Not content with violating the rights of Tea Party and Republican organizations, they’ve added veteran’s groups to their list of political targets.
The Internal Revenue Service is targeting the veterans’ organization the American Legion, and a U.S. senator believes that Lois Lerner — a key figure in the IRS scandal – is to blame.
“The IRS now requires American Legion posts to maintain dates of service and character of service records for all members… The penalty for not having the required proof of eligibility is, apparently, $1,000 per day,” the American Legion stated.
The American Legion was referring to a 13-part section of Part 4, Chapter 76 of the Internal Revenue Manual pertaining to “veterans’ organizations.”
The section falls under “Exempt Organizations Examination Guidelines,” which is the jurisdiction of Exempt Organizations head Lois Lerner, who apologized for improperly targeting tea party groups and tried to plead the Fifth Amendment in a congressional hearing.
“The American Legion has recently learned of the so-called IRS ‘audit manual’ and is concerned that portions of it attempt to amend statutes passed by Congress and approved by the president,” American Legion legal counsel Philip Onderdonk, Jr. told The Daily Caller.
“Resolutions recommending action by the Legion’s legislative division on two of the most egregious sections of the IRS document are being presented for a vote by members at The American Legion’s annual national convention in Houston [this] week. If the resolutions are adopted, the Legion will be empowered as a body to urge correction of the veterans service organization-related portion(s) of the IRS manual and suggest congressional review of the entire 38 section IRS document,” Onderdonk said.
From the IRS Manual:
Part 4. Examining Process
Chapter 76. Exempt Organizations Examination Guidelines
Section 26. Veterans’ Organizations 188.8.131.52.3 (04-01-2003)
Penalties for Failure to Disclose Non-deductibility
- Organizations that fail to comply with IRC §6113 are liable under IRC §6710 for a penalty of $1,000 for each day on which such failure occurred not to exceed $10,000 for any calendar year.
- Organizations that intentionally disregard the disclosure requirement of IRC §6113 are liable for a penalty of the greater of $1,000 or 50 percent of the aggregate cost of the solicitations that occurred on that day that did not include the required disclosure statement.
They’ve gotten even more out of control now that Obama is in the White House. Every veteran’s organization that I belong to (Legion, VFW) required that I present a DD214, which I did. Quite frankly, it’s none of the IRS’s damned business.
- Obama’s IRS now targeting American Legion (fireandreamitchell.com)
- Is the IRS Fishing for Lists of Veterans? (pjmedia.com)
- American Legion says IRS now has veterans in crosshairs (bizpacreview.com)
- IRS Now Targeting The Veterans’ Organization ‘The American Legion’ (patdollard.com)
- AND THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING: IRS Now Targeting Veterans (directorblue.blogspot.com)