IRS finds tax controversy can be a 2-way street

There are few things as intimidating for an individual as a tax audit by the government. Finding a buffer against the stress and intrusion of an IRS audit is achievable by enlisting the help of experienced legal counsel. In the face of such distress, consulting an attorney is a wise move.

The kind of pressure that the IRS is noted for applying to individuals isn't something that one might expect to be turned about and used against the tax agency, but in just the past few weeks that is a concept that seems to be getting some legs. And fueled by the political environment of Washington, D.C., it seems the heat is on the rise.

Evidence is apparent in a variety of events. First, there was the disclosure about six weeks ago that the IRS had inappropriately highlighted some tea party groups seeking tax exempt status for increased review.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, tea party supporters rallied at the Capitol. The overriding cry of the crowd was for an audit of the IRS, but under that umbrella there were also calls for broader action to scale back government. Some protesters used the moment to demand cuts at or the outright shutting down of the Justice and State Departments, Environmental Protection Agency, National Labor Relations Board and, pointedly, the National Security Agency.

And within the last week or so has come news that the inappropriate scrutiny practiced by some in the IRS wasn't limited to conservative groups. Agency documents compiled by the IRS inspector general indicate that liberal groups may have been focused on before tea party organizations.

That development has triggered a whole new round of charge and counter-charge from political leaders. Some Democrats suggest the inspector general's report lets the air out of the complaints from the right about being unfairly targeted. Republicans counter that such claims are a deflection and that their concerns about undue scrutiny can't be so easily dismissed.

Source:, "Tea Party 'Audit the IRS' Rally About a Lot More Than the Tax Man," Elizabeth Flock, June 19, 2013;, "IRS ‘BOLOs’ raise new questions about political targeting uproar," Josh Hicks, July 4, 2013

Email Our Team

Contact Us to Get Started Today

Located in the Washington, D.C area, we serve clients in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia, as well as across the country and overseas. For a free initial consultation, call 202-381-1261 or complete our brief online form.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Six Convenient Office Locations in and around the DC Metropolitan Area

Washington, D.C.
1050 Connecticut Ave NW #500
Washington, D.C. 20036

Phone: 202-618-1873
Fax: 888-235-8405
Washington Law Office Map

Columbia Office
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 300
Columbia, MD 21044

Phone: 202-618-1873
Phone: 410-497-5947
Fax: 888-235-8405
Columbia Law Office Map

Annapolis Office
839 Bestgate Road
Suite 400
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: 202-618-1873
Phone: 410-497-5947
Fax: 888-235-8405
Annapolis Law Office Map

Fairfax Office
8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Suite 600
Fairfax, VA 22031

Phone: 202-618-1873
Phone: 703-988-4817
Fax: 888-235-8405
Fairfax Law Office Map

Rockville Office
199 E. Montgomery Avenue
Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 202-618-1873
Phone: 240-599-5009
Fax: 888-235-8405
Rockville Law Office Map

Baltimore Office
400 East Pratt Street
8th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: 202-618-1873
Phone: 443-743-3381
Fax: 888-235-8405
Baltimore Law Office Map