The IRS and the Administration are above the law.
Via CP Politics:
A Federal district court has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to hand over data and information concerning the several conservative and tea party nonprofit organizations the nation’s tax collecting agency targeted for unfair scrutiny.
The United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit Court instructed the IRS Tuesday to provide the court with a list of all the organizations that the agency mistreated because of its political bias so those affected can file a class-action lawsuit and seek damages from the IRS.
Although a federal district court had already ordered the IRS to disclose the list, the agency contended that it could not release the information because of a general rule that states “returns and return information shall be confidential.”
The IRS filed a petition for a writ of mandamus from the appellate court so that it would not have to disclose that information. The 6th Circuit Court, however, did not buy the agency’s defense and found its behavior deplorable.
“Among the most serious allegations a federal court can address are that an executive agency has targeted citizens for mistreatment based on their political views,” the court’s opinion reads. “No citizen — Republican or Democrat, socialist or libertarian — should be targeted or even have to fear being targeted on those grounds.”
“The allegations are substantial: most are drawn from findings made by the Treasury Department’s own Inspector General for Tax Administration,” the ruling continued. “Those findings include that the IRS used political criteria to round up applications for tax-exempt status filed by so called tea-party groups; that the IRS often took four times as long to process tea-party applications as other applications; and that the IRS served tea-party applicants with crushing demands for what the Inspector General called ‘unnecessary information.'”
The ruling explained that the list of groups the IRS targeted is paramount to a future class-action case.