As a retired IRS senior manager, I know we have great managers and executives, as well as some people who make mistakes ["It's time to end tax-exempt status," Opinion, May 15]. Yet, like all agencies, there are checks and balances in place.
The IRS and its dedicated employees follow a strict and very specific Internal Revenue Manual that outlines the work of all the agency's business units. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which is independent of the IRS, performs audits on the IRS work processes. These audit findings, as well as those of the Government Accountability Office and the Office of Management and Budget, are reported on to the Main Treasury, as are IRS management responses and corrective actions.
Audit findings move from the Main Treasury to the White House. Please see the other trees in this governmental forest. The errors are plenty.
Kevin Holian, Syosset
Before the IRS grants tax-exempt status to any group, shouldn't it investigate whether or not that group truly deserves the honor?
Republicans and Democrats alike should agree on this very important point: If a group requests that the government allow it to operate without giving a fair share of taxes for our mutual benefit, shouldn't we be allowed to investigate whether this group, ostensibly acting in the public interest, isn't really acting in the interest of one political persuasion or another?
It's odd that in recent memory, ACORN lost its ability to receive government support. If you do some careful consideration, receiving government support is almost like getting tax-exempt status, as both take money from the government. ACORN was accused of improperly registering voters. In other words, this group was supporting people the other side didn't want voting, so it was scrutinized.
Let's level the playing field for all of these "special" groups. Eliminate tax-exempt status for any group that isn't related to health or other humanitarian causes. A group called "Taxed Enough Already" really doesn't fit that bill.
June Zeger, East Meadow
After hearing about the IRS singling out tea party groups, I don't think it is fair for the IRS to enforce the new health care law.
Apparently, a small number of low-level staffers are being blamed. Well the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, requires new low-level staffers to carry out the new law.
How anybody feels they can trust a growing bureaucracy that cannot even be effective in its current job is baffling. The tea party and conservatives claim that the government is too big, and this IRS story shows maybe they are right.
Ryan Pearsall, East Islip