This is not a surprise but it is disturbing. The Internal Revenue Service, of all agencies should do everything it can to avoid the appearance of political bias. Fundamentally that is good for the agency. If people see the IRS has an overt political force (working against them) then this undermines the agency over the medium to long term. One would think that this would be obvious, but with arrogance and power often comes blindness.
Serious internal control flaws mean the IRS may still be unfairly selecting Americans for an audit “based on an organization’s religious, educational, political, or other views,” according to a pair of reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) today.
As GAO notes, certain deficiencies increase the risk of unfair audit selection based on a taxpayer’s First Amendment rights. As the report finds:
“The control deficiencies increase the risk of selecting organizations for audit in an unfair manner—for example, based on an organization’s religious, educational, political, or other views.”