IRS Tea Party “Scandal” Shows Need for (c)(4) Definition
Despite the political grandstanding that erupted after the disclosure that IRS determinations staff and attorneys had asked some improper questions of Tea Party and other potentially political organizations applying for 501(c)(4) social welfare exempt status, there has been no evidence that the IRS or the Obama Administration was targeting political foes.
When one reads the Treasury Inspector General’s Report, press reports of staff statements to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and comments of former IRS officials, one comes away with a vision of front line staff struggling to try to determine who can qualify as a (c)(4) organization when there is no clear definition to work with.
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