Saturday, May 25, 2013
"Are you being square with us, Mr. Shulman?"
First, for the record, Ex IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman is not a registered Republican or Democrat. George W. Bush appointed him to this position in 2008. Shulman is on record for having donated $500 to the Democrat party in 2004.
In November 2011, he said that “Beginning soon, the IRS will send letters to tax-return preparers who have been identified as high risk.”
“I certainly am not personally responsible for making a list that had inappropriate criteria on it. With that said, this happened on my watch, and I very much regret that this happened on my watch.”
In April 2010, Shulman said that his agents will target taxpayers' refunds in order to collect fines from those who don't buy health coverage via Affordable Health Care for America Act. In response to Republican arguments that the IRS would abuse their powers, he said he would not allow the IRS to be "too punitive." According the Congressional Budget Office, the fines would range from several hundred dollars to as much as 2.5% of household income.
Shortly after President Obama was re-elected in the 2012 presidential election, on November 11, 2012, Shulman finished his term as Commissioner.
He was at the White House 118 times in 2 years. When asked for what reasons he was at the White House an apparently inordinate amount, his first response was for "the Easter Egg hunt with my kids..." Seriously. At that hearing, the Easter Egg hunt is the first thing that came to his mind. Oops.
The video says a lot, doesn't it. And bravo to Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio. "Are you being sure you're being square with us, Mr. Shulman?" And poor Shulman is dumbstruck and stammering throughout.
Think he knows something? Make sure you hear how many letters he got from Congressional members contacting him about 5109(c)4s (tax exemption for political groups) he doesn't seem to remember knowing about.
Posted by Z at 12:00 AM