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IRS and Political Speech: The Tax Collection Agency Should Not Police Speech

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

Groups seeking tax-exempt status as a nonprofit organization must apply to the IRS to obtain this classification. Advocacy nonprofits, designated by a 501(c)(4) status, are one such classification of tax-exempt organizations that are permitted to engage in some political activities, so long as the majority of their activities are not political. As the Tea Party movement gained its footing in…

CIC Services, LLC v. IRS

July 22, 2020   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech urges the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that could effectively close the courthouse doors to lawsuits ...

A Victory for Free Speech at the IRS

June 16, 2020   •  By Ryan Morrison   •  , , ,

The IRS recently amended its nonprofit donor reporting rules to protect the identities of contributors. From now on, nonprofits (except for 501(c)(3) charities and ...

Comments to IRS on Notice 2017-73

February 13, 2020   •  By David Keating   •  , , ,

PDF of comments available here Via U.S. and Electronic Mail Charles P. Rettig, Commissioner Internal Revenue Service CC:PA:LPD:PR (Notice 2017-73) Room 5203 P.O. Box ...

The IRS Should Go Ahead with Privacy Reform

February 7, 2020   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , , ,

This piece originally appeared in National Review on February 7, 2020.    The IRS isn’t known for respecting privacy. Under the Obama administration, IRS bureaucrats ...

Surprise! The IRS really does want to protect your privacy

January 10, 2020   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , ,

This piece originally appeared in Washington Examiner on January 10, 2020.   Admiring the role of civic organizations in the infancy of America, Alexis De ...

Supplemental Comments to IRS on REG-102508-16

December 9, 2019   •  By Allen Dickerson   •  , ,

The Institute for Free Speech respectfully submits the following supplemental comments in support of the proposed rule updating the information reporting regulations under Section ...

Comments to IRS on REG-102508-16

November 4, 2019   •  By Allen Dickerson   •  , ,

The Institute for Free Speech respectfully submits the following comments in support of the proposed rule updating the information reporting regulations under Section 6033. ...

Misguided Fears and Misleading Rhetoric: IRS Reform Provides Protections for Privacy in Association

December 11, 2018   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

Critics of the IRS reform suggest that it will allow foreign money to flow into American campaigns and increase the prevalence of “dark money.” ...

S. J. Res. 64 Seeks to Undo IRS Protections for Privacy in Association

December 11, 2018   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

The IRS recently adopted a pro-First Amendment reform to protect associational privacy. Some members of Congress oppose the reform, and the Senate is likely ...

Gov. Steve Bullock’s nosy lawsuit to make the IRS collect more of your data

August 20, 2018   •  By Allen Dickerson   •  , , ,

People often advise against “making a federal case” out of minor grievances. Someone in your neighborhood has a noisy dog? By all means mention ...

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