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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Your Tax Dollars Are Subsidizing White Supremacy

Los Angeles Times op-ed:  Your Tax Dollars Are Subsidizing White Supremacy, by Eric Franklin Amarante (Tennessee):

What’s the difference between UCLA and the KKK? Or a neo-Nazi and a Girl Scout? These are not set-ups for jokes. They are questions the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee recently spent 2½ hours trying to answer. This is because many white supremacist groups enjoy the same tax-exempt status as public universities, churches and other charities — simply by claiming to be educational. ...

[W]hy does our tax code subsidize white supremacy? The answer is depressingly banal: The IRS, the agency charged with policing the charitable sector, does not have the resources to review charitable status applications or regulate the activities of charities. Over the last two decades, systematic underfunding of the IRS has reduced the staff in its exempt organizations division by almost 40%. ...

The first step that needs to be taken is to properly fund the IRS. Without funding, the IRS cannot even begin to tackle this issue.

The second step is to make sure the IRS has the political support to take on these well-funded white supremacist groups. ...

Rooting out white supremacists disguised as charities would not put an end to hate crimes or mass shootings. But it could help, and our government would no longer be in the business of legitimizing hate groups and subsidizing white supremacy.

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2019/10/your-tax-dollars-are-subsidizing-white-supremacy.html

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Comments

This guy is a law professor. He's either too shallow to consider the implications of his argument or he's malevolent enough to make the argument and be fully cognizant of it's implications. This is our faculty. The country's in the best of hands.

Posted by: Art Deco | Oct 26, 2019 12:19:11 PM

Oh come on.

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Oct 27, 2019 3:51:10 AM

Planned Parenthood? Are there any "law professors" with brains?

Posted by: Diogenes | Oct 27, 2019 5:28:02 AM

Professor, please give us some examples of the organizations from which you would strip their tax exempt status.

Posted by: Dan Caulkins | Oct 27, 2019 7:06:36 AM

Readers can disparage Professor Amarante all they want; their comments don't take away from the cause he cites:

"The IRS, the agency charged with policing the charitable sector, does not have the resources to review charitable status applications or regulate the activities of charities. Over the last two decades, systematic underfunding of the IRS has reduced the staff in its exempt organizations division by almost 40%."

Posted by: Gerald Scorse | Oct 27, 2019 12:20:38 PM

The impulse to quash opposing views is very strong. And the ability to distinguish between what are just different and opposing views and views that are socially or legally beyond the pale is almost nonexistent with some people and some groups. For instance, there is a reflex to use the SPLC list as if it were somehow vetted and above reproach, rather than just another "enemies list."

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Oct 28, 2019 4:12:40 AM

Dan Caulkins: You asked for a list of organizations that might have their tax status rescinded. Here, from Talking Points Memo, are some possibilities: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/hate-groups-funding-tax-code

Posted by: Gerald Scorse | Oct 29, 2019 8:31:45 AM