The IRS scandal no one's talking about
The rules covering who gets tax-exempt status are so squishy and vague that just about anyone can work the system.
But there's another issue here, one that's getting significantly less attention though it's also important: Why are tax-exempt groups spending tens of millions of dollars on political advertising? And why has the IRS turned a blind eye to this practice for years?
That's the subject of a few pointed articles lately after news emerged that the IRS was overly aggressive in handling the requests of conservative groups that desired the tax-exempt status classified as 501(c)4.
Groups with this status are supposed to be "social welfare" organizations that serve their communities, writes Michael Hiltzik of The Los Angeles Times. You can see on the IRS' own application what groups are intended to receive this status -- educational and health care organizations, homeowners associations, volunteer fire departments and the like. They cannot be primarily engaged in election work.
The IRS clumsily tried to screen applications to find the groups that weren't entirely focused on "social welfare." And as part of the screen, they looked for groups with "tea party" or "patriot" in their names. A dumb move on many levels. In January 2012 the IRS decided instead to look for "political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding government, educating on the constitution and bill of rights, (and) social economic reform/movement," Hiltzik writes.
But for years, the IRS has let groups on both sides of the aisle skirt the rules. And Congress is to blame here, too, Hiltzik writes. "Thanks to ambiguity about what it means to be 'primarily' concerned with 'social welfare,' political activists have reaped a bonanza for years while the IRS ignored their chicanery," he adds. "And once again, now that the agency has tried to regulate, the regulated parties have blown its efforts up into a 'scandal.'"
The IRS seemed only to investigate the little guys, too, ignoring the larger C4s tied to Karl Rove and former campaign staffers for President Barack Obama. "The big groups are generally well-advised, lawyered up. Their tax forms are artfully drawn," Chris Ashby, a lawyer advising conservative groups, told The New York Times.
Lawmakers upset at the IRS should step back and take a look at what caused these problems in the first place. The rules are unclear, vague and sometimes missing completely. And as a result, there are huge loopholes that some groups can and do exploit.
Until Congress and the IRS figure out how to make clear rules that actually stick, swamped workers at an agency already beset by budget cuts will continue making ill-advised moves like searching for words like "tea party." Or, after this latest drama, they'll just stop trying to enforce the squishy standards completely.
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I personally saw a lady pay for some oreo cookies with food stamps then walk out to get in her brand new Cadillac, sticker still on the window. They just laugh at us.
Hope and change
Hope and change
- Hopefully there will be a change through impeachment and a Senate trial
Remember the UN honorable little prick named harry Reid back before the election and he said he had complete knowledge that mitt romney had cheated on his taxes??? I wonder if the Senate leader the un-honorable harry reid is the one that is really behind this IRS Hit man tactics. This government we have in DC is getting as bad as good old Adolf Hitler and his party. Take away the guns, do away with your 1st, 2nd, and 4th amend rights change books and disprove history. One other thing good old UN-HONORABLE HARRY ((THE WUSSIE BOY)) REID also was the one who declared that mitt romney murdered a mans wife when she died from cancer.
What a pcs of $hit good old harry, baucus, and schumer are because baucus, and schumer sent letters to the IRS requesting that they do this a few years back.
I've seen them pay for live lobsters with food stamps... Times are so good under '57 states' that 47 million are not on food stamps up 70% in under 4 years.
The 47% that leech of the rest of us are voting for more of your paychecks. They vote lockstep democrat, so they get more of your check... The answer is to FIRE them. Lay off any democrat on your payroll. Let them leech...
Turn in your Semiautomatic Rifles, Turn in your Hand Guns, Turn in your Long Guns. The POLICE / government will take care of you, "WHEN THE BAD GUYS ARE AT YOUR HOUSE."
ASK CHINA, THEY HAVE ALWAYS HAD GUN CONTROLL
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