National Review: IRS targeting adoptive parents for audit

Acting IRS chief Steven Miller confessed before the Senate Finance Committee yesterday that his heart is broken over the sullied reputation of the IRS, now that the agency’s “horrible customer service” has been brought to light. We weren’t aware that the IRS had a good reputation to protect, but a report today that the IRS has also targeted adoptive parents for audit isn’t going to help matters.

Today on National Review’s website, David French shared the experience of his own audit and shared some disturbing statistics.

As we get word that the IRS has harassed a number of pro-life groups, including at least one alleged demand that a pro-life group not picket Planned Parenthood, check out this statistic: In 2012, the IRS requested additional information from 90 percent of returns claiming the adoption tax credit and went on to actually audit 69 percent.

Amazingly, Miller testified that a bigger budget would help prevent future abuses by the IRS, which both the New York Times and Washington Post reported is overworked and understaffed. Maybe not harassing adoptive parents would save some time?

Good question. One thing’s certain: when the IRS takes over health care, the agency will have all sorts of data.

  • https://twitter.com/Captain_Cy_kun Cy

    I guess the logic is that every kid put up for adoption is one that should have been aborted. Abolish the IRS please.

    • 3seven77

      Aborted babies don’t pay taxes. So it’s beyond weird that they’re targeting all those families who are raising future taxpayers, isn’t it?

      • descolada9

        They may not pay taxes, but every abortion done by Planned Parenthood is money in the abortion mills’ pockets. And who does Planned Parenthood work with? It ain’t Republicans.

    • Jazzee

      amen CY amen

    • Jazzee

      amen CY amen

    • trixiewoobeans

      Yes, every adoption is less money in the pockets of Murder, Inc. (Planned Parenthood). Follow the money. It’s all about the benjamins.

    • trixiewoobeans

      Yes, every adoption is less money in the pockets of Murder, Inc. (Planned Parenthood). Follow the money. It’s all about the benjamins.

  • Jeremy

    IRS= Irresponsible Rogue Scumbags

  • Jeremy

    Obama’s stooges carrying out his orders.

  • TocksNedlog

    QUESTION: How many of those adoptive parents that were audited were single mothers or same-sex couples?

    • Shawn Smith

      I think it’s safe to say there were no gay couples in there. The leftist media morons would have been all over that months ago.

      • http://twitter.com/MDMorris_1707 Michael Morris

        None, that’s why they only audited 69% instead of the whole 90% that they requested more information from. They used the requested information to filter out the adoptive parents that they liked.

        Judging from that, I’d make an educated guess that a good 69% of all adoptive parents in the US are traditional families and/or conservative.

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      Great question. I doubt none.

  • Guest

    What truly makes this outrageous is that illegal immigrants claimed almost $7 billion in tax credits in 2012 using a loophole in the child tax credit. Sounds fair, right?
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/22/illegal-immigrants-could-reap-more-than-7b-in-tax-credits-this-year-senator/#ixzz2U4z3C3X6

    • Republicanvet

      This is the fraud I was remembering. I guess the IRS was too busy targeting others to catch this.

  • http://twitter.com/JCM1776 JCM

    As an adoptive and foster parent the IRS regs are simply nuts.

    I can find 3 different ways to calculate expenses related to foster care and adoption in the code. Depending on which method, the total deductions and credits are different.

    Of course I use the most advantageous one for me. I also include the section of the code I used, and my worksheets with my returns.

    However it would be very easy for the IRS to say I didn’t do it right, I should have done it one of the other ways

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      This is an obscenity to a free nation. You shouldn’t have to jump through hoops and pray you did it right because you opened your home to a needy child.

  • bidentime

    In the eyes of the irs adoption is an alternative to abortion, therefore it must be fettered.

  • Jen

    we claimed the adoption credit last year for the 1st time and everyone that i know who also claimed it that year and the year before(and i know a lot of adoptive families now thanks to the internet) everyone had to send in more info(receipts and such). I didn’t understand why our adoption decree wasn’t enough for them to have. The credit had a cap on it that was only at best 1/2 of what adoptive families pay anyhow so not like any of us were asking for more then what we had truly paid out. It’s time for the Fair Tax and to abolish the IRS.

