The admission by the IRS that it was singling out conservative organizations for audit is an example of IRS misconduct that can impact either side of the political divide - and a reminder that there is a solution. Today the target was groups with the words "conservative" or "patriot" in their names. Yesterday it was Dr. Martin Luther King. Tomorrow it could be either of the above.
The solution is a bill in Congress called the FairTax. The bill, HR25, S122, phases out the IRS and replaces it with a small federal Sales Tax Bureau and with state sales tax authorities. Non-profits are still not completely out of peril. To qualify to make tax-free purchases under the FairTax, non-profits still must demonstrate that they are bona fide organizations much like those described in Section 501(c) of today's Internal Revenue Code, which the FairTax replaces. However the taxing authority loses much of its virility and its concomitant potential for abuse. Individuals who contribute to non-profits under the FairTax, or those who work or volunteer for non-profits, need have no fear of an IRS audit. There will be no more IRS.
Jim Bennett, Summit, NJ
Jim Bennett is the Volunteer Regional Director for the FairTax Grassroots movement in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Jim also sits on the FairTax America Suport Team ("FAST") a grassroots advisory organization to Americans for Fair Taxation; on the FairTax Strategic Planning Committee; and on the Board of FairTax New Jersey.