Dr. Boozman's Check-up

IRS Backs Off

May 23 2014

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced it will revise previously proposed rules intended to curb the political speech of tax-exempt groups. This is welcomed news.

I’m pleased the agency backed off its proposal that challenges the Constitution and political speech of 501(c)(4) organizations. More than 150,000 comments on the regulation, the most on any proposed rule, rightfully led the agency to reevaluate this proposal and back off this rule.

The attack of First Amendment rights by the IRS is unacceptable. That’s why I joined my colleagues earlier this year in efforts to prevent this abuse of power. As a cosponsor of the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014, I will continue to follow the progress on this rule and prevent overreach by this agency.