Issues, Tax

IRS strips white nationalist of non profit status

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Photo: V@s/Flickr (cc by 2.0)

Photo: V@s/Flickr (cc by 2.0)

Prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer’s National Policy Institute has been stripped of its non-profit status after not filing taxes for three years. Spencer claims the lapse was a result of confusion over complex non-profit tax laws:

Nonprofits are generally required to file tax returns each year. The IRS automatically revokes tax-exempt status for failing to file them for three consecutive years.

The National Policy Institute’s 2015 taxes should have been filed by May 2016, making it the third year in a row the group failed to file.

“I don’t know what to say. I don’t want to make a comment because I don’t understand this stuff,” Spencer said. “It’s a bit embarrassing, but it’s not good. We’ll figure it out.”

According to the Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs, the group has also failed to turn in complete paperwork to operate as a nonprofit in Virginia.

Also at issue is Spencer’s partisan speech:

Tax experts also told the newspaper that Spencer may have broken IRS rules that state leaders of nonprofits “cannot make partisan comments in official organization publications or at official functions of the organization.”

Yet Spencer posted an anti-Hillary Clinton fundraising message on the group’s website months before the election.

Of course, one could argue that the IRS broke their own rule about partisan speech back during the Tea Party targeting scandal. But it sure is hard to feel bad for a Nazi sympathizer.

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