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IRS finally reveals list of tea party groups targeted for extra scrutiny

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IRS reveals list of tea party groups targeted for extra scrutiny - Washington Times

More than three years after it admitted to targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, the IRS has finally released a near-complete list of the organizations it snagged in a political dragnet.
The tax agency filed the list last month as part of a court case after a series of federal judges, fed up with what they said was the agency’s stonewalling, ordered it to get a move on. The case is a class-action lawsuit, so the list of names is critical to knowing the scope of those who would have a claim against the IRS.


Nothing wrong here, not a smidgen, right libs?
 

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"Occupy" was also on their list for flagging but you're not whining about that for some reason.
 

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IRS reveals list of tea party groups targeted for extra scrutiny - Washington Times

More than three years after it admitted to targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, the IRS has finally released a near-complete list of the organizations it snagged in a political dragnet.
The tax agency filed the list last month as part of a court case after a series of federal judges, fed up with what they said was the agency’s stonewalling, ordered it to get a move on. The case is a class-action lawsuit, so the list of names is critical to knowing the scope of those who would have a claim against the IRS.


Nothing wrong here, not a smidgen, right libs?

After Citizens United, a huge number of these 501s suddenly appeared. Tax exempt organizations that were supposedly for social welfare. Now, unless you are totally ignorant, you know that is BS. The IRS has a duty to investigate these types of organizations. And words in the title such as "patriot" and so forth are red flags. They were bogus organizations for political purposes and you know it.
 

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"Occupy" was also on their list for flagging but you're not whining about that for some reason.

Because they show the roots of a future terrorist organization that isn't in line with any political party.
 

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Because they show the roots of a future terrorist organization that isn't in line with any political party.

Sure that seems within the scope of the IRS.
 

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Sure that seems within the scope of the IRS.

I agree. None of them should be on such a list.

But they are, and why? Who put them there? It wasn't the IRS' idea.
 

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I agree. None of them should be on such a list.

But they are, and why? Who put them there? It wasn't the IRS' idea.

As another poster explained, after Citizens' United a crapload of "nonprofit" organizations sprung up that were actually political activism groups, seeking tax-exempt status for activities not covered by those laws.

The IRS flagged keywords in group names that they found had a greater propensity to towards this kind of violation.

Targeting political activist groups is exactly what the IRS should be doing in such a situation, because being a political activist group and getting that particular tax exemption was the crime in of itself.

And as has been repeatedly demonstrated, the IRS also flagged groups with liberal key words. (Occupy, Blue, Progressive, Israel, Green Energy...)

Is it your opinion that a group with "Tea Party" in its name isn't typically a political group?
 

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IRS reveals list of tea party groups targeted for extra scrutiny - Washington Times

More than three years after it admitted to targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, the IRS has finally released a near-complete list of the organizations it snagged in a political dragnet.
The tax agency filed the list last month as part of a court case after a series of federal judges, fed up with what they said was the agency’s stonewalling, ordered it to get a move on. The case is a class-action lawsuit, so the list of names is critical to knowing the scope of those who would have a claim against the IRS.


Nothing wrong here, not a smidgen, right libs?

Nothing wrong at all. Organizations using specific words in their names were targeted, a practice that stretches back long before Obama's presidency, and those organizations identified for additional scrutiny included liberal groups. Both had to fill out the same paperwork and the only difference seemed to be that most that were found not to qualify for tax exemption were conservative.
 

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I still say the biggest problem we face is Congress, by change after change for a very long time now they crafted what is a 501c. Making it possible for the Citizens United decision in the first place. Once the IRS started looking for key words across multiple groups it amplified the mistake Congress created from years of tax code and tax exempt status stupidity.

Now we are stuck in this condition where administration has options on looking for those pushing the limits of what each of the 501c categories means.

They can and do engage in favorites because of how these tax dispositions are obtained.
 

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As another poster explained, after Citizens' United a crapload of "nonprofit" organizations sprung up that were actually political activism groups, seeking tax-exempt status for activities not covered by those laws.

The IRS flagged keywords in group names that they found had a greater propensity to towards this kind of violation.

Targeting political activist groups is exactly what the IRS should be doing in such a situation, because being a political activist group and getting that particular tax exemption was the crime in of itself.

And as has been repeatedly demonstrated, the IRS also flagged groups with liberal key words. (Occupy, Blue, Progressive, Israel, Green Energy...)

Is it your opinion that a group with "Tea Party" in its name isn't typically a political group?

This has always been my interpretation of the incident.

