People in California may have heard of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). People may also have heard about people who donate money to the organization because, according to NOM, its list of donors was leaked from within the IRS. NOM says the information that was eventually published came from the group’s tax returns.
NOM says that a forensic reconstruction of the documentation that contained the published information indicated that it came from within the IRS. There are several other groups who say that their information was also leaked in the same manner. NOM has filed a lawsuit against the IRS over the incident.
The information was allegedly given to someone involved with The Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Supposedly, the president of that organization assumed the role of a national co-chair for the president’s 2012 campaign to get re-elected the day after the information was given to HRC. Anyone charged with disclosing the information could end up in prison for upward of five years.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is said to have conducted an investigation into the matter, but no arrests have been made. The information contained in tax returns is supposed to be confidential. Any California taxpayer or taxpaying organization has the right to file a complaint against the IRS should it be discovered that confidential information about the person or organization has been made public in some way by the taxing authority. The IRS has been fraught with scandal lately, and it could take some time before the extent of possible corruption within the agency is revealed.
Source: Washington Free Beacon, IRS Sued By The National Organization For Marriage For Leaking Tax Information, CJ Ciaramella, Oct. 3, 2013