In Case You Missed It - IRS Admits Error
You may have noticed that Capitol Resource Institute kept a low profile over the last several months. Of course some of the CRI staff were on leave to work with Privacy For All Students as it sought to qualify a referendum to overturn the co-ed bathroom bill.
But there was another, very serious reason that the important work of CRI had to be put on hold for several months.
During this past summer the IRS revoked CRI's tax exempt status, alleging that CRI failed to file certain documents over a three year period.
But each of the documents had been timely filed.
And earlier this week, the IRS admitted their mistake:
"We have confirmed that you were erroneously put on the Auto-Revocation List" was the phrasing used in a candid but casual letter from the IRS to CRI.
It makes one wonder just what an Auto-Revocation List is.
But it also stirs up suspicions as to whether this was just bureaucratic bumbling or malice. We have all heard about conservative organizations being held up after applying for tax exempt status. Yet in this case, CRI has enjoyed tax exempt status since 1987. And by being "erroneously put on the Auto-Revocation List" CRI just lost many months of the benefits of that status. Fund raising letters were put on hold and the work of the organization took a back seat to the long and frustrating process of proving that the IRS determination was incorrect and unjust.
CRI was damaged by this unfair situation, but CRI survived. And we are determined to be stronger and even more effective in the coming year. But we need your help.
Will you make a generous, end of the year donation to CRI? Do it as a response to the unjust treatment by the IRS, or just do it because you support the work that CRI has done in California for more than a quarter of a century.
Thank you for all that you have done to support CRI in the past and all that you will do now.
Karen England, Executive Director