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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Tom Franko, in his letter published Sunday (“The IRS needs to look at nonprofits,” Pick of the day), missed the point of my comments regarding the Internal Revenue Service having admitted to deliberately targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny.
In reality, Franko and I are in agreement. The IRS should check all applicants for tax-exempt status, and should do so fairly. But that’s not what happened.
Instead, the IRS selected certain groups to ask overreaching questions because of the groups’ political or religious beliefs. All federal representatives of Virginia’s 9th District — including Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine — agree that this is wrong.
Democrats and Republicans can agree that, for our republic to work, the questions and procedures used in making decisions like determining tax-exempt status should be the same whether your political views are on the left or the right.
9th District Congressman
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