Monday, May 20, 2013
The recent IRS scandal
1. I really doubt anyone is going to jail over this. Some people have already lost their jobs. I suspect that other IRS employees are already getting their resumes in order, creating Linkedin profiles, and keeping an eye on the "help wanted" section of the classified section. But the burden of proof to convict a person is much higher than the proof required to fire a person. A competent defense attorney could convince a jury that it was reasonable for a defendant to suspect that anti-tax groups were created for the purpose of tax-evasion. After all, how many cops actually go to jail for unlawful searches? 2. This is exactly why the federal government needs to reduce spending. The more the government spends, the more it will depend on the IRS to ensure compliance. The more pressure the IRS is under to enforce the tax code, the more likely you are to get an audit.