Reason TV Replay: 47 Ways to Say "IRS" … What do those initials really stand for?


On Friday, the White House acknowledged and apologized for targeting Tea Party groups for additional IRS reviews during the 2012 presidential election. This seems like a splendid time to expand our growing list of just what the initials IRS should stand for.

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Here is the original text from the April 13, 2011 video:

The "Internal Revenue Service" is such a bland name for an agency that stirs so much passion.

With Tax Day just around the corner, the time is right to consider what the initials "IRS" really stand for.

WARNING: Immature Subject Matter. Viewer discretion is advised.

Approximately 1.40 minutes

Produced by Ted Balaker. Written by Balaker, Meredith Bragg, Tim Cavanaugh, Paul Feine, Nick Gillespie, Hawk Jensen, Damon Root, Peter Suderman, Josh Swain, Zach Weissmueller, and Matt Welch