The independent journalist who is known for reporting on the collusion between the former executives of Twitter and a number of government agencies, Matt Taibbi, was paid an unexpected visit by an official from the IRS the very same day he was slated to appear before Congress to testify about the ongoing weaponization of the federal government.
A number of installments of the Twitter Files, a cache of internal documents given by Twitter CEO Elon Musk to Taibbi and many other hand-picked reporters, has indicated that the platform possessed a number of ways to silence conservatives, such as shadow bans and full-scale suspensions. Agents of the IRS paid a visit to Taibi's house back on March 9th in New Jersey, the same day the man was expected to appear before the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.
The agent dropped a note which ordered the man to call the agency after waiting four days. During the call, Taibbi was told that both his 2018 and 2021 tax returns were rejected over identity theft concerns.
Jim Jordan (R-OH), the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a letter on Monday, that was seen by the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal, addressed to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel demanding further information about the visit to the journalist's home.
Taibbi handed over to the House Judiciary Committee a series of documents that prove that his IRS return back in 2018 had been accepted electronically. Neither the agency nor his accountants had told him about any concerns regarding the filing for the past five years. The return from 2021 was originally rejected, refiled, and then once again rejected another time. Taibbii stated that the issue with the return was not "monetary."
Working with the IRS in any fashion is known to be a time-consuming and highly difficult process. Concerns of increased audit rates have spawned throughout the past few months in the wake of the Inflation Reduction Act handing over a stagging $80 billion windfall to double the size of its workforce.
The Wall Street Journal editorial board spotlighted the fact that the IRS normally starts by offering a letter or sending a request for further information instead of a surprise in-person house call.
Another independent journalist working with the Twitter Files initiative that also testified on March 9th, Michael Shellenberger, chimed in on social media to say that this surprise visit from the government agency was an "amazing coincidence." Taibbi claimed that he would offer no comment on the issue before getting an answer to the letter, although he was "not worried" for himself.