Bernie Becker of The Hill reports that:
The Government Accountability Office found that the IRS kept shoddy records detailing how it chooses groups for audits, allows staffers essentially to freelance audit decisions and keeps officials in key positions much longer than its own internal rules allow.
The GAO’s way of putting it makes it sound like something that could, you know, happen to anyone. You keep shoddy records. Violate your own rules. Stuff happens.
And before you know it:
… the IRS division overseeing tax-exempt groups “could select organizations for examination in an unfair manner — for example, based on an organization’s religious, educational, political or other views.”
Gosh darn it, don’t you hate it when that happens. Still, while:
… the report states that a hypothetical risk that returns could be selected unfairly, the draft report did not find any evidence that this has happened,” wrote John Dalrymple, a deputy IRS commissioner.
No harm, no foul, then. So (all together, now): time to move on.