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October 3, 2023

It Seems the IRS Has the Most Complicated Email System Known to Man

Is the IRS using Lotus Notes?

Don't Mess With Taxes has a good piece on freshly-minted IRS Commish John Koskinen's Wednesday date with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that you should go over and read if you are into that sort of thing but this part in particular stuck out to us:

The panel, said Koskinen, is seeking millions of documents. Sorting through Lerner's emails alone, he said, means the IRS "will be at this for months, if not years, collecting that information, redacting it and then providing it."

Neither were Oversight members persuaded by data on the cost to comply with the committee's wide-ranging documents request, outlined in the panel's subpoena to the IRS.

"We've already spent 10 months, 15 million dollars and added 100,000 hours and 250 people working to produce the documents that we in fact agreed with the committee would be relevant to the investigation," Koskinen said. "I am anxious to get you the information, but it's a very complicated process. My guess is that there is no way we would get you this request totally before the end of the year."

TL;DR: guys, we'd really like to get you what you want but it's, like, really hard so let's just forget it OK?

Can you imagine what a PITA this would be in the event of an even bigger scandal? We are talking about ONE person's emails, how hard can this be1?

1 Clearly that question is rhetorical


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