  • Jen

    we claimed the adoption credit last year for the 1st time and everyone that i know who also claimed it that year and the year before(and i know a lot of adoptive families now thanks to the internet) everyone had to send in more info(receipts and such). I didn’t understand why our adoption decree wasn’t enough for them to have. The credit had a cap on it that was only at best 1/2 of what adoptive families pay anyhow so not like any of us were asking for more then what we had truly paid out. It’s time for the Fair Tax and to abolish the IRS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7011573 Beth Lott

    I have no data to back this up, but I’ve long believed that pro-life and/or conservative people (non-identical groups, I know, but we all know there’s lots of overlap) adopt at a much higher rate than liberals and a MUCH higher rate than abortion apologists. I’m gonna take this as a confirmation.

    • CHHR

      I heard the same Beth… adoptive parents tend to be more conservative and foster parents tend to be more liberal… not sure why, other than money. With the rise in gay adoptions, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before the studies reflect those changes.

      But, for now anyway, and according to the studies, adoptive parents are most likely to influence religious, political, and moral values, and least likely to influence persnality traits… so there you have it, if true, conservative parents are most likely to raise conservative children with more traditional values…

      Also, if a family takes in an exchange student, they too tend to be conservative, live in a single family home, have a family pet, and go to church… interesting demographic breakout

      • fishydude

        “alternative lifestyle” adoption will never cone close to the numbers if traditional families. They are only 3% of the population.
        What will riser with that number is the number of maladjusted kids.
        Colleen don’t need two moons or two dads. They need a mother and a father.
        All honest studies prove this. Particularly studies of prison populations and high school dropouts.
        The current adoption system places far to many barriers to adoption. It is nearly impossible for parents over 40 to adopt, even teens (this is according to a lawyer in the family). That drives this group to overseas adoption.
        For those that don’t take this path, fostering becomes the only option to participate in parenting.
        The system needs fixing. Tax credits only served to benefit the broken system by letting them raise fees by at least the amount if the tax credit.

      • Jay Stevens

        The State (it takes a village, remember?) is still responsible for foster children. An adopted child is the family’s responsibility.

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      Well, at my job, a historic site, we get home school Christian groups on our tours and a lot of the children appear to be adopted. I’d say you’re right. Great for them, I say.

    • $7610427

      My husband and I felt that we had/have been blessed in our lives and wanted to share those blessings…we adopted and raised two sisters from foster care. They are grown now and one has blessed our family with a new grand baby. People tend to say “Oh, you did such a wonderful thing!” But, our girls are such a joy…can’t imagine what our lives would’ve been like without them. I think conservative people are just more inclined to want to share and care…even though we are painted in a much different light…

      • mickeyco

        Thank you and bless you. All those “pro-choicers” are always asking what pro-lifers are doing to help the babies not aborted. People like you are the answer.

    • $7610427

      My husband and I felt that we had/have been blessed in our lives and wanted to share those blessings…we adopted and raised two sisters from foster care. They are grown now and one has blessed our family with a new grand baby. People tend to say “Oh, you did such a wonderful thing!” But, our girls are such a joy…can’t imagine what our lives would’ve been like without them. I think conservative people are just more inclined to want to share and care…even though we are painted in a much different light…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7011573 Beth Lott

    I have no data to back this up, but I’ve long believed that pro-life and/or conservative people (non-identical groups, I know, but we all know there’s lots of overlap) adopt at a much higher rate than liberals and a MUCH higher rate than abortion apologists. I’m gonna take this as a confirmation.

  • Emily B

    I wonder when they will start targeting homeschoolers….

    • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

      I don’t think you get a tax break for homeschooling ~_^ ….. I sure didn’t. >:^(

    • HWarrior13

      Oh, you can count on that.

      Nothing to do with a tax credit…just a way to harass and attack anyone on the obama enemy list.

      And anyone taking union fees (aka, MONEY) away from the TEACHER’S UNION, like a home schooling family does ?
      Oh yeah, you have an audit coming your way.

    • CHHR

      They do target homeschoolers, through children and family services… there’s a systemic belief that homeshooled children are so because of abuse in the family.

    • $30423294

      *nervous laugh*

  • nc

    There have always been lots of hoops for adopting parents to jump through (we did it nearly 25 years ago), but I don’t remember an audit being one of them at that time. Sheesh, does the government REALLY have to pile on even more these days?

  • fishydude

    The adoption tax credit has always been a really bad idea anyway.
    As with all of these tax credits, the consumer does not actually benefit. The seller/service provider/manufacturer does because they inflate what they charge by at least the amount of the tax credit.
    The tax credits also creates an excuse for abuse by IRS “auditors with guns.”
    The IRS is beyond repair. Let then all go to work for American Express collections department.

