The Internal Revenue Service apologized to conservative groups for targeting them inappropriately. Around the time of the 2012 election, the IRS flagged many conservative organizations to verify their tax status to see if they were an exempt organization.
Initially, it was thought that only groups with “patriot” or “tea party” in their names were targeted, but many other conservative groups were targeted by the IRS. When the conservative organizations filed for tax-exempt status, they were singled out for additional reviews.
The attack was blamed on workers in an IRS office in Cincinnati, but now officials say the fault may be at a higher office.
During the 2012 presidential election, conservative groups began to complain about being harassed about their tax exempt status. The IRS asked them several questions about their tax filing status, which delayed their tax exempt status.
The head of the IRS division in charge of assigning tax exempt status, Lois Lerner, claims that what happened was inappropriate. She says there was a large number of organizations filing for tax exempt status after a hallmark 2010 Supreme Court decision. The court decision allowed labor unions and corporations to raise and spend high amount of money, and they could register as a tax exempt if they were not political organizations.
No one knows if any White House officials knew about the IRS targeting conservative groups. It also is not clear if the Treasury Department knew what was happening.
The White House is calling for a formal investigation. Those found at fault will be disciplined as needed. Lerner claims that she did not inform the White House what was happening.
Welcome to the January 3, 2012 edition of Tax Carnival Ecstasy. We have the top 5 articles this week for the carnival including how to get Free Tax Advice by Phone this tax season from a software company. Joe Morgan takes a look at being Prepared to Pay $3,598 More in Income Tax for 2012. And Clint Cora examines the W8BEN Form For Canadians, this form is for Foreigners Who Work In The US. Hope you find the information helpful, bookmark, share, tweet, like on Facebook, and come back soon.
Lawyer presents What is Tax Law? Do You Need to Pay Tax Law? posted at Legal Advice & Legal Aid, saying, “Read our comprehensive review about new Tax Law for 2012!”
Darren Marks presents Free Tax Advice by Phone… From a Software Company? posted at Consumer-Rankings, saying, “Introducing a free new feature from Turbotax just in time for tax season, free phone consultations with tax experts.”
Joe Morgan presents Are You Prepared to Pay $3,598 More in Income Tax for 2012? posted at Simple Debt-Free Finance, saying, “This article covers the effect of expiring tax laws and how they could cost the average American family $3,598 in additional taxes for the 2012 tax year – without any change in their income.”
Tyler presents Are You Sure You Want to Pay Taxes With a Credit Card? posted at Credit Card Chaser, saying, “I hope you find this article fitting for your readers! Some people don’t realize they’re instantly paying a significant extra charge! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Look forward to seeing this on your next blog carnival! Have a great day! Tyler”
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