You probably already know that members of Congress do not live under the same laws and rules as the rest of us, ‘regular people’ must. Be that as it may, in recent days we have seen all sorts of flimsy excuses put forward by the IRS and even the White House for why they are failing in many of their required duties.
If the IRS cannot even mange to keep emails for two years, then how should individual taxpayers be required to hold onto receipts and other documents for up to seven years? The IRS wants us to believe that they have simply ‘lost’ thousands of emails from their former head of Tax Exempt Organizations, along with thousands of additional emails from six other ‘top’ officials. Reportedly one of these officials is the chief of staff for the former acting IRS commissioner.
Texas Representative Steve Stockman has decided to do something in order to fix the hypocrisy of the situation by introducing what has been called The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act. According to Mr. Stockman:
“The United States was founded on the belief that government is subservient and accountable to the people. Taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to follow laws the Obama administration refuses to follow themselves. Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama administration uses.”
Basically, under this law taxpayers would have a way out if they fail to produce documents required by the IRS. The bill actually outlines a number of new excuses that could be expected for this failure. Of course, while these seem a bit crazy, remember this is in response to the IRS arguing that they had a computer crash and these emails were not stored anywhere else, so they cannot be recovered. Never mind the fact that IRS rules, regulations, and current protocols require there to be back-ups and that all official documents are stored on servers and possibly also as hard copies.
In order to make these excuses seem at least slightly plausible, the IRS Commissioner has done something even crazier. He has been trying to argue recently that those emails lost are not “really” considered to be official records or documents. Never mind, once again, the fact that according to the IRS handbook, they are indeed classified as official documents and records. This means they MUST be stored in several locations, even uses different methods.
So, getting back to this proposed bill, there are a number of potential excuses which could be employed to keep you out of trouble when failing to produce required documentation for the IRS. For example:
- The dog ate my tax receipts
- Convenient, unexplained, and unusual miscellaneous computer malfunctions
- We traded our tax documents for five terrorists
- They were left on the table next to Hillary’s book…and neither have been seen since
- Left in gun cases that were sold to Mexican drug lords during Fast n Furious operation
- We were forced to recycle them by the municipal Green Czar
- Didn’t think they were ‘official’ documents that were needed…threw them away
What do YOU think? Crazy excuses, right? Can you imagine actually trying to use any of these against the IRS? Do you believe the IRS story? What can be done to get to the bottom of this?