Did anyone really believe the IRS’ claim that its targeting of conservative groups was isolated to a couple of rogue employees in the understaffed, culturally alienated frontier outpost known as the Cincinnati office? CNN is reporting today that the IRS has identified 88 employees who have documents that might be relevant to the House’s investigation into the agency’s singling out of conservative groups for invasive scrutiny.

What is in those documents? House investigators don’t know yet, because the IRS missed its deadline in turning over the information.

https://twitter.com/kesgardner/status/340607528398376960

Just change a couple of words in this statement from the IRS and write it on your 1040 next year to buy some extra time.

The IRS and Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel are moving aggressively and taking the data requests very seriously. As a precautionary measure, the IRS is casting a wide net to capture any potentially related materials. Our goal is to be exceedingly thorough during this process to ensure we identify any and all pertinent records.

  • TheOriginalDonald

    I blame Mike Rotundo

    • tops116

      Next week, Democrats will announce that it’s Bush’s fault.

    • tops116

      Next week, Democrats will announce that it’s Bush’s fault.

  • 1SkepticalChick

    Oops! (in mid-shred)

  • detroit19

    2? 88? Numbers, schumbers. Scandals, schmandals. “What difference, at this point. does it make?”

    • thetreyman

      88? great scott, marty.

      • Adi

        The Obamedia will spin it as ‘The crazy 88’.

    • Okie_pastor

      Don’t worry detroit19. Barack Obama will get to the bottom of it all. /sarc

  • keeparkansaslegal

    Soon there will be 88+ bureaucrats on taxpayer leave or transferred to other departments. Can #Obama get 88 bureaucrats to plead the 5th?
    @twitchyteam @theblaze

  • Ron Morisseau

    The workforce of the USA should give the IRS/GOVERNMENT a collective FU and not file income tax next year…try arresting 150 million people and good luck funding Obama care if no one pays there taxes

    • Gallatin

      It sure would be nice if we could do this but we would need our employers to stop withholding taxes from our paychecks. Then we can all decide as individuals whether we are going to “voluntarily” contribute to our “volunteer” tax system.

  • Republicanvet

    Why the delay? I would bet the order to preserve docs went out when the IG started investigating…or should have.

    • 3seven77

      And ironically that’s the same day the IRS ordered all those shredders.

  • Republicanvet

    So Lerner didn’t need to plead the 5th. “Math is hard!” 2+x=88.

  • TJ

    Soon they are going to announce on a Friday new dump that there was 100’s of people involved and on the IRS payroll but have not been at any office for 2 years.

  • Republicanvet

    2 rogue agents? Now 88? Someone didn’t properly subtract line 24 from line 71 of their schedule 1035 FU.

    • mickeyco

      cute

    • waltermitty2012

      Well, if you divide 88 by 2 you get 44. Guess who is the 44th President of the United States?

      • stuckinIL4now

        Nice math. I’m sure the Dembeciles don’t get it at all.

        • meeester

          “Dembeciles”
          good one

      • Gallatin

        If you divide 88 by 44 you get the 2 “rogue employees”.

  • nc

    From: The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight (but somehow hits bullseyes every time)

    To: The LIVs

    Oh, never mind. Aren’t those Republicans mean?

  • waltermitty2012

    Reminds me when the IRS was targeting only 20 to 30 groups, then it became 50 to 60, then it became almost a 100 and so on and so on.

    • bri

      Now about 300

  • K-Dubya

    88?!?! Obama’s going to run out of positions to promote people to at this rate.

    • BigBossOgg

      No, they’re creating new bureaucracies as we speak, all the better to shift these rat bastards laterally into their new offices with no fuss or muss.

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        Obamacare “helpers” need supervisors.

  • $35072932

    House investigators looking at some 88 #IRS employees, asking them to save relevent documents connected to the scandal.—
    Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 31, 2013

    RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

    How long should I keep records?
    http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/How-long-should-I-keep-records%3F
    The length of time you should keep a document depends on the action, expense, or event the document records. Generally, you must keep your records that support an item of income or deductions on a tax return until the period of limitations for that return runs out.
    The period of limitations is the period of time in which you can amend your tax return to claim a credit or refund, or that the IRS can assess additional tax. The below information contains the periods of limitations that apply to income tax returns. Unless otherwise stated, the years refer to the period after the return was filed. Returns filed before the due date are treated as filed on the due date.
    Note: Keep copies of your filed tax returns. They help in preparing future tax returns and making computations if you file an amended return.
    1.You owe additional tax and situations (2), (3), and (4), below, do not apply to you; keep records for 3 years.
    2.You do not report income that you should report, and it is more than 25% of the gross income shown on your return; keep records for 6 years.
    3. You file a fraudulent return; keep records indefinitely.
    4. You do not file a return; keep records indefinitely.
    5. You file a claim for credit or refund* after you file your return; keep records for 3 years from the date you filed your original return or 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later.
    6. You file a claim for a loss from worthless securities or bad debt deduction; keep records for 7 years.
    7. Keep all employment tax records for at least 4 years after the date that the tax becomes due or is paid, whichever is later.

    Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 12-Apr-2013

  • vetgal1970

    Sort of makes me wonder how many times those 88 employees of We the People voted?

