Republicans urge stop to IRS tax-exempt groups rule rewrite

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John Koskinen testifies before a Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the Capitol Hill in Washington, December 10, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

John Koskinen testifies before a Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the Capitol Hill in Washington, December 10, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior congressional Republicans on Thursday called for a halt to a U.S. tax rule rewrite that would affect powerful political pressure groups, charging that the overhaul could be politically motivated by the Obama administration.

"Abandon this proposed rule," 11 top Republicans said in a letter signed by House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and sent to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen.

"Finalizing this proposed rule would make intimidation and harassment of the administration's political opponents the official policy of the IRS," the letter said.

The demand was the latest jab by Republicans at the Obama administration in a fight over IRS treatment of conservative political pressure groups organized under tax code Section 501

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Comments (10)
donincardona wrote:
this should go through. the law states they are not exempt anyway. it was the damn regulators that changed the aording. take the power from the rich GOP doners and make it an even playing field. and before you right wingers attack me the dems get most of their money from small donor’s.

Feb 06, 2014 6:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:
This is just another way for the IRS to use it powers to suppress free speech by conservative leaning groups. This is a slippery slope for all. We do not need the IRS determining who is able to say what in this country. It is also funny how these proposed changes do not affect unions. I smell a rat.

Feb 06, 2014 9:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Obsilutely wrote:
I love these whack job right wing conspiracy theories. They are always so entertaining!

Feb 06, 2014 9:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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