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May 14 2013

Senator Flake Introduces Bill Prohibiting IRS From Targeting Tax-Exempt Orgs. Based on Ideology

Dangerous Targeting Must Not Continue, Regardless of Political Party in Power

WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), today introduced S. 937, the Protect Against Ideology-Based Targeting Act as a direct response to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting conservative-leaning groups during the 2012 election cycle to examine their efforts in compliance with the IRS determination of a tax-exempt organization.

The Protect Against Ideology-Based Targeting Act would prohibit the IRS from developing discriminatory methodologies for organizations under or applying for 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) status due to the ideologies expressed in the organizations’ names or purposes and require the semi-annual report to Congress from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to include information about complaints of ideology-based targeting. 

"Having run a 501(c)(3) organization, I recognize the danger with this kind of targeting by the IRS. We cannot allow it to continue, regardless of the political party in power. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior from our government,” said Flake.

“It’s sad that this legislation is even necessary. But as we learn more and ensure those involved are held accountable for this wrongdoing, this bill will prohibit additional targeting from occurring in the future.”

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