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IRS goes after local chapters of Tea Party

posted at 2:20 pm on February 27, 2012 by

You may recall that back in November, the Richmond Tea Party, recognizing that the then-burgeoning Occupy movement was getting a free ride from the city, sent an invoice to the mayor asking him to reimburse the costs they incurred organizing previous rallies.

The group never did receive a check from the city, but they received official notice that the Richmond Department of Finance was conducting a tax audit for the year 2010.

Well, the government tax collector is baa-ack, and more in-their-face than ever. Colleen Owens at Big Government reports:

In January and February of this year, the Internal Revenue Service began sending out letters to various local Tea Parties across the country. Mailed from the same Cincinnati, Ohio IRS office, these letters have reached Tea Parties in Virginia, Hawaii, Ohio, and Texas (we are hearing of more daily). There are several common threads to these letters: all are requesting more information from these independent Tea Parties in regard to their nonprofit 501(c)(4) applications (for this type of nonprofit, donations are not deductible). While some of the requests are reasonable, much of them are strikingly onerous and, dare I say, Orwellian in nature.

The author goes on to note that the questions from the IRS—which include “Please identify your volunteers” and “Are there board members or officers who have run or will run for office (including relatives)?”—are curious. Why, for example, does the IRS want a list of donors when the donations are non-tax-deductible?

Interesting questions indeed. Is someone out to intimidate the Tea Party movement, and if so, who?

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Gee… I’m not holding my breath, but did any of the non-profits in the OWS crowd get any audit notices from the IRS? No??

And they call us paranoid….

Turtle317 on February 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Guess big sis is putting her weight behind all those she names as ‘terrorists’ here in the US? Can’t go after the real thing, NO gotta go after all in the Tea Party! I would venture a guess, bho, soros, team, union thugs, and numerous others can’t have American’s doing our 1st can we?
L

letget on February 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Interesting questions indeed. Is someone out to intimidate the Tea Party movement, and if so, who?

Oh, oh, oh Mr. Kotter, I know!

/Epstein

When even sweathogs know the answer. . .

rbj on February 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

well Howard
seems to me that somebody doesn’t like what they are doing.

I wonder if Colbert got a similar letter (his SuperPac is supposedly 501(c)(4) as well)?

this type of bullying has to make it to the headlines…maybe the NYT or WaPo will pick it up and find out where the directive came from.

teejk on February 27, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Any news on when Media Matters will get their audit?

AesopFan on February 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

If the irs WANTS to get mega bucks, why in the world aren’t they going after all those dead beat fed employees/dc bunch not paying billions in taxes? If the irs want to get more mega bucks why aren’t they demanding buffet pay his long over-due taxes? This whole thing is just to try and shut up All Tea Party people and make life as miserable as possible, IMO.
L

letget on February 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Dear IRS,

As soon as Occupy Wall Street answers your questions, we will be more than happy to respond to your query.

BTW, whatever happened with Charlie Rangel and his tax problems? Or Reverend Sharpton?

See you around Boston Harbor,
Your friendly Tea Party chapter

TeresainFortWorth on February 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

We are in some pretty deep doo-doo in this country now that government agencies (which should be impartial) can be used for political expediency.

Wake up, people.

bigbeachbird on February 27, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Oh, oh, oh Mr. Kotter, I know!

/Epstein

When even sweathogs know the answer. . .

rbj on February 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

You’re thinking of Horshack. Epstein was the guy who always had a note signed “Epstein’s mother”.

malclave on February 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

You’re thinking of Horshack. Epstein was the guy who always had a note signed “Epstein’s mother”.

malclave on February 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

D’oh.
/Bart Simpson

rbj on February 27, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I’m guessing it’s a witch hunt for Tea Party contributors who didn’t understand the difference and mistakenly deducted their contributions.
Then if they can match that list to any members or officers or board members running for office, they string ‘em up… at the appropriate time (October 15th).

Marcola on February 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM

You’re thinking of Horshack. Epstein was the guy who always had a note signed “Epstein’s mother”.

malclave on February 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I don’t know what is more sad:

-The original reference
-Your correction
-or that I noticed the problem too

cozmo on February 27, 2012 at 6:07 PM

“We will reward our friends and punish our enemies.”

B. Obama

Mimzey on February 27, 2012 at 6:42 PM

If the irs WANTS to get mega bucks…

letget on February 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

that’s kind of the point of Howard’s post letget…THERE IS NO MONEY in this for them…

501(c)(4)is not prohibited from conducting indirect political activities (Cit United).

to demand names of people associated with the local chapters is a pure witchhunt…no other term for it that I can think of…

teejk on February 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I’m guessing it’s a witch hunt for Tea Party contributors who didn’t understand the difference and mistakenly deducted their contributions.
Then if they can match that list to any members or officers or board members running for office, they string ‘em up… at the appropriate time (October 15th).

Marcola on February 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM

nah…people mistakenly deducting contributions would never be caught (that line is really the last “black-hole” on a typical 1040 and would only come to light if the total exceeded the IRS computer limit…otherwise no real person would ever look at any return). And even if you are correct, the notices would be addressed to the “donors”, NOT the “donee”.

this is an attack on the organizations based soley on their application for 501(c)(4) status. very similar to the attacks against the Koch Bros.

teejk on February 27, 2012 at 7:17 PM

No guessing needed, having the IRS harass your enemies is an old tactic, the problem being that the Dems have so much more to lose in a tit for tat audit war.

Smart power? Your time is coming, and for the machine, turn about is a b*tch.

Speakup on February 27, 2012 at 8:42 PM

501(c)(4)is not prohibited from conducting indirect political activities (Cit United).

to demand names of people associated with the local chapters is a pure witchhunt…no other term for it that I can think of…

teejk on February 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I can think of a few other terms for it that aren’t appropriate for a family blog.

gryphon202 on February 27, 2012 at 11:22 PM

this is an attack on the organizations based soley on their application for 501(c)(4) status. very similar to the attacks against the Koch Bros.

teejk on February 27, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Well if they are as effective as the attacks against the Koch brothers, I don’t think the Tea Parties have anything to worry about. The worst attacks against the Kochs have come at the hands of media, as far as I know.

gryphon202 on February 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM

What ELSE would anyone expect 16,000 ex-ACORN thugs to be doing with their new power?

logis on February 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM