Re: Tax Exempt Law
Nov 03, 1998 06:13 PM
by M K Ramadoss
At 08:21 PM 11/3/1998 -0500, you wrote:
The TSA is incorporated in the United States. Do you realize that you
are advocating the harrassment of not-for-profits into non-existence,
It is polite, and kinda sexy, to back up such accusations with one or
reasons which may provide support to your above claim. In what way,
is Doss "advocating the harrassment of not-for-profits into
You are correct; I should have either made that remark private, or
I really and truly believe that Doss was not making his comments with
the intent of advocating the harrassment of not-for-profits; I was
simply trying to point out to him that he was. Doss has a past history
of asking people to go through tremendous amounts of effort and expense
for no purpose other than the apparent one of satisfying his own
curiousity, and becoming indignant when they won't do it (a case in
point was asking for complete, typed or in computer readable form,
transcripts of TSA Board of Directors' meetings).
If what I asked was unreasonable, then anyone can simple tell me so.
These are policy matters and each is entitled to their opinions and
everyone is free to criticise anyone.
No one can force anyone to do anything and this everyone knows.
Regarding the reference you have made regarding the transcript of the TSA
Board Meetings, most organizations keep meticulous records of their
meetings and the level of detail of the transcript vary with
<bigger><bigger>Everyone knows, the transcripts of the meetings
especially the details of who voted how on decisions is one of the
tightly kept secrets of TSA. There are other subscribers who have
followed TSA administrations longer than myself who can confirm this
In all this, let us focus on TSA, the organization and not on my little
</bold>The rules making not-for-profit's records for public access is to
it more difficult for them to hide improprieties, not so that people
have a Sunday afternoon's reading when they're bored. Many smaller
not-for-profits can barely make ends meet; if people started coming in
on a regular basis asking to see their records, the time and expense
doing so could ruin many of them. Requiring them to post them on the
Internet would require they get computers, Internet accounts, and
with both financial and computer skills to keep the records posted.
expense would be prohibitive to most TS Lodges. And denying that the
information is placed in a way to induce harrassment of Lodges is sort
of like the so-called "right-to-lifer's" who post lists of doctors who
perform abortions and their home addresses, calling the doctors
murderers, and then coyly say when a doctor's home is bombed, "We
tell them to bomb the doctor's home".
Bringing the subject of the current US Law back to what I stated, it is
not my interpretation.
It is what the Congress has done. They have passed legislation which has
been signed into law. Tax exempt organizations have to comply with them.
Congress has also provided IRS with the big stick by way of penalties to
I was just trying to make the facts of the law known to the subscribers
who may have some interest.
If there are problems with the current law, the elected representatives
are the ones who can fix them.
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