Earlier this week I wrote about the IRS's hidden tax business owners must pay for free speech.
In the wake of the IRS scandals we've learned American business owners are being persecuted for expressing opinions that differ from reigning political agendas.
Political donation activities, Facebook posts, and nonprofit mission statements are all fair game.
Today, when those in power don't like what you have to say, your business can be audited or refused tax-exempt status in painstakingly long and intrusive processes.
But the reverse is also true: When the powers-that-be approve, life is good – it's all rubber stamps and smooth sailing.
Sure, if we had our druthers, we'd without a doubt prefer to stand up for our ideals.
However, when your livelihood – and maybe the livelihoods of your family and your employees – depends on the success or failure of your business, it may not be worth the risk.
And that's nothing to be ashamed of.
Luckily, there are a few easy ways you can game the system to avoid IRS discrimination:
#1: Donate to the President
What better way to stay off the President's enemy list than to donate to his cause?
Of course, this method is particularly unpalatable to some, since you are being strong-armed in the first place.
#2: Donate to the same charities as those in power
What causes does the President believe in? How about the First Lady? Or the heads of the IRS, HHS, and US Treasury…?
The Fisher House Foundation, whose mission is to provide housing near hospitals to the loved ones of injured soldiers, received the largest check from the Obamas.
The Obamas' 2nd largest check went to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to help rebuild Haiti and its economy.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was recently in hot water for soliciting donations from companies she oversees to contribute to Enroll America.
#3: Stay neutral
Pick out charities that have nothing to do with party lines.
Make sure to examine a charity's activities beyond its mission statement – it may be less neutral than initially meets the eye.
Don't forget, Big Brother is watching!
Related Articles and News:
- Money Morning:
The Hidden Tax the IRS Levies on Free Speech
- Money Morning:
IRS Scandal Exposes a Long History of Outrageous Abuses
- The Washington Post:
IRS stalled conservative groups, but gave speedy approval to Obama foundation
- Financial Samurai:
How To Avoid An Audit Based On Discrimination By The IRS
- Huffington Post:
Obamas' Charity Donations in 2010: Which Organizations Did They Give To?
Sebelius Called J&J, Kaiser, Ascension for Enroll America
How can you tell a charity from a political front?
- The Guardian:
NSA scandal: Microsoft and Twitter join calls to disclose data requests
- ABC News:
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