Following the controversy on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) specifically targeting veterans groups with a new set of auditing guidelines, a congressional committee is now requesting that the IRS respond to complaints on their requirements, The Daily Caller reports.
The House Committee on Veterans Affairs met last Wednesday and called the IRS’ auditing guidelines placed on these veterans groups as “unduly and burdensome and completely unwarranted,” according to the Washington Wire. The committee gave the IRS a September 3 deadline to respond.
Previously, local affiliates of the veterans group the American Legion, as well as other veterans groups, had reported that the IRS sent them inquiry letters about the composition of their membership and their activities.
The letters stated that 75 percent of members of those groups must be current of former veterans. Local groups are being asked to provide proof of members’ military service, official discharge papers or service records.
“The IRS now requires American Legion posts to maintain dates of service and character of service records for all members… The penalty for not having the required proof of eligibility is, apparently, $1,000 per day,” The American Legion stated.
The American Legion post in Round Rock, Texas was recently given a $12,000 fine for failure to comply with an inquiry letter within the deadline.
Privacy concerns were raised by the groups, as well the issue of some veterans having lost their records or have been destroyed. The IRS in the meantime, has admitted to target certain conservative groups.
“Given the unique role of veteran’s organizations in our country, there are special rules in the nation’s tax law to provide tax-exempt status,” IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel wrote to the chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee.
Source: The Daily Caller