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IRS chief set to redraft proposed rule for tax-exempt groups after backlash (Trust them?)
Hotair ^ | 04/14/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham

Posted on 04/14/2014 7:06:09 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

First, an entirely and uncharacteristically reasonable reaction from the IRS on its proposed new rules governing 501(c)s, a classification of tax exempt groups that was the area of improper targeting of Tea Party activists. When Democrats realized the best way to deal with personnel abusing tax law was to create more tax law for them to abuse, the IRS went to work on more specific ways to crack down on social welfare groups. Their proposed rule caused backlash from both conservatives and liberal activists:

The Internal Revenue Service is prepared to rewrite a proposed rule regulating the political activities of non-profit groups to address complaints from the right and left that it goes too far, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Monday.

“In all likelihood we will re-propose a redefined rule and ask for more public comment,” Koskinen told USA TODAY’s Capital Download. It’s a process he predicts will take “until the end of the year and beyond” to complete. The proposed regulation of groups known as 501(c)(4)s drew a record 150,000 comments before the deadline in late February.

He said the new rule would take into account backlash from conservative Tea Party groups as well as some liberal advocacy organizations that the agency’s proposal – intended to address concerns that the tax-exempt groups were engaged in partisan warfare – would bar, even voter education and registration programs.

Can it be? An IRS display of good sense?

— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 14, 2014

Indeed, Brit. Lest we speak too soon, however, let’s read the rest of this interview, in which Koskinen whines about funding of the IRS. Really:

He says his current job is more difficult because the IRS has been unable to get adequate funding, even though money spent on enforcement generates revenue.

“If you gave us the $500 million of our sequester funds (slashed under automatic spending cuts) we would have given you back $2 to $3 billion more, and people shrug and move on,” he said. The agency now employs 10,000 fewer people and receives $900 million less in federal funds than it did four years ago…

“We’re sort of in the middle a political bulls-eye,” he said. “Together with the Affordable Care Act, the issues surrounding the qualifications of 501(c)(4) social-welfare organizations has been a battle in public media for the past year. The combination of the two has made getting more funding difficult.”

As it should since there’s plenty of evidence one of the government’s most powerful agencies abused its power to curtail the political speech of one side. Yes, perhaps the abused taxpayer should be a little wary about giving you more money with which to abuse him:

He warns the IRS could be headed toward disaster when new responsibilities, including the Obamacare mandates, kick in a year from now. “If we keep going at this level, with the increased responsibilities, at some point we risk crippling the agency,” he cautioned, “and that won’t be good for the government and it won’t be good for taxpayers.”

Get ready to weep:

One consequence already is a reduced chance of being audited. “They’re lower than they have been,” he said, then added: “I wouldn’t encourage anybody to depend upon us not auditing them. As I’ve told people, the roulette wheel is spinning.”

At least there’s something to be thankful for this April 15th.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ericholder; impeachnow; irs; tax; taxes; taxexempt

1 posted on 04/14/2014 7:06:10 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

” The agency now employs 10,000 fewer people and receives $900 million less in federal funds than it did four years ago…”

I call BS. The IRS hired 16,000 people to handle Obamacare. That means in 4 years they lost 26,000 people. Where did they go?

I can only surmise that they joined the Obama campaign.

2 posted on 04/14/2014 7:10:18 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: EQAndyBuzz
And if we can get lucky enough to have Ted Cruz make it to POS, the IRS will be abolished. Run, Ted, Run.

draft Ted for president here

3 posted on 04/14/2014 7:25:24 PM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: SeekAndFind

Now that all the lib groups got their okay. Now we make it harder for everyone.

4 posted on 04/14/2014 7:28:47 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Take out the trash)
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To: SeekAndFind

The IRS needs to be abolished. A flat consumption tax collected and controlled by the several States is the only way to save our Republic.

5 posted on 04/14/2014 7:48:08 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (We need to fundamentally transform RATs lives for their lies.)
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To: ConservativeInPA; Jim Robinson; All
"The IRS needs to be abolished."
shall never happened..What the IR$; Is doing conservative groups, is precisely
why it won't's all about the power of controlling the electorate.
In more ways than one; the IR$ has become, like the old Soviet KGB,
"the sword and shield of the Washington Establishment Party"

and that's why, "Reid's *itch" McConnell, Is fighting so hard to keep the
KY. Federal Senate seat from Conservatives/TEA/LUA Party.

6 posted on 04/14/2014 9:18:07 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: SeekAndFind

It worked for them last time; they won’t abandon a winning tactic.

7 posted on 04/14/2014 9:45:11 PM PDT by (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: SeekAndFind

What’s the point of “redrawing rules”, when the current rules are ignored and nothing happens to the rule-breakers? Lawless behavior by bureaucrats cannot be fix with more laws.

8 posted on 04/15/2014 5:34:51 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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