Charlottesville, VA - May 10, 2013
The Jefferson Area Tea Party (JATP) strongly condemns the Internal Revenue Service for today’s admission that it inappropriately targeted organizations that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” for further review of their tax-exempt applications during the 2012 election cycle.
We became aware of the problem early last year after learning the IRS sent a letter to the Richmond Tea Party. In the letter were demands for substantial intrusive disclosures that are typically not required to process an application for 501 (c) (4) tax-exempt status. The atmosphere of intimidation created by this action caused the JATP to forgo filing its own 501 (c) (4) application, as was being discussed at that time. Instead, the JATP is in full compliance of tax law through other means.