IRS tactics against conservatives outrage NH groups
David Stewart of Enfield at a Tea Party rally in Victory Park in Manchester protesting the last day to file a 2008 tax return, Wednesday, April 15, 2009. (Union Leader File Photo)
The former chairman of the state Republican Party said he is appalled at reports that Internal Revenue Service agents have been singling out conservative groups for extra scrutiny of their tax-exempt status.
"This government is very much out of control," Kimball said. "It's not a surprise, it seems to be the tone of this administration."
said the practice needs to be thoroughly condemned.
An attorney, O'Brien said he recently completed an application for tax-exempt status for a non-political group involved in animal welfare and found the differences in questions to be remarkable. O'Brien compared that application to reports of a questionnaire sent to a group active in conservative causes.
"I'm concerned that the agency would start looking at Tea Party groups, patriot groups, folks that are oriented toward Israel, and start targeting those groups," O'Brien said. "It's exactly what shouldn't happen. This is the group that will enforce many aspects of Obamacare; it's frightening, it's chilling."
"I would say it's not surprising," Somero said. "It seems to be the tone of this administration."
"If reports of IRS employees violating this standard are true, they should be held accountable," Shea Porter said in a statement released Monday.
"There should be a zero tolerance policy for this type of behavior at the IRS," Ayotte said in a statement. "Those who are responsible must be held fully accountable."
"I remember feeling that one of the positive results of that national agony was when the IRS had apparently been put beyond political control," O'Brien said. "It's really disappointing to me and I'm sure to a lot of folks."
President Barack Obama said it was "outrageous" if true that the IRS gave extra scrutiny to right-leaning groups. "They have to be held fully accountable, because the IRS as an independent agency requires absolute integrity, and people have to have confidence that they're ... applying the laws in a nonpartisan way," he said at the White House.
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