A report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration absolves the procedures used by the Internal Revenue Service's Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division for reviewing political activities by exempt organizations. While many charities speak out on public issues, the code prohibits Section 501(c)(3) organizations from specific types of political activities. In response to media reports of allegations that the TE/GE Division was examining these types of activities just prior to the 2004 presidential election for politically motivated reasons, the IRS asked the TIGTA to investigate. "This report confirms what we've said all along," said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. "Political considerations played absolutely no part in the inquiries we launched last summer." Everson said that recommendations in the report would be addressed by the IRS and would be in place for future election cycles.
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