Many of us joke about being audited by the IRS because our views are not in sync with the White House. President Obama himself has even joked about it back in 2009, when a visit to Arizona State University caused many to speak up against the President receiving an honorary degree:
That was back in 2009. And it was a joke, right?
Or was it?
In just the past week, we have received emails from various Tea Party groups around the country alerting us to the oppressive demands being sent to them from the IRS.
My own Portage County TEA Party has been waiting for over a year just to get a response from the IRS so we can file our 2010 tax return! In the attached PDF I share with you, the “Additional Information Requested” of the Ohio Liberty Council from our June 30th, 2010 application which we just received on January 30, 2012. Yes, they took a year and a half to respond to our application and they are giving us two weeks to respond back. As you will see, this is no simple request.
A hard copy printout of the website – A PDF file emailed to the IRS will not suffice (and this is the high-tech Administration)
List all Social Media outlets being used (Facebook, Twitter, etc) and include hard copy printouts of every posting
A narrative description of every activity of your organization since June 30, 2010 (filing date) – And they do not want a mere description of the event, but full details – including; who conducted it, their qualifications, who was allowed to take part in the activities and how they were selected, was there a fee? (how much)
The IRS also wants to know about the members of the group and their roles and more, asking specifically for the “name, address, and corporate federal ID of all organizations that are members of our organization"
Public events are also under scrutiny with the IRS demanding to know the time, location and content schedule of each event.
Copies of any and all handouts must be included.
Names and credentials of all instructors and copies of any workshop materials used.
All speakers must be identified and copies of every speech must be included.
I wonder if ACORN, MediaMatters, or other Obama-supporting outfits were grilled to this level of irrelevant detail clearly aimed at putting up road blocks and increasing expenses for those groups Obama deems to be exercising their 1st amendment rights a little too much.
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The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism.But under the name of 'liberalism',they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program,until one day America will be a socialist nation,without knowing how it happened - Norman Thomas,6-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America
The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people,too much authority from the States,and too much liberty with the Constitution - R. Reagan
I have no doubt Obama uses these dirty tactics. It's a typical Chicago-style politics they used in Chicago for years to silence and punish opponents.
Just recently they unleashed IRS audit on one Chicago commissioner as he refused to squeal on another fellow commissioner.
From wikipedia: The Blaze is a conservative news and opinion website launched on August 31 2010, by American media personality and former Fox News host Glenn Beck.
Yup! That about says it all.
"How do you identify a capitalist? Well, it's someone who reads Rand's Atlas Sharted. And how do you identify someone who knows Rand is FOS? It's someone who actually finished the book!" - Ronald McDonald
Guess what, I don't reply to you because I am on your ignore list.
hmm yes its a conspiracy that these companies face the same exact standards that every other non profit organization faces. DURRRRRRRRRRR
So they only send that form letter to right leaning groups, right?
Some of these Tea Party groups have not received anything concerning their nonprofit status since 2010 prior to these letters.
These documents are further undermined by a letter sent to the IRS Commissioner Shulman. Signed by six Senators, it requests that the commissioner investigate 501(c)(4) groups to determine whether they are engaging in substantial campaign activity, including opposition to any candidate. Who signed this letter? Senators Schumer, Franken, Udall, Shaheen, Whitehouse, Merkley and Bennet — all Democrats.
Could it be that these Senators want the IRS to investigate the nonprofit status of Media Matters and its coordinated political activity with the White House? Or perhaps they are concerned with nonprofit ACORN groups’ record of voter fraud, and other previous campaign abuses including alleged close ties with President Obama’s Project Vote? No, when these Senators sent this letter to the IRS commissioner, the message would be very clear. The 501(c)(4) groups they want investigated are not those with Democratic liberal ties. http://biggovernment.com/cowens/2...a-parties/
What allegations?? a conspiracy theory does not constitute an argument
Are they asking the Tea Party to provide that documentation? THe Observer was implying that just because the article is from The Blaze, it must be untrue even though he/she didn't even read it. That sounds like that poster here on TP that immediately discounts information right away from any source that has even had a conversation with the Koch brothers. People like that are just plain stupid. Sorry, there's no other way to put it.
501(c)(4) organizations may lobby for legislation, and unlike 501(c)(3) organizations they may also participate in political campaigns and elections, as long as its primary activity is the promotion of social welfare.[31
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