So-Called ‘Center For Public Integrity’: IRS Drowning in Paperwork or Something

Posted by on May 14, 2013 at 9:09 am

Obama’s helpful lapdogs, what few of them remain, are spinning furiously.  This nonsense is posted at NBC News.

Amid withering accusations the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea party and other conservative groups with enhanced scrutiny, the agency faces another problem: It’s drowning in paperwork.

Withering accusations? Geez, this scandal is only four days old and it’s already withering?

The IRS’ Exempt Organizations Division, which finds itself at the scandal’s epicenter, processed significantly more tax exemption applications by so-called 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations — 2,774 during fiscal year 2012 — since at least the late 1990s, according to an analysis of IRS records by the Center for Public Integrity.

Compare that to 1,777 applications in 2011 and 1,741 in 2010, federal records show. Not since 2002, when officials processed 2,402 applications, have so many been received.

Meanwhile, Exempt Organizations Division staffing slid from 910 employees during fiscal year 2009 to 876 during fiscal year 2012, agency personnel documents indicate.

Oh no, only 876 employees to handle 2,774 applications? Why, that’s three per employee! These poor folks are worked to the bone!

But wait, we’ve got an excuse: Government budgets cuts. Yes, really.

In 2010, IRS officials projected exempt division staffing at 942 employees. But IRS officials cut the number to 900 after the agency began slashing its budget in response to fiscal woes affecting most corners of the federal government.

Heartbreaking, isn’t it?

For Washington, D.C.,-based attorney Dan Backer, who represents two tea party-affiliated organizations, blaming such actions on staffing cuts and increased workload is a “lame excuse” that the IRS should stop using.

“They could have hired new employees, they could have reallocated employees, they could have done a lot of things, the not doing of which doesn’t suddenly make it OK for them to engage in viewpoint discrimination,” said Backer, who said he is considering suing the IRS. “At worst, their staffing woes maybe justifies a growing backlog, not discriminating against those whose viewpoints they disagree with.”

Here’s a look at who sits on the board of the “independent”  Center for Public Integrity. You may a couple of them.


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One Response to “So-Called ‘Center For Public Integrity’: IRS Drowning in Paperwork or Something”

  1. Blue Hen on 14/14/13 at 9:30 am

    Lemme get this straight; they supposedly have staffing woes, and that’s what caused them to subject tea partiers, constitution groups and the pesky Jooooooos to EXTRA scrutiny and paperwork!?!

    Yeah, that makes sense. I’da thought that “drowning in paperwork” would result in LESS scrutiny. Less paperwork. Fewer audits. And…… that such mischief would NOT impact one type of group.

    Here’s a thought: Let’s agree to take them at their word if……they agree to shitcan obamacare, since the IRS can’t begin to do it’s current job, and obviously has no chance of accomplishing a second.