NEWS BLOG (WSAU) Steven Miller may have lost his job, but he hasn’t lost the arrogance of someone who works for the Internal Revenue Service. He told a congressional investigation that tax-exempt applications were mishandled, but not because of a political agenda. If only the IRS would give you the benefit of the doubt if you were ever being audited. Miller is not believable.
Many groups that wanted tax-exempt status have come forward to tell their stories. Most are small organizations with limited budgets; they’re not able to win a long, drawn out fight with the IRS. There’s a pattern, and the common denominator is delay. All of these groups needed a favorable ruling from the IRS. They needed the government to do something for them. In some cases nothing happened. Since they couldn’t get a decision,many decided to operate as for-profits instead. If donors can’t write off the donations, a group’s fundraising prospects are limited.
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that have not been widely reported: First, the storyline that this is the work
of low-level employees working out of the
The IRS had a strategy here. Ask for personal information that isn’t allowed, and some of these groups will go away. Delay or ignore them, and others won’t persevere. Draw out the approval time – and these groups are silenced. The timing is important here. Making these groups wait for a year or more is significant; it’s about the length of a mid-term election cycle.