IRS is tipped off "Due to a recent ruling by the courts, many are trying to claim their dogs as dependents"

IRS looks at accounts that have a jump in dependents that year, as well as using any public info available legally to cross reference that with known dog owners.

"Why you hate dog owners IRS!!"
 

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IRS reveals list of tea party groups targeted for extra scrutiny - Washington Times

More than three years after it admitted to targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, the IRS has finally released a near-complete list of the organizations it snagged in a political dragnet.
The tax agency filed the list last month as part of a court case after a series of federal judges, fed up with what they said was the agency’s stonewalling, ordered it to get a move on. The case is a class-action lawsuit, so the list of names is critical to knowing the scope of those who would have a claim against the IRS.


Nothing wrong here, not a smidgen, right libs?

The one semi-silver lining of a Trump Presidency is knowing that he won't hesitate to double down on the weaponizing of the Executive Branch against his political enemies, and knowing that Democrats will suddenly - suddenly! - discover that that is wrong.
 

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After Citizens United, a huge number of these 501s suddenly appeared. Tax exempt organizations that were supposedly for social welfare. Now, unless you are totally ignorant, you know that is BS. The IRS has a duty to investigate these types of organizations. And words in the title such as "patriot" and so forth are red flags. They were bogus organizations for political purposes and you know it.

Guilty until proven innocent is not the way this country works.
 

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As another poster explained, after Citizens' United a crapload of "nonprofit" organizations sprung up that were actually political activism groups, seeking tax-exempt status for activities not covered by those laws.

The IRS flagged keywords in group names that they found had a greater propensity to towards this kind of violation.

Targeting political activist groups is exactly what the IRS should be doing in such a situation, because being a political activist group and getting that particular tax exemption was the crime in of itself.

And as has been repeatedly demonstrated, the IRS also flagged groups with liberal key words. (Occupy, Blue, Progressive, Israel, Green Energy...)

Is it your opinion that a group with "Tea Party" in its name isn't typically a political group?

How can they investigate something that hadn't happened yet?

You are saying they were denied the status because of what they might do in the future.

That is not the way the country works.
 

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Guilty until proven innocent is not the way this country works.

This wasn't a trial. It was an investigation to determine whether these were fraudulent 501s. Guess what? They were!
 

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This wasn't a trial. It was an investigation to determine whether these were fraudulent 501s. Guess what? They were!

Guess what, they weren't.

They never started operation, so there was no fraud of any kind.

Why don't you show us all here the fraud you allege concerning these groups.
 

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IRS reveals list of tea party groups targeted for extra scrutiny - Washington Times

More than three years after it admitted to targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, the IRS has finally released a near-complete list of the organizations it snagged in a political dragnet.
The tax agency filed the list last month as part of a court case after a series of federal judges, fed up with what they said was the agency’s stonewalling, ordered it to get a move on. The case is a class-action lawsuit, so the list of names is critical to knowing the scope of those who would have a claim against the IRS.


Nothing wrong here, not a smidgen, right libs?

If true, that is worth more than an impeachment. It should qualify for prison.
 

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As another poster explained, after Citizens' United a crapload of "nonprofit" organizations sprung up that were actually political activism groups, seeking tax-exempt status for activities not covered by those laws.

The IRS flagged keywords in group names that they found had a greater propensity to towards this kind of violation.

Targeting political activist groups is exactly what the IRS should be doing in such a situation, because being a political activist group and getting that particular tax exemption was the crime in of itself.

And as has been repeatedly demonstrated, the IRS also flagged groups with liberal key words. (Occupy, Blue, Progressive, Israel, Green Energy...)

Is it your opinion that a group with "Tea Party" in its name isn't typically a political group?

And the liberal groups were approved as perfectly legal. not the yea party groups.
 

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Guess what, they weren't.

They never started operation, so there was no fraud of any kind.

Why don't you show us all here the fraud you allege concerning these groups.

They fraudulently applied for 501 status when they weren't truly formed to promote social welfare. Comprende?
 

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Nothing wrong at all. Organizations using specific words in their names were targeted, a practice that stretches back long before Obama's presidency, and those organizations identified for additional scrutiny included liberal groups. Both had to fill out the same paperwork and the only difference seemed to be that most that were found not to qualify for tax exemption were conservative.

They started to target liberals groups in order to cover their tracks. Does it go all the way up to Obama? Who knows. But someone directed the IRS to cut down these conservative groups. Then IRS officials get up there and plead the 5th, or just lie.

Sure, nothing to see here. Ends justifies the means, right?
 
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