This post was originally published on Forbes Jul 30, 2015
Last week in less than two minutes President Obama gave his view on the interminable never-ending IRS scandal now on Day 812 by TaxProf count. In the President's view what is scandalous is a crummy law that Congress needs to clarify and the gutting of the IRS budget. Also last week we had another great scandal revelation from Judicial Watch JW Uncovers Obama IRS Audit Abuse
Judicial Watch has released more blockbuster documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that confirm that the IRS used donor lists of tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits. The documents also show that IRS officials specifically highlighted how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may come under “high scrutiny” from the IRS. We forced these records out through a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking documents about the selection of individuals for audits, based upon application information and donor lists submitted by Tea Party and other 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations.
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Media contact from NYTimes of Gift Taxes ...... Do you know if there is a program with SBSE looking for gift tax returns that omitted including gifts to 501(c)(4)s?
This is a biggy since it's the NY Times (and Tax Notes Today probably), even if we don't want to say anything MR needs some sort of repsonse ASAP.
___________ is auditing the 501(c)(4) and made the referal to SBSE of the nonfilers and he has a lot of factual knowledge about the 501(c)(4) organization and, of course, tremendous knowledge of 501(c)(4) rules etc
I know you've been sucked into this particular morass - thought you might find this useful.