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    IRS targeting included liberal groups

    IRS targeting included liberal groups - CNN.com

    The Internal Revenue Service targeted liberal groups as well as conservatives seeking tax-exempt status, a Democratic congressman charged on Monday after the agency acknowledged the inappropriate practice continued until last month.

    Rep. Sander Levin said the term "progressives" was included on IRS screening lists of applicants for tax-exempt status made available to Congress on Monday.
    It was the first confirmation that the "Be on the Lookout" or BOLO lists used criteria targeting liberal groups after an inspector general's report made public last month said the IRS had used words such as "tea party" to determine possible extra scrutiny.


    Can we finally stop pretending that the IRS "scandal" is actually a scandal? The IRS gave extra scrutiny to political groups applying for 501c(4) status. Political groups should be 527's, not 501c's. What we've dealt with so far is a concerted effort by Republicans to selectively release information, giving the appearance of a scandal.

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    Re: IRS targeting included liberal groups

    Why haven't progressive groups complained about issues applying for 501c(4) status?

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    Re: IRS targeting included liberal groups

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    Why haven't progressive groups complained about issues applying for 501c(4) status?
    I guessing it's because liberals don't understand taxes.
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    Re: IRS targeting included liberal groups

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    I guessing it's because liberals don't understand taxes.
    I am guessing is is because they just don't whine as much.
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    Re: IRS targeting included liberal groups

    We don't understand taxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    I guessing it's because liberals don't understand taxes.
    I'm not sure how any reasonably person could read the tax code and come to the conclusion that a political group belongs as a 501c4. Political groups should be 527's regulated by the FEC, not 501c's regulated by the IRS.

    So maybe it's because liberals aren't as eager to game the system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I am guessing is is because they just don't whine as much.
    That's true, they certainly whine less. Except when a republican is in office, but lately they have been the less whiny group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mithros View Post
    I'm not sure how any reasonably person could read the tax code and come to the conclusion that a political group belongs as a 501c4. Political groups should be 527's regulated by the FEC, not 501c's regulated by the IRS.

    So maybe it's because liberals aren't as eager to game the system?

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    I'm not sure how a reasonable person can read the tax code at all. It's like being stuck in the "begat" section of the bible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    I'm not sure how a reasonable person can read the tax code at all. It's like being stuck in the "begat" section of the bible.
    Okay.. You've got me there.

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    Re: IRS targeting included liberal groups

    I'd have to say this seems like a pretty "convenient" development, considering the IRS had apologized for its targetting of conservative groups and the White House had also apologized but said it had no part in the "scandal".

    It's pretty simple, really - I'd assume that an organization whose entire enterprise is based on numbers would be able to quickly prepare a report that indicates the numbers of "conservative" groups that requested 501 status in the run up to the 2012 election, what number were granted status, and what number were required to perform a pretzel twist of privacy invasion in order to have their applications considered. Likewise, they should be able to provide similar numbers in their report for "liberal" groups applying and affected. Pretty easy for the American public to review that information and decide for themselves who's telling the truth and who's manipulating information for political gain.

    For the supposedly "most transparent administration in history", these guys sure like to hide behind rocks until they're ferreted out.
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