Tax Exempt Robocallson May 20, 2013 @ 5:32 am (Updated: 5:39 am - 5/20/13 )
"The American people should be outraged," say politicians. "And they are."
Outraged that the IRS would require Tea Party groups to answer intrusive questions just to get a 501(c)(4) tax exemption.
Even the NORMAL questions on the form are pretty intrusive. Yet, conservative and liberal groups alike voluntarily seek this hard-to-define 501(c)(4) status.
Why wouldn't they just become 501(c)(3)'s? Straightforward non-profit charities?
I sit on the boards of two 501(c)(3)'s. Now it's true, as charities, they can't be "political." But - they can support legislation; they can hold public forums; they can even try to persuade politicians.
So as a 501(c)(3), a Tea Party group could lobby against new taxes, hold anti-tax forums, and print flyers warning taxpayers they're getting ripped off.
But these groups don't just want to lobby and educate. They want to funnel money to political campaigns; stuff your mailbox with political flyers; make robocalls; put up 30 second TV ads - and do it without having to pay the usual taxes, AND without disclosing where the money comes from!
That's why they go for the more complicated 501(c)(4) exemption: So they can raise unlimited money - to make it look like politicians are getting their support from "Social Welfare" organizations.
And now because of all the outrage, I'm guessing a chastened IRS is going to leave these organizations alone, something that politicians on both sides won't mind one bit!
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