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IRS Chief: New Rule Coming For Tax Exempt Groups

From USA Today:

IRS chief: New rule on the way for tax-exempt groups

By Susan Page | April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service is prepared to rewrite a proposed rule regulating the political activities of non-profit groups to address complaints from the right and left that it goes too far, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Monday.

"In all likelihood we will re-propose a redefined rule and ask for more public comment," Koskinen told USA TODAY’s Capital Download. It’s a process he predicts will take "until the end of the year and beyond" to complete. The proposed regulation of groups known as 501(c)(4)s drew a record 150,000 comments before the deadline in late February.

That is, until after the midterm elections.

He said the new rule would take into account backlash from conservative Tea Party groups as well as some liberal advocacy organizations that the agency’s proposal – intended to address concerns that the tax-exempt groups were engaged in partisan warfare – would bar, even voter education and registration programs…

"Backlash" from liberal groups? Why? They have had their tax exemption status rushed through. (Cf. Organizing For Action.) But this sure is vague. Why not spell out what the changes will be?

"I think we have to take all of that into consideration," Koskinen told the weekly video newsmaker series. "There are very thoughtful comments and concerns, and one of the questions that has evoked a lot of comment is, once you define what political activity is, to what organizations should it apply in the 501(c) context and how much of it should be allowed? All of that is going to be very important."

Efforts by organizations to get the non-profit designation, which doesn’t require them to disclose their sources of funding, sparked a firestorm over allegations the IRS gave tougher scrutiny to organizations with names that signaled an affiliation with the Tea Party movement than it did to progressive-sounding groups.

In reality, the IRS, doing the bidding of Obama and the Democrats in Congress, demanded to know the donors and members of these Tea Party groups.

In fact, this is probably what the entire targeting was all about. Ever since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, the left has been determined to find out who is funding the Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations. So they can intimidate them through Astro-turf boycotts and other forms of harassment.

Koskinen, 74, came out of retirement to head the troubled tax agency after a career that included stints as a top manager at Freddie Mac, the Office of Management and Budget and the District of Columbia government…

So you know two things: 1) he is on the payroll of the Democrats. And, 2) he is a whiz at running things.

But who can doubt that he will be fair to conservatives?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “IRS Chief: New Rule Coming For Tax Exempt Groups”

  1. I assume this means members of Congress and their Staff will now be considered Tax-Exempt entities. Because of the ‘sacrifices’ they make for the Nation.


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