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In this episode of The Heartland Institute’s weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, research fellow and managing editor Jesse Hathaway talks with Dan Johnson, executive director of the Tax Revolution Institute, a national think tank rolling out a new project to “Audit the IRS” and shine light and transparency on one of the most secretive and powerful federal government agencies, the Internal Revenue Service.
The new project, Johnson says, combines crowd-sourced reports of IRS harassment with legal and scholarly research, as well as Freedom of Information Act requests and “lawfare,” to document, in one central repository, the practices and policies of IRS. By collecting individuals’ reports of how IRS has acted and combining those reports with documentation and analyses, Johnson says the project will help determine what the agency is doing to everyday people, allowing citizens to use that knowledge to make educated, targeted reforms to IRS.