How the Internal Revenue Service will explain holding up or denying tax-exempt status for conservative groups, while reinstating the tax-exempt status of a group some suspect is a U.S. front group for Islamic terrorists, should be a fascinating story if we ever get to hear it.
A new report from World Net Daily will certainly raise eyebrows, and hopefully raise questions Congress can ask those senior IRS officials who participated in this gross misconduct.
The national office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations had its tax-exempt status revoked in 2011 for years of “failure to file annual tax reports as required by federal law,” WND explained.
However, during the height of targeting tea party and conservative groups for excessive scrutiny and harassment of its applications, the IRS restored CAIR’s 501(c)3 status in June 2012, a date that fell after “CAIR officials had met with officials inside the White House,” the report said.
Tax-exempt status for a group that “boasted that its own polling showed more than 85 percent of Muslim-Americans voted for Obama.”
Tax-exempt status for a group the “FBI says that until suspicious ties between the leadership of CAIR and that of Hamas are resolved, it will no longer work with CAIR as a partner in counter-terrorism efforts,” according to the article.
“CAIR’s terrorist ties run deep,” WND reported. “The Justice Department lists it among U.S. front groups for Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist organization. And several CAIR officials have been convicted or deported on terrorism-related charges.”
Though CAIR officials blamed “clerical errors” for its shoddy filing and missing tax reports from 2007-2010, a 2009 book, “Muslim Mafia,” had another suggestion.
According to WND:
During the years CAIR failed to disclose its donors to the government, it solicited funds from Libya, Sudan and other terror-sponsoring foreign governments, according to “Muslim Mafia.” CAIR is not registered as a foreign agent.
CAIR insists its tax returns for 2007-2010 exist. Yet it still won’t produce them, despite repeated requests. According to the IRS, nonprofits must make their tax returns available to the public upon request.
And the kicker: The paperwork CAIR finally did file to have its tax-exempt status reinstated was still shoddy and incomplete, containing only a “partial return for the calendar year 2011,” the report showed.
H/T: Weasel Zippers