In case there’s someone out there who hasn’t heard, the IRS was caught harassing conservative groups, particularly the tea party. From the AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases…
Many conservative groups complained during the campaign that they were being harassed by the IRS. They accused the agency of frustrating their attempts to become tax exempt by sending them lengthy, intrusive questionnaires.
The forms, which the groups have made available, sought information about group members’ political activities, including details of their postings on social networking websites and about family members…
“I don’t think there’s any question we were unfairly targeted,” said Tom Zawistowski, who until recently was president of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, an alliance of tea party groups in the state.
Zawistowski’s group was among many conservative organizations that battled the IRS over what they saw as discriminatory treatment. The group first applied for nonprofit status in June 2009, and it was finally granted on Dec. 7, 2012, he said — one month after Election Day.
For those who think it’s a good thing to have your political enemies targeted by the IRS, wake up! Those on “the other side” are not your enemies because there is no other side. Rather, it’s the people against the global elite and “they” always benefit from conflict.
This is IRS commissioner, Douglas Shulman:
He’s made more visits to the Obama White House, at least 157, than any of the president’s cabinet members. Check out this chart:
According to the Daily Caller, “By contrast, Shulman’s predecessor Mark Everson only visited the White House once during four years of service in the George W. Bush administration.” They further state:
Shulman’s integrity has come under fire in recent weeks as he — in the face of congressional investigators — failed to recant his March 2012 testimony, during which he insisted that the IRS was not targeting conservative groups.
This is one of his targets, Catherine Engelbrecht:
In July 2010, she applied for 501(c)(4) status for the two conservative groups she founded. This is a Fox News account of her experience:
Five months after she filed for 501(c)(4) status for KSP, Engelbrecht says the FBI Domestic Terrorism Unit called her about one of the people who had attended a KSP group meeting. Five months after that, the FBI called her again to ask “how we were doing?” A month later on June 2011, she received another FBI general inquiry, which was followed by two more in November and December.
In February 2012, the IRS asked her questions about her nonprofit application.
“The first contact we had from the IRS, in the first general round of questions, they wanted to see every Facebook posting we had made, every tweet we tweeted,” Engelbrecht told Fox News’ “Huckabee.”
Engelbrecht said IRS agents wanted to know every place she had ever spoken publicly, to whom she had spoken, what she said and her intent.
Engelbrecht said her fight for 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status for True the Vote was even more frustrating. She underwent five rounds of questioning from the IRS and still hasn’t received approval. What’s worse, she claims, is that the government also started going after her personal tax returns and those of her family’s business.
Engelbrecht says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also conducted an unscheduled audit of Engelbrecht Manufacturing in February 2012. That was followed by another unscheduled audit in July 2012 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and another in November 2012 by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality…
Engelbrecht said the questions she had the biggest problems with were the ones that focused on her family.
And today, from pakalertpress:
A St. Louis TV anchor claims everything was going along swimmingly until he asked President Obama about the First Family’s many vacations. After that, he says, things took a turn for the worse and not only is Larry Conners now a former anchor for KMOV in St. Louis, he’s also being harassed by the IRS…
Conners had been on an IRS payment plan since August 2011 and had made every payment on time. After the Obama interview went viral in April 2012 Conners was notified that the IRS was canceling his payment plan…
Conners says he was under a “gag order” from the station which prevented him from sharing more details with viewers, and because of the misleading statement he was forced to read some viewers started labeling him as a tax cheater and a tax fraud.
The IRS will soon begin collecting funds for Obamacare. According to money.cnn.com:
Among the IRS’ biggest tasks will be to:
Collect information from employers and insurers: The ACA [affordable care act] requires employers to tell the IRS whether an employee has insurance…
At the end of the year, insurers must provide the IRS and policyholders a form verifying coverage status, and individuals must include those forms with their federal tax return.
Figure out who qualifies for subsidies or Medicaid: …When a person applies for coverage on an exchange, the information he provides will be cross-checked with income, job and coverage information from the IRS. That cross-check will determine whether someone is eligible for a premium credit, or if he’s eligible for Medicaid, which the ACA expanded.
While the IRS is authorized to share income and other data with the exchanges and some federal and state agencies, those third parties may only use that information for determining eligibility for coverage and subsidies, according to the TIGTA report.
Determine who must pay a penalty: …The IRS must assess who owes a penalty.
Is anyone comfortable with the IRS doing these things? Why would they choose the IRS to carry out these tasks? From morningliberty.com:
The IRS is a private, debt collection agency for the private banking system known as the Federal Reserve Bank. The IRS is not a government agency. I repeat, the IRS is not a government agency. Never has been, never will be.
The IRS is formerly the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) situated in and with authority only in the Philippine Islands (Trust Fund # 61), and moved into Puerto Rico (Trust Fund # 62). In the 1950’s, with the stroke of the pen, the BIR was transformed into the current notorious IRS and brought onto the 50 united States. This was done without any Congressional authority whatsoever. There is no Congressional authority for the IRS to exist and operate in the 50 states recorded anywhere in any law-books. Again, keep in mind, that the IRS is the “Private, debt collection agency for the private banking system known as the Federal Reserve Banks”…
Tyranny is defined as: Dominance through threat of punishment and violence, oppressive rule, abusive government, cruelty and injustice. What better definition than this fits the abusive IRS.
Obamacare is about to become another tyrannical imposition on the people of this nation. What better method of control than to deny medical care, especially when it’s someone’s child. Obamacare has never been about helping people, it’s about control and collecting more money for the global elite, the people who own the Federal Reserve.
The global elite will soon have a stranglehold on the entire world, particularly if the United States is taken out. My question is whether we are witnessing the beginning of a harsh, global tyranny, or is this the end game?