The IRS Has Been Targeting Cannabis Nonprofits for Additional Scrutiny – News

A new report by a federal inspector general has found numerous cases where the IRS tagged cannabis nonprofits and liberal activist groups for additional scrutiny that other nonprofits were not required to undergo. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report this week detailing these findings after reviewing cases between 2004 and 2013. The review reported that the IRS earmarked organizations with names referencing “Progressive,” “Green Energy,” “Occupy,” and “Medical Marijuana” for additional investigation.

“The IRS identified the Medical Marijuana organizations for further scrutiny because of concerns that they were engaging in activities that were not permissible under tax-exempt law,” the review said. “Specifically, some States were legalizing the use of medical marijuana, but it was illegal under Federal law so the organizations did not meet the requirements for Federal tax exemption.”

Many of the cannabis-related organizations tagged for review focus on education or activism regarding cannabis policy reform, and are not actively involved with handling cannabis or associated funds. Regardless, the IRS added…

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