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Tax Man is in the Hot Seat

tax man is in the hot seatThe IRS chief faces scrutiny and uncomfortable questions from the Senate Finance Committee. (Poor guy…welcome to our world)

In October of 2015, the House Republicans introduced a resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for “violating the public trust.” Koskinen has been in the hot seat ever since, and it just got hotter.

Out of the Frying Pan…

The original complaint was with Lois Lerner, who was accused of improperly targeting conservative groups. Commissioner Koskinen’s “Descent to Hell” began four days after the Department of Justice announced it would not pursue criminal charges against Lerner. He was accused of stonewalling Congress and the courts over Lois Lerner’s “missing” emails, along with basically ignoring court orders asking for documentation.

He’s been grilled by the Senate Finance Committee ever since.

Koskinen is the leader of an agency that requires taxpayers to keep meticulous records, and be completely open and honest about all of their dealings. We can’t help but find this amusing.

Hypocrisy Rules…

The latest, and perhaps most startling revelation from the hearings is that the IRS routinely and knowingly processes tax returns from illegal aliens that are filed with false information. They treat them as routine and issue refunds even after being notified by the Social Security Administration that a name does not match a Social Security number.

His Justification?

“What happens in these situations is someone is using a Social Security number to get a job, but they’re filing their tax return with their [taxpayer identification number].” What that means, he said, is that “they are undocumented aliens … They’re paying taxes. It’s in everybody’s interest to have them pay the taxes they owe.”

He added that the agency wanted to differentiate that “bad” misuse of personal data from other uses. “There are questions about whether there’s a way we could simply advise people… . A lot of the time those Social Security numbers are borrowed from friends and acquaintances and they know they’ve been used, other times they don’t.”

He also said that the agency is working to determine “the most effective way to do with this without necessarily having people decide not to file their taxes…
Obviously the priority is to have the IRS collecting those taxes .”