LETTER: IRS scandal is red herringBelieve it or not, the IRS “scandal” — oft mentioned to portray President Obama as an ideological bully — is really less substantial than the zero listed in the taxes owed box of GE’s corporate tax form.
Believe it or not, the IRS “scandal” — oft mentioned to portray President Obama as an ideological bully — is really less substantial than the zero listed in the taxes owed box of GE’s corporate tax form.
This all began with a small group of low-level IRS employees in a Cincinnati office, who among 4.4 million other federal employees, are not directed by Obama.
Considering a primary mission of the IRS is to expose tax fraud — when radical right-wing groups (not merely conservative groups) express hatred for the government and anger at the taxes they are expected to pay — doesn’t it follow that such groups would be the object of additional scrutiny because of their actions — not their ideologies?
The June 25 issue of the Duluth News Tribune contained an article, which claimed the IRS has targeted liberal groups as well and had flagged words like “Israel,” “progressive” and “occupy,” — obviously words that frequently imply many groups characterized as being liberal.
During the younger Bush’s presidency, groups like the NAACP and Greenpeace, as well as the All Saints Episcopal Church, were persecuted for controversial views — such as, All Saints stand against the Iraq war. The church was threatened with having its tax-exempt status revoked for its anti-war protests — so commonly used by many religious groups.
But it isn’t liberal groups that continually complain about their taxes and/or advocate violent overthrow of the government. Such hostility most often comes from radical right wing groups, which consequently are investigated more often and are therefore more often scrutinized simply because there are more of them raising red flags than most liberal political organizations.
Since Citizen’s United it is well known that many 501(c)4 groups exist primarily to launder money to preferred political candidates, and are not equally interested in “social welfare.” So can we seriously expect these groups not to arouse suspicions from the IRS?
Thanks to the Obama Administration, the paperwork for small nonprofits has been greatly reduced, and the Administration has doubled the income threshold under which these might qualify for simplified processing — isn’t the president absolutely diabolical?
Peter W. Johnson,