Ten crazy and unconstitutional demands made by the IRS to conservative organizations in its effort to harass opponents of the Democratic Party.


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Ten crazy and unconstitutional demands made by the IRS to conservative organizations in its effort to harass opponents of the Democratic Party.

All of the examples above are taken from actual IRS correspondence received by ACLJ’s 27 clients. There were many versions of the in-depth questionnaire sent to different organizations, suggesting there was more than one agent or one office involved. Though IRS officials blamed “low-level” employees in the Cincinnati office, which is the central IRS office in charge of tax exemptions, French said the abuse was far more widespread. ACLJ’s clients dealt with inquiries from IRS offices from “coast to coast.” Of ACLJ’s 27 clients, 15 finally had their status approved after 6-7 months with legal help. There are 12 groups whose status remains in limbo.

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4 comments

  • Pzatchok

    And just how many asked for tax exempt status then got this letter and backed out?

    There could have been twice as many who thought they were to small to afford a long fight with the IRS.

    Just this questionnaire with the power of the IRS behind it could have cost Tea Party candidates millions of possible donation dollars. An unknown number could have lost elections just because of this.

    Are they really trying to blame this on ONE low level guy?
    Seriously ONE guy thought he could send out these letters clearly in violation of the law and he thought NO ONE else in the office would find out?
    I don’t believe that. This was a office wide order that came down from someone in power. Someone that no long time employee would question.

  • JGL

    Outrageous!

    I suppose that the administration will hold a private instructional meeting with the press as to how they are to interpret and report this meaningless incident.

  • Pzatchok

    Think of it this way.

    Your local bank teller hands every new customer this list of questions.

    Do you really think no one else in the branch or even in the head office didn’t or wouldn’t hear about it?

  • Edward

    Oh dear. It looks like someone has been using intimidation tactics. Is this the change that was hoped for?

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