Everybody hates the Internal Revenue Service and everyone who files a tax return lives with the fear of being audited or penalized for a mistake or tax transgression. Even taxpayers with no reason to be fearful.
Kinda like when you’re driving down the road, doing the speed limit and absolutely nothing wrong, but you still get a little nervous when a cop pulls up behind you.
Why is that?
That a George Bush appointed IRS head overseeing a department that targeted a new wave of conservative groups that literally sprang up overnight in 2008 and were seeking tax exempt status seems quite logical.
“Congress could put an end to IRS interference with political groups by Friday, if it wanted to: Simply outlaw social welfare nonprofits, the secret groups from the right and the left that now launder hundreds of millions of dollars in political contributions,” Helling writes. “The IRS would have nothing to investigate.”
Get the picture?
A trendy new group of social and fiscal conservatives – aka the Tea Party – arises out of thin air and suddenly the IRS is besieged by requests for tax exempt status for what reason? So the groups can re-purpose donors money for charitable causes or to achieve political objectives?
In the case of the latter, is that why we give tax deductions to charities?
As Helling notes, it’s a way to create a more-or-less fake charity and give power hungry people a tax write off on their donations so that they can funnel money to conservative causes. As opposed to the needy and the greater good.
To me it makes sense that being inundated by such organizations springing up willy-nilly out of thin air that the IRS would want to target and scrutinize these new groups before granting them tax exempt status.
They just happened to be conservative.
Were similar groups with equally suspect motives flood the IRS with requests for tax exampt status, I would hope the agency would target and check those groups out as well.
“That no one has discussed this possibility tells us all we need to know about contemporary politics,” he continues. “No one is really interested in stopping the torrent of paper-sack money going to consultants, TV stations and campaigns. Too many people are getting rich, and too many cynical partisan accusations are available for the next round of commercials.”
Remember all that talk about Republicans wanting to close loopholes in the tax system to make things fairer? How about closing this one and making charities actually be charities.
Then the IRS can focus more on Paul Wilson‘s concept of insuring that a greater percentage of monies raised by charities go to the actual causes, rather than into the pockets of the charity heads and their staff.