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Outrage at the IRS over standardized questions directed at political groups
WASHINGTON (WKRC) -- The IRS may standardize questions it asks to politically related groups. For the first time we are seeing a list of questions the IRS gave to certain groups seeking tax-exempt status in recent years.
Most of these groups were conservative and opposed President Obama during his re-election.
While the accusation that the IRS unfairly targeted conservative groups remains a contentious issue, now there is a new chapter of controversy. The IRS may standardize questions in the future, but the basics of the questions are one many targeted groups know all too well.
The questions include detailing issues addressed on voter guides created by the groups laying out specifics on any and all relationships with political candidates. They also require them to include sample materials created and distributed for their social welfare cause.
"They're saying we're gonna put you thru the paces so If you try to organize as a 501c4 citizens group you better tie on your track shoes," says Kristine Frazao.
According to the IRS, there needs to be proof the group is indeed social welfare. And while IRS officials were not willing to go on camera, they did say they are assesing all the comments about the standardized questions list submitted to them over the last few months and will take those into consideration when finalizing new regulations.
To get a full list of the sample questions click here.