Senator Ron Johnson [R-WI] wants to know why the IRS that claimed it lost 80,000 emails, later emails were recovered by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) office. Senator Johnson is giving the IRS until February 24 to respond to his requests.
In November of 2014, the TIGTA reported that almost 30,000 emails were recovered from disaster recovery tapes. It has now recovered 80,000 emails, almost 64,000 of them are probably duplicates, which leaves 16,000 original emails.
In a letter sent to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday, Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, asked for information detailing how the emails were lost when the IRS had reported that it had gone "to 'great lengths' and made 'extraordinary efforts' to find the emails" sent or received by former IRS official Lois Lerner. … Since TIGTA recovered the 80,000 emails from the disaster recovery tapes, Johnson also wants to know what efforts were made by the IRS to recover emails from the same tapes. … Johnson also told the IRS that he wants to know if the federal agency has given Congress all evidence showing its communications with the White House, after TIGTA said that it found "some 2,500 documents that, potentially, show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obama's White House.
It may be taking too long for this investigation to be concluded and truth be told, but at least someone hasn't allowed it to disappear.
Our judicial system has long needed house cleaning.
Rick Ungar, NewsMax wrote that the latest IRS unethical behavior is worse than the previous. …
The latest installment of frightfully unacceptable government behavior involves a law created in 2000—the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000—granting the IRS the power to seize the bank accounts of those suspected to be terrorists, drug dealers or engaged in other criminal activity, even when no charges have been filed and no convictions achieved. The idea behind the law was to require banks to alert federal authorities to patterns of bank deposits that remain slightly below the $10,000 amount that has long triggered a bank’s responsibility to report deposits to the feds. ... In the context of trying to foil the bad guys, this makes sense, yes? But what doesn’t make sense—and amounts to nothing short of grand larceny on the part of the Internal Revenue Service—is when completely innocent people are swept up in the act of the IRS emptying their bank accounts, with nothing whatsoever to indicate that they have committed any crime or engaged in anything resembling illegal behavior, and the IRS refuses to give back all the money. The practice has resulted in emptying the bank account of an innocent restaurant owner and an army sergeant in Virginia who was saving money for his daughter’s college education.
There were 639 seizures in 2012 and only 20% of those turned out to be criminal cases – and the IRS not only did not apologize for the error, the victims had to go to court to retrieve the stolen funds.
Take the case of a Long Island based candy and cigarette distribution company that had just under $500,000 taken from their bank accounts and had, on their accountant’s advice, made daily deposits of less than $10,000.
In this case, the IRS only offered a partial settlement.
Tax should not be taken directly out of wages or salaries and the IRS is and has been out of control, increasingly getting worse. The IRS is pressured in order to collect revenue that will pay out-of-control spending by Congress and the Executive Branch – as well as wasteful spending in the upper echelon (Pentagon) of the US Armed Forces.
This story needs to be picked up by mainstream media and begin hounding the federal government to do something – and quickly. But, you know THAT won't happen because the mainstream media is no longer the eyes, ears and voice of We the People – instead they are the political propaganda institution.
As Richard Ungar, a senior political contributor to Forbes, wrote:
I know I certainly cannot support any government that would behave in this way.
The solution is and has been since Rep. John Linder submitted a bill to end the tyranny of the income tax system back at the beginning of the 21st Century: repeal the 16th Amendment, which dissolves the income tax system, and replace it with a flat consumption tax.
It is called the H.R. 25: Fair Tax Act of 2011 (and 2013) and since Linder left Congress, Rob Woodall is the new sponsor.
Instead of tens of thousands of pages, it is 131 pages. Can you live with a tax code like that? The Senate has the same bill that has been ignored, S. 13, for years.
The bill, if passed and signed, will promote more freedom of what people do with their wages/salaries, will improve and create economic opportunity, repeal the income tax and other taxes, and most importantly it will abolish the Internal Revenue Service and become a national sales tax administered by the state governments.
The last action taken was in January of 2013 (H.R. 25), but has been lost in committee. The bill has been scrutinized by top economists of the United States and it will benefit We the People AND the government; as well as take a big step in improving our economy.
Write to your representatives and senators and follow up with a phone call. Letters and phone calls are better than email. Tell them you no longer want the IRS functioning as an American Gestapo, and be relegated to just an accounting department of the federal government to collect a flat-rate consumption/sales tax.
We the People need a simple, straight-forward, fair tax that will not be easily corrupted or cheated upon by citizens who can afford accountants and lawyers to escape from paying their “share”.
The Fair Tax Act will still provide relief for poverty level income earners through a rebate system.
Read the bill – and go to the library or purchase the books about it. The following video explains:
What you earn is what you take home ... no more paying taxes and waiting a year for refund. No more graduated rates. You pay your federal taxes on purchases (food/homes exempt) and April 15th will just be another day in Spring. No more confusing paperwork and intrusion upon your private life. Repeal the 16th Amendment this year.
I would like to add that Senator Ron Johnson is my congressman and he has been working to bring back limited government and free up the people so the private sector can get down to business to pull the United States out of this long-term economic slump. That includes his efforts as a Homeland Security chairman to boost our border security and reduce incentives for illegal entry.
I hope your senators and representatives in Congress are working diligently to remove federal corruption and the reformation back to a constitutional republic. If not, it is time to look for someone else to operate YOUR government.
I am supporting for Senator Johnson's reelection wholeheartedly as long as he continues to strive for true reformation and pinpoint his energy towards important domestic issues like immigration, amnesty, taxation, reducing regulations to encourage and make effect an improved economy, not making it so hard for small businesses, and stop corporate welfare and corporate gouging by the federal government.