The documents reviewed by the Minority staff raise several issues with respect to [Americans for Tax Reform]’s compliance with current tax laws. As a threshold issue, many of the activities alleged in the e-mails reviewed by the Minority staff indicate that ATR may not be primarily operating to further social welfare purposes, which is a necessary condition of tax-exempt status as a section 501(c)(4) organization. In addition, the documents raise questions whether ATR should have reported income from some of its activities as taxable income. Finally, the e-mails raise questions as to whether insiders at ATR, including [Grover] Norquist, used ATR primarily for their own or Mr. Abramoff’s private benefit. Violations such as these could, under certain circumstances, result in penalties under current law, including excise taxes on officers of ATR, revocation of ATR’s exempt status, and even criminal tax fraud penalties.Where have we heard this before? Well, here, here, here, and here.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
How Many Times Have I Heard That Before?
From a report, Investigation of Jack Abramoff's Use of Tax-Exempt Organizations, by the Minority Staff of the Senate Finance Committee: