The IRS and Its Intent

by - June 14, 2013

Here is another reply by Greg Colvin, answering the second post here on the topic. Colvin picks up on the last word of the June 5 posting—“intent”—and argues that it is well settled that the IRS does not look into intent when judging political activity. He also defends the liberalizing effect that the proposed rules would have on certain voter education activity. Greg, it seems, may be overstating his assurances that “intent” is not, as a matter of law, a permissible factor in the test of whether a 501(c)(4) organization is engaged in “political intervention.” This is an important issue for those disinclined to have the federal tax law enforcement agency ferreting out the possible political intent of issue advocacy communications.

The IRS and Its Intent - Bob Bauer

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