More Details Show IRS Targeted Groups Critical Of How The Government Was Run

from the ouch dept

Late on Friday (the time when people try to break bad news to avoid a big news cycle) the IRS admitted that the office that scrutinizes non-profit/tax exempt status of organizations had acted politically in targeting groups that had "tea party" or "patriot" in their names. Over the weekend, more details have been revealed showing that they further targeted groups that criticized how the government is being run including so-called "social welfare" groups. In other words: if you want to improve our government, the IRS might target you for a burdensome audit. As someone who regularly criticizes our government because I want it to act better, this is absolutely horrifying. I know that this issue has already descended for some into a "left" vs. "right" political battle, but this is an issue that everyone should be aghast about. While the full report hasn't been released yet (and, in fact, there are already accusations that the IRS has leaked parts to try to contain the fallout), some of the details are astounding:
The documents, obtained by The Washington Post from a congressional aide with knowledge of the findings, show that the IRS field office in charge of evaluating applications for tax-exempt status decided to focus on groups making statements that “criticize how the country is being run” and those that were involved in educating Americans “on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.”
Educating people about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights gets extra scrutiny by the IRS? Isn't that the kind of thing that we should be encouraging?

Are there groups that abuse the non-profit status? Probably. But targeting them based on their viewpoints goes way beyond what's allowed or should be seen as even remotely reasonable. As some have pointed out, politicizing the IRS was part of the impeachment articles against Nixon.

Is it so much to ask for a government that actually respects the Constitution? Or does simply asking for that make you a target?

Filed Under: advocacy, constitution, irs, non-profit, patriots, political targeting, tax exempt, tea party


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    Jay (profile), 13 May 2013 @ 10:17pm

    Re:

    Welcome to socialism

    Socialism - Democratic control of the means of production by the working class for the good of the community rather than capitalist profit.

    Better yet...

    Socialism - : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods

    Now does any of the bureacracy of the IRS sound like collective ownership to you?

    No? Then your only target is to misguide people about a different economic system that you want to beat people over the head with as being bad.

    So let's do a quick history lesson...

    The US has had war for over 200 years of existence

    In other words, the US as a country has never seen a decade without war.

    We're either fighting someone or planning to fight as a warrior nation.

    Hell, the US was created based on the genocide of Native Americans. It utilized cheap labor from workers because of the color of their skin.

    And the US wanted Chinese and black people to fight during the railroads so they fought over jobs and wages while people like the Rockefellers exploited everyone.

    You, do not even understand your own history and you think that bringing up this false notion of Socialism is going to protect your belief from scrutiny?

    Sad. Please go look up a history book. It's disappointing when people make false assumptions about economics with nothing to back it up.

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