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Letters to the editor: IRS tax exempt laws already clear

5:46 PM, Jul. 15, 2013  |  Comments

The Guest View editorial of Tuesday, July 9, "Congress must fix IRS rules," attributed to the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal (page A6), correctly notes that liberal as well as conservative groups were targeted for additional investigation of eligibility for tax exempt status as "social welfare organizations". Unfortunately, the writer, as well as numerous writers of letters to the Oshkosh Northwestern, fail to note the following:

? The head of the Cincinnati IRS in charge of deciding tax exempt status is a conservative Republican as is the city and most of the Cincinnati IRS staff.

? The conservative head of the Cincinnati IRS has testified that no one from the Obama administration tried to influence what groups were or were not asked for additional information.

? The 1954 law that confirmed tax exempt status to "social welfare organizations" states that to qualify the organization must be "exclusively" involved with social welfare.

? In 1959 the IRS under President Eisenhower, defined the meaning of "exclusive" to mean "primarily".

It appears to me that the law is very clear and that was and is the IRS, not Congress or the President, that needs to make it "job...easier with more straight-forward and transparent" interpretations of the 1954 law. Exclusively means 100 percent social welfare it does not mean 50.6 percent loosely interpreted social welfare and 49.4 percent political or whatever percent is significant.

Margaret Schultz

Green Lake

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