The 2016 Tax Day anger read: IRS FOIA rejections

From rejected whistleblower claims to what they’re going to do with those seized bitcoins, everything the IRS has determined you don’t have a right to know

Written by JPat Brown

An annual tradition here at MuckRock, it’s time for the Tax Day Anger Read - because there’s nothing like some righteous indignation to help cure that audit anxiety.

Last year, we looked at offshore accounts, and how corporations use them to save millions of dollars a day in taxes. Today, we’re taking a step back, and looking at the broader issue of IRS FOIA rejections, and how the sense one gets that you’re dealing with an agency that really doesn’t want you to know what it’s doing.

So, here’s an ever-growing list of everything the IRS has determined you don’t have a right to know …

  • Memos referencing their infamous clash with Scientology front groups …
  • The FOIA requests that those Scientology groups sent during that clash …

Which, to add insult to injury, was double-secret rejected by citing four separate exemptions and a “neither confirm nor deny.”

So, there you have it - a run-down of some of the most egregious exemptions used by the agency that demands to know if you’ve ever sent a work email from your living room. And just to put this all in perspective …

That’s what an IRS FOIA “release” looks like.

Good luck filing by deadline, don’t spend that refund all in one place!


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