Is the IRS Overworked?

By Charles S. Clark

December 5, 2013

Given the heavy schedule of hearings and millions of documents Congress has demanded from the Internal Revenue Service this year, it should come as no surprise that the agency is showing signs of being overstretched.

A glimpse inside comes from Tax Analysts, the Falls Church, Va.-based nonprofit publisher that sued the IRS under the Freedom of Information Act this summer to extract training documents that could shed light on the agency’s scandal-prone handling of exempt-status applications mostly from tea party groups.

Christopher Bergen, the publisher’s president, devoted his blog Wednesday to reasons for what he calls the IRS’ “big stall” in turning over all of the documents that Tax Analysts -- well versed in FOIA tactics -- feels entitled to. “Granted, the IRS released some documents that were essentially no help in figuring out what went on and almost all were dated 2012,” he wrote. “I believe the revealing material -- good or bad -- would be dated between 2009 and 2012.”

IRS officials, exhibiting “darned peculiar behavior” in their back and forth with the publisher over why mere training documents are slow in coming, offered explanations Bergen paraphrases as follows:


By Charles S. Clark

December 5, 2013

http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2013/12/irs-overworked/75020/