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Attacks on IRS, employees are all too common

By Ed O'Keefe

Smoke billows from a seven-story building where offices of the IRS are located in Austin, Tex., after a small private plane crashed into it. (AP)

The Federal Eye reports in Friday's Post:

Attacks on the Internal Revenue Service and its employees similar to Thursday's small plane crash in Texas are common, according to federal records and investigations.

"There is a direct correlation between increased IRS enforcement efforts and the number of threats made against IRS employees," said J. Russell George, who heads the office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. His office handled more than 1,200 threat and assault case referrals from the IRS and its employees between fiscal 2001 and 2008. The cases resulted in more than 167 indictments and at least 195 convictions, he said.

The nation's economic downturn and Americans' frustrations with their civic responsibilities have inspired many of the incidents, George said. The agency has stepped up enforcement efforts since Commissioner Douglas Shulman took over in 2008.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | February 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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When, exactly, were tax collectors popular?

Posted by: member5 | February 19, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Americans are tired of paying taxes on wasteful spending. The huge problem we face in our country is the hijacking of our monetary system, our economy, and our politicians by THE FEDERAL RESERVE!! The FED is an independent central bank, not a branch of our government!! They want us in debt to them so that they can further control our country!! AMERICA WAKE UP!!

Posted by: AMERICAWAKEUP | February 19, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

AMERICAWAKEUP, are you saying Americans have a right to fly planes into buildings trying to kill people?

Posted by: Bious | February 19, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

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