The IRS policy that was used to justify the infamous targeting of conservatives and tea party organizations seeking tax-exemption status during the 2010 and 2012 election campaigns is still in place, watchdog group Cause of Action Institute reported via The Daily Caller.
Apparently the extremely biased targeting was enforcing policy, not disobeying it.
As The New American reported, “The IRS handbook asks employees to halt tax-exempt applications that are ‘likely to attract media or congressional attention’ and prepare ‘sensitive case reports’ for their supervisors if a case falls into several categories, including those that are deemed ‘newsworthy, or that have the potential to become newsworthy.’”
As if today’s media couldn’t make anything “news.” CNN spent time this week discussing whether or not President Donald Trump is afraid of stairs — seriously.
Under these conditions, it hardly seems fair to penalize someone for showing the potential to make the news.
“Targeting was — and is — IRS policy, not a violation of it,” the report said, according to The Daily Caller, noting that the policy was still in place. “As a result, American taxpayers are at risk for similar treatment in the future.”
Giving employees the directive to halt tax-exempt applications for organizations that are likely to attract attention could definitely lead to mischief. It politicizes the entire process, because government employees don’t operate from the standpoint of godlike objectivity. It’s too easy to make a policy work against someone they don’t agree with, while overlooking people they like.
We need to abolish the IRS anyway … but you already knew that.
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H/T The Daily Signal