February 11

Another View: Tea party groups deserve IRS scrutiny

It’s good policy to deny tax-exempt status to political groups in disguise.

By William J. Leffler II

As a taxpayer, I am in complete agreement with the “extra scrutiny” that the Internal Revenue Service has taken regarding groups that apply for tax-exempt status. And especially am I pleased that they are going after those that would masquerade as social agencies of some sort, rather than political action groups, spending their money to influence voters.

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William J. Leffler II is a resident of Kennebunkport.

This is most apparent when they include “tea party and conservative groups” as M.D. Harmon notes in his column Feb. 7 (“Trust in the Internal Revenue Service has justifiably declined”).

Perhaps Mr. Harmon does not believe in honest representation and is willing to permit such duplicity.

I take exception and want some honesty when such groups present themselves to the IRS for special tax treatment. They are playing with my tax dollars!

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