Thursday, March 01, 2007

Federal Lawsuit Filed Today Against IRS Is Part of Broad Effort to Provide Information About Agency’s Audit Activities to the Public

IRS Reverses 30 Years of Open-Records Policy, Claims Homeland Security Concerns Prevent Release of Documents

APRIL 14, 2005

WASHINGTON -- April 14 -- The Internal Revenue Service is illegally withholding information about its operations, claiming without substantiation that some of the unclassified information would compromise homeland security if released to the public, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by Public Citizen on behalf of open-government scholars.

The lawsuit is part of an ongoing effort by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) to obtain statistical information from the IRS about enforcement actions. Reversing 30 years of policy, the IRS under the Bush administration has stonewalled requests for public disclosure of such information.

The IRS for many years has released scores of statistical tables and other information that allowed the American people, Congress, tax lawyers and other interested parties to make their own judgments about how the agency is enforcing the tax laws. But now the IRS is refusing to make public much of this information. In the past, researchers used such information to demonstrate, for example, that wealthy taxpayers are much more successful than poor ones when it comes to reducing the amount of taxes and penalties that the IRS initially claimed they owed in enforcement actions.

Read more here.

Thanks to Kosmic in reader comments here.


Blogger TruePatriot said...

The IRS is guilty. The Federal Reserve is guiltier. The International Bankers are even guiltier, yet...

Finally, the BASTARD POLITITIANS, who the public has entrusted to serve the best interest of WE THE PEOPLE, are THE GUILTIEST for selling us out... selling this country out to den of vipers!!!

12:46 AM  
Blogger KOSMIC said...

The reason I put this article here is that it has been 2 years and the case is yet to be concluded. The IRS gets worse every year and has had problems installing ans setting up a new computer system for the last 10 years. Mostly because of problems with contractors according to IRS itself, but I believe as many others do that the IRS can not afford to allow any one contractor access to procedures the IRS uses to tax labor. As some of us know the IRS must do manual entry to force the system into taxing that which was not ment to be taxed. I can only imagine the fear at the IRS while taking apart and rebuilding the nations Collection agency. Anyone with more info please post it here. I will add it to my Bleepen Blog.

12:49 AM  
Blogger MrTideman said...

Thanks. I typed in TRAC IRS at Google finding that chart page, but better info by IRS unlawful getting to Devvy Kidd's excellent website over to www.devvy dot com/vivien_20001031.html for "EMPLOYER STOPS WITHHOLDING--IN 1948!" of like what Dr. Elaine Brown did too, also saying that direct tax "in proportion to the census" for everybody to pay their "fair share" by Art.I, Sec. 9, U.S. Const. that was NEVER repealed! the 16th Amendment with no enforcement power nor enforcement clause anyway in its very nature, so definately voluntary, and if taxpayers become tax protestors then to force the issue back to withIN the Constitution! (;-) Yeah! I just ordered Vivien Kellems' 1952 book, "Toil, Taxes and Trouble" exposing the 16th Amendment as a sinister plot to destoy capitalism in what is supposed to be our Art.IV, Sec. 4, U.S. Constitutional Republican form of government, thus two rights IN the constitution over-ride this #16 wrong!! Yours truly, - -

4:00 AM  
Blogger Nameless said...

Vivian Kellems lost.

3:45 PM  

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