Coalition Letter to President Trump and U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Urging a New Rule to Protect Free Speech by Eliminating Schedule B Form Filing

By at 15 May, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Honorable Donald Trump
Office of the President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006

The Honorable Steven Mnuchin
Office of the Secretary of the Treasury
Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20220

Dear President Trump and Secretary Mnuchin:

On behalf the undersigned individuals and organizations representing millions
of concerned taxpayers across America, we write regarding an issue of utmost
importance: preventing further Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting of
nonprofit organizations on the basis of ideology, and protecting the First
Amendment freedoms of speech and association of those organizations by
eliminating IRS collection of sensitive information on their donors.
Specifically, we are asking you to do everything you can to encourage the IRS
to initiate a rulemaking to eliminate the Schedule B form filing requirement
for 501(c) exempt organizations.

As you are well aware, recent years have witnessed an increase in assaults
against First Amendment free speech and association rights. In numerous
instances, the IRS has collected and leaked sensitive identifiable information
regarding contributors to 501(c) organizations contained in the IRS “Schedule
B” form that is supposed to remain confidential. Moreover, the Schedule B
form and confidential donor information contained therein have been
demanded and used by other government officials, specifically hyper-partisan
state attorneys general, to harass and intimidate organizations and individual
donors that do not share their ideological and political beliefs.

The IRS itself has acknowledged that Schedule B information is irrelevant to
the legally permissible handling of tax filings by 501(c) organizations. Indeed,
both the previous IRS Commissioner and IRS Exempt Organizations Director
made public statements in 2015 questioning the need for the Schedule B form
and intimated the IRS could not guarantee the confidentiality of the
information being provided.

Read the rest of the letter and the coalition signers here.


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