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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Inside The IRS: Lawless, Abusive And Out Of Control

The press, too, is fearful and intimidated by the IRS. As such, don't
expect to but rarely see a story about the criminal activities of IRS
agents on the evening news or in your newspaper or news magazine. The
wire services (e.g. AP) have distributed numerous newsworthy stories of
IRS abuse, but the mainstream press hardly ever publish them. One of
those rare exceptions was the October 13, 1997 edition of Newsweek, the
cover story being entitled, "Inside the IRS: Lawless, Abusive and Out
Of Control."
The magnitude of IRS abuse warrants that several cover stories each
year be devoted to its coverage. Yet, we can count on one hand the
number of times the mainstream press has devoted their ink to exposing
IRS abuse. The only income tax-related stories the mainstream press
faithfully covers are those which serve to scare the people into
"paying their fair share." For all intents and purposes, the mainstream
press is a lapdog of the IRS.
It would seem that the only people who aren't afraid of the IRS are IRS
employees. Since the chief motivation for filing tax returns is usually
fear of the IRS, and since many IRS employees don't fear the IRS (and
they would certainly be in the ideal position to game the system),
hundreds of IRS employees don't file tax returns. How is the IRS to
maintain any sense of credibility with the public when many of it's own
employees hold themselves above the same laws that they are charged
with enforcing?

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