IRS audit of city of Boston finances subject of Mass. Public Records Law citizen request

The following Massachusetts Public Records Law disclosure request has been submitted to the city of Boston, concerning the Nov. 28, 2017, Boston Globe news story by James Vaznis, “Boston paid nearly $1 million in penalties after IRS audit” at

Dec. 3, 2017

Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston

David Sweeney, Chief of Staff for the Mayor

c/o Shawn A. Williams, Esq., Director of Public Records

1 City Hall Square, Room 615

Boston, MA 02201

SUBJECT: Public Records Request Regarding the IRS

Dear Mayor Walsh:

This is a request under the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M.G.L. Chapter 66, Section 10) to be provided with a complete copy of any Internal Revenue Service audit report, including any attachment, concerning any department or agency of the City of Boston that has been submitted by the IRS to any officer or representative of the City of Boston during the calendar year 2017 up to the date of this letter.

I hereby also request a copy of all records of any correspondence or other message (in any form, including any attachment) exchanged between any representatives of the IRS and the City of Boston that relates to any such audit report, including a copy of all messages and receipts concerning the payment or non-payment of any fine, penalty or other settlement.

I recognize that charges for reasonable costs for copies (which I would hope to receive in an electronically accessible format), as well as for personnel time needed to comply with this disclosure request, may apply. However, due to the non-commercial nature of this request which is made in the public interest, please consider waiving any such charge.

As you know, the Public Records Law requires you to provide me with a written response within 10 business days. If you cannot comply with any aspect of this request, please be sure to provide an explanation in writing, including the citation for any lawful exemption, as statutorily required.

Thank you for your work on behalf of the city of Boston.


Dan Currie

80 West Dedham St., Apt. 1201

Boston, MA 02118