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  • Senators Urge IRS to Leave Politics Out of Tea Party Inquiries

    A dozen U.S. senators sent a stern warning to the Internal Revenue Service yesterday: Don’t let politics play a role in recent inquiries of Tea Party organizations.

    In the past few months, the IRS sent detailed questionnaires to organizations in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas asking about their political activities. Many of those groups have applied for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(4) of the tax code.

    The IRS inquiry comes amid attacks on Tea Party groups from liberals, including seven Democrats who wrote to the IRS last week. “We urge the IRS to prevent abuse of the tax code by political groups focused on federal election activities,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and his colleagues wrote. (Schumer has a history of attacking Tea Party groups, even shutting down a meeting on Capitol Hill last year.)

    Schumer’s letter urges the IRS to limit the amount of political activity by tax-exempt organizations that don’t disclose their donors. Schumer threatened to introduce legislation if the IRS didn’t take steps administratively.

    Yesterday, Republicans responded. Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rob Portman (R-OH) signed a letter along with 10 colleagues to IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman. (Full text of the letter is below.)

    “It is critical that the public have confidence that federal tax compliance efforts are pursued in a fair, even-handed, and transparent manner — without regard to politics of any kind,” the Republican senators wrote.  “It is imperative that organizations applying for tax-exempt status are able to rely on a consistent and foreseeable review structure from the IRS.  Any significant changes to the IRS review process should be implemented only after appropriate notice and opportunity for comment from the public and affected parties.”

    The American Center for Law and Justice is currently representing nearly 20 Tea Party groups facing IRS inquiries.

    “This is obviously a coordinated effort by the IRS to stifle these Tea Party and Tea Party-affiliated groups, and to stifle free speech activities,” ACLJ chief counsel Jay Sekulow told the New York Times.

    ACLJ has posted some of the IRS demands on its website, including the questions being asked of Tea Party organizations.

    One group, the Ohio Liberty Council, applied for tax-exempt status last year. The IRS has delayed its application and is currently seeking detailed information about the group, including a list of speakers from its events as well as printouts from its Facebook page.

    “It’s intimidation, is what it is,” Tom Zawistowski, president of the Ohio Liberty Council, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Is this the Soviet Union or the United States?”

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    6 Responses to Senators Urge IRS to Leave Politics Out of Tea Party Inquiries

    1. Stirling says:

      It really is amazing to see this administration and the big government types in government sink to such a level of disgrace to be targeting everday peaceful americans.. Hasn't history taught us enough to remember those lessons of opressive regeims that have to resort to threats and fear to keep their population in line just to hold power.. Sounds more like a mid-eastern country then America.. If you have to sink to this level you don't actually have power to begin with. At least somebody is standing rather then sitting to the corruption this administration has insulted the american people with.

    2. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Do we not yet understand the IRS is Obama's "gestapo and his "attack dogs"! Anyone or any group that dares to suggest his policies and his ideology is not acceptable to most Americans, he just turns loose the dogs.

    3. JoedCR says:

      This activity has been going on a long time – and not just Teaparty applications, but any conservative organization. It's a breeze to get exemption for a witch's cloven, I'm bet, but just ask any outspoken person or goup with strong, conservative pre-1960 beliefs in America and you'll hear that it is nothing new, just more open attacks and not blaming some exuberant employee. I'd ask another question, too. Is there one group in or near DC that seems to be involved in these delays. Considering all the damage that has been done in the last 60 years and the rampage the current administration has done, this is relatively minor and may be another distraction to see what else is going on. Another question: When was the last independent audit done of that organization? Maybe if there is a change in the senate next year… Breaking up those hug federal power centers might just restore America.

    4. RennyG says:

      When there is "moral rot" within a nation, it's government topples easily. But with wise and knowledgable leaders, there is stability. Proverbs 28:2 – Gentlemen, where are we now?? These letters mean nothing to these people. Did you see the American flag with the big "O" picture on it in place of the stars, flying underneath our flag??? In Texas DNC Hq.!!!!

    5. luis says:

      I am tired of the liberal media insulting the tea party. I have called upon all my conservative friends to boycott all of the sponsors of ABC, CBS, MSNBC etc. I have begun to write to all of the sponsors, letting them know that I will no longer buy their products if they continue to sponsor them. This is one of the few things that we can do, just like the left do to the conservative speakers. Luis

    6. Most tax debt relief firms bill loads in order to resolve what you owe. That being said YOU SHOULD NOT chuck your dollars in the trash! For anyone who is likely going to retain the services of tax debt assistance, perform your investigation very first. What number of individuals were left behind in the cold soon after Roni Deutch and JK Harris went down? Just be shrewd about it and go and visit http://www.consumertaxreports.org . These guys solely review tax debt help firms and aren't frightened to call out the dishonest ones. If you're in need of specialist tax debt assistance, without doubt visit ConsumerTaxReports.org to start with.

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