  • anjullyn

    Lefties are so against profiling, but isn’t what the IRS does the epitome of profiling? And calling what they do “customer service?” I’ve heard many better descriptions of what they do, but customer service isn’t involved.

    • Jay Stevens

      If you work in a whor house of prostitution, “customer service” is an accurate description of what happens.

  • JR48

    “I’m starting to wonder if the IRS staff doesn’t spend too much time reading Mother Jones…targeting Tea Partiers, adoptive parents.”

    Far left people using the power of the federal government to bend others to their wishes. Talk about blowing the lid off of the mythology of liberal ‘tolerance’. Civil rights are only for the left. If you’re in the middle or on the right, no soup for you.

    We’re living in a liberal fiefdom. It’s okay to oppress people while shooting for a socialistic utopia. Read world history, you can set your watch to it. Nothing new under the sun.

    And the left will say ‘nothing to see here’…

  • Bridget N

    I can attest to this information. We had ZERO issues with our tax returns & adoption tax credits after the boys were adopted. ZERO issues. We submitted the required forms & received our refunds, no problems. Not so with last year’s taxes. We filed all the required forms according to what the IRS website said was required, & then the “fun” began. The IRS asked for document after document after document to prove that the adoption was finalized (sent in court papers TWICE because the first time wasn’t “proof” but the second time was?!), that we paid what we claimed to have paid (receipts weren’t proof; only canceled checks with matching bank statement to show that said checks cleared were proof), that we were her parents (birth certificate), etc., etc. It took eight months of BS to receive our refund, but I guess I should be grateful we just had to deal with bureaucratic bullshit as opposed to an audit. All of this on top of the grieving process (our baby girl whom we adopted died while waiting for a heart transplant) was a freaking walk in the freaking park. Oh, and everything from the IRS came in duplicate and was mailed twice. So to translate, we received FOUR copies of each communication from them. Efficiency at its finest, eh?

    And some people want the government to run our healthcare?! WTF?

    • colchak

      God Bless you Bridget. And the same to all the other adoptive/foster parents on here.

    • truebeliever101

      I’m so glad she got to experience the blessing of loving parents in her short time here. Now she runs in the halls of heaven and sings with angels. And you will be with her again. What a glorious reunion that will be for you and for her. God Bless you.

  • MSM

    I know why. There have been articles about it, hints at the ideology, in several leftists newspapers. The leftists are freaked about conservatives propensity to adopt.

    Especially alarming to them is all the minorities that conservatives adopt. These children often are sympathetic to their parents way of thinking. I know adopted Koreans raised in conservative family and those koreans ended up quite republican.

    Conservatives are adopted from the third world in large numbers and their children are being given all the opportunities of the middle class.

    Many articles were screaming that this was a danger to democrats who had to put a stop to this. So I’m not surprised they would target them.

    From their point of view, it’s better these kids grow up bitter and unloved in squalor than risk them turning out *gasp* conservative.

  • Republicanvet

    Remember a couple years ago the news reports of the number of fraudulent tax claims using ITN’s and multiple tax returns from the same addresses?
    I’d like to see the stats between those arrested for that fraud and how many tea partiers, adoptive parents and others were targeted.

  • Janice LEE

    Just doing planned parenthoods dirty work

  • JustLikeAnimals

    This government and #IRS particularly, is power drunk, incompetent, and completely out of control. IRS now refusing to return 60,000,000 medical records it illegally seized from a private firm. Obama and his thugs know no bounds and respect no authority other than their own. http://shar.es/ZyMsC .

  • JustLikeAnimals

    This government and #IRS particularly, is power drunk, incompetent, and completely out of control. IRS now refusing to return 60,000,000 medical records it illegally seized from a private firm. Obama and his thugs know no bounds and respect no authority other than their own. http://shar.es/ZyMsC .

  • irishgirl91

    Statistics on how often they audited homes that claimed 20 kids or that had 12 returns from the same address please. Yeah, not going to hold my breath for that one.

  • irishgirl91

    Statistics on how often they audited homes that claimed 20 kids or that had 12 returns from the same address please. Yeah, not going to hold my breath for that one.

  • $30423294

    Get your faces out of our families you vermin.

    God have mercy on your soul if you helped this Obama seize power in any way.

