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Keith and stuff
05-14-2013, 07:57 PM
1 of the top stories in the nation is that the IRS targeted Tea Party and conservative groups under the Obama reign. The targeting of liberty minded groups has been going on for years and didn't start with Obama. Even the Free State Project was targeted by the IRS under the Bush reign.

Political Bias at the IRS Likely Deep-Seated
May 14, 2013 by Jason Sorens
http://pileusblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/political-bias-at-the-irs-likely-deep-seated/


The IRS has been taking flak for its treatment of right-leaning groups seeking recognition as tax-exempt ďsocial welfareĒ organizations under clause 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. As it happens, I have some personal experience with IRS scrutiny of 501(c)(4) applications. I was on the Board of the Free State Project (FSP) when the FSP applied for 501(c)(4) status in 2007-8. Our application was denied. We appealed, and the appeal was denied.

The reasoning the IRS gave us is that the FSP was simply a political action group trying to benefit the Libertarian Party. Nothing could be further from the truth. The FSP has never run or endorsed candidates or given money to any candidates. The FSP has never endorsed specific legislation or lobbied any elected or appointed official. More importantly, the FSP has never had any ties, formal or informal, with the Libertarian Party. Plenty of FSP participants reject electoral politics altogether. To my knowledge, the FSP has never received even a single donation from any foundation, government, party, or any other corporate entity whatsoever.

The FSP clearly qualifies as a social welfare organization, if not a public-benefit, charitable organization (ď501(c)(3)Ē), according to the IRSís own rules. The point of the FSP is to promote New Hampshire as a destination to people who are philosophically classical-liberal or libertarian. Thatís it. The FSP spends money on advertising and promotion, maintaining a website, and holding two annual educational-social events in New Hampshire. The FSP believes that is an organization operated for the public benefit, especially with the educational programs held at its events. However, even if the IRS does not buy that interpretation, it is clearly an organization intended for the social and educational benefit of philosophic libertarians. It is clearly not a political action organization. Indeed, had the FSP applied for section 527 recognition, it probably would have been denied, leading to the absurd likelihood that the IRS would have considered the FSP a nonprofit fitting into no nonprofit category.

Since then, the FSP has operated just fine as a generic nonprofit corporation with no IRS tax status; since the organizationís expenditures always exceed its merchandise sales, it does not have any tax liability. However, 501(c)(4) status would have been a useful designation and signal to donors of the organizationís credibility.

Conservatives would like to find Obamaís fingerprints on the current IRS scandal, but they are unlikely to do so. Career bureaucrats at the federal agency that collects taxes from Americans are unlikely to be friendly to American antitax groups. The IRSís hostility to antitax groups will manifest itself in a variety of ways, but that hostility is apparently nothing new or even particularly surprising. That doesnít mean it isnít wrong, of course.

phill4paul
05-14-2013, 08:05 PM
Bet it doesn't get as much coverage as "Tea Party" groups.

HOLLYWOOD
05-14-2013, 08:19 PM
File a huge public lawsuit and it will get coverage.

Make it a $100 Million Lawsuit... AFTER TAXES

Never let a crisis go to waste, regards, Rahm

Warrior_of_Freedom
05-14-2013, 08:23 PM
Impeach that fucker

Brian4Liberty
05-14-2013, 08:29 PM
As people have been ranting about this the last few days, it has occurred to me that no one has entertained the idea that employees of the IRS would have a vested interest in opposing anyone who might want to limit their budget and power. It really doesn't have to be a conspiracy led from the top down. It's just the nature of the beast.

Keith and stuff
05-14-2013, 08:43 PM
As people have been ranting about this the last few days, it has occurred to me that no one has entertained the idea that employees of the IRS would have a vested interest in opposing anyone who might want to limit their budget and power. It really doesn't have to be a conspiracy led from the top down. It's just the nature of the beast.

Good points. A lot of it might have to due with the type of people that do the work and get moved up the chain of command. I know a former worker that quit in disgust. He said that incompetent folks were promoted while the better workers weren't promoted. He said people got joy out of closing small businesses.

Then there is this.
Feds charge 24 IRS workers in TN with theft
Workers accused of lying to get unemployment benefits, welfare, food stamps, housing vouchers
Apr. 17, 2013
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130417/NEWS03/304180030/Feds-charge-24-IRS-workers-TN-theft

ninepointfive
05-14-2013, 08:45 PM
this is why you never register. you play ball with the devil, expect to get burned.

angelatc
05-14-2013, 08:56 PM
1 of the top stories in the nation is that the IRS targeted Tea Party and conservative groups under the Obama reign. The targeting of liberty minded groups has been going on for years and didn't start with Obama. Even the Free State Project was targeted by the IRS under the Bush reign.

Political Bias at the IRS Likely Deep-Seated
May 14, 2013 by Jason Sorens
http://pileusblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/political-bias-at-the-irs-likely-deep-seated/


FreedomWorks wants to talk to you, then. http://irs.fwsites.org/?source=www-feature

HOLLYWOOD
05-14-2013, 10:19 PM
This is getting unbelievable... So, I say IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who quietly resigned in Novemeber 2012, and this Lois Lerner, head of processing 501 4 c, need to be arrested ASAP.

http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/13459/


University to Bestow ‘Face of IRS Scandal’ with Honorary Tribute
by Jennifer Kabbany - Associate Editor (http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/author/jkabbany/) on May 14, 2013



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The woman in charge of the IRS division responsible for reviewing tax-exempt status applications and who is at the heart of an ongoing scandal over revelations the agency targeted conservative groups is set to receive an honorary tribute from Western New England University School of Law on Saturday.
Lois Lerner – director for the IRS Exempt Organization Division – is slated to deliver (http://www1.wne.edu/news/index.cfm?selection=doc.2507&DCIid=15840) the school’s commencement address and be given the university’s “President’s Medallion.”