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Thursday, April 12, 2012

House Demands IRS Documents on Alleged Harassment of Tea Party Groups

IRS LogoFollowing up on my previous posts (links below):  Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Jim Jordan, Chair of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending, have sent this letter to the IRS demanding an explanation by April 16, 2012 of alleged harassment of Tea Party Groups applying for tax-exempt status under § 501(c)(4):

Over the past several weeks the IRS sent many organizations, operating under tax exempt status, lengthy and detailed questionnaires. These questionnaires ask for information well beyond the scope of typical disclosures required under IRS Form 1024. ...

The IRS should provide appropriate scrutiny of organizations applying for tax exempt status. However, several experts suggest that these recent IRS questionnaires exceed appropriate scrutiny. For example, Marcus Owens, who ran the IRS's exempt organizations department for a decade, called the IRS initiative an "overreach." Moreover, the IRS must apply the same criteria for all organizations applying for tax exempt status. News reports, however, indicate that the IRS effort lacks balance, with conservative organizations being the target of the IRS's heightened scrutiny. Roll Call contacted several liberal groups, including ProtectYourCare, a 501(c)(4) set up to defend the new health care law, and reported that none had received the recently-sent questionnaire.

We respectfully request that you provide the following information to the Committee by April 16, 2012: ...

  • All documents and communications between IRS officials and elected officials or any employee of a federal agency or department, referring or relating to the 2012 IRS work plan for 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 501(c)(6) organizations. ...
  • A list of all the organizations that the IRS sent these types of questionnaires to this year, the date the questionnaire was sent by the IRS, the date the IRS asked for a response, and the date the organizations sent their initial application for tax exempt status.

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IRS harassment of the Tea Party is as bad as out sourcing our Presidential voter tabulation to a Spanish Corporation which has Obama campaign contributors on its board of directors. When people began calling the Obama Regime a criminal organization I thought it over the top but subsequent events like the many scams perpetrated for the contributors of the Democrat Party and IRS illegalities have proven me wrong. $7 gasoline, the scams and now the Jimmy Carter type of vote counting that made Hugo Chavez the dictator of Venezuela, what else will the Democrats pull before the election; with Eric Holder cozying up to the 'black panthers' and Al Sharpton and asking for his help in the upcoming Presidential Election we can guess, lie, cheat and steal is the mantra now, anything goes.

Posted by: ronnor | Apr 12, 2012 7:53:42 AM

Considering the way Holder is laughing at Issa; I know the IRS views this "demand" as something to really fear...NOT. The Republicans have turned into nothing more than a joke. They talk big and that's it. They are afraid of Obama and the sacred black vote.

Posted by: herman | Apr 12, 2012 7:55:08 AM

Awesome. Punch back twice as hard, right?

Betcha Executive Privilege gets tossed back at Issa, though. This must go fairly high up the chain of command in the Executive Branch. They will not surrender willingly.

Posted by: NukemHill | Apr 12, 2012 1:10:00 PM

You know when the Republis is on it's last legs when the people writing the checks to an agency "respectfully request" and answer to a written question. If I continue to say so myself, letting government require us to file W-2 for wage slavery and independent WORKERS having to file 1099-MISC but the money the rename as 'income, redistributed' doesn't even get a 1099-GOV just shows that we're about to turn off freedom. The takers can take without reporting. When a person can get a free cell phone from the government without a 1099-GOV but I can't take a personal deduction for mine just shows that we don't have much time left.

Posted by: SenatorMark4 | Apr 12, 2012 2:43:33 PM

I'm clicking the "like" button on the first four comments. SenatorMark4 has a very good point...make ALL sources of income taxable, even if the source is a government handout. That would make welfare leeches appreciate what others have to do to support them.

Posted by: Woody | Apr 13, 2012 6:11:39 AM