Even if you’ve done nothing wrong, an IRS audit is expensive. Congress learned that the Internal Revenue Service singled-out donors to Tea Party groups, auditing their tax returns ten times as frequently as for regular taxpayers.
The House Ways and Means Committee announced that the IRS subjected 10% of those donors to audits, compared to only 1% on average for everybody else.
As one attorney described the burden: “It has cost them their retirement; it has cost them tens of thousands of dollars to fight the IRS; it’s expensive.”
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“They want to throw us in jail,” says Tea Party Patriots leader Jenny Beth Martin about the IRS’s targeting of the Tea Party movement.
Emails released under court order showed the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service discussed how to prosecute someone from the Tea Party for supposed false claims about political activity.
“Clearly they were trying to find ways to throw us in jail,” says Ms. Martin.