Your daily Letter to the Columnist — May 21, 2013
Dear Mr. Casey
As I recently had an article published, I am not eligible to submit my question to the “Letters” editor because of the 30 day rule. So I am sending my concern to you.
Yesterday’s Roanoke Times carried an Associated Press article concerning the IRS mess, entitled “White House: Obama wasn’t aware of IRS targeting”. Towards the end of the article, the following statement was made: “The report (i.e., the report issued by the Treasury Department Inspector) concluded that a regional IRS office in Ohio improperly singled out tea party and other conservative groups for more than 18 months and took no action on many of their applications for tax-exempt status for long periods of time – hindering their fundraising for the 2010 and 2012 elections.”
My understanding is that these groups were applying for 501 (c) 4 status. IRS regulations clearly limit the activities of organizations receiving tax exemption status under this regulation to “charitable, educational or recreational activities.” Read more »