Is any one keeping a list?
First time for Baltimore?
Anyone work for the IRS know what triggers an audit ? Is it triggered internally or from a trigger on website? Do they keep records of what/who pushed the button?
Good catch. We now have Maryland, California, Ohio, and Washington D.C. involved in targeting conservatives or conservative groups. There MUST be so much more to come! Couple of low level rogue employees in Cincinnati. What a hoot!
You mean a list like this?
Obama and the IRS
Will someone confirm that Cincinnati is a hub for the IRS with reach beyond Ohio? They keep trying to paint it as small and isolated.
Also, could someone confirm that Ms. Ingram had to approve search criteria? If management is NOT required to approve search criteria, then the patients are running the asylum. Anyone could select their x wife’s new husband, friend’s enemy, or political agenda. This does not happen. Surely management oversight is required. Ingram needs to be in jail.
Remarks of Sarah Hall Ingram
Commissioner, Tax Exempt and Government Entities
Internal Revenue Service
Georgetown University Law Center Continuing Legal Education
June 23, 2009
We have set out to collect some information on the point. We are going to start
asking agents, at the end of each examination, to fill out a check sheet about
certain of the examined organizations governance practices and internal
controls. The check sheet is intended to identify instances of noncompliance
found during the exam, and also to gather information about whether the
organization had, and used, any internal controls.
For each instance of noncompliance found excessive compensation, political
intervention, inurement, private benefit, material diversion of assets the agent
should ask, who made the decision to do it or to allow it? Was there a policy in
place concerning the transition or activity, for example, and if so, was it followed?
Let me be clear we will be gathering objective data, not subjective views. And
we will do this over time. As we collect enough information to be interesting, well
share it with the community, and everyone can have a go at it.
On the more enthusiastic side of the scale is Independent Sector, which has led
the tax-exempt sector in embracing the adoption of good governance principles.
Commissioner Shulman has spoken in praise of Independent Sectors efforts, as
did Steve Miller when he was the Commissioner of TE/GE. As you know,
prominent members of the Senate Finance Committee (http://www.finance.senate.gov/about/subcommittees/) are also sitting on the
enthusiastic side of the scale.
Our creation of the ROO and the Exempt Organizations Compliance Area,
together with the new Form 990, creates compliance opportunities and choices
we didnt have before. We are better able now to detect and follow-up on actions
by organizations that are questionable or that appear to violate the Code. And,
yes, we continue to work on the many suggestions for a voluntary compliance
program a program that would enable entities that find themselves out of
compliance can work with us to bring themselves back into compliance.
Ill begin by adopting as a goal something that is already well underway
providing uniform and measured training about governance to our determination
and examination agents. The ACT, our advisory committee, can claim much of
the credit for pushing this idea. In their 2008 report, they expressed concern that
agents were applying a variety of governance standards in an inconsistent and
somewhat random way. They pointed out that determination specialists
sometimes insisted that the applicant adopt a conflicts policy containing a
specific feature, have a board with a particular number of members, or conform
to various benchmarks of board independence. In the examinations program,
the ACT noted that our practices varied in terms of what we might require or
accept as a corrective action plan to avoid revocation or other penalties.
We responded to these concerns in November by adding a governance training
program to the Exempt Organizations work plan. We provided an initial round of
training in April to all of our exam agents and followed that with training for our
determination specialists. And this month we are conducting training for our folks
here in Washington, DC.