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IRS Political Activities Enforcement Program for Nonprofit Groups: Questions & Concerns

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): OMB Watch (Organization : U.S.)

Topic: Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)

Keywords: elections; charities

Type: Report


The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) new approach to enforcing the ban on partisan activities by charities and religious organizations has raised serious questions about the agency's interpretation of the law, about evenhanded enforcement, and about the appropriateness of an approach aimed at deterring speech. The Political Activities Compliance Initiative (PACI), has resulted in unresolved audits and lingering questions about the standards used.