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  •  This is something I want to understand more (3+ / 0-)
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    Nowhere Man, Catte Nappe, Tonedevil

    Did the IRS get individual donor and volunteer lists?  Or, was it more of a general nature?

    As a CPA who has dealt with the IRS on different matters, I am not trying to split hairs here, there is a big difference.

    For example, if the IRS asks "how many donors do you have", this is legitimate.  If a group had only one donor, or one donor provided say 80% of the donations, then a question arises as to whether that organization has a social welfare purpose, or whether it is just doing the bidding of that one donor.

    Another: "who are your donors / volunteers? Corporations? Individuals? Other non-profits? etc."

    Perfectly legitimate.  If we find that all the donors are political lobbyists, then that raises a question as to the purpose of the group.  If we find that a number of Section 527 groups are the donors, again, potential problem.

    Another: "if you have corporate donors, are these public companies? what industries do they hail from?

    Again, legitimate - are these public companies trying to get around financial statement disclosures? are they all from a specific industry group and thus again we have a red flag for political lobbying versus educational or other social welfare purpose.

    If they went right to a request for the specific names of individual donors/volunteers, then I have a problem. But if the inquiries were of the type above, then this is pretty much standard procedure.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Tue May 14, 2013 at 09:18:30 AM PDT

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    •  Apparently (0+ / 0-)

      There was a questionnaire with 55 questions.  As these groups are all starts ups, these questions were asked essentially before operations were underway.

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