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IRS Stays on Capitol Hill Hot Seat

Several Congressional Committees have hauled top IRS officials before them for questioning following a Treasury Inspector General’s report of “inappropriate” targeting of conservative organizations by the tax agency.  Last Friday, the House Ways and Means Committee had tough questions for the IRS leadership, as did the Senate Finance Committee and the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee this week.

After the Inspector General’s report was released, several NRB member organizations also reported suspicious questioning from IRS agents. NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright was greatly concerned. "Pernicious targeting of faith-based organizations by any state actor must not be tolerated," he wrote to Congressional leaders.

Earlier this year, the NRB Board of Directors unanimously approved a Resolution urging Congress to be wary of “IRS rules that would negatively impact religious non-profit organizations, or which would create entangling, or oppressive oversight from the government, or that would impair the constitutional autonomy of religious organizations or churches.” 

  • Find NRB’s letter to Congressional leaders in defense of ministries’ First Amendment rights, and the related NRB Board of Directors’ Resolution
  • Read the concerns of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, as well as the concerns of Family Talk Action.
  • Find the Treasury Inspector General’s report on IRS targeting.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: May 24, 2013

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