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IRS Scandal: Biggest Developments

Created by Tom (staff)
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Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the ObamaCare Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans takes effect. 01/01/2018 Americans for Tax Reform
An Inspector General report found the IRS prioritized ObamaCare enforcement over taxpayer customer servide. 01/05/2016 The Washington Times
An investigation found IRS workers spent more than $1.4 million for the travel of just 27 staffers, which included high-end car services and luxury apartment/hotel stays. 12/14/2016 Fox News
The Obama Administration used information from Americans' tax returns to market ObamaCare (specifically to young adults). 11/07/2016 The Daily Caller
The IRS identified 1.1 million cases of identity theft but did not notify the victims. 08/31/2016 HotAir
With Americans renouncing their citizenship in record numbers (up more than 500 percent since the Bush Administration), the Obama Administration hiked the tax on doing so 422 percent. 02/20/2016 Forbes
Emails show the IRS gave Obama's DoJ 21 disks with 1.25 million pages of taxpayer records. 07/06/2015 The Daily Caller
Emails show the Obama Administration discussed its plan to target conservative groups before the IRS scandal began. 07/06/2015 The Daily Caller
A White House staffer divulged information about the Koch Brothers' tax returns in 2010, indicating the White House and the IRS were sharing taxpayers' private information. 06/19/2015 Roll Call
After the IRS learned Lois Lerner's computer "crashed," destroying her emails, and a backup storage device was prematurely "recycled," it went ahead and destroyed her Blackberry. 08/25/2014 The New York Observer
The IRS said Lois Lerner's hard drive had been "scratched"; when it was recommended a third party recovery firm might be able to recover the contents, the IRS then "shredded" the drive. 07/22/2014 The Daily Caller
An IRS official tasked with spinning Congress on the IRS scandal lost all of his emails in a "computer crash." 07/07/2014 The Daily Caller
The IRS claimed it lost the emails from six other employees in six other computer crashes. 06/25/2014 The Daily Caller
IRS commissioner John Koskinen claimed Lois Lerner's emails were lost in a 2011 computer crash; a hard drive backing them up was also "recycled." 06/25/2014 The Daily Caller
An inspector general's report found the IRS "prematurely" destroyed computer data storage devices. 06/25/2014 The Daily Caller
The IRS was required by law to print out Lois Lerner's emails. It didn't. 06/17/2014 The Daily Caller
The IRS was not going rogue in targeting conservative groups; the White House and Senate Democrats explicitly told them to. 02/26/2014 The Wall Street Journal
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the ObamaCare Employer Mandate Tax took effect. 01/01/2014 Americans for Tax Reform
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the ObamaCare Tax on Health Insurers took effect. 01/01/2014 Americans for Tax Reform
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the ObamaCare Individual Mandate Excise tax took effect. 01/01/2014 Americans for Tax Reform
Emails show the IRS disussed confidential taxpayer information with White House officials during the 2012 campaign. 10/09/2013 The Daily Caller
A study found tht the IRS's suppression of Tea Party groups swung the 2012 election. 10/03/2013 The Washington Examiner
Ben Carson said after he attacked Obama during the National Prayer Breakfast, he was audited. 10/01/2013 The Daily Caller
After the IRS granted tax-emempt status to some conservative groups, those groups said they were "spied on" by the IRS. 09/19/2013 The Washington Times
Documents show the IRS, in reviewing applications from conservative groups, described anti-Obama rhetoric as "propaganda." 09/17/2013 USA Today
Despite having claimed to learn about the scandal in the press, emails show Lois Lerner had initially said Tea Party applications were too sensitive for the supposedly "rogue" Cincinnati office. 09/11/2013 The Wall Street Journal
The IRS secretly seized the entire bank account of a small business owner in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Again the agency explained they could take the money because she had made several deposits under $10,000. 08/01/2013 The Daily Signal
IRS chief council William Wilkins, one of the orchestrators of the agency's improper targeting of conservative groups, visited the White House the day before issuing guidelines on tea party groups. 07/23/2013 The Wall Street Journal
Despite the IRS insisting progressive groups seeking non-profit status were also flagged for increased scrutiny, that later proved to be untrue. 06/24/2013 National Review Online
Charities with "Israel" flagged for greater scrutiny 06/24/2013 National Review Online
The IRS sent tens of millions of dollars in refunds to illegal aliens at one address. 06/22/2013 PJ Media
At the height of the IRS scandal, the agency doled out $70 million in employee bonuses. 06/20/2013 The Hill
A FOIA request found that the IRS has 201 employees working full time on union business. 06/13/2013 The Daily Caller
Even after being put on leave, Lois Lerner still had access to IRS computers, which she accessed while "on leave." 06/11/2013 National Review Online
Contrary to IRS officials trying to blame a rogue office in Cincinnati, a staffer in that office said the IRS in D.C. was very interested in the Tea Party cases. 06/07/2013 The Hill
The IRS spent $4.1 million on a single conference, which included gifts for all in attendance as well as luxury accommodations. 06/04/2013 The New York Times
The IRS leaked a conservative group's donor list to an oppositional progressive organization. 06/04/2013 Fox News
Obama's deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, admitted she attended White House meetings with the IRS chief. 06/01/2013 Rare
In addition to having tax-exempt applications intentionally delayed, many of these same conservatives were audited by the IRS. 05/30/2013 McClatchy
