CNN Asks - Why Can't Americans Use the same Excuses as the IRS?

On Thursday CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviewed IRS chief John Koskinen, who recently flubbed his way through a couple of hours of Congressional testimony. At one point Blitzer wondered why private companies and individuals had a much higher threshold of responsibility when it came to record keeping than the IRS does. It would seem that the IRS should hold itself to the same level of responsibility that they require of others who are forced to file taxes.

Partial Transcript:

BLITZER: The — here’s what a lot of people have pointed out to us. Sarbanes-Oxley — you’re familiar with that law — private companies, they have to retain email data for five years. You’re familiar with that, right?

KOSKINEN: I’m familiar with Sarbanes. I didn’t know that particular…

BLITZER: It’s a criminal penalty if they don’t. So why wouldn’t — if public companies have to do that, why wouldn’t the IRS have to retain important emails for at least five years, as opposed to six months, because they’ve been recycling their email, their hard drives every six months or so. That sounds suspicious.

KOSKINEN: I — the IRS process, though, is every important official record gets — is supposed to be printed out. We have 2,000 employees trained to make sure that happens. So the official records of the IRS are printed out and are saved in hard copy and now preserved. The emails, all emails are not official records. So at this point, the policy for the IRS is to in fact print them out. But that’s an antiquated program and we’re looking at trying to modernize it.

BLITZER: I got a ton of questions. I told my Twitter followers I was going to be interviewing you today, and I asked for some suggested questions. I got a variation of this one by a lot of folks. This one from T.G. Parker: “Why shouldn’t taxpayers use the crashed hard drive excuse when undergoing an IRS audit?”

KOSKINEN: A number of them already have done that, and the question has been is there a dual standard? And as I’ve said, the IRS has 24,000 Lois Lerner emails from this period. We, historically, if a taxpayer has lost electronic records, have said if you have other indications and evidence of what went on, we’ll take that from you. It’s if you lose a document it doesn’t mean you lose the argument. We actually work with taxpayers to say we’ll look at other evidence, like the 24,000 emails. And if we can find any evidence to support your case — and, in fact, if the circumstances support your case, we’ll support you and you won’t have any problems.



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  • abinico

    I think CNN can expect a tax audit notice any day now.

    • colsooonscoorner


    • Thessalonianguy

      LOL – superb insight.

    • DOOM161

      Yes, but they can just delete the emails.

      • Jay Star

        Yes, thats what they get from buying their computers and communication devices from China! LOL

    • amongoose

      And Wolf gets a BATFE swat visit.

      • londontubes

        Like the CDC (“P” left off), so it is the BATF (“E” left off)

    • DMJo

      Or at least Wolf Blitzer can…

  • monacall

    What a fracking joke. The IRS is guilty. Because they can not prove they are innocent. That’s how they treat us. Guilty unlit proven other wise.

  • DustyFae

    I think we can.. we can also use the 5th, also have a lawyer, if they can use the Constitution, we can too.. that was not created just for their use and ban against us to use it.. they have to all be impeached in the Government offices , none are honest… They sure know how to use the Constitution when they want to use it… Two face people and crooks corrupting the USA and the world….

    • 4EVERu

      According to the Constitution, Obama shouldn’t even be president. How much higher can you go? When do words that bear truth and integrity matter anymore? As much as it lies with you, just keep your business straight. If the Supreme Court can twist the words of the Constitution, we don’t stand a snowballs chance in hell of proving anything by that precious document.

      • mike slaney

        That’s why they “elites” want to destroy or nullify it by rewriting it or just declare Marshall Law long enough to enslave what’s left of America.

  • jesustheonlyway

    The IRS has been destroying people and companies for years…”we’ll support you and you won’t have any problems”…is a lie. So how can be believe them now? We don’t! This Koskinen guy looks like a peeled snake.

  • Thessalonianguy

    How does he know how many emails Lerner had, if the hard drive crashed? Notice he SPECIFIED A NUMBER, and did not use the more general ‘thousands’ answer. It gets more and more foul smelling the deeper into the pile you dig.

    How badly are things going for the IRS if even CNN is starting to ask questions like this??

  • Spoony

    Koskinen is well trained in “tap dancing” tactics to disarm any interviewer. He can candy coat the situation to make it look innocuous but beneath the “icing” lies deadly deceit!

  • Shagnasty1

    Write to your Congressman and tell him/her to support Congressman Steve Stockman’s bill to allow taxpayers the same excuse as they use when they (claim) the information has been lost. I don’t know the number but it is called “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act.”

  • Ray – Jesus is the Son of God.

    The signs of the end times are everywhere…

    As we witness such things as the spread of globalism, the building of a one-world church, the increase of wickedness, the breakdown of the traditional family, the destruction of that priceless bastion of liberty called America, the normalization of homosexuality, the callous murder of babies, the filthy pop culture, the breathtaking increase in governmental surveillance, we become fearful, uncertain, frustrated, angry, and discouraged, but this is because our minds and hearts are too focused on things of this world rather than things above. Too often we have the same short view that “conservative” unbelievers have rather than the long view that comes from the light of Bible prophecy…

    The devil is the god of this world, and his handiwork is evident everywhere, but he is not God and he is not in control of the times and the seasons.

    “Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding” (Dan. 2:20-21).

    We should stand in the confidence that the present evil is exceedingly temporary and will soon be cut down…..

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  • DOOM161

    Once a democrat has lost CNN you know he’s in trouble.

  • amongoose

    The IRS “work with you”?
    Work you over is more like it.

  • Jay Star

    The reason is that for a while now the government thinks they are above the law. We peons are the only ones that have to obey the laws. Not the president on down it seems.

    • Chucky77

      The more you stir it the worse it stinks.

  • jerry1944

    GEEE i feel sooo much better knowing they will help me find my lost records. OO YEA i beleave that one NOT, the IRS needs to be changed and for the better to make more fair and easyer. But neather party wants to do that i dont think

  • flatland

    If you read the IRS dude’s answer carefully, the answer was “NO.” He said “if we can find any evidence to support your case — and, in fact, if the circumstances support your case, we’ll support you and you won’t have any problems.” Translation of that is if you do not have other documentation to clear you of what the IRS has accused you of doing or not doing, you are screwed.

  • DetroitDom

    They should stick the necks of Lois Lerner, Jon Koskinen, and the Head of IT at the IRS in a noose. Start lowering the platform until one of them gets his/ her memory back and informs Congress where the missing e-mails are at.

    If the answer is accurate, that person will live. The other two will remain while the platform continues to descend until the two liars stop breathing – PERMANENTLY!!!

    To me, that would send a terrific message to those clowns in the DC Bigtop! We’ve had it with the lies!!!!!!

  • 1_Eddie_1

    What did the IRS do to Joe Lewis the boxing heavyweight champion of the world? He gave most of his prize fight purses to the government during the war. The IRS told him that he had to pay taxes on the money that he gave the government. He didn’t have it, he already gave it to the government. The IRS showed him no mercy. The IRS took everything from Mr. Lewis. The IRS shows no one compassion and will strip everything from you.