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IRS Refuses to Explain Destruction of 30 Million Taxpayer Files

The IRS intentionally destroyed 30 million active taxpayer documents last year and didn’t bother to tell anyone about it. And now it refuses to explain how and why the destruction occurred.

The IRS has in its possession an internal memo that explains its decision to destroy the documents. But it will not share this document with congress.

Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee are conducting oversight but congressional Democrats are letting the IRS stonewall the American people.

Note the timeline documented by Ways and Means Republicans:

  • May 4, 2022: TIGTA publishes report discussing the IRS decision to destroy 30 million paper-filed information returns in 2021. 
  • May 12, 2022: TIGTA provides briefing on the issue to W&M Committee staff and identifies the existence of an IRS decision memorandum. 
  • May 16, 2022: TIGTA provides answers to follow-up questions and indicates that TIGTA is checking with the IRS about whether it can provide the decision memorandum.
  • May 17, 2022: W&M staff make a written request for a copy of the decision memorandum directly to the IRS. 
  • May 18, 2022: IRS responds via email indicating that it will not release the document because it would pose a “significant risk to the agency.” Agency offered no alternative or accommodation.
  • June 13, 2022: Mr. Brady sends a letter again requesting the decision memorandum and asking a series of questions about the issues surrounding the document destruction decision. IRS has not responded as of the writing of this memo. 

Democrats voted in lockstep to take $80 billion taxpayer dollars and shovel it to the IRS. Will the funding change the unaccountable culture within the agency? Nope.

The 30 million destroyed paper tax forms were submitted by taxpayers attempting to pay their taxes. Many of them undoubtedly spent a great deal of time trying to prove to the IRS that they submitted their forms.

To give a sense of the volume of this material, a single stack of 30 million pieces of paper would reach a height of two miles. Such a volume would fill up about a dozen dump trucks. Were the documents burned? Or shredded? Put in a landfill?

The only reason the American people know about the destruction at all is because the official IRS watchdog (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) discovered it during an onsite inspection of an IRS facility.

What happened, and why? If Democrats and the IRS have their way, we’ll never know.

Just be sure to keep the money flowing.

Reprinted with Permission from - Americans For Tax Reform by – John Kartch

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3 months ago

There should be no federal agency that is above the purview of congress. We, the taxpayers pay their salaries and have a right to know where our taxes are being spent. Disciplinary action should be taken! No ands-ifs-or-buts are acceptable!

3 months ago
Reply to  Deb

Deb, the IRS is not a federal agency. It is a corporation (based in Peurto Rico I think) established as the collection agency for the debts the USA corporation has with the Federal Reserve. So, yes; they are not required to comply with USA laws.

3 months ago

The Federal Government has expanded way beyond what our forefathers envisioned and is no longer accountable to Congress much less the people. We need to take back our Republic and reduce the massive interference in our lives by the Federal Government. Start with Term Limits then Fiscal Responsibility and curbing agencies that are States Rights.
Convention of States!

Neal Valenta
3 months ago

This is a joke….we can’t let this go on. I am so sick of a Government that does not give a rip about it’s taxpayers. A change is coming for sure.

Ethan Aleen
3 months ago

No good thieving bastards!!! This is Soros and Obama’s masterpiece.

Bill on the Hill
3 months ago

Where is Lois Lerner when we need her, LOL! Oh that’s right, she retired along with a comfortable government pension after pleading the 5th… Are we talking about the same weaponized IRS in this article that Obama utilized to attack most every conservative organization in the nation that filed a 501(c) form? I believe we are talking about the same dept. that has hired, ( per Biden ) 87 million brand spanking new employees to continue the harassments of conservatives, i.e. you & me presumably.
How many months in now with the ” The Demented One “? Can anyone please tell me a single positive accomplishment done by the current administration under the stalwart leadership of one Joseph Robinette Biden Junior to date? I expect ZERO answers to this query, all of us already know the answer, sadly enough…
Bill… :~)

Paul Berardi
3 months ago

Title 18 sec 2071- somebody needs to loose their job and never work for govt again!

3 months ago

LOL! This is just another example of the administrative state giving the American people the middle finger and laughing about it. The view of the administrative state is the only function of the American people is to pay for the continued existence and expansion of the federal government. In short, we are a check book to be used for whatever the administrative state wants to do at any time. In their view, the peasants, meaning us, don’t get to ask questions and expect answers. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a serious answer from any federal department or agency at this point. They will stall you for as long as it takes to make you go away or they will simply unleash one of the new 87,000 IRS agents on you to audit you into bankruptcy.

Michael J
3 months ago

What, another government agency that answers to no one?

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