Rep. Tipton calls for probe of IRS actions
Further investigation is needed into the Internal Revenue Service’s handling of conservative organizations seeking nonprofit status, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said Tuesday.
Tipton in March 2012 had raised questions about the IRS practices “that seem to be targeting the tax-exempt sector through new requests for additional information, as well as what I’m told is an unnecessary increase in audits on this particular sector.”
Tipton also signed an April 23, 2012, letter about IRS inquiries to organizations.
“These recent inquiries appear to constitute disparate treatment for no apparent reason other than the political persuasion of applicants. Such practices chill these groups’ Constitutionally guaranteed rights to civic participation, freedom of association and free speech and are better left to despotic regimes than a revenue-collection agency in a free country,” the letter said.
Tipton’s comments come on the heels of IRS officials saying that they required additional information from groups seeking nonprofit status that had the words “tea party,” “conservative” or similar terms in their names.
Such tactics are “deplorable whether aimed at conservative groups, liberal groups, or any other group that’s trying to express their point of view fully within the scope of the law,” Tipton said. “While I am encouraged that the truth is finally coming out, there needs to be further investigation into the extent of this practice and who was involved. And once we have a clear picture, those responsible at every level must be held accountable.”