IRS Targets American Legion

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 IRS has no shame.

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  (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.

Gee, I wonder if this has something to do with Obama’s and ‘Big Sis’ Napolitano’s “terrorist list”.

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.

2 thoughts on “IRS Targets American Legion”

  1. Quite frankly, it’s none of the IRS’s damned business.

    Well, ya it is. They are charged with that when they grant any exemption status. How they go about fulfilling those responsibilities is, apparently, up to them.

    This is all the more reason to abolish the IRS and institute a flat tax with zero exemptions.

    1. Daniel,
      It’s the business of the Legion and the VFW to check eligibility, not the IRS. The bottom line is that it’s less about eligibility and more about targeting groups that aren’t exactly in Obama’s hip pocket.

      Eligibility as far as the IRS is concerned, should be kept to non-profit and financial status, not individual members.
      I’m on the executive board at American Legion Post 30. We require DD214s for veterans or military IDs for active duty personnel. That’s none of the IRS’s business.

      SFC MAC

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