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IRS denies Tea Party groups after a six-year delay

Published in Blog on July 17, 2017 by Convention Of States Project

Despite repeated public exposure of its politically-motivated practices, the IRS has continued to target conservative nonprofit groups.

The Washington Times reported today that the IRS has denied tax-exempt status to two Tea Party groups after making them wait for over six years. This decision comes on the heels of an admission by the IRS that tax officials subjected Tea Party groups to intensive scrutiny that other groups did not face.

“It is clear that we still have an IRS that is corrupt and incapable of self-correction,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, which represented a number of tea party groups in a case against the tax agency.

Lawsuits are ongoing, and they may succeed. But if this scandal has taught the American people anything, it’s that conventional tactics aren’t always the most effective. We the People need a real, lasting solution to federal corruption, and they’ve found it in Article V of the Constitution.

Article V describes a method by which the states can propose amendments to the Constitution. This process is enacted when 34 states call for a Convention of States for the purpose of proposing amendments that limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

These amendments can strictly limit the authority of federal agencies, which in turn can reduce the levels of corruption within the national government. A Convention of States can also propose term limits amendments and amendments designed to force Congress to be fiscally responsible.

This country needs permanent reforms to bolster the reforms the next president will likely enact. Otherwise, when the next president is elected, the IRS and other agencies will continue to target groups that disagree with their political ideology.


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