May 16, 2013
In the Media
Tea party investigation: Is the problem the IRS or the tax
By David Grant
The Christian Scinece Monitor
May 15, 2013
Spending reductions mandated by the sequester and the tripling of
new applications for 501(c)4 status (the provision in question in
the current scandal) accentuate the agency’s problems, says Nina
Crimm, a law professor at St. John's University in New York.
“They are totally overwhelmed,” says Professor Crimm. “They don’t
have sufficient manpower to really cull through [nonprofit
applications] and thoughtfully work this whole thing out.”
But some experts are skeptical that Congress will do much to fix
the system that underlies the current IRS scandal, even if they do
manage the long-shot feat of a sweeping tax overhaul sought by
Baucus and Representative Camp.
"How much of the code, if any, is really going to be tackled?”
Crimm asks. “And is this something that this Congress wants to
tackle in terms of the tax exempt area?”
“My suspicion is that a lot of them might not see fit to tackle
this area,” she says, because picking a campaign-finance fight
amidst an already difficult slog to paring back the nation’s tax
code is probably a bridge too far.