CREW Files IRS and DOJ Complaint Against Americans for Tax Reform and Grover Norquist
Washington, D.C. — Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Tax Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and its president, Grover Norquist.
Read ATR's reports to the FEC:
CREW’s complaint alleges ATR and Mr. Norquist violated federal law by deliberately providing false information to the IRS when ATR filed its 2012 Tax Form 990. ATR misreported to the IRS the amount it spent producing and broadcasting advertisements opposing the election of Democratic candidates for Congress. In its reports to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), ATR reported spending $15,794,582 on political ads, but told the IRS it spent only $9,791,515 on its 2012 campaign activity, a disparity of $6,003,067.
ATR spent a total of almost $30.9 million in 2012, meaning more than half of the spending it reported to the FEC for the year was on politics, a clear violation of its tax-exempt status.
CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan stated, “ATR’s own IRS and FEC filings provide incontrovertible evidence that ATR is breaking the law. If Al Capone could be nailed for tax violations, so can Grover Norquist.”
This is not the first time ATR has provided inaccurate information to the IRS. In March 2012, CREW filed a complaint against ATR and Mr. Norquist for remarkably similar misrepresentations. Then, ATR reported spending only $1,859,239 to the IRS, but reported spending $4,218,364 to the FEC.
In today’s complaint, CREW asks the IRS to investigate ATR and Mr. Norquist for violating section 501(c)(4) of the tax code, and to impose civil penalties for providing inaccurate information on ATR’s tax returns. CREW also asks the IRS to consider revoking ATR’s tax-exempt status. In addition, CREW asks both the IRS and DOJ to investigate ATR and Mr. Norquist for the criminal felonies of willfully declaring — under penalty of perjury — that the tax forms are correct, and for deliberately providing false information to the IRS.
Sloan continued, “Mr. Norquist has been flagrantly violating the law for years, but the IRS continues to let him go on his merry way. What will it take for federal authorities to finally stop him?”