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CRAMER: IRS Bill Protects Free Speech of Non-Profit Donors

Jun 14, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Kevin Cramer supported a bill passed by the House of Representatives today that eliminates a tool the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has used for political purposes. 

H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, abolishes the Schedule B section on Form 990, the portion of the annual return filed by most non-profit organizations. Schedule B requires non-profits to report the names of anyone contributing more than $5,000.

“This bill is a victory for free speech,” said Cramer.  “Federal law already prohibits releasing information on Schedule B forms, but that has not stopped the IRS from improperly releasing this confidential information to punish conservative groups and their donors.”

In a hearing last summer, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the IRS does not need nor want donor information, Cramer said. “In that case, it’s time this unnecessary regulation be eliminated to prevent Americans from being unfairly targeted for their personal or political beliefs.”