New Documents Suggest IRS’s Lerner Likely Broke the Law
Friday, August 12th, 2016 @ 5:53PM
From National Review Online 2016
by Eliana Johnson June 29, 2016 4:00 AM @elianayjohnson
Recently obtained documents raise new questions about Lois Lerner’s role in sending confidential tax returns to the Justice Department.
It is likely the largest unauthorized disclosure of tax-return information in history: the transfer of some 1.25 million pages of confidential tax returns from the IRS to the Department of Justice in October of 2010. And it was almost certainly illegal.
The documents, which consisted chiefly of non-profit tax returns, were transferred to the DOJ’s criminal division from the IRS at the request of Lois Lerner, who wanted to get the information to the DOJ in advance of a meeting where she and several of the attorneys in the public integrity section of the department’s criminal division discussed their concerns about the increasing political activity of non-profit groups.
The Justice Department later told Congress that the documents contained confidential taxpayer information protected by federal law. The nature of that information hasn’t been made public, but the so-called Schedule B form, for example, which non-profit groups are required to attach to their tax returns, known as 990s, asks for the names and addresses of donors to the organization.
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Date: July 1, 2016