Forum: Don’t knock the IRS
May 27, 2013 8:02PM
Updated: June 29, 2013 6:23AM
What is wrong about the Internal Revenue Service scrutinizing every organization that claims a tax exemption? The IRS method of tracking down deceitful applications by zeroing in on “key words” is a great means to get insight into what surely is a most formidable task of exposing dishonesty.
Organizations that have no right to be tax-exempt need to be exposed. What better way for an organization bent on “bending” the application of the tax code than to use words such as “patriot,” “Tea Party,” “nonprofit” and “free” in their organization’s name to suggest that it deserves tax-exempt status?
There are many legitimate, nonprofit groups entitled to have their efforts supported by other taxpayers, thereby providing, in a small but significant way, the welfare of the whole. The IRS, by using the investigative tool of targeting a key word or name amid many thousands of applications to identify fraud, is engaging in an astute practice.