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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2010
More than 6,700 small nonprofits in Maryland could lose their tax-exempt status unless they file tax returns for past few years by Oct. 15, according to the IRS. It used to be that small nonprofits with $25,000 or less in income didn't have to file a federal return. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 changed that. The agency made a variety of efforts to contact the groups, including sending letters in 2006 and 2007 to the last-known addresses of these organizations, said Jim Dupree, IRS spokesman in Baltimore.
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July 2, 2014
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Sunday rant about the IRS' alleged targeting of conservative groups ( "Why no outrage over the IRS' tea party targeting?" June 29) raised a basic question in my mind: Why should tea party groups get tax exempt status? The tea party groups are clearly partisan Republican organizations, as reams of news copy dissecting "tea party vs. corporate GOP" primary battles make clear. Certainly some people drawn to these groups are disgusted with the general state of politics and its purveyors, such as Mr. Ehrlich.
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NEWS
July 2, 2014
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Sunday rant about the IRS' alleged targeting of conservative groups ( "Why no outrage over the IRS' tea party targeting?" June 29) raised a basic question in my mind: Why should tea party groups get tax exempt status? The tea party groups are clearly partisan Republican organizations, as reams of news copy dissecting "tea party vs. corporate GOP" primary battles make clear. Certainly some people drawn to these groups are disgusted with the general state of politics and its purveyors, such as Mr. Ehrlich.
NEWS
April 14, 2014
It's interesting that Rep. Elijah Cummings has been doing everything in his power to block the investigation into IRS abuses regarding the tea party even as evidence surfaced indicating his staff made inquiries into one such organization ("House panel votes to hold ex-IRS officer in contempt," April 11). Furthermore, the information may have been shared with the IRS leading to additional scrutiny of that organization, which only recently - and more than three years after its application was filed - was granted the tax-exempt status it sought.
NEWS
February 23, 2012
So now the Republicans want to turn the debate over requiring insurance companies to cover contraceptives into a debate about religious freedom? They argue no one should be forced to support (with their tax dollars) activities that conflict with their religious views. I'll set aside for the moment the argument that insurers covering free contraceptives actually save money in the long run due to reduced health-care costs. I'll also set aside the fact that most Catholic women don't agree with the all-male bishopric that is setting the rules for them.
NEWS
July 5, 2012
While not a member of the flock, I think some of the Catholic Church's recent actions in the political arena might hold good news for the rest of us. In Maryland, for example, the church has announced plans to help overturn the gay marriage law, as well as to ensure that Catholic organizations don't have to provide birth control. Having so obviously violated the separation of church and state, the church should also be forfeiting its tax-exempt status. As a Baltimore taxpayer, I pay the highest property taxes in the state.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2011
Soccer clubs, PTAs, community associations, a temperance union and inactive foundations belonging to a couple of Baltimore sport legends are among the thousands of Maryland groups that have had their tax-exempt status revoked by the Internal Revenue Service. About 275,000 organizations nationwide — including nearly 6,200 in Maryland — lost their tax-favored status last week for failing to file annual returns for three years in a row. The IRS says it believes the vast majority of them are defunct.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2010
Time is running out for nearly 6,800 Maryland nonprofits to get right with the IRS or lose their tax-exempt status. The nonprofits, which haven't submitted a tax return for three years in a row, have until Oct. 15 to file a return. If they fail to do so, their tax-favored status automatically will be revoked. That could have serious financial consequences. "If they receive donations from taxpayers, those donations aren't tax-deductible," says Jim Dupree, IRS spokesman in Baltimore.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,Sun Staff Writer | July 6, 1995
The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exempt status of a Baltimore County charity -- headed by women in their 70s and 80s -- for having a paid employee at bingo games."
