Whether or not the IRS was targeting the tea partiers unfairly or not will be sorted out, but it is clear the IRS has a responsibility to all citizens and taxpayers to make certain that “nonprofits” qualify for that legal status. If the IRS makes an applicant organization for “non-profit” status uncomfortable with a lot of questions, so be it. The “nonprofits” should be able to stand the test.
There were over 27 tea party organization applications for tax exempt statues. Some political groups are quick to point out that “unwed” mothers should pay “their share” of taxes. And welfare recipients are consistently warned not to abuse the income tax system.
The “duh” question is why we don’t have more scrutiny on all large nonprofits, corporations and high-income individuals. Tax abuse is rampant. Our income tax system is in need of a greater simplification, but the financial lobbyist will never allow our “bought and paid for” elected representative to enact such reform. We can discuss elected term limits another day.
I am disillusioned by our political representatives on both sides of the aisle. Partisan politics without a moral imperative is just greed, control and aggrandizement. No, I don’t want the civil servants of the federal government to be used for political gain by either party, but I do want the federal bureaucracy to be thorough when vetting “nonprofits.”