The fact that the Administration’s new effort only applies to social welfare organizations — and not powerful unions or business groups — underscores that this is a crass political effort by the Administration to get what political advantage they can, whenever they can.
This is part of ongoing efforts within the IRS that are improving our work in the tax-exempt area.Once final, this proposed guidance will continue moving us forward and provide clarity for this important segment of exempt organizations.
The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention.[The IRS] 1) allowed inappropriate criteria to be developed and stay in place for more than 18 months, 2) [which] resulted in substantial delays in processing certain applications, and 3) allowed unnecessary information requests to be issued.Although the processing of some applications with potential significant political campaign intervention was started soon after receipt, no work was completed on the majority of these applications for 13 months....Many organizations received requests for additional information from the IRS that included unnecessary, burdensome questions (e.g., lists of past and future donors).
The question is not whether the IRS was corrupt. It was and is. The question is, how corrupt? How far up the chain of command does the corruption extend? READ MORE >