IRS classifies pro-Israel groups as ‘occupied territory advocacy’ and in need of extra reviews

(JNS.org) In the wake of ongoing accusations by pro-Israel organizations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been targeting them with extra reviews since 2009, a newly released document shows that the IRS defined “Occupied Territory Advocacy” as a category of nonprofit organizations meriting further inspection.

Click photo to download. Caption: A newly released document now shows that the IRS defined “Occupied Territory Advocacy” as a category of nonprofit organizations meriting further inspection. Credit: U.S. Department of Treasury via Wikimedia Commons.

The document, released by Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee, classifies these organizations as “applications [that] deal with disputed territories in the Middle East… Applications may be inflammatory, advocate a one-sided point of view and promotional material may signify propaganda.”

The document also states, “If you see these cases, please forward to the TAG Group, 7830,” which works to identify groups with terrorist ties, according to the IRS Tax Exempt Organizations Determinations group, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

A previous investigation by the Free Beacon revealed at least five pro-Israel organizations that have been audited by the IRS. The pro-Israel organizations believe the IRS's decision to audit them was coordinated by the Obama administration.

 

Posted on June 25, 2013 .