The "social welfare" mission for tax-exempt nonprofit groups certainly covers issues about government spending, government debt, federal taxes, "how the government is run," the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.Those educational efforts are within the letter of the tax law and the IRS code, tax pros say.So why did the IRS zero in on nonprofit applicants with the words "Tea Party" or "patriot" in their names for doing just that, rejecting their tax-exempt status for educating the public on issues that affect all taxpayers? Why did the IRS start applying a new political test in January 2012, according to the Washington Post , for these "social welfare" groups that apply for tax-exempt status?Did the IRS also do a deep dive of left wing groups with the words "progressive" or "move on" in their names, as Rep. Daryl Issa (R-Calif.) asks?"Unfortunately, it appears as though the IRS looked only at conservative groups applying for the exemption, an inexcusable mistake," The New York Times no...
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