NAACP Condemns Alleged IRS Abuse of Power in Non-Profit Status Review

(WASHINGTON, DC) — The NAACP has released the following statement in response to news reports that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allegedly targeted conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status for additional scrutiny. 

“As an organization targeted by the IRS under the last Bush Administration, we know all too well the capacity for the IRS to abuse its power and the chilling impact that can have,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “The recent allegations of bias, if true, cannot be tolerated in a free society.”

“We are pleased that the President has acknowledged the need for a full and comprehensive investigation,” continued Jealous. “If abuse is uncovered, the responsible parties must be held ‘fully accountable’ for their actions. The IRS plays a critical role in our society and must not engage in political discrimination.”

In 2004, the NAACP was the target of a two-year probe into its tax-exempt status by the IRS after then-chairman Julian Bond criticized on President George W. Bush.  The NAACP retained its tax-exempt status at the conclusion of the investigation.

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