It took seven years.
The group approved, Tri-Cities Tea Party, had requested permission in 2010 to operate as a 501(c)(4) organization. The Obama administration was embroiled in a scandal over instructions to IRS agents to harass and obstruct “tea party,” Christian and other conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
“No group of citizens, whether conservative or liberal, should ever have their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech or the freedom of association infringed by a targeting scheme by a government agency. No group should be forced to wait more than seven years to receive a determination on their request for tax-exempt status,” said the ACLJ, which represented the Washington state group.
“This is a significant victory – just days before Tax Day. But this issue is not over. We are still fighting on behalf of Tri-Cities and other clients to see that they receive justice and those responsible for this unconstitutional targeting scheme are held accountable.”
Help FAIRtax Get 'ON the AIR' in 2017
Help fund our 2017 media blitz. NOW is the time!