IRS Omission Keeps Taxpayer FOIA Suit Alive

Law360, New York (May 30, 2014, 5:38 PM EDT) -- An audited couple may continue with their open records suit against the U.S. Internal Revenue Service despite appealing the agency's response after their original deadline, a federal judge in Georgia ruled on Thursday.

The agency audited the individual tax returns of plaintiffs Dale and Katherine Harman for tax years 2007 through 2009, but when the couple made a Freedom of Information Act Request to see files relating to their audit, the agency declined to provide thousands of pages of relevant documents.

In all, the agency withheld 60 percent of its 3,196 pages of documents, telling the taxpayers that additional disclosure would...

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