UIA TARGETED IN IRS ASSAULT ON THE TEA PARTY

Nashville, TN March 12, 2012 Unite in Action (UIA) has acquired the representation of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) in its communications with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  UIA serves as a roundtable for patriot movement groups to share information, initiatives and action.  Recently UIA received a letter from the IRS concerning its application for tax exempt status.   Like those received by many Tea Party and other grassroots-based organizations, the letter was outrageously intrusive and intimidating.  Seen as an overreach on the part of the IRS, UIA decided to pursue alternate channels through which to comply.

Unite in Action applied on March 14, 2010, to be recognized as a 501(c)(4) organization.  In that process a letter from the IRS, dated January 27, 2012, was received requesting volumes of additional information to be provided in just 2 weeks.  Their questionnaire triggers numerous constitutional concerns with many of the questions falling outside the scope of a legitimate inquiry. Many of these questions raise serious First Amendment concerns - violating free speech and freedom of association.  Through our legal counsel at the ACLJ, we will provide the IRS with answers to appropriate questions.  However, questions that are not appropriate and violate our First Amendment rights will not be addressed.

We retained the ACLJ because of their expertise in tax and constitutional law. The ACLJ has been working for nearly 25 years to protect the constitutional rights of Americans.  The ACLJ has a very skilled and experienced legal team when it comes to dealing with these matters, led by ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, who has extensive experience in this area of the law having served as a trial lawyer with the Office of the Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service earlier in his career.

UIA has no issue with providing the same level of detail as any other organization pursuing 501(c)(4) status.  The problem is when a government agency selectively applies varying standards to different applications in a perceived effort to “silence the voice” of undesired organizations.  We will not relinquish our liberties for a few pieces of gold.

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