Letters to the Editor

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013

Understand IRS code

Referencing the June 3 letter from Arthur Greenfield: In the letter’s first paragraph, he asserts that only “purely political right-wing organizations claim tax exemptions as so-called ‘charities.’ ” This assertion is patently false and misleads the public.

Section 501(c) establishes tax exemptions for all nonprofits. Proper charities claim tax exemption under Section 501(c)3, including religious organizations. Political organizations of any and all persuasions claim to be nonprofits within the provisions of Section 501(c)4 as either a civic league or social welfare organization, and not as a charity.

Why a 501(c)4? Primarily, political organizations file this tax-exempt status to prevent publishing donor lists. If they are organized as a tax-exempt nonprofit under Section 527, they must report their donors.

The current Internal Revenue Service donnybrook before Congress deals with selective “sequestering” by the IRS of Section 501(c)4 conservative group applicants from timely consideration and approval.

As for the thousands of pages of IRS regulations and “warped tax laws” that have brought on the latest brouhaha? That’s another elephant in the room for another day.

Michael Robertson


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