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Friday, May 13, 2011

IRS Denies Political influence in Gift Tax Scrutiny of 501(c)(4) Groups

Following up on this morning's post, NY Times: IRS Moves to Tax Contributions to 501(c)(4) Political Grups: Bloomberg, IRS Denies Outside Influence Sparked Gift Tax Investigations:

The IRS says the agency wasn’t pressured into investigating whether a levy on gifts should be applied to some contributions to political advocacy groups. The IRS said in a statement that it is examining contributions from five taxpayers to determine whether they should pay the gift tax on donations to the groups, which are organized as 501(c)(4) organizations. The IRS didn’t identify the donors it is investigating or the groups.

"The examinations were started by employees of the Estate and Gift Tax Unit at the IRS as part of their increased efforts in the area of non-filing of gift and estate tax returns,” IRS spokeswoman Michelle Eldridge said in the statement. “All of the decisions involving these cases were made by career civil servants without any influence from anyone outside the IRS.”

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Comments

EVERYTHING the government does is political. Anyone who says different is trying to sell you something.

Posted by: Brett | May 14, 2011 10:32:23 AM

Would those career civil servants be similar to the ones from the Bush DOJ who were documented as giving to Obama 2-1 in 2008? The career civil servants are SEIU members who have a natural incentive to support Democrats "by any means necessary".

Posted by: SDN | May 14, 2011 3:27:02 PM

And there are seven Thursday's in a week....

Posted by: Old Whig | May 15, 2011 2:27:28 PM

The question is are they scrutinizing both Soros and the Koch brothers, or just the Koch brothers? If they're doing the latter, then it's obviously political.

Posted by: Dave | May 16, 2011 9:43:20 AM

Soros gives to 527s, not 501(c)(4)s. It's primarily republicans that abuse the tax code by commandeering 501(c)(4)s for political purposes.

Posted by: jpe | May 16, 2011 10:57:58 AM