The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is paying a Washington law firm $1,000 an hour in taxpayer money to perform a corporate audit, despite its claim of being severely underfunded.
The IRS’ $2.2 million contract with big-money firm Quinn Emanuel has
sparked a Senate Finance Committee investigation, with the committee’s
chairman saying that the IRS “appears to violate federal law.”
No problem, they'll just change the law to suit!
“Only weeks after retaining the law firm, the Treasury Department and
IRS issued a temporary regulation, without a notice and comment period,
allowing third party contractors to take compulsory, sworn testimony in
connection with an IRS investigation,” Hatch wrote. “The new, temporary
regulation would allow private contractors — in this case, litigation
attorneys billing taxpayers over $1,000 an hour, according to the
contract — to question a witness under oath and ask the witness to
clarify objections or assertions of privilege. It would also give these
attorneys access to confidential taxpayer information while raising
questions over how well that information is then protected from further
disclosure. The temporary regulation was issued as a ‘clarification,’
despite the fact that it is an unprecedented expansion of the role of
outside contractors in the examination process, and one that violates
the IRC provisions…”
Yeah, I get the kind of warm feeling from that that you'd feel as a anaconda went to work.