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A real IRS scandal

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Donald Trump was notably exempt from the IRS scrutiny his predecessors were subjected to, despite being a much more likely candidate to have committed financial fraud:

The I.R.S. subjected both President Donald J. Trump’s predecessor and his successor to annual audits of their tax returns once they took office, spokespeople for Barack Obama and President Biden said on Wednesday, intensifying questions about how Mr. Trump escaped such scrutiny until Democrats in the House started inquiring.

Late Tuesday, a House committee revealed that the I.R.S. failed to audit Mr. Trump during his first two years in office despite a rule that states that “the individual tax returns for the president and the vice president are subject to mandatory review.” But its report left unclear whether that lapse reflected general dysfunction or whether Mr. Trump received special treatment.

The disclosure of routine audits of Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden during their time in office suggested that the agency’s treatment of Mr. Trump was an aberration.

“I’m absolutely flabbergasted,” said Nina E. Olson, the national taxpayer advocate from 2001 to 2019. “It’s disturbing. You have a process where you’re auditing the president, you better be auditing the president.”

Remember how “being under audit” was Trump’s excuse for not revealing his returns, and the media just decided to accept that while it was publishing umpteen stories a day about Hillary Clinton and something to do with emails?

I’m guessing that Paul Caron will devote somewhat less than 1700 posts about this actual example of the IRS treating public figures unequally.

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