In the ever growing IRS scandal that involved targeting conservative groups and individuals, it appears that the IRS didn’t stop there and has gone after the American Legion and its members according to the Daily Caller on Friday.
On their official website, the American Legion said, “The IRS now requires American Legion posts to maintain dates of service and character of service records for all members. Please review the examination procedures for auditing veterans’ organizations by clicking here. The penalty for not having the required proof of eligibility is, apparently, $1,000 per day.”
The IRS requirement is posted here under "Veterans’ Organizations 4.76.26.
“The American Legion has recently learned of the so-called IRS ‘audit manual’ and is concerned that portions of its attempt to amend statutes passed by Congress and approved by the president,” American Legion legal counsel Philip Onderdonk, Jr. told The Daily Caller.
Republican Senator, Jerry Moran said that is obviously an overstep in the authority of the IRS to go after our nation’s heroes.
In a released statement on Moran’s government site, he said, ““On the heels of Americans’ anger over revelations that the IRS intentionally targeted certain groups, it has been brought to my attention that the IRS is now turning their sights toward our nation’s veterans. The IRS seems to be auditing our veteran service organizations by requiring private member military service forms. If a post is unable or not willing to turn over this personal information, it’s possible they could face a fine of $1,000 per day.”
“I am deeply concerned about this revelation and will insist on answers. This policy seems to be crafted with the oversight of Lois Lerner and deserves, at a minimum, a thorough look to make certain the IRS is not overstepping bounds of privacy and respect for our nation’s heroes.”
Moran stated that he is calling Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel and that he hopes to receive answers from Werfel immediately.