Monday, June 10, 2013
Is The IRS Targeting Conservative Taxpayers?
Follow a story with me and judge for yourself if you think conservatives are being unfairly targeted by the liberal administration.
Conservative taxpayer e-files his tax returns on April 15, 2013 through his accountant and awaits his refund by automatic deposit. 45 days later he receives a letter from the IRS with a demand that he goes to a governmental site and verify his identity. The taxpayer does so and awaits his refund; even though, so questions asked were unnerving and he felt that those questions were above and beyond what the government should even know about him.
Two weeks pass and the taxpayer contacts the IRS advocacy group for help in getting his refund. They inform him that only dire need taxpayers can use this group. He was told that to qualify you must be facing eviction, foreclosure or utility shut off to use the system. He is referred to the general IRS office. After explaining his problem the woman tells him that he is only two weeks into a 6 week process. After clarification she informs him that his return time frame has now been extended 6 weeks because of this identity confirmation process.
She checks the records and informs him that a letter has been mailed to confirm what she just told him. Begrudgingly he agrees and awaits the letter. He receives the letter on June 7th dated June 10th but the message is MUCH different than what the woman at the IRS had told him.
The letter did in fact confirm that the process would take much longer than expected, but herein the twist lies. The taxpayer had designated a portion of his return to be used as a first quarterly payment to his 2013 income taxes. The letter stated that because his return hasn’t been processed yet his first quarterly payment was now past due!
This taxpayer is rightly concerned that if the IRS asked him such personal questions in the “verify identity process,” is it really ridiculous to assume that they already know he is a conservative and writes for a blog, and therefore has targeted him personally to get him to calm down his rhetoric?.....I think not!