Tax Exempt Groups – NAACP, Very Political Yet Not Hounded by the IRS

groups-approved-for-irs-tax-exempt-status-tea-party-progressives-chartThe question is not about whether or not the Tea Party groups and other affiliates should have had to provide a CERTAIN amount of information in order to acquire their tax exempt status, rather the issue is about the intense scrutiny, the blatant attacks and factual UNEQUAL treatment of these groups versus those groups with Progressive/Liberal agendas.

Case-in-point: The NAACP is an extremely political organization that protests, pickets, donates money and time to political campaigns, interjects itself into highly political situations and regularly testifies in front of Congress based on political ideologies.

Yet they have acquired and maintain their tax exempt status even though they are a highly political group.

As recently as June 2, 2013 – NAACP picketing/protesting and behaving in a HIGHLY POLITICAL manner outside the North Carolina State Legislature because they do not agree with the NC State Legislature POLITICAL IDEOLOGY. Yet they still remain a tax exempt group because why?

… to avoid new hijinks, the same rule would need to be applied equally to all other kinds of non-profits engaged in political activity. And there lies the rub.

Big, influential non-profits that spend freely on political activity are opposed. Many of them are recognizable names, among them the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, AARP and the NRA. They wield heavy political bats. They lobby. They testify before Congress and legislatures. Some register voters and organize get-out-the-vote drives. And they fear that if donors’ names are disclosed, they will close their wallets. But as far as the public is concerned, what’s fair for one group should be fair for another.

What about the “organizations” that were created by former staffers of Obama that aided in a HIGHLY POLITICAL agenda for the 2012 elections of Democrats? They were not scrutinized for YEARS while having their application checks cashed by the IRS within 2 weeks but refusing to accept or deny their tax exempts requests going on 3 yrs and counting in numerous instances.

Case-in-point: Planned Parenthood is an extremely political organization that protests, pickets, donates money and time to political campaigns, interjects itself into highly political situations and regularly testifies in front of Congress based on political ideologies.

Yet they have acquired and maintain their tax exempt status even though they are a highly political group.

I do not believe that I would go as far as the USAToday article suggests and state that all donors must be identified, rather I will go in a tad different direction: I do not believe there should be ANY tax exempt status’, for anyone or any entity.

There should be established a FLAT TAX whereby everyone pays 10% in Federal Taxes plus whatever their state taxes are and be done with it. We then bypass all of these issues; there is no more BS with how complicated the Federal Tax Code is and EVERYONE is treated EQUALLY!

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2 responses to “Tax Exempt Groups – NAACP, Very Political Yet Not Hounded by the IRS

  • pappad

    I disagree. When I donate money to such an organization, it’s money for which I’VE ALREALLY PAID SEVERAL TAXES…income tax, social security tax, medicare tax, capital gains tax, etc. Why should the organization to which I’m giving some of my money have to pay taxes AGAIN on that same money? NO ENTITY which receives 100% of his income from private donations should have to pay taxes on that money, if it can be shown that the donated money has already been taxed…period. In the same vein, if I win the lottery, pay my taxes due on that money and then give one of my children some of that money, why should I (or they) have to pay a 35% “gift tax” on that money. It’s ALREADY been taxed once, after all.

    • UnPoliticallyCorrect

      You make a very valid point, to which I do not disagree with.

      When I earn my paycheck, the federal government already takes out taxes, but I am then again taxed when I purchase items. Why should that money be taxed again as well?

      I do not think churches or charity organizations should have to pay taxes, but on the flip side said churches and charities lose their right to voice their opinions; exercise their right to Free Speech all in the name of tax exemption.

      You have ZERO arguments from me other than my personal opinion is that there should be a flat tax whereby EVERYONE has skin in the game and NO ONE is unequally treated with having to pay more while others not only pay zero, they receive fat refund checks each year.

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