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May 16, 2013 at 7:05 AM

IRS questioning conservative groups

IRS doing its job

The current furor over the Internal Revenue Service investigations of conservative groups needs a second look [“Growing outrage over IRS: criminal probe, new details,” page one, May 15].

No organization is entitled to tax-exempt status if its primary purpose is political. If it applies for such status and its title contains “tea party” or a similar conservative catch phrase, it is mandatory that the IRS check it out thoroughly, especially if its application “indicated that the organization did not intend to conduct campaign activity but elsewhere described activities that appeared in fact to be such activity.”

If the IRS investigates all organizations that apply for tax-exempt status and have political titles, it is simply performing its job.

Robert and Susan Stanton, Seattle

Comments | Topics: Internal Revenue Service, IRS, taxes

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