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Monday, September 28, 2009

Treasury Department to Examine ACORN's Compliance With Tax Laws

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has agreed to examine ACORN's compliance with ยงยง 501(c)(3) and 527(f):

You requested that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) review the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigations Division's enforcement efforts with respect to taxable nonprofit corporations engaging in political activities that go unreported. In addition, you asked that TIGTA review whether ACORN or its affiliates used Section 501 (c)(3) resources for impermissible partisan work, or engaged in lobbying or made political expenditures or contributions without reporting these activities to the IRS.

In response to your request, TIGTA is initiating a review of the IRS's oversight of tax-exempt Section 501 (c)(3) organizations and Section 527 organizations and will review internal IRS referral processes with regard to nonprofit fraud investigations. This review will be conducted by our Office of Inspections and Evaluations, with assistance from our Office of Audit and our Office of Investigations.

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Comments

initiating review of oversight and referral processes sounds innocuous enough, but the flavor of the letter seems to suggest a targeted investigation by TIGTA, at the request of some Congressman, into how IRS has been handling ACORN in particular. this could be a dangerous precedent for the rest of us . . .

Posted by: r. | Sep 28, 2009 12:41:22 PM