Friday, January 30, 2015

ed whitfield 300U.S. Representative Ed WhitfieldWASHINGTON, D.C. (2/27/14) — U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today announced that H.R. 3865, the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014, passed the House of Representatives.

The measure, which prohibits the Internal Revenue Service from asking taxpayers questions regarding religious, political or social beliefs for one year, passed by a vote of 243 to 176.

“Like many people in Kentucky, I was outraged to learn that the IRS was targeting applicants for tax-exempt status based on political leanings,” stated Whitfield.

"The fact that the IRS would target groups based solely on their political persuasions is an abuse of government power that must be brought to an end. Agencies like the IRS should never be allowed to target groups based on their ideological beliefs or for exercising their First Amendment rights.”

In November of 2013, the IRS and Treasury department published proposed rules that would significantly alter 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization activities. Under the new rules, organizations cannot engage in voter registration and get-out-the-vote activities, or convene candidate forums.

Congress is still actively investigating the targeting that occurred leading up to the 2012 elections so Whitfield does not think this is the appropriate time for the IRS to be implementing even more restrictive regulations.

H.R. 3865, the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014, would prohibit the IRS from moving forward with this rule for one year.

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