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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…

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 ...

Protecting privacy of nonprofit donors is key to our democracy

July 30, 2018   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

Can Americans protect their privacy and their elections at the same time? Cynical politicians around the country say no. The rest of us should ...

The IRS gives up power for once, and the Left goes nuts

July 24, 2018   •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

By Bradley A. Smith The decision to stop gathering some donor information seems, on the surface, like a no-brainer. First, the IRS neither used nor ...

Part III: Judge Brett Kavanaugh Joins Pro-Speech Opinion Upholding Rights of Protesters

July 5, 2018   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

Hon. Brett Kavanaugh United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (2006-Present) This post is the third in a series exploring ...

Speech laws stand in the way of student gun advocacy

June 27, 2018   •  By Eric Wang   •  , , ,

March for Our Lives, the student group that held nationwide rallies in the spring to decry school shootings, recently began a voter registration campaign ...

The Unresolved IRS Scandal

May 10, 2018   •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

Imagine if liberal groups discovered that President Trump’s Internal Revenue Service was targeting them for heightened scrutiny or harassment. The media and Democrats would ...

Don’t give the IRS personal information it doesn’t need

March 8, 2018   •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

Our charitable giving, what nonprofit organizations we contribute to, says a lot about us. If I know that you contribute to the NAACP Legal ...

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