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    IRS severs ties with ACORN over scandal

    Looks like another shoe has dropped in the ACORN mess... This time, it will also hurt the 3 million people that received free tax advice from the IRS through ACORN.

    I just hope the IRS finds other affiliates they can partner up with before tax time next year.

    IRS severs ties with ACORN over scandal
    Sep 23 03:48 PM US/Eastern
    By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS says it is severing ties with ACORN, the community activist group involved in a scandal after employees were caught on video giving advice to a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp.

    The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday it would no longer include ACORN in its volunteer tax assistance program. The program offered free tax advice to about 3 million low- and moderate-income tax filers this spring.

    The IRS said ACORN, which is short for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, provided help on about 25,000 returns.

    The House and Senate voted earlier this month to sever federal funding to ACORN. And the Census Bureau severed its ties with the group for the 2010 national head-count.

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    hmm

    Hmmm so under bush 43 acorn was giving tax advice.

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    Re: IRS severs ties with ACORN over scandal

    It's sad that the right is winning on this one. The few things that have happened have been isolated to a random number of people within the organization. It has been the fault of a select few and those people should be prosecuted. To penalize the whole organization is sad.
    It's time for a revolution in our country. Not a revolution forged with guns and bombs but a revolution forged of compassion and altruism. A revolution that extends a hand to those who don't have and who cannot. A revolution that makes Health Care available to all those in the US.

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    Re: IRS severs ties with ACORN over scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by formerroadie View Post
    It's sad that the right is winning on this one. The few things that have happened have been isolated to a random number of people within the organization. It has been the fault of a select few and those people should be prosecuted. To penalize the whole organization is sad.
    Well at least under Obama this corruption is getting cleaned up.

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    Re: IRS severs ties with ACORN over scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by formerroadie View Post
    It's sad that the right is winning on this one. The few things that have happened have been isolated to a random number of people within the organization. It has been the fault of a select few and those people should be prosecuted. To penalize the whole organization is sad.
    I totally agree!

    Why penalize the whole organization for hiring people people that support child prostitution, spousal homicide, tax evasion, etc. etc.

    /SAR-CHASM

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    Re: IRS severs ties with ACORN over scandal

    I would like to give ACORN the benefit of the doubt here, but I work with too many not for profits who rely on gov't funds to pay for the bulk of their budgets and they often go down this route. That's what happens, organizations are basically guaranteed money so their drive to be the best diminishes and they in turn start to hire sub par employees. Hell, sub par would be an upgrade compared to some of the people who are hired and kept on for decades.

    I fully support their funds being cut.
    Affiant further sayeth not.

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    Re: IRS severs ties with ACORN over scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by formerroadie View Post
    It's sad that the right is winning on this one.
    Was your sadness a partisan thing, where you don't like it when the bad guys (republicans) come out on top?
    or
    Are you sad because the good guys (democrats) didn't come out on top?
    or
    Are you saddened because you feel ACORN is getting the shaft?


    I'm just curious what exactly prompted that statement.



    The few things that have happened have been isolated to a random number of people within the organization. It has been the fault of a select few and those people should be prosecuted. To penalize the whole organization is sad.
    One office facilitating every single one of those things, wouldn't have been that big a scandal. Even with two of them, it likely would have blown over... But when you have this kind of blatant facilitating of illegal activities from workers in 4 offices (5 if you include San Diego), without one person objecting to any one of the illegal enterprises they were asked to assist in, (including smuggling children into the country for child prostitution) it displays a disturbing organizational pattern that can't be overlooked.

    Keep in mind, that ACORN has been shrouded in controversy for the last 6 years, long before these tapes were ever made, which played a major part in many of these government agencies dropping the hammer on them. They've been charged dozens of times for crimes related to voter registration fraud in 14 different states, with more than 30 workers having been convicted. Then there's the million dollars embezzled from them, that ACORN chose to cover up, rather than report.

    They receive 10's of millions of dollars in government funding, and with that a certain level of of standards have to be met. With all their problems and controversy over the years, I think they were lucky that they received funding as long as they did.

    And by the way... You may feel that the right is winning here, but I see the American people as the real winner.
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    Re: IRS severs ties with ACORN over scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by Indy View Post
    I fully support their funds being cut.
    As I understand it, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) doesn't involve any money. While the IRS does send test packets and training supplies, you don't get money for being part of VITA, or at least when my program (a joint law school-Accounting Majors) did it, we got no funds. After all, it is volunteer.

    And considering who VITA helps (or is suppose to help, don't get me started on some of the wankers who tried to get us to do their taxes for free), the vast majority of these people can do it themselves. Most of them are just fill in your W-2, any dependents and withholding and you're pretty much done. 10 minutes of work.

    Considering how many universities participate in this, ACORN being cut won't hurt much of anyone.
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    Re: IRS severs ties with ACORN over scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by formerroadie View Post
    It's sad that the right is winning on this one. The few things that have happened have been isolated to a random number of people within the organization. It has been the fault of a select few and those people should be prosecuted. To penalize the whole organization is sad.
    You think that's sad? Now, the dumbasses at ACORN are sueing O'Keefe, Breitbart and Giles. Is that stupid, or what?
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: IRS severs ties with ACORN over scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    As I understand it, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) doesn't involve any money. While the IRS does send test packets and training supplies, you don't get money for being part of VITA, or at least when my program (a joint law school-Accounting Majors) did it, we got no funds. After all, it is volunteer.

    And considering who VITA helps (or is suppose to help, don't get me started on some of the wankers who tried to get us to do their taxes for free), the vast majority of these people can do it themselves. Most of them are just fill in your W-2, any dependents and withholding and you're pretty much done. 10 minutes of work.

    Considering how many universities participate in this, ACORN being cut won't hurt much of anyone.
    I bet that VITA participents aren't allowed to give accounting advice to people who want to run illegal operations. Just a hunch.
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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