The Nation: The IRS: Four Years of Going Easy

How could the vaunted tax-hunting sleuths of the Internal Revenue Service originally miss errors of nearly half a million dollars in a taxpayer's returns over a four-year period—especially when the filer is as uniquely noticeable as the President of the United States? The embarrassed officials of the IRS have a handy shield against discussing such a gross oversight: the law that bans revelations about any taxpayer's situation unless court action is taken. But the conclusion is inescapable that Nixon benefited from his high office and that the IRS would never have moved to recover the tax loss if there had...

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