A little spring hackery

I’m going to descend into a little hackery and admit that I think this isn’t really 100% wrong:

Organizations were singled out because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups…”That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review,” Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.

“The IRS would like to apologize for that,” she added.

So these organizations wanted tax-exempt status, and (some people down the totem pole at) the IRS flagged their applications because of the organizations’ specific political beliefs. That’s indeed improper. Political advocacy organizations get tax-exempt status under the law, and the organization’s specific ideology should stay out of the conversation of whether an organization deserves that status.

But here’s the thing. A lot of people are conflating reviewing an application for tax-exempt status with “getting audited.” And contra everyone who’s commented on this, I actually think it would be much less of a big deal if these organizations were subjected to disciminatory audits, and maybe even commendable. Think about it. The IRS’s job is to collect taxes. The point of audits is to check up on the people who are most likely to be evading the tax laws. Why would it be improper to think that an organization named after the motto “Taxed Enough Already” might be more likely than average to engage in tax shenanigans?

EDIT: pwned by tbogg.

 

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