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IRS War on Charities up 79 Percent - a War on the Disabled as Well?

By February 6, 2013

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There are numerous charities that assist the disabled in the United States. Unfortunately, since 2009 the audits of these charities has more than doubled. The number of prosecutions, however, has not risen. The Government Accountability Institute found that IRS audits had increased from 6,205 in 2001-2008, to 11,111 in 2009-2012.

Charitable organizations offer valuable assistance to the disabled, as well as other individuals. The disabled often have huge medical bills, medical needs and caregiver needs that usually cannot be met with government assistance. Why charitable organizations are being bullied is up to speculation, however it seems like a fishing expedition if prosecutions have not risen along with the audits.

Government benefits (i.e. food stamps and welfare) will never be able to fill all of the gaps that exist in the care of individuals with disabilities. Social Security Disability Income benefits are so low that they barely meet the most meager of financial needs. In addition, not everyone in need is eligible for government benefit programs.

Charities in my area of upstate New York provide food (food banks), clothing, transportation, caregiver services and much more. With the growing number of unemployed individuals, the amount of money that is available through government programs is much less per family. We need charities to remain in business so that they can help meet the growing need in our communities. Pushing charities out of business or intimidating them can only hurt individuals in need in the long run, and it will not garner votes in areas where people suffer as a result.

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