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IRS Investigations: They Plead the Fifth, but Want You to Plead Guilty

On May 22, 2013, Lois Lerner – Director of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations Division – stated before Congress that neither she nor her division had inappropriately or unfairly targeted certain politically-oriented groups for auditing. Was this just a position statement? Did this constitute “testimony?” Regardless, she certainly seemed to be absolving herself and her staff of misconduct or criminal behavior. But when asked to provide further testimony on the matter, Ms. Lerner . . . Continue reading

IRS and Prison Sentences: The High Cost of Low Returns

The IRS says that the goal of a criminal IRS investigation is to get convictions or guilty pleas.[1]  That means prison time.  I’ve often wondered how much in tax dollars we taxpayers are probably paying to send tax offenders to jail.  So I did something that’s common in a tax matter—a little math. Continue reading