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Business as usual at the IRS


TaxProf Blog quoting the Wall Street JournalThe federal judges hearing the appeal, among them David B. Sentelle and Douglas H. Ginsburg, weren’t so easily rolled. In a series of probing questions the judges ascertained that at least two of the groups that are party to the lawsuit have still not received their nonprofit approvals. The judges determined that those two groups are 501(c)(4) social-welfare groups, which are subject to far less scrutiny than 501(c)(3) charities, yet are still being harassed by the IRS five years later. The judges were told that not only are the groups still on ice, but that their actions are still being “monitored” by the federal government.

As one lawyer for the plaintiffs noted, despite the IRS’s claim that it got rid of its infamous targeting lists, there is “absolutely no showing” that the agency has in fact stopped using the underlying “criteria” that originally “identified and targeted for mistreatment based on political views.”

Congress has utterly failed to stop the IRS from abusing the tax laws to target the political opposition to the current administration. Perhaps the courts will do better, but the wheels of justice grind too slowly for politics.

This entry was published Tue May 24 12:31:24 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2016-05-24 12:31:24.0. [Tweet]

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