Tuesday May 14, 201312:06 AM GMT
‘Americans should get rid of IRS’
Tue May 14, 2013 12:6AM
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Americans should get rid of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and income tax and cut government spending, the executive director of the Libertarian Party in Washington told Press TV’s U.S Desk.

 

Carla Howell said “we don’t need an income tax and we certainly don’t need the IRS.”

 

She added that the “libertarian party is running candidates to dramatically downsize the federal government, which we can cut by perhaps 50% or even 90%.”

 

Howell stated that if the IRS was eliminated, living in America and doing business in America would be much better because there would be no IRS to target political enemies; individuals, businesses and political organizations “will all be safe.”

 

At various points over the past two years, Internal Revenue Service officials singled out for scrutiny not only groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names but also nonprofit groups that criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution, according to documents in an audit conducted by the agency’s inspector general.

 

The IRS apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

 

The agency blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware.

 

But, according to a draft of an inspector general's report obtained by the Associated Press, senior IRS officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011.

 

AHT/AGB

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