Friday, November 18, 2016

‘Corrupt’ IRS Denies Tea Party Groups Tax Exempt Status – After 7-Year Wait

In further evidence of the Internal Revenue Service’s continuing bias against conservative organizations, the taxing agency denied nonprofit status to two tea party groups that had been in the waiting and pending pile for seven years.

American Center for Law and Justice, which has filed suits against the IRS for its lengthy delays in determination of nonprofit applications from tea party groups, said the hold-ups are part and parcel of the agency’s outright bias against conservative organizations, and its use of position and power to control right-leaning voices in the advocacy market.
The IRS admitted in court it targeted up to 400 tea party groups seeking nonprofit status for additional scrutiny.
Since 2013, the ACLJ has filed suits against the IRS on behalf of 41 conservative groups seeking 501(c)(4) “social welfare” tags, contending the agency has illegally targeted those applications for delay that contain phrases like “tea party” and “patriot.” Some of those groups faced additional scrutiny from the IRS during their waiting period, including burdensome audits and costly demands for paperwork and organizational documents.

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