Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tea partyers launch counterattack on IRS nonprofit rules

Washington Times, January 7

Tea party groups are rallying their troops for a fight over the new rules the IRS is carving out on how to regulate tax-exempt groups that participate in political activities.

ABC reported that tea party groups were caught off guard when the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service rolled out the proposed rule changes before the Thanksgiving break and now they are calling on members of the grassroots movement to weigh in on the proposed changes before the end of a 90-day comment period.

“They seem hell bent to do whatever they’re setting out to do because of the way they issued the rules and the fact that the comment period happens during the holiday season, Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, told ABC.  “I think changing the rules in an election year is extraordinarily unfair and unprecedented,” he said.  ABC reported that more than 10,000 people have responded to the call to arm by submitting their comments, which would be looked at by the IRS as it considers the new regulations.

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