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Spencer Finch @spencerfinch 6 years, 10 months ago

I am a member of NE Tarrant County Tea Party which has been targeted and harassed by the IRS for years. The IRS made ridiculous requests like giving them every flyer that they had ever produced, every tweet, ever Facebook post, even personal information about members. To this day NETTP has yet to receive their tax exempt status. Yet, groups like Organizing for America, Obama’s non-profit group, had no trouble gaining tax exempt status.

This would be no issue if the IRS kept the standards across the board, but targeting groups by partisan words is ridiculous. This is, without a doubt, scandalous. 10 Democratic senators wrote letters to the IRS calling them to crack down on Tea Parties. There are still a lot of things that need to be investigated regarding this issue.

         
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nina anakar @ninaanakar 6 years, 10 months ago

It seems that the IRS has targeted any one that is a threat to them, be it an individual citizen who carries out most of their business abroad or the Tea Party who threatens their existence in general. But what bothers me more is that the media, and those heavily invested in politics, turn an abuse of power, a simple scandal, into a platform for intense political debate. Not only has the IRS targeted conservative groups as powerful in voice as the Tea Party. They have targeted individual citizens, and who knows how many of those victims did not deserve to be so heavily taxed or audited. Who knows how much that they have profited from has been unfair.

The New York Times answers a personal question of mine quite well here:

Q. Why did the issue then remain quiet for more than a year?

A. It was not yet clear in early 2012 that the I.R.S. was specifically targeting conservative groups. Groups allied with the Tea Party made that accusation. But the issue remained clouded by a larger debate over politically oriented groups that seek nonprofit tax status.

To receive such status, according to the I.R.S., a group must be “primarily engaged in the promotion of social welfare.” Such organizations can engage in some political activity “so long as, in the aggregate, these nonexempt activities are not its primary activities.”

The standard for what constitutes a “primary” activity remains unclear, and many outside experts believe that political groups, on both the right and left, take advantage of the uncertainty.

         
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Kenneth @kenneth 6 years, 10 months ago

The IRS over-reached and it’s important for Congress to investigate and take steps to prevent this from happening again. That may include examination (and revision) of the laws related to declaring tax exempt status. This is a good example of what Congress should be doing. The investigation itself is not really a democrat vs. republican thing, so I’m hoping Congress will work together and get the job done.

         
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Jackie Wellfonder @jlwellfonder 6 years, 10 months ago

Geez, didn’t mean to ‘like’ Brandon’s comment. Come on Brandon, seriously? I hope that was sarcasm on your part.

         
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bre @bradevarts 6 years, 10 months ago

Concur with Gary

         
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D.W.Robinson @d-w-robinson 6 years, 10 months ago

You know, someone who publicly sings the praises of the Internal Revenue Service more than likely has never been audited or is a low income stooge who doesn’t really pay much in the way of taxes.

Or, perhaps, one who defends the indefensible could be a willing thrall of the DC establishment that perpetually keeps the working class paying through the nose.

Either way, bureaucratic bean counters who push tax payers of any persuasion around because of political preferences are waaaaay over the line.

This is America. We don’t do that here. Period

         
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Jacob Leisher @jacob-l 6 years, 10 months ago

@brandonkillian – because of somebody’s views on the current tax structure, it is fair to discriminate against them and run up costly audits (sucking out more tax money) to see if they did anything wrong…..?

No it is not.

Do you understand what these actions allowed Liberal groups to do??

GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING WRONG IN THEIR TAX-RETURNS!

         
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James L. Riggs @jlriggs57aol-com 6 years, 10 months ago

D.W. Robinson, I don’t think you meant what it sounded like you meant. I don’t think you meant to categorize everyone who has a low income as a stooge. But if that was your intent let’s clarify. There are millions of people who do not have high or even middle incomes, including me, who are some of the most productive people you will ever come in contact with, they don’t like the taxes that are being forced upon them and they don’t like the fact that the government is trying to control nearly every aspect of their lives, in short, not much different than anyone else. The ones I have a problem with are the ones who are able and capable of working but CHOOSE not to and rely on you, me, and everyone working to put food in their lazy mouths. And I agree the IRS or any other bureaucratic group should never target anyone, or group, for their politics. Thank you for your love of our country, may we get it back someday.

         
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Two Cents @twocents 6 years, 10 months ago

@jlriggs57aol-com good point. I dont think @D-W-Robinson meant what he actually said. It is very frustrating that people who can work dont. It gives the public a negative taste in their mouth regarding these types of programs, and people who actually need it and use safety net programs to get back on their feet are shamed. Anyway, back to the IRS. LOIS LERNER plead the fifth in the IRS hearing today. I think this implicates the Obama Administration. Thoughts?

         
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James L. Riggs @jlriggs57aol-com 6 years, 10 months ago

Reading all the articles that have been available, shows a lot of fingers pointed at him. He is trying to lead by dealing behind closed doors, but there are too many eyes on him, he can’t make a move, or have one of his people make a move, without somebody watching and being eager to point to him as the initiator. To be quite honest, I would like to see every president, senator, governor, and mayor watched this closely for wrong doing, whether they be Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever. An honest person would withstand the scrutiny.

         

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