IRS’ probes of tea party groups warranted

 

While I’m no fan of the IRS, and I don’t approve of any administration using it as a political weapon, the media is missing the key point on this issue. Charitable groups can only gain tax-exempt status if they do something beneficial for the public’s “social welfare.” Groups that are strictly political don’t qualify for tax-exempt status. The problem that these conservative groups faced with the IRS was self-made. If you call yourself “Tea Party Patriots Against Obama,” chances are the IRS is going to think you are political, and subject you to extra scrutiny. Every one of the groups that was examined by the IRS had a politically charged buzzword in their title.

Being stupid is different than being discriminated against due to your politics. I hate to say it, but the IRS was doing its job in this case.

Brent Del Gaizo, Plantation

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