Exempts May Ignore IRS Self-Declarer Questionnaires Now, Attorneys Say

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A number of organizations operating as so-called 501(c)(4) exempts may be ignoring the Internal Revenue Service's request that they provide information about their operations, following the recent debacle over the Service's handling of conservative groups' applications for tax exemption.

The Exempt Organizations unit at IRS, formerly headed by Lois Lerner, sent out 1,300 questionnaires to the self-declarers in March, probing their revenues, expenses, compensation—and most importantly to campaign reform watchdogs—their political activities. Among other things IRS wanted to know how much the organizations spent on political campaign intervention in 2012, and how much they spent on radio, TV, and other advertising or media buys.

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