The Law: Citizen v. the IRS

Philip Long, 56, who operates a real estate business near Seattle, first got the dark news three years ago. The Internal Revenue Service wanted to audit his business and personal returns for 1966, 1967 and 1968. After the audit, the IRS claimed that he owed $38,144 in addition to the $21,412 he had already paid. Deciding to fight, Long wanted to know more about how the IRS reached its conclusions, so he asked to see some of the agency's reports and manuals on auditing and other procedures.

Data of this sort are theoretically available to citizens under the Freedom of Information Act...

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