SMIDGEN REPORT: Feds Won’t Release IRS Documents Shared with White HousePosted: December 3, 2014
[Also see “Improper Disclosure” – The Daily Caller]
The nonprofit Cause of Action filed a lawsuit against the federal government when its Freedom of Information Act requests were stonewalled roughly two years ago. A judge agreed with the organization and ordered the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to honor the request for transparency.
An attorney with TIGTA wrote Cause of Action on Tuesday and informed the organization of “2,509 pages of documents potentially responsive to your request,” Fox News reported Wednesday. Of those documents, 2,043 were in fact responsive to the organization’s request.
The documents will not be released to Cause of Action, however, because TIGTA said the pages “consist of return information protected by 26 U.S.C. § 6103 and may not be disclosed absent an express statutory exception. … Because no such exception exists here, we are withholding those,” Fox reported.
- Watchdog reveals thousands of docs relating to disclosure of taxpayer data to White House (foxnews.com)
- Treasury IG Blocking Release of Records on Leaks of Taxpayer Info to White House (freebeacon.com)
- Proposed conferencing bill to reduce travel in agencies (shoretel.com)
- Obama White House, IRS allegedly involved in taxpayer spying conspiracy (examiner.com)
- New Revelations in IRS Scandal Could Lead to Obama (conservativeintel.com)
- IRS accused of sharing 2,500 private taxpayer documents with White House (blacklistednews.com)