Thursday, May 16, 2013

Suddenly every Christian reprobate is a 'victim' of the IRS

It must be cultural. It seems that conservative Christians love being victims.

It's a given that most people are not terribly fond of the Internal Revenue Service. We also know that some low-level employees of the IRS scrutinized organizations seeking non-profit status with words like "patriot" and "Tea Party" as part of their name. That's what we know. We might find out more as the situation is investigated.There are actually perfectly valid reasons for scrutinizing political organizations applying for 501(c)4 tax exempt status. The Washington Post has reported that at least three liberal groups received the same treatment. The also explain the connection to the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court.

Audits are selected by a computer algorithm. If you have self-employment income or income reported on a 1099 and you have what appears to be a disproportionate amount of expenses, your chances of being audited increase considerably. This is particularly true if this is combined with a wage earner on a joint return.

According to TheBlaze (ugh) a  Catholic sociologist, Anne Hendershott believes that she was targeted by the IRS because she writes for conservative organizations like the Catholic Advocate. "Hendershott noted that it was surprising that she was the one being audited, given that her husband is the primary wage-earner, and the couple always files jointly."

No Annie; Nobody at the IRS is interested in what you write or  its political slant. Seriously.

According to Liberty Counsel (ugh) Freedom Federation is a victim of added scrutiny. Of course, if you actually take the time to read the requested information [pdf] you will see that there is an apparent affiliation with a for-profit corporation. Gee. It's hard to imagine what that would require additional scrutiny.

And then, of course, there is National Organization for Marriage (ugh). Maggie Gallagher seems to confirm my suspicions about how their redacted return ended up at HRC. Yet, their board chairman, John Eastman, has been making the rounds and was interviewed on Fox (ugh) by Greta Van Susteren.

Clearly some employees at the IRS engaged in prohibited behaviors. However, most audits and actions are not connected to those employees.
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