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IRS urged not to change tax rules

IRS urged not to change tax rules
A group of Republicans says that new IRS rules would force certain non-profit groups, like the Tea Party, to pay taxes. UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Ten Republicans in the U.S. Senate are urging the Internal Revenue Service to ignore quick rule changes that could force groups like the Tea Party to pay taxes.

They sent a letter to the IRS commissioner saying calls for the agency to quickly revise rules governing certain non-profit groups smacks of politics, Politico reported.

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Two campaign reform groups, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center, have petitioned the IRS to review the way it oversees tax-exempt social welfare groups.

The IRS responded that it "will consider proposed changes in this area."

In their letter, Republicans said they worry the IRS is falling prey to outside political pressure.

"We believe these petitions have less to do with concerns about the sanctity of the Tax Code and more about setting the tone for the upcoming presidential election," the GOP letter said.

Among those who signed it was Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Utah's Orrin Hatch.

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