Friday, July 5, 2013

Let The Progressive Groups Targeted and Harassed by the IRS Come Forward

In an opinion piece disguised as news, the New York Times (I.R.S. Scrutiny Went Beyond the Political) reports that many applicants for tax-exempt status were singled out for scrutiny, not just political groups.  Groups like “Break the Bonds,” “Cash for Musicians,” and advocates of medical marijuana and open source software were selected for extra scrutiny under the IRS’s  “be on the lookout” program. They were subjected to long waits, intrusive inquiries and bureaucratic hassles that appear unrelated to politics. It was not just the Tea Party that suffered such indignities. Rather, the problem is not the politicization of the IRS but a “process that became too rigid and too broad.”

Big whoopee: The Times is telling its readers that the IRS might actually be doing its real job of preventing shady money-making organizations from disguising themselves as charities. So, the IRS does something other than harass conservative organizations. Let’s hope so.

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