

Responding to the thread starter, do you do your own taxes?  If not, I'd say you need to have a little chat with your accountant...  sounds like you got nailed on a simple hobby loss issue.  And, not to take the wind from your sails, but this is something the IRS is really cracking down on, universally.  You'll have to show income every few years to avoid this...  you eat a small tax bill every so often (leaving deductions on the table) to ensure you don't get an anus fisting by the tax man.

Aside from the fact that...  you've got a built in loser/hobby and, if you're normal, then you're probably keeping it around solely for its ability to "lose" you money.  If you play with fire...

McMolotov's picture

That absolutely sucks. Going after the political opposition reeks not just of corruption, but also of desperation. The ship seems to be sinking fast — might be time to leave while we still can.

Temporalist's picture

Where are you going?  I will go.  I hear Newt Gingrich has a moon base.  Seems the only logical place to go.

McMolotov's picture

Growing up, I never thought I'd want to leave this country. I honestly don't know where to go, but stories like this make me want to live somewhere else.

I'm open to suggestions, but I fear a moon base may be the only option for avoiding all this creeping fascism.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

got into a verbal scuffle with Ted kennedy staff years ago and was audited the next 5 years, love you liberals

TeamDepends's picture

Freedom isn't free!!!!  Mc, we need you here to help in the fight to restore the Rule of Law, the foundation of our Republic.  Besides, there's nowhere to go....

McMolotov's picture

At some point, though, you have to start wondering if there's anything left that's worth saving. I don't have anything in common with most of the people around me except a few friends and some family, and a lot of people on here are probably in the same position. I'm beginning to think this country is like a terminal cancer patient, and no amount of fighting the disease can save it.

On the plus side, if enough people think like me, it's bullish for alcohol sales.

Blano's picture

Right there with ya.  Few friends, nothing in common with anyone, have a hard time wanting to serve a community that mostly opposes what I believe.

Vagabond's picture

Have you guys considered joining like-minded people?  The free state project seems like a good option.

Mike7.62's picture

As bad as things might be getting, this is the ONLY place on the planet where the citizens still have the tools to change it should things get desperate enough. When people have nothing left to lose, they will then take action. Removing yourself to another locale to "save" yourself and your wealth only places you in a position where you're an outsider perceived to have wealth, and no means to defend yourself. Should the locals or the local authorities decide to take action against you, you will be at a grave disadvantage. Look to the British expats in Spain for an example.


Leviathan is worldwide, and I personally prefer to stay in a place where I'm at least a native familiar with the culture and have friends/relatives for support, speak the language, and still have the means to attempt to change things. People like Doug Casey and Simon Black are always touting removing to another locale, but always leave out the downside. Hoping for the charity of strangers and the forbearance of reptiles I suppose.

LFMayor's picture

Yes, This!

Fight where you stand.  Instead of running, save your breath for the Shit Fling Olympics.