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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The IRS Audit From Hell

From prominent election lawyer Cleta Mitchell comes the disgusting detail with which the IRS hounded conservative groups, demanding so much information as to constitute a deliberately crippling workload.
Mitchell notes that prior to 2010, the scrutiny of 501(c) and 501(c) applications was brief and non-intrusive. She reprints a typical questionnaire to one of her clients in 2009, asking little more than an update on its articles of incorporation. Mitchell says that before 2010, applications for 501(c) took 3-12 months and for 501(c)s usually only 3-6 months.

Then, in 2010, it all changed.

To show how impossible compliance with the document requests was (and is) for would-be 501(c)s and 501(c)s, she submits actual questionnaires sent to her clients during 2011 and 2012 as they sought tax exempt status.


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