Friday, August 2, 2013

IRS Debacle Has New Wrinkle - Sharing Information with the FEC?

IRSAs reported by the Daily Tax Report and others, email exchanges between the Federal Election Commission and Lois Lerner, then Director of IRS Exempt Organizations Division, reveal that the IRS may have unlawfully shared confidential tax information with the FEC, according to a July 30th letter from two House Ways and Means Committee leaders.  According to the letter, nine minutes after receiving the email, Lerner requested that IRS attorneys "accommodate the FEC request."  The letter requests Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel to produce by August 14 all communications between the IRS and the FEC between 2008 and 2012, including specific communications to and from Lerner with respect to certain organizations:  American Future Fund, American Issues Project, and Citizens for the Republic, or Avenger, Inc. 

[See additional coverage by:  Washington Post, Wall Street JournalFox News, National Review]


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Surely it is worth noting that, despite the breathless news coverage, answering an inquiry as to whether an organization has received an IRS exemption determination letter is NOT "sharing confidential tax information." It is publicly available information.

Posted by: Beth Kingsley | Aug 5, 2013 6:36:24 AM

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