While more and more Americans find themselves mired in the current economic morass, the Obama IRS is auditing tax-exempt charities at an alarming rate. Research conducted by the Government Accountability Institute found that “under Obama, IRS audits for tax-exempt organizations have jumped 79 percent over what they were were under George W. Bush.”
“According to Internal Revenue Service data, the IRS audited an average of 6,205 returns of tax-exempt organizations per year from 2001 to 2008. From 2009 to 2011, however, the number of audited returns spiked to an average of 11,111 per year. This is even more surprising when one considers that fewer tax-expempt organizations have filed IRS returns under Obama than did under Bush. From 2009 to 2011, the IRS received an average of 819,417 tax returns per year. Yet from 2001 to 2008, tax-exempt organizations filed a larger average of 847,898 returns per year.”
The squeeze on tax-exempt organizations coming from the Obama IRS is more evidence of the New Normal; a Chicago Political Machine, recklessly determined to crush the spirit of self-reliant Americans.