Fact: how did thousands of these ‘leaked documents’ ended up in the hands of journalists?
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According to Republican Jim Jordan, “the IRS has essentially lost all claims to trust and credibility after the outfit has yet to furnish answers regarding the June 2021 leak of private tax documents of wealthy Americans.”
This tarnished reputation is further compounded by the heavily publicized Obama-era IRS fiasco that saw the outfit unduly targeting conservatives.
If you recall, back in June of 2021, ProPublica had published a report titled “The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax,” which the crux of the piece is fairly self-explanatory.
According to that report,
“Internal Revenue Service data on the tax returns of thousands of the nation’s wealthiest people, covering more than 15 years,” which, of course, begs the question: Just how exactly did these “thousands” of documents end up in the hands of these journalists?
What different answer can you think of better than: internal intel and leakage?
Also, back in July 2021, Reps. Jordan and Darrell Issa sent a letter to the IRS and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) seeking “insight into the agency’s investigation of how these records fell into the hands of ProPublica.”
Speaking to the Daily Caller, Rep. Jordan claimed that outside of the initial reply he’d gotten following the letter, the IRS has yet to provide any sort of update on the investigation.
“I don’t know if the IRS is on top of it. It sure doesn’t seem like it from the response we got back from them. Americans need to know that your tax returns remain confidential. This is one of the hallmarks of our system, and if that’s not the case, if they’re going to be targeted by the IRS like Lois Lerner did a few years ago and have their returns go public, that just can’t happen.”
Rep. Jordan believes that this June 2021 leak from the IRS has the stench of Democrats all over it, likening it to being a partisan scheme as the leak coincidentally transpired at a time when Democrats were championing higher tax rates for affluent Americans.
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