During the past few days, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has come under harsh scrutiny for how it has conducted itself in handling the applications of conservative non-profit organizations attempting to gain tax-exempt status. The IRS appears to have been acting with political overtones as opposed to following IRS guidelines for deciding whether to grant or deny tax-exempt status to these conservative non-profit groups. The problem appears to have originated in Ohio, but according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder the problem is being discovered and investigated in nationwide IRS branch offices. President Obama expressed his anger today during a press conference and vowed to fully investigate this matter and bring those responsible for this misconduct to justice.
Although I do not concentrate my tax practice in assisting non-profit organizations gain tax-exempt status, I understand the practical effect of dealing with IRS officials on a daily basis, and I understand the protocol IRS Representatives must adhere to. When the IRS fails to follow federal law and its own procedures and policies, tax clients can achieve success in resolving their tax problems and issues. The national attention this issue has received was obviously magnified because of the political implications it contains. President Obama cannot allow the IRS to go un-checked; the first step has taken place, that is acting Commissioner of the IRS was forced to step down.
At Sheppard Law Offices, we deal with the IRS on a daily basis. While this specific issue has gained national attention, I want the public to know that if you have an IRS tax debt issue, there are certain guidelines and procedures in place that the IRS must follow. My job is to make sure they are doing just that, while assisting my tax clients’ to attain the most favorable outcome of the tax case with the Internal Revenue Service.