Evil: IRS Targeted Adoptive Parents

Posted by on May 23, 2013 at 7:30 am

They probably would have gotten a tax credit if they just opted for a late-term abortion instead. We wonder if Planned Parenthood has been targeted for harassment?

Earlier this week, in a feeble attempt at humor on Facebook, I posted: “If you haven’t been audited by the IRS during the Obama administration, can you even call yourself a conservative?” Given the scale of the abuses, I should probably just shorten it and say, “Only RINOs don’t get audited.” My wife and I got audited in 2011, with the IRS examining every inch of our adoption the previous year. The process was painful, but we got through it, and our refund may have been adjusted by a few dollars (the amount of the adjustment was so small, I don’t actually remember). In other words, the audit was a gigantic waste of time — for the IRS and for our family. A Facebook commenter, however, pointed me to a report that made me rethink the experience.

As we get word that the IRS has harassed a number of pro-life groups, including at least one alleged demand that a pro-life group not picket Planned Parenthood, check out this statistic: In 2012, the IRS requested additional information from 90 percent of returns claiming the adoption tax credit and went on to actually audit 69 percent.

Eventually the drip, drip, drip of the IRS scandals will turn to a deluge the Obama stooges can no longer control. Really, how can anyone defend this behavior? The IRS may well be the most detested government entity out there and it shouldn’t take much more for the public to revolt. More here.

During the 2012 filing season, 90 percent of returns claiming the refundable adoption credit were subject to additional review to determine if an examination was necessary. The most common reasons were income and a lack of documentation.

■ Sixty-nine percent of all adoption credit claims during the 2012 filing season were selected for audit.

■ Of the completed adoption tax credit audits, over 55 percent ended with no change in the tax owed or refund due in fiscal year 2012. The median refund amount involved in these audits is over $15,000 and the median adjusted gross income (AGI) of the taxpayers involved is about 64,000. The average adoption credit correspondence audit currently takes 126 days, causing a lengthy delay for taxpayers waiting for refunds.

We imagine the left would be in high dudgeon if their protected groups were subject to such ugly targeting. Where are they to speak up about this?

7 Responses to “Evil: IRS Targeted Adoptive Parents”

  1. Rusty Bill on 23/23/13 at 8:23 am

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

  2. Jodie on 23/23/13 at 6:13 pm

    We adopted one child, were audited, adopted 3 more a year later and was audited AGAIN. The gave NO explination, NO requests for aditional or missing information. They had just Audited us due to a BK caused by the housing crash. THAT’S 3 AUDITS,,,,,,, 3!!! I just can’t express what we went thru. Very confusing AND insulting. Felt so very VIOLATED and now I know why. Just SHAMEFUL :/

  3. Vincent on 24/24/13 at 9:45 am

    Obviously the Tea Party stuff is massively scandalous, but this is off the mark. The Adoption Credit is an enormous credit and subject to a tremendous amount of abuse. Most people don’t realize the magnitude to which fraud and abuse of credits (and refunds generally) is perpetrated.

    EITC: Over $15 billion (probably 20)
    AOTC: Probably around $10 billion
    ACTC: Also probably around $10 billion

    Especially when credits are new (and huge), the compliance arm of the IRS has significant challenges in detecting fraud because they don’t have historical data. This particular adoption credit is both new and huge, and somewhat confusing on the documentation side for fliers. It was a huge risk for improper payments/fraud and a lot of the claims didn’t have proper documentation.

  4. Burn the Witch on 24/24/13 at 10:05 am

    I keep saying it over at ace’s place, wait until we find out they’re using voter registrations for individuals’ audits.

  5. V the K on 24/24/13 at 10:27 am

    This same thing happened to me. I adopted foster sons in 2003 and 2005, and claimed the adoption credit without a problem. When I adopted in 2010, the IRS demanded not only all of my adoption records, but all records related to travel and other adoption expenses.

  6. Tuerqas on 28/28/13 at 9:58 am

    I have to agree with Vincent. Just by going with the stats that you provided, that means that 45% of all audits did find problems. That seems to be a huge percentage to me. If the IRS found almost 50% of any one group of any type to be that abusive, I would advocate the abolishment of the credit, or at least continual audits until the fraud is contained better than that.

    I am sorry that you honest people were all put through pain too, but, it seems warranted to me. I WANT the IRS to catch fraud.