Skip to comments.IRS Sought to Impose Gift Tax on Freedom Watch Donations
Posted on 06/02/2013 3:46:32 AM PDT by Kaslin
As this post from yesterday pointed out, it's hardly news to those who read the IRS IG report that Americans were targeted by the IRS -- not just based on membership in the "Tea Party" or "9/12" -- but based on their political sympathies generally.
Last night, the Wall Street Journal reported on another example of this phenomenon.
Apparently, an IRS probe of Freedom Watch began in (surprise!) the unit headed by Lois Lerner (still enjoying a full-pay and full-benefits vacation, courtesy of the taxpayers she harassed). According to the WSJ:
In February 2010, the same month the tea-party targeting started, according to a recent inspector general's report, Freedom's Watch was subjected to an IRS audit that focused largely on its political activities, an uncommon but not unprecedented action, election lawyers say. The probe broadened into other areas, including executive compensation.
About a year later, as many as five donors to Freedom's Watch were subjected to IRS audits of their contributions that sought to impose gift taxes on their donations to the group, according to lawyers and former officials of Freedom's Watch.
Tax experts say that effort was highly unusual. The IRS generally hadn't sought to impose the gift tax on donations to tax-exempt groups such as Freedom's Watch in at least 20 years, perhaps longer, following an unfavorable court ruling and changes in the law by Congress, according to lawyers and IRS documents.
And again, you have to wonder: Why does Lois Lerner still have a job?
How can we have a campaign in 2014? The IRS shut down conservative groups for 2012. what's to stop these arrogant democrats from doing it again.
Why is she not under arrest? Do we still have police? She is a mastermind criminal orchestrated by Obama, so arrest her!
Impeachment needs to move to the front burner!
Yes impeach Obama, the big eared socialist
A thought just occurred to me, I think it is a very good thing that Conservatives and Republicans really don’t act like the Liberals/progressive/MSM like to portray us. Because if we did... Well I’ll leave that up to your imagination now.
To me the chilling effect is that the individual donors were subject to scrutiny.
As just an aside, we received a notice from the IRS in March of this year questioning the tax treatment of an item for the year 2011. We have been treating it the same way, at the advice of our tax lawyer, for seven years. I’m convinced it was a result of my political contributions during the 2012 election cycle.
Hint: the same people that haven’t arrested Lerner also haven’t arrested Obama, Eric Holder and on and on we could go. Does that tell you anything? Under the current setup, there’s nobody to issue an arrest warrant. That comes from the top of the judicial system, not from the cop on the beat.
I hope you don’t waste time and angst on wondering why a federal prosecutor who works for Obama and Holder hasn’t had them arrested.
People aren’t arrested unless or until the judicial system believes there is a criminal case to be made against them with evidence, witnesses, etc, and until that judicial system WANTS them arrested.
The GOP should not stop with the current investigation. The IRS and Obama corruptocrats stole the election by suppressing the conservative vote, while making sure that 110% of the Black vote in many districts in swing states turned out. Someone needs to start investigating voter returns in Ohio and Florida for starters, and someone should be tried for voter fraud.
Sue the IRS.
contact Mark Levin and his landmark legal foundation
If you want to donate under a Democratic President from now on..do it with a money order and forgo the tax deduction
——what’s to stop these arrogant democrats from doing it again. -——
Makes me think the GOP was happy to let the IRS take the Tea Party apart. How many of the GOP’s establishment groups got this special treatment?
Obama got his IRS to audit Romney donors and individual donors to the GOP too , as well as the “tea party” groups. Here's a link that shows IRS targeted Romney and other GOP donors:
you will blame GOP to get the blame off of Obama and the MSM
Al Gore was correct when he said there was no controlling legal authority.
members of the TEA Party? Where does one go to join? Are there any dues? Who do I contribute to? Will I be able to register as TEA Party?
People use language that is so imprecise as to “mean anything I want it to mean”.
Do you still believe the Repub’s are a party separate from the Dem’s? They are only a pretend opposition. Repub’s are the party for fiscal responsibility whenever they are out of power.