Records show the IRS commissioner had more visits to the White House than any other cabinet member. 05/29/2013 The Daily Caller
An internal report found that IRS agents routinely abuse their government credit cards. 05/29/2013 Watchdog.org
Evidence indicates the IRS also targeted pro-Israel organizations at the request of Palestinians. 05/29/2013 Commentary Magazine
The commissioner of the IRS visited the White House several times per week during the height of the IRS scandal, with 118 visits in all (the previous IRS commissioner visited the White House once during his four year term). 05/27/2013 Commentary Magazine
Lois Lerner was personally involved in the targeting of conservative groups -- nine months before she claimed to have learned about it. 05/24/2013 Human Events
The IRS demanded of a pro-life group to know the content of their prayers. 05/17/2013 Yahoo News
The IRS is accused of stealing 60,000,000 medical records from 10,000,000 Americans held by a private company it was not investigating. 05/15/2013 National Review Online
After a prominent Catholic wrote an oped attacking the Obama Administration, she was audited (although not her husband despite them joint filing). 05/15/2013 The Blaze
After St. Louis reporter Larry Conners gave Obama a tough interview, the IRS "hammered him" with audits. 05/14/2013 RedState
As an example of the kind of pressure applied to conservative groups, the IRS asked a Tea Party group about everything its members read. 05/14/2013 ABC News
The IRS leaked confidential information on conservative groups to ProPublica. 05/14/2013 The Washington Post
While the IRS kept Tea Party groups' tax exempt applications in limbo during the 2012 election, groups with "progress" or "progressive" in the title were ushered through quickly. 05/13/2013 USA Today
The IRS's Lois Lerner announced the agency had unfairly targeted conservative groups and apologized -- but Obama later claimed this was a "phony scandal." 05/10/2013 Associated Press
IRS agents seized almost $1 million from an Iraq war vet in Athens, Ga., which they justified as a result of his having made many deposits under $10,000. Despite no unlawful activity, the IRS refused to give back his money, only surrendering the majority 04/01/2013 The Daily Signal
The IRS, despite having no actual authority to do so, began demanding tax preparers pay licensing fees. 01/24/2013 The Institute for Justice
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the ObamaCare Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax took effect. 01/01/2013 Americans for Tax Reform
Despite promie not to raises taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the ObamaCare Flexible Spending Account Cap (aka the "Special Needs Kids Tax") took effect. 01/01/2013 Americans for Tax Reform
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the Medical Itemized Deduction was reduced. 01/01/2013 Americans for Tax Reform
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the ObamaCare $500K Annual Exec Compensation Limit for Health Insurance Executives took effect. 01/01/2013 Americans for Tax Reform
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date eliminated a tax deduction for employer provided retirement Rx coverage in coordination with Medicare Part D. 01/01/2013 Americans for Tax Reform
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the ObamaCare Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers took effect. 01/01/2013 Americans for Tax Reform
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the ObamaCare Surtax on Investment Income took effect. 01/01/2013 Americans for Tax Reform
Claimed in a 60 Minutes interview taxes were lowest in 50 years; in fact the opposite was true 09/24/2012 The New York Sun
Claimed in a 60 Minutes interview he hadn't raised taxes, even as he imposed a new tax on tanning salons 09/24/2012 The New York Sun
Clamed in a 60 Minutes interview he hadn't raised taxes, even as raised taxes on tobacco 09/24/2012 The New York Sun
Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot donated to a group supporting Romney; after Obama's campaign website attacked him personally, the IRS audited him, and the Department of Labor likewise audited his company. 07/19/2012 The Wall Street Journal
After a whistleblower exposed abuse and fraud at an IRS agency that gives taxpayer IDs to immigrants (often illegal), the IRS was itself audited. 07/02/2012 WTHR
The IRS seized the bank accounts of a small New York business, claiming it could take the money due to the business having made many small bank deposits. 05/01/2012 The Daily Signal
Despite publicly attacking tax breaks for private jet owners, Obama instead lowered them -- as a favor for his friend Warren Buffett (primary owner of NetJets). 03/08/2012 The Huffington Post
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the ObamaCare HSA Withdrawal Tax took effect. 01/01/2011 Americans for Tax Reform
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the ObamaCare Tax on Innovator Drug Companies took effect. 01/01/2011 Americans for Tax Reform
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the ObamaCare Medicine Cabinet Tax took effect. 01/01/2011 Americans for Tax Reform
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the tax on Indoor Tanning Services took effect. 07/01/2010 Americans for Tax Reform
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date ObamaCare codified the "economic substance doctrine," which disallowed unspecified tax deductions. 03/23/2010 Americans for Tax Reform
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the ObamaCare "Black Liquor" Tax hike took effect. 03/23/2010 Americans for Tax Reform
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the ObamaCare excise tax on charitable hospitals took effect. 03/23/2010 Americans for Tax Reform
Despite promise not to raise taxes on anyone except the rich, on this date the ObamaCare BlueCross/BlueShield tax took effect. 01/01/2010 Americans for Tax Reform