FOX 35 News Orlando For an agency of the federal government with over 100,000 agents tasked with enforcing over 70,000+ pages of confusing tax code, with an operating procedure that proclaims you're guilty until you prove your own innocence -- for them to profile and target organizations and individuals based on political ideology should disturb everyone!
With this scandal in mind, we should all be concerned about what will happen in 2014 when 17,000 more agents are hired to enforce the ObamaCare mandate.
Profiling & Targeting:
Unaware this new IRS policy was implemented throughout the country, a few of us in central Florida started an organization during the Fall of 2011. We correctly filed our Articles of Incorporation and sent our application to the IRS seeking 501(c)4 tax exempt status.
On July 27, 2012 we received a letter asking very detailed and peculiar questions.
On August 6, 2012, the gentleman listed as Chairman of the organization received notice from the IRS of an upcoming audit of his personal tax returns.
Due to the ongoing audit and the privacy of the other board members, I will not be sharing the name of the organization nor the other names of those involved at this time. Moods and approaches to this issue may change, however, so please stay tuned for updates.
On the letter dated July 27, 2012, each question, in and of itself, didn't seem too over-burdensome. For me, it was the level of detail they requested as well as the nature of the questions that raised suspicion. For the Waco Tea Party, however, who published their letter from the IRS on Foxnews.com, the sheer volume was a bully tactic which typifies the well-earned connotation, "Chicago-style thug politics".
Question #1 on our letter was very strange as they provided printed copies of our website that was in development and not even available on our official domain. Our web host placed the website's input template on a development server for updating with a very long and purposefully confusing address. Again, we had not moved this site to our official public domain address, nor used the site for any public purposes. The IRS found our development site, printed it and included it in our file.
In addition, they provided printed copies of a website that I used for a radio show 3 years prior that had nothing to do with this new organization.
Feel free to take a moment and re-read the previous sentence.
Notice their approach with the first question on our IRS letter. "If they are not yours, please explain". Again, this is the standard operating procedure. The IRS requires you to prove something is not the case as opposed to the burden of proof being on the "prosecutor". Question #5 asked why I was chosen as the Executive Director, who made the decision and what other candidates were considered. They also asked for meeting minutes for all the discussions.
What business is it of the IRS to know how decisions are made and what options our organization faced at the time? Again, this is an absolute abuse of power. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of compliance, we ended our efforts to form this organization.
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We have met with our Congressman, Dan Webster, and provided him copies of the IRS letter and he is looking to get involved. http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/22240874/fla-congressman-to-press-irs-for-answers-over-targeting-tea-party-groups
Stay tuned, however, as we've now learned this was a coordinated policy of the IRS across the country. As a result, our resolve has strengthened. Please subscribe HERE for updates to our efforts.