Jul 17, 2018

Freedom Partners’ Statement on Treasury Department Announcement Protecting Free Speech

Post by Freedom Partners

Arlington, VA – The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the government will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations to file personally-identifiable information about their supporters as part of their annual return, known as Schedule B.

Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce (FP) Executive Vice President Nathan Nascimento issued the following statement:

“The Treasury Department and IRS took a positive step toward protecting the First Amendment rights of Americans. This was the right decision because citizens shouldn’t fear harassment or persecution over their beliefs.”

Background: The principle affirmed by the Treasury Department and IRS’s decision goes back 60 years to the landmark NAACP v. Alabama Supreme Court case. In addition, as the department noted, the changes save both taxpayer and government resources by ending the collection of information the IRS does not regularly need.