Is IRS’ Power Grab ‘On The Ropes’?

Build It IRS Will Come SC Is IRS Power Grab On the Ropes?

IRS – Hmmm……  the very mention of this powerful agency stirs all sorts of strong emotions, but most people are unaware of its latest power grab.

So, what is this recent attack on personal freedom?  Well, it involves about 300,000 Americans (other than CPAs, attorneys, or enrolled agents) who regularly prepare tax returns for those who choose to hire them.  Many of these preparers have been doing this as a profession for many years and are skillful at it.  Those who hire them have been mostly satisfied because that choice is their prerogative. After all, this is the American way.  Or, at least it has been until recently.

The IRS decided to usurp congressional power by designing a system that would, in effect, put themselves in control of these preparers, who have already paid for an annual license so that the IRS can identify them.  That registration is NOT in dispute, but the further requirement to make them pay for annual continuing education courses and to take an exam administered by an outside company to the tune of $116 is way beyond IRS’ jurisdiction, according to The Institute for Justice (IJ),  an advocacy group that specializes in defending the Constitutional rights of ordinary Americans. They have taken the case on behalf of three return preparers.

Those of us who have lately become very discouraged with the U.S. justice system have good reason to be elated, at least for the time being.  Why?  In January, the U.S. District Court in D.C. slapped down the IRS in a great decision protecting the rights of preparers to pursue their profession without harassment.  Immediately, the IRS filed a motion to stay the injunction; but because of brilliant work by IJ, the judge again ruled against IRS.  Now the case goes to the U.S. Court of Appeals.  And so we wait,…..perhaps, all the way to the Supreme Court.

Why is this case so important to all Americans?  Well, over the last several years, we have seen various governmental agencies rule by edicts that have forced businesses and individuals to jump through hoops and incur all sorts of outlandish costs.  We have witnessed an impotent Congress seemingly unable to do anything about the situation.  Now maybe a different picture is emerging.

Also, a very powerful argument, at least in the court of public opinion, is that the IRS would prefer to have return preparers as de facto agents of the IRS and thereby weaken the relationship that preparers have always had with their clients.  They have never been representatives of the IRS, and they firmly hold on to their independence.  After all, there are already penalty provisions in place for those who commit fraud or otherwise violate the law.

Change may be desirable sometimes; but on this one, let’s keep the status quo.

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An Open Letter To Republicans In Congress

Republican Elephant 2 SC An Open Letter to Republicans in Congress

Dear Fellow Republicans:

Having been a GOP member for over fifty-five years, I wish this letter could begin with “Thanks for your service.” But you need to know some of the reasons why there is such a feeling of disdain among many of us:

6) BENGHAZI – You’ve spent weeks hung up on who altered the talking points. Time is of the essence, and we are waiting for you to get to the heart of this tragedy. We want and deserve to know who gave the order to “stand down”. You seem to be poised to let the clock run so that you can move on to the next topic (say, “fiscal cliff” or whatever) and let this travesty just fade away.

5) MASSIVE VOTER FRAUD occurred in the presidential election, which likely was stolen. Abundant documented proof exists, and We the People fear that there will never again be an honest election. What do we hear from you? Crickets. Dead silence. You are brushing it aside and moving on. You just cannot be bothered. Shame!

4) FAST & FURIOUS is becoming old history, and your attempts to be effective have fallen far short of what we expected. Your investigative efforts have no teeth and are going nowhere. We see it, and we know it. Double shame !

3) OBAMACARE is going to literally kill Americans and the country’s economy. You all in the House have talked big about cutting funding in order to “starve the beast.” You, no doubt, will cave on this, too. All we hear are whimpers from wimps. Sorry.

2) IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES BY OBAMA have been committed during the last four years – egregious and unconstitutional power grabs, blatant disregard for the rule of law, treasonous actions, etc. etc. – and yet none of you has been serious about commencing impeachment proceedings in the House. Millions of us have concluded that it is FEAR. You fear riots, media ridicule, and last but not least the potential loss of your cushy positions, power, perks (including exclusion from Obamacare), privileges, and lifelong pensions.

It just might cost you something to save the country from destruction. (Now that’s a novel idea. You ought to read quotes from our Founding Fathers.)

1) In JANUARY 2009, Congress convened to accept the electoral votes. Nary a single one of you said a “mumblin’ word” and submitted an objection to the election of Barack Obama (aka Barry Soetoro) Legally, it was incumbent upon you to have done so. We knew he was not constitutionally qualified to be President, and we know that you knew it.

Later, one of the Congressional attorneys submitted talking points to all of you so that you could calm our fears. We didn’t buy it because we know the truth. Fraudulent birth certificates; sealed scholastic, medical, and passport records; Marxist and Islamic affiliations; and Chicago gangster-style politics are hard to overlook. Somehow, though, you all managed to brush it off completely.
Your failure to act in January 2009, is at the root of why we are in terrible crisis today.

America is heading horrendously downward, and you congressional Republicans are “fiddling while Rome burns.”

Don’t think for one minute that you all are safe in your D.C. ivory towers. Wimps, cowards, and self-servers in the ruling class are among the first to be liquidated in a Marxist and/or Islamic dictatorship. Read history.

“When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice: but when the wicked bear rule the people mourn.” Proverbs 29:2

We the People are mourning today.

Yours very truly,

Caroline Biederman


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