Friday, November 26, 2010

Obama's IRS Questions Tax Exempt Status of Jewish Group

The Pennsylvania Jewish group Z Street’s support of Israel hs been questioned by Obama’s IRS.  In a letter introduced in federal court November 24, 2010 IRS agent Tracy Dornette asked, “Does your organization support the existence of the land of Israel?”

Tax experts say that a question of this nature is likely beyond the scope of normal IRS inquiry.  Z Street claims that IRS agents that are reviewing the groups tax exempt status said the agency is, “carefully scrutinizing organizations that are in any way connect the Israel” and that “a special Unit “ is determining whether its activities “contradict the Administration’s public policies.”

"The claims go far beyond what should be the IRS's role," said Paul Caron a University of Cincinnati law professor.

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