Monday, May 13, 2013

If the IRS Isn’t “Good at Math,” What Is It Good For?

In Washington, a “gaffe” takes place when someone accidentally tells the truth. Last week, a senior Internal Revenue Service official breathed new life into this axiom. “I’m not good at math,” confessed Lois Lerner as she tried to summon a statistic on a conference call with reporters.

Seriously? The woman who oversees tax-exempt organizations at the IRS has a fuzzy relationship with basic arithmetic?! No wonder so many small businesses operate in fear of the taxman.

Pair this news with the revelation that the agency has been applying special scrutiny to groups that oppose the administration, and it’s hard not to wonder, If the IRS isn’t good at math, what good is the IRS for?