Saturday, March 26, 2016

6th Circuit: Names of Applicants For Non-Profit Tax Status Are Not Confidential

In a case which is highly charged politically, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals this week held that the names, addresses, and taxpayer-identification numbers of applicants for tax-exempt status are not confidential information protected by 26 USC Sec. 6103.  The decision, United States v. NorCal Tea Party Patriots, (6th Cir., March 22, 2016), grew out of discovery requests in a lawsuit alleging that the IRS used political criteria to select applications from so-called tea party groups for special scrutiny. Washington Times reported on the decision.