Surely I am not the only one who sees a rich irony in this:
Years will pass before congressional investigators can review all of the documents pertaining to the inappropriate targeting of Tea Party groups, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen told a House panel Wednesday.
“What they want is something that’s going to take years to produce,” Koskinen told Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in reference to Republican requests for IRS documents.
When the IRS comes to one of us (or a group of us, in the case of a corporate audit) we don’t have years to assemble our documents–we have days or weeks. Anything beyond that, in most cases, will result in claims of obstruction, fines, etc.
Now, this organization is being audited and claims that it will take years to get the documents together. Forgive my cynicism if you can, but that would seem to indicate one or more of the following:
- The IRS is so poorly organized that it cannot easily lay hands on any particular information.
- There is so much information which is included in the request that the bureaucrats are simply overwhelmed by the task at hand.
- The organization has never considered releasing the easy stuff first (what requires minimal redaction, etc).
- Delaying the discovery of this information will benefit the the current administration.
In theory, the IRS works for us. In practice, it does not. If employees no longer work for the employer, one would think that it’s time they were fired.
The sooner we gut the federal tax code, the better.