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May 29, 2013 at 6:03 AM

IRS questions political groups

Look at the big picture

I have been hard-pressed to understand why there is such an explosion of anger over the idea that the IRS is “targeting” groups that want the government to give them tax preferences through a charitable designation [“Experts say some groups legitimately tagged by IRS,” page one, May 27].

Charitable contributions have always been a problem for the IRS because so many people take advantage of what they think the rules are. In this case, the 501(c)(4) designation is the target, not necessarily an organization.

Let’s set the record straight; the IRS targeted organizations that were hoping for a beneficial tax designation as 501(c)(4) for their group. For efficiency, the IRS used key words for their search to pinpoint obvious organizations. Why is that so horrendous? Both liberal and conservative groups were examined. The whole picture needs to be viewed, not just whether one group or another was “targeted.”

We need to urge our senators and representatives to get back to the work for which we elected them: passing a budget and an immigration package, making jobs a priority and helping the economy thrive.

Elizabeth Williams, Seahurst

Comments | Topics: Internal Revenue Service, IRS, Obama administration

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