Veterans For A Strong America, a non-profit group, has landed in very hot water with the IRS, after asking Donald Trump to address veterans and attendees at a rally held aboard the retired battle ship USS Iowa on September 15th.
According to The Guardian, “The Internal Revenue Service revoked the nonprofit status of the veterans benefit organization that hosted and sold tickets to a foreign policy speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump aboard a retired U.S. battleship.”
The group’s endorsement of Trump at the event also could raise legal problems under campaign finance laws. Trump’s campaign did not respond to questions from the AP about whether it was aware that the IRS had revoked the nonprofit status of the Veterans for a Strong America, which sold tickets to Trump’s event for up to $1,000 as a fundraiser. The IRS issued its decision Aug. 10, citing the group’s failure to file any tax returns for three consecutive years, according to IRS records reviewed by the AP.
What I found particularly astonishing about this story is the lightening speed with which the IRS initiated a complaint, investigated that complaint, and then revoked the 501(c)3 status of the veterans organization. Everyone is familiar with the IRS scandal involving the IRS targeting conservative and pro-Israel groups. In March of 2010, the IRS began a 27-month “vacation” from approving conservative group applications for 501(c)3 status. The Friends of Abe, a large group of Hollywood conservatives, was granted their non-profit status after THREE YEARS.
As a taxpayer, it’s gratifying to know the IRS has finally gotten the lead out and can now take action almost immediately when a violation is reported. I realize that the IRS reportedly yanked the 501(c)3 status from this veterans organization because they failed to file income tax returns for three years. I feel relieved the IRS is taking this seriously. I just hope they have the pedal to the metal on the following:
> 984,000 taxpayers who have not filed their 2009 tax returns
> 918,600 taxpayers who did not file a return in 2010
> 1,000,000, tax payers who did not file a return in 2011
> 318,462 federal employees who owe back taxes to the tune of $3.3 BILLION in back taxes
> 714 tax delinquents on Capitol Hill owing a total of $8.6 million
> 36 employees in the Executive Office of the President delinquent on their taxes
As soon as the IRS wraps up its investigation of this veterans organization, I’m sure they’ll get back to investigating why the IRS illegally contracted with corporations that owed back taxes. Reportedly these corporations illegally received nearly $19 million from contracts with the Internal Revenue Service in 2012 and 2013. So maybe Donald Trump and Veterans For A Strong America shouldn’t worry too much. The IRS may be too tied up for awhile investigating “mistakes” by the Clinton Foundation on its tax returns.
What? You don’t think that will happen?
[Note: This article was written by Ashley Edwardson]