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Congressman Issa Votes to Stop IRS From Targeting Americans

Press Release
Jun 15, 2016


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed, H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, which would prevent the IRS from requiring non-profit groups to submit lists of donor names on their tax return:

“All Americans should be disturbed that non-profits, charities, and other tax-exempt groups became a vehicle for the government to suppress political adversaries,” said Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). "Ever since my committee uncovered the IRS targeting of conservative groups in 2013, more and more information has come to light showing that the IRS can’t be trusted with information about Americans personal or political affiliations. In a free society people should be free to criticize government, speak up loudly and do so without living in fear of retribution from their government. The bill passed today will protect citizens by removing this targeting tool from the IRS."

BACKGROUND: H.R. 5053 would prevent the IRS from collecting information about donors to tax-exempt organizations. Under this bill, tax-exempt organizations would report information on donors who contribute $5,000 or more and who are either an officer of the organization or one of its five highest paid employees.

Under current law, tax-exempt organizations have to report information on any donor who gives more than $5,000 in a calendar year. While this information is not publicly disclosed, there have been a number of cases where the IRS has improperly released donor lists to the public. By limiting the amount of information collected, the bill will both help protect taxpayer’s right to privacy and help prevent the targeting of citizens for their political views.

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