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When can we expect 'perp-walks' for those self-identified Tea Party groups — presently infesting campaigns all over the map and saturating press coverage of those campaigns — for fraudulently seeking (and receiving!) tax exemption under Section 501(c)(4)?

Oh, how they wept and clutched their pearls before their guardian angel, career criminal 'Daring' Darrell Issa, lamenting that they'd been "targeted" by IRS and claiming to be "social welfare" organizations not overwhelmingly — indeed, exclusively! — engaged in political campaigns.

... and the ultimate middle finger to taxpayers is offered by Americans For Prosperity — the Koch front group, up to its Jockeys™ in campaigns and funneling cash (anonymously) to many of these Tea Party groups — itself the fraudulent owner of a 501(c)(4)!

There was a time when tax fraud bought you a stretch in the pokey!

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  •  Spot on. You can only truthfully call your group (0+ / 0-)

    a "social welfare" orgainization if you support Democratic candidates.  Only those groups should get tax exempt status.  Any group supporting teabagger or republican causes should be declined tax exempt status.

    •  Lame. (0+ / 0-)

      Cite a single 'Democratic' group — hiding behind a 501(c)(4) — that even raises an eyebrow, while all the self-identified 'Tea Party' groups with that fraudulent exemption daily raise a middle finger to all of us as they climb all over countless Republican and right-wing campaigns. You can read it in all the newspapers.

      If your comment was an attempt at sarcasm, it failed... big-time.

  •  StillAmused - most of these groups don't generate (0+ / 0-)

    a profit so they won't owe any taxes. They typically spend all the money they raise. None of the contributors were ever eligible to write off the contributions as tax deductions. If the IRS rules that they can't be 501 organizations they will refile their returns and become PACs, which are also non-profit and still owe no taxes. These are not criminal violations and no one goes to jail for this type of activity. If the groups were profitable they would have to pay their tax and a penalty. These are all civil cases.

    "let's talk about that" uid 92953

    by VClib on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:31:51 PM PDT

    •  Nice try. No cigar. (0+ / 0-)

      The issue has nothing to do with "profit"... it has to do with fraudulently securing the anonymity of donors conferred by 501(c)(4).

      • "Reg. 1.501(c)(4)-1(a)(2)(ii) provides that the promotion of social welfare does not include direct or indirect participation in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office." — IRS


      • "In 1987, Congress amended IRC 504 to provide that an IRC 501(c)(3) organization that loses its exemption because it intervenes in political campaigns may not at any time thereafter be treated as an organization described in IRC 501(c)(4)."  — IRS

      Not even a close call... self-identified 'Tea Party' groups are running amok across the political landscape. Daily news reports are saturated with mention of 'Tea Party' candidates, 'Tea Party' primaries and 'Tea Party' officeholders.

      There are NO corresponding reports of purported "social welfare" activities by these groups — not so much as a bake sale — themselves poor as church mice, which somehow manage to expend prodigious sums on political commercials and other right-wing campaign efforts... and much of that 'dark' money is funneled to them by the Kochs' Americans For Prosperity, itself fraudulently hiding behind a 501(c)(4).

      It'll never happen, thanks to a brain-dead press which never connects the dots, but the bastards should be prosecuted.

      •  The IRS would never turn these into criminal cases (0+ / 0-)

        They might require disclosure of the donors, but they would never make these into criminal cases. The IRS is about collecting money and they try hard to resolve disputes with civil remedies. There is no way they would treat these 501 cases as criminal.

        "let's talk about that" uid 92953

        by VClib on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 04:11:52 PM PDT

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        •  You seem curiously enthused. (0+ / 0-)

          Does it please you that many of these criminal, fraudulent money-launderers are anonymously dispensing the Koch brothers' dark money all over the fucking country with impunity... in clear violation of both the 501(c)(4) code and the 'loosened' regulation?

          You've shown your hand.

          •  SA - Congress has passed several conflicting (0+ / 0-)

            laws regarding several of the 501 class non-profits. For decades the IRS has asked Congress to pass definitive legislation to clarify these conflicts, but to date Congress has been unwilling or unable to do so. The IRS went through a period seeking public comment on various 501 rules as they plan to issue new guidelines. Here is a good diary on the issue:


            "let's talk about that" uid 92953

            by VClib on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:37:29 PM PDT

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