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | November 20, 1999
Anne Arundel's Economic Development Corp. may have run afoul of federal tax regulations, putting at risk hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal grants meant to boost the county's economic growth.In light of revelations that the agency lent money to companies with financial ties to some board members, the Internal Revenue Service could revoke the agency's tax-exempt status, which qualifies it for such grants.Domenic J. LaPonzina, chief IRS spokesman, said he could not confirm whether the IRS is investigating the agency but added that the law prohibiting nonprofits' board members from profiting from board decisions is taken seriously.
NEWS
December 3, 2013
Some of the biggest political contributors in recent elections don't appear on any list of the usual suspects; they are neither corporations, unions nor extremely wealthy individuals. Instead, they are new nonprofit organizations that have been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service because of the ostensible "social welfare" activities they engage in. In truth, however, these groups have morphed into some of the nation's most powerful backstage political actors, shelling out millions of dollars to support candidates for office without ever having to disclose where their money is coming from or who is trying to influence the outcome on an election.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
Famed Baltimore neurosurgeon Ben Carson said this week he believes he was targeted for an audit by the Internal Revenue Service because of his vocal opposition to the Obama administration. Carson said he had only his suspicions to go on, but this year was the first time his taxes had been audited by the IRS and he added that the agency had tarnished its reputation for trustworthiness in an earlier scandal. "We are in a situation where a government agency has been used to harass opponents of the administration, which places everything that the IRS does in a light of suspicion," Carson said in an interview Thursday.
NEWS
July 15, 2013
I'd like to thank Colleen Kelley, national president of the National Treasury Employees Union for the best laugh of my day ("Unionized employees don't run the IRS," July 12). Claiming that our nation is fortunate to have one of the most efficient tax collection systems in the world, staffed by trained, dedicated public servants, was absolutely hilarious! I'm sure the taxpayers feel very "fortunate" paying unfair, exorbitant taxes every year, and the many conservative groups that were targeted by these "dedicated" servants were equally happy to be delayed or denied their tax-exempt status.
NEWS
June 25, 2013
Letter writer and former Internal Revenue Service employee Paul Streckfus has an insider's perspective and abundant knowledge ("Ehrlich wrong about IRS," June 23). He should have told The Sun's readers much more. Mr. Streckfus reveals he is able to determine that tea party groups should not have tax-exempt status, without even reading an application calling them "blatantly political organizations. " Why then didn't the IRS just process these applications in an ethical way and deny them rather than putting the applications on ice for months or even years and refusing to make a determination?
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2013
Arguing that the congressional investigation into the IRS should be concluded, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said Sunday that closed-door interviews with the agency's staff show neither the White House nor officials in Washington had a hand in targeting conservative groups for added scrutiny. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has been conducting interviews for several days with managers in the Internal Revenue Service's Cincinnati office, which is responsible for reviewing applications for tax exempt status.
NEWS
May 28, 2013
Is the Internal Revenue Service really doing its job when the only organizations subject to delay and refusal of tax exempt status are ones that are opposed to current administration policies? For the IRS there appears to have been a very definite bias, at least at the lower levels ("At hearing, IRS official mum," May 23). The only question that remains is whether this was a decision by the individual employee of the IRS or whether the effort to hinder the granting of tax exempt status originated at the very top, including even the White House.
NEWS
May 13, 2013
Loyal readers of this page are likely aware that we have not been great supporters of the tea party movement. Too often, we have found those anti-tax crusaders who call themselves tea party patriots are simply rebranded John Birch Society members of an earlier time with all the extremist anti-civil rights, anti-immigration, and anti-United Nations rhetoric that comes with it. But the latest disclosure - gleaned from a draft inspector general's report...
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By David Horsey | May 21, 2013
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama fired the head of the Internal Revenue Service, the first sacrificial lamb brought down after the alleged "targeting" of conservative political groups by the IRS. Mr. Obama declared, "Americans are right to be angry about it. " Call me out of step, but I am angrier that the president is joining the rush to judgment. All that is known for sure is that some IRS functionaries took a shorthand route to identify partisan political groups that might be pretending not to be political so that they could get the tax exempt status available to social welfare organizations.
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