  • Clayton Grant

    Congress needs to get a Federal agent to lock up all the shredders in the building, stat!

    • CatHerder

      And then delete all their Twitter posts. Shredded tweets.

      • Joe W.

        Bwahahahahahahahahah…snort..snort…bwahahahahahahaha…. Breakfast of Champions??

      • Guest

        ((groan))

  • URGR82

    These guys use the Bette Midler rule: As long as it is against “old white guys” and/or conservatives then it is ok and no law was broken.

  • MataOmer

    Lois Lerner: I’m not good at math…

    • Jeremy

      She thought she was good at lying but,she failed at that too.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Did she give us Math Barbie?

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Did she give us Math Barbie?

    • BigTBoom

      She claims to be a lawyer and made a statement of innocence potentially voiding her desire to plea the 5th, does this leave the possibility she’s better at math than law… that would be really pathetic.

  • bidentime

    If these 88 IRS employes built guitars armed federal agents would have gone to their place of work, shut the place down and confiscated all those computers just like they did Gibson..

  • stuckinIL4now

    Wow, 2 turns into 88–now that’s what I call “Going Rogue”!

    • Jay Stevens

      Something in the drinking water.

      And Buush put ti there.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Devon-Dibley-His-Golden-Key/dp/1484181557/ M F Scotto

    There are 22,000,000 government workers… That’s 22,000,000 people with a reason to protect a grossly bloated and powerful federal government.

  • Jack Deth

    2 becomes 88 in a matter of days?

    Did someone bring in Calvin & Hobbes’ empty appliance box, “Transmawgrifyer” and create an army of mindless, discriminating clones?

    Oh, wait.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Hire Tracer Bullet. He’ll bring his two magnums (one’s a gun and he keeps it loaded. The other’s a bottle and it keeps HIM loaded 😉

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Hire Tracer Bullet. He’ll bring his two magnums (one’s a gun and he keeps it loaded. The other’s a bottle and it keeps HIM loaded 😉

    • Elaine

      Kind of like Obama voters in 2012?

  • mike_in_kosovo

    “Rogue” agents? Totes Sarah Palin’s fault, you guys!

  • Jeremy
    • RogueRose

      She’s been doing this for decades.

  • dennylee60

    I am sure tomorrow’s headline will be “All 88 were hired under the Bush administration. Obama was surprised with latest revelation.”

    • TocksNedlog

      Naw, it’s the weekend. He won’t find out until Monday at the earliest.

    • Jay Stevens

      Which means it was Bush’s fault.

  • mhojai

    the IRS has identified 88 employees who have documents that might be relevant to the House’s investigation — those are the ones who haven’t shredded their docs. yet

    • MyrmidoNOT

      Or modified the ‘contents’ of their hard drives…

      “Wonder what happened” to the ‘data’ on the “rest” of the drives?
      Or do they disable the ‘audit trail’ when profiling??

    • MyrmidoNOT

      Or modified the ‘contents’ of their hard drives…

      “Wonder what happened” to the ‘data’ on the “rest” of the drives?
      Or do they disable the ‘audit trail’ when profiling??

  • RanierWest

    If someone writes the United States Treasury a check and puts for: Tyranny taxes or for: IRS scandal money… will they be audited until they die?

  • Nuff Said

    Ha. Perhaps those ‘frontline’ workers ARE getting ALL the data they can, to make their bosses DO take responsibility when they swear before congress.

  • lainer51

    Lois Lerner admitted she “was not good at math” – poor dear!

  • lainer51

    Lois Lerner admitted she “was not good at math” – poor dear!

  • TocksNedlog

    The Gang That Couldn’t Lie Straight

  • tops116

    Well, here’s a wonderful set pf options: either this was all part of a grand conspiracy coming from the very top or things are so horribly mismanaged that these “rogue IRS employees” can do as they please. Of course, it’s not like these two options are necessarily mutually exclusive.

    By the by, Ken Gardner hits the nail on the head with the deadline issue.

  • tops116

    Well, here’s a wonderful set pf options: either this was all part of a grand conspiracy coming from the very top or things are so horribly mismanaged that these “rogue IRS employees” can do as they please. Of course, it’s not like these two options are necessarily mutually exclusive.

    By the by, Ken Gardner hits the nail on the head with the deadline issue.

  • MyrmidoNOT

    Hmmm…for perspective:

    In military terms, the IRS is a “Field Army”…a bit over 100,000 personnel.

    Now, our ‘rogue’ pair (half of a ‘fire team’)…is 88(?);
    potentially TEN “squads”…or TWO “platoons”…or a WHOLE “company”…

    No wonder the TEA Party met such resistance
    if you include the EPA, the FBI, OSHA, and a few others.

  • chetnapier

    88 more paid vacays

  • chetnapier

    88 more paid vacays

  • scgator2001

    Anybody who is still trying to figure out if Obama ordered the IRS to harass the TEA party is well, way beyond a fool.

    Hussein Obama and his band of traitors figured out years ago that if you fool the press, you fool Americans.

    The government tells the press the answers

    The press tells the public

    The press and the government attack those who don’t believe the lies It’s an old plan that works well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQLxlSBGwMY