In January and February, tea party organizations across the country began receiving letters from the Internal Revenue Service, requesting more information related to their applications for designation as 501(c)(4) non-profits. According to the IRS, such groups “must not be organized for profit and must be operated exclusively to promote social welfare.”
Colleen Owens, a conservative activist in Richmond, Virginia, tells OneNewsNow that six liberal Democratic senators have sent a letter to the IRS commissioner, urging him to investigate whether certain 501(c)(4) groups are engaging in substantial campaign activity, including opposition to any candidate.
“I think it was pretty clear that they weren’t asking the commissioner to investigate liberal left-leaning groups,” she offers. “I think that it was pretty clear that they meant the tea party.”
But if the IRS does reject the tea party organizations’ 501(c)(4) applications, Owens warns that it could have a devastating effect on their missions.
“Larger tea parties put on big rallies and fundraisers to raise thousands of dollars to pay the fees, to pay the police,” she explains. “So are we going to be taxed on all those donations to us and fined for the last three years on all of that?”
Owens says the prospect of using the IRS as a weapon against those who disagree with the people in power is exactly why the tea party fears the growth of government.
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My local talk radio this morning featured a member of a regional Tea Party group. She received one of these letters from the IRS informing them that they had two weeks to provide the following information:
- Copies of all monies they received and spent from the inception of their organization – NOT just since they filed for the 501c.
- A list of all speakers they had.
- Copies of all publications, promotionals, and any other material they have produced.
- She gave more requirements they demanded, but I don’t remember them all. But this one made my blood boil:
- A list of all members, their address and phone numbers, AND THEIR EMPLOYERS.
Methinks something has befouled the already bloated and over intrusive IRS. It must be all those new hires they have added to handle Obamacare.