EXPOSED: The yearlong IRS plot to punish tea party, nonprofit groups

The IRS’s new proposal to crack down on nonprofits was in the works a year before the tea party targeting scandal broke, according to a Treasury Department official who told congressional investigators it was spurred by pressure from outside parties.

The revelation follows earlier testimony from former IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, who told investigators that they started “brainstorming” ways to crack down on nonprofits while under pressure from a senior Democratic senator who was “complaining bitterly to us” about the way groups were engaging in politics while organized as social welfare nonprofits.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan recounted the testimony in a letter sent this week to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who now must decide what to do about the proposed crackdown.

The two lawmakers said the evidence proves the IRS crackdown was under way well before the revelation last May that the tax agency had improperly targeted tea party and conservative groups for scrutiny, and delayed many of their applications for nonprofit status.

“One email from June 2012 demonstrates that the IRS and the Treasury Department considered privately ‘addressing’ 501(c )(4) organizations well before the public awareness of the IRS targeting,” the two congressmen said in their letter to Mr. Koskinen.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • I Seigel says:

    Other than the late Rev Sun Myung Moon’s Washington Times newspaper, I can’t find any other source for this story. Can anyone post a link to another source, besides the Daily Caller?

    Also, my recollection of this issue is that it was found that the IRS was targeting ALL nonprofits to make sure they weren’t abusing the rules for political donations. These groups are SUPPOSED to be “social welfare organizations” and are thus claiming an exemption for taxes, under the rules for 501(c) tax status.

    Maybe the solution is to get rid of the exemption. Period.

    The commissioner that was questioned, John Koskinen,, was only confirmed into the position in mid-December – only 2 1/2 months ago.

  • gort1959 says:

    What difference does it make!

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