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May 15, 2013

5 takeaways from the IRS report

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WASHINGTON —

5. Some of the Cincinnati office IRS workers who were making calls on whether applicants passed the test for receiving tax-exempt status didn't fully grasp the legal distinctions between certain categories. According to the report, the front-line employees "showed a lack of knowledge in the Determinations Unit of what activities are allowed" for tax-exempt organizations.

And here's the one thing we don't know from the IG report: what inspired this effort in the first place. The timeline offered in the appendix of the report shows the heightened scrutiny began in February 2010, before the agency received a deluge of applications in the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. But the report has blacked out any details in connection with the program's start. So, Tuesday's report raises several important questions, even as it answers others.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
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