Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s Gay Rights Organization Targeted by IRS

Records show that the IRS targeted Jesse Tyler Ferguson's marriage equality organization Tie the Knot, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

Jesse_fergusonThe ongoing scandal over allegations of politically motivated probes by agents in the IRS’ Cincinnati office has dogged President Barack Obama’s administration in recent weeks, but thus far has been portrayed by Congressional Republicans as a scandal involving only conservative groups, mostly affiliated with the Tea Party. Tuesday’s release of documents, however, suggests that the scrutiny extended to other groups claiming a tax exemption as so-called 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations…

…Ferguson and Mikita’s group is called Tie the Knot and raises funds to support same-sex marriage by selling designer bow ties over the Internet. It was launched in September 2011, and ultimately received a tax exemption last January, according to the IRS.


  1. Billy says

    I was 100% sure non conservative organization were also targeted. For some reason conservatives think they are they only group targeted by the IRS. Next we will learn this has been going on for decades.

  2. Hey Darlin' says

    We pay the IRS to look at whether or not organizations are legally tax exempt. I want the people who should pay taxes to pay taxes, regardless of their affiliation. There are some who would seek to show that it was done as a divisive measure, or a political strategy. Investigate them all as far as I’m concerned, my personal tax dollars can only streth so far and I need all the help I can get.

  3. Hey Darlin' says

    Part of the issue is whether or not groups were social welfare organizations, as they are supposed to be for 501(c)(4) status. I dont’t think anyone was a “target” so much as an organization who might not fall into the proper class. The organizations who claim they were “targeted” may be crossing the line politically (or expected to based on past behavior) and that would exceed the simply social welfare classification and warrant the need to take a closer look at them. There are still other catagories for tax emempt status, just not the one they are in.

  4. MIke says

    Careful with your phrasing here.
    According to MSNBC, “IRS” is the new “n word”.

    Can you hear me now?
    Can you hear me now?

    Oh you can’t I’m not on Verizon. Please don’t tap AT&T, mr prez

  5. Michael Heynz says

    Everyone seeking tax exempt status should be thoroughly scrutinized. Is that NOT the job of the IRS? Because it should be. Otherwise, when people get tax exempt, everyone else’s taxes effectively GO UP.

  6. Rich F. says

    I have no problem with this. As was said by others here, I expect EVERY 501(c)(4) to be put under a microscope before given tax-exempt status, regardless of political affiliation.

  7. BobN says

    With the absurdly high rate of fraud in “charitable” organizations, are we really going to fall for the GOP spin and complain that the IRS investigates them?

  8. princely54 says

    So they were ‘scrutinized’. And they got the exemption (as did EVERY ONE of those conservative organizations.) So what?! I guess the new scandal in America is that people have to WAIT for their free money now.

  9. anon says

    The “scandal” involved organizations that received extra scrutiny and delayed certification because of keywords in their names. Other organizations received scrutiny even when they did not have such words in their names. These are two different issues. Also, we don’t know what extra documentation these other groups were asked to supply w/ their application or how long their certification was delayed. Keep in mind that the tax exemption applies not only to the charity’s income, but also to the donations, so any suspect charity would imply that the donations can’t be a write-off either. This is why they ask for the donor list.

    This is very, very similar to the Jack Abramoff Indian Nations scandal, though in reverse. In that case charities were used to hide income and lobbying activities for for-profit gambling enterprises. In other words, they received too little scrutiny from the IRS.

  10. EdA says

    Contributions to 501(c)(4) organizations are not deductible (although businesses can often claim them as business expenses), whereas contributions to 501(c)(3) organizations are. This is why a lot of organizations have two parts — one for advocacy, and the other for education and information provision.

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