To The Editor:
The recent revelations of the Obama Administration’s IRS targeting Conservative groups are reminiscent of the tactics used by Nazi Germany and the Stalinist Soviet Union. Unfortunately 501(c)(19) Not for Profit Veterans Service Organizations have been experiencing this type of abuse for half a decade.
After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the IRS increased the difficulty and length of Form 990. They said this was necessary to prevent not-for-profit front organizations from smuggling money to terrorists abroad. This meant that not-for-profit organizations that have $500,000 or more in total assets, or had gross receipts of $200,000 couldn’t use the four page Form 990EZ. They must now complete the longer 12 page document. All under the threat of prosecution if not properly prepared. It’s unconscionable to put the WWII and Korean War leadership of our VSOs under this kind of stress.
If the IRS can’t discern in one page that the revenue generated by VSOs is being used for “fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational endeavors in order to maintain true allegiance to and defend the United States from all her enemies, whomsoever,” then they are an incompetent waste of taxpayer funds and should be disbanded.
I call on U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng to put an end to this draconian requirement. I appeal to their sense of fairness and demonstrated willingness to help veterans in the past.
Marvin R. Jeffcoat,
SFC, USA (RET)