Thursday, May 23, 2013

IRS and Congress must define 'political activity'

It's not the IRS's fault.  It's not even Tea Parties' fault, as I already said.  

Congress should give the IRS guidelines to help them determine what is "political" activity and what is not:

This issue was highlighted last Friday during a House hearing on IRS activity. Asked if he could define when a group applying for tax exemption as a 501(c)(4) “social welfare organization” is being too political, Steven T. Miller admitted that he could not say for sure. If the IRS’s former acting commissioner doesn’t know, it is impossible to expect front-line staff reviewing applications to know what to look for, nor for citizen advocacy groups to understand what rules govern their conduct.

By Gary D. Bass and Elizabeth J. Kingsley
May 24, 2013 | Washington Post

No comments: