That adoptive parents are more likely to be targeted for an IRS audit is unbelievable to me. The rot is pervasive. #Serious—
David Paul (@PowerElement) May 22, 2013
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?
Install solar panels = IRS thumbs up. Adopt a baby = show me your papers.—
Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) May 22, 2013
Why did IRS audit 69% of families that claimed a deduction for adoption? Isn't that a form of profiling? As an adoptive parent i'm offended—
Mark Young (@Mark_JekyllHyde) May 22, 2013
I work with several adoptive families who had major difficulty with the tax credit. It makes sense now in light of the IRS scandal—
Sarah Emily Jordan (@manajordan) May 22, 2013
I'm starting to wonder if the IRS staff doesn't spend too much time reading Mother Jones…targeting Tea Partiers, adoptive parents. Hmm.—
Kirsten Powers (@kirstenpowers10) May 23, 2013
Good question. One thing’s certain: when the IRS takes over health care, the agency will have all sorts of data.