Fresh reports and figures are raising questions about whether the IRS black ops unit agency knowingly applied a double standard.
A report, released late Tuesday by the inspector general's office, depicted an even bigger spike in applications for tax-exempt status from a type of group that includes labor organizations. The report shows only the conservative groups were the ones singled out for special treatment.
This special treatment included the agency creating a unique "be on the lookout" list. The list covered "political-sounding" names like Tea Party, Patriots, and 9/12.
"SPECAIL TREATMENT" is just around the corner for all of us once IRS black ops unit is assigned control of our healthcare by the Obama SS as called for in the Obamacare law ( You know the law a majority of Americans did not want but the left wing SS forced on us)
The latest from Obama SS IRS field commander Lois Lerner - I won’t tell you what happened with abusing conservative groups because I could go to jail. Now, back to scrutinizing the applications of conservative groups.
The problems with the IRS extends beyond playing politics with conservative groups seeking a tax-exempt status. Just weeks after Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 the IRS attacked the Catholic League.
When a small anti-abortion group in Iowa sought nonprofit status, the Internal Revenue Service asked its board to promise not to organize protests outside Planned Parenthood and demanded to know how its prayer meetings and protest signs were educational.
U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Tuesday the IRS was out of bounds in seeking information on the group's prayer activities and a guarantee that it wouldn't protest at Planned Parenthood. "That's outrageous that that statement would be made by anybody in government, that somehow you've got to compromise your First Amendment rights," Grassley said. "It appears the IRS offered this group a quid pro quo: you can become a charity if you don't protest in front of a Planned Parenthood."
The Iowa group isn't the only anti-abortion organization that appears to have been singled out for scrutiny. In 2011, IRS singled out asked Christian Voices for Life of Fort Bend County in Texas and Texas groups faced unfair IRS intrusion into their activities because of "political and religious bias" that chilled their constitutional rights.
And of course you connect the imaginary dots and call it true. Tried, convicted, and sentenced all in one breath. Because that's all you guys got on him, hot air. Ever stop to think what you are really saying/doing?
What you are saying is when the Pres was elected, before he was even Pres, he went and ordered the IRS to "attack" the catholic league. Do you realize there are several impossibilities in those connections? probabaly not. But as long as it nourishes you animus towards him,what the hay, keep going, who cares really.
Congress passes the laws that the IRS enforces. One of the laws is that Political contributions are not deductible so why are we criticizing the IRS for not giving 501(c)4 status to the T-Party. Are they not Political? I think all this is a smoke screen that Obama hopes will take some heat off of Benghazi.
Who said the tea party doesn't have their tax exempt status? Looking at it doesn't mean it was taken away.
The whole issue brought up now is good. The tea party doesn't like tax cheats, and the exempt status is full of them. We need to stop the guy in his house claiming he is a charity to china or something, and those kinds of things. Tax exempt world has a figure of 3.6 trillion dollars in exempted income nationwide. I am sure there are many billions in unpaid taxes being scammed. That shouldn't include all the deductions made by people on their own taxes for donating. It's a doube whammy on our revenue. Donated money is deducted from income, and the income to the receiver isn't taxed.
Instead of attacking Obama for things he hasn't done, why doesn't the congress work on this issue.
The problem was they specifically targeted these groups for extra scrutiny and not other political groups. Additionally the issue here is whether the groups would have to disclose their donors or not, not whether they would get a tax deduction--it is campaign finance law not tax law.
My feeling is that the 501(c)4 category should not exist at all, or should still require donor disclosure. Of course, that is only the tip of the iceberg on what I think about campaign finance reform.
Of course, fake ricky's comments are what I have come to expect from self-described conservatives these days. Outlandish and incendiary. This is why you people have no credibility.
Nothing but witch hunting comments. Someone has an opinion, based on that, the victim is tried, convicted, sentenced and punished on the spot with no law, evidence, or logic.. That's the tea party method of operation. So sad, so unconstitutional..So anti American.
I think the IRS asking the tea party for proof of tax exempt qualifications is exactly what the tea party would want to have done to anyone else, except themselves of course.
Oh, sort of like you liberals and the Obama administration and all their prejudicial comments around the Trevon Martin incident before there were any charges filed, let alone trial? Or the outraged professor when Obama called the police dumb?
"I think the IRS asking the tea party for proof of tax exempt qualifications is exactly what the tea party would want to have done to anyone else”,
Indeed they should have expected anyone else to be subjected to the same inquiries; the problem is that they weren't. And then those misapplying the rules are lying about it.
Gee what an one eyed loser you are...the irs had no problem allowing all the unions request...looks like just the conservatives had a problem . Why don't you and your moronic brain take a beat and think of the ramifications of these criminal actions taken by the irs . This is no different than when Nixon sent the irs after his enemies .