Lawsuit seeks Obama's tax record requests

Friday, October 5, 2012
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A federal government accountability group is taking the Internal Revenue Service to court. That group wants to know whose records the White House has requested.

The nonprofit, nonpartisan Cause of Action filed a lawsuit this week against the IRS, claiming the agency refused to release documents that would identify the names of individuals and businesses of which President Obama has requested tax records.

Groen, Karen (Cause of Action)Cause of Action's chief oversight counsel Karen Groen explains what the lawsuit is about.

"Basically, this provision in the tax code allows the president to access taxpayers' records, whether it be an individual or a company," she tells OneNewsNow. "And the IRS has said that not only the tax records themselves, but the president's request for those tax records are not subject to disclosure for privacy reasons."

OneNewsNow did ask Groen why the president would be looking at tax records and whether this has been done before by this administration or by its predecessors.

"Quite frankly, we don't know. This provision, I believe, has been in the code for some time," she responds. "It's certainly not new, but in light of the fact that the president can request tax records, we think that the American people are entitled to know whose tax records he's been looking at. I'd certainly want to know if he was looking at mine."

The lawsuit will be heard in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

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