    Seriously. You people who did this to our country? You OWE us. You are obligated to set things right again. I don’t know how. But you need to be thinking about how you are going to make up for this CRIME you have committed.

    Oh, this puts me in a bad mood!

    • MyrmidoNOT

      Difficult to be a good Christian…when you see ‘others’ (being) persecuted
      So much for the “fairness” thingee…”teh oone” is always spouting.

  • $30423294

    Get your faces out of our families you vermin.

    God have mercy on your soul if you helped this Obama seize power in any way.

    Seriously. You people who did this to our country? You OWE us. You are obligated to set things right again. I don’t know how. But you need to be thinking about how you are going to make up for this CRIME you have committed.

    Oh, this puts me in a bad mood!

  • Luray Rominger

    Yep-my brother and his wife were audited b/c of adoption-as if they hadn’t already jumped thru a mind-blowing number of hoops to adopt…

  • Luray Rominger

    Yep-my brother and his wife were audited b/c of adoption-as if they hadn’t already jumped thru a mind-blowing number of hoops to adopt…

  • http://drudge.com snyper77

    everyones paycheck at the irs should be stopped, freeze all bank accounts, and assets and shut them down while the hearings are going on. THEN whistle=blowers will come out of the woodwork! hell the irs would do it to us! …on all our tax returns this year EVERYONE just answer “I DO NOT KNOW” to EVERY question!

    • Onegaishimasu

      Great idea! How do we get started?

      • http://drudge.com snyper77

        keep telling everyone over and over and over,just like the libs do ,fight fire with firen tell congress, protest with signs insert your idea here_______________

  • Onegaishimasu

    This is sick to the point of nausea. Boycott the IRS

  • vetgal1970

    And yet they don’t audit Jose who is here illegally and who claims 14 kids for his Earned Income Tax Credit. Beyond angry

  • Maggie

    As an adoptive parent who was asked by the IRS over and over again for the same documentation…this angers me. A majority of the people who now adopt internationally are Christians, and mostly all are Republicans. Now does it make sense?

    • Julia Christelle

      I was put through the mill by the IRS with my 2010 adoption of twins. First they claimed that I hadn’t showed that I had adopted children. Oops! They had “lost” the notarized photocopies of all of the documents required to substantiate the tax-credit claim. Then they wanted receipts for everything for an international adoption that took 2-1/2 years and involved two adoption agencies in each country. The tax credit is supposed to be automatic if you adopt, not something that you have to prove you paid out. And they didn’t just ask for more information. Their letters were very threatening, claiming that I owed them some $40,000 for “filing in error.” I’m a single working parent and I needed the tax credit to pay off the travel for the adoption abroad (where we got stuck by a government workers’ strike and incredible demands from the US Embassy to take my children to various medical specialists to prove that they were healthy – which had already been done for the permission to apply for a visa). The 18 months it took to get my tax return, all of the extra work retracing the paper trail, and the fear that I might not get the credit and end up paying a significant fine was quite stressful. Just what a family needs as they are trying to settling in and bond as a family post-adoption.

      Each individual I spoke with at the IRS over the 18 months seemed very nice and helpful. They seemed to think that the audits were because of the new law that the hefty adoption tax credit be fully refundable instead of simply applicable to future taxes owed. So they feared that people would try to claim adoptions that hadn’t taken place? That would be pretty easy to check with Immigration since the kids become citizens when they enter the US.

      • NRPax

        So basically, should my wife and I choose to adopt, handle this like I handled getting financial aid for school: Copy everything, make sure there are date stamps on the copies, and write down the names of everyone I talk to.

        • Chris Chambers

          Handle adoption like you handle your next colonoscopy. Be prepared, it’s gonna get uncomfortable.

  • smc

    I find this very weird. Maybe it’s because I live in NYC area but the surge in adoption I personally see here is among gay couples and older women (usually successful career women) who have already put great expense, time, and emotional stress into attempted pregnancies. These voting blocks are liberal strong-holds, so I don’t get this. And for these two groups adoption is the ONLY way they can have children. In fact, I’ve often thought of the irony of this to myself (‘I bet he/she is glad that baby wasn’t aborted, even though they usually vote only for staunch NARAL candidates’). Maybe moving forward we are supposed to manufacture kids in a factory — look for a Solyndra type loan going towards baby manufacturers in the near future. Obama’s brave new world.