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Here is the comment provoking this response.
Breaking News: The IRS rabbit hole of corruption goes even deeper.
There are several very annoying things about the IRS in this article but this quote I find very revealing:
Despite a court order to preserve documents, the IRS wiped the hard drive of an important IRS official, Mr. Samuel Maruca. Controversially, Mr. Maruca helped the IRS hire Quinn Emanuel, an outside law firm tasked with pursuing Microsoft. Hiring outsiders at over $1,000 an hour (!) angered Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, who wrote a letter to the IRS complaining about strange deal and the $2.2 million fee.
So once again we have an internal IRS cover up of their own wilful criminality. Any honest person working at the IRS must realize that this it has turned into a political crime racket, and that's probably why so many rats are jumping ship.
Compare this to how the IRS hounds law abiding Swiss wealth advisers who were merely following Swiss law and the QI agreements in the course of doing their jobs. Even worse for these honest Swiss citizens, the IRS is going to pay $1000/hr lawyers from crony political law firms to extract the IRS's pound of flesh.... for following the laws of the country they are citizens of and live in.
For US tax payers this is even worse news on the heals of the latest bill that allows the IRS to outsource its tax collection. We know these firms will be crony political K-street tax collectors providing campaign kickbacks to the Democratic party. And we know that these extra costs will be paid for by the US tax donkeys through higher fees and penalties.
But even worse, we know that this 2-way street of corruption will be used by the Clinton machine to guarantee that anyone running against Hillary will be fighting the IRS too. That is certainly is one formidable wall of corruption.Addendum 1/28/16 6:15pm:
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