Tax Analysts Files Legal Action Against the IRS

Seeks Court Help to Force IRS to Disclose Training Materials Its Staff Used for Guidance in Exempt Organizations Determinations

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Aug. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tax Analysts, the nonprofit provider of federal, state, and international tax news and analysis, today announced that it has filed a legal action against the IRS, asking a federal court to force the agency to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and provide training materials used for its guidance in exempt organizations determinations.

The legal action comes after Tax Analysts sought and was granted expedited processing of its FOIA request, but the IRS responded with repeated delays.

"Clearly, we do not view our action here lightly. But this is important information, and the press and the public have the right to this information and to get it in a timely fashion," said Christopher E. Bergin, president and publisher of Tax Analysts.

"We have tried patiently to work with the IRS and have listened carefully to the agency's concerns, but the IRS has left us no other path," Bergin added. "Apparently, and unfortunately, the greater the public interest, the more difficult it is to get expedited treatment to a request for information. That is not how this is supposed to work."

As part of its public education mission, Tax Analysts seeks transparency in tax laws and more dialogue between tax authorities and taxpayers. Through these and other efforts, Tax Analysts seeks to ensure that tax laws are applied fairly and equally to taxpayers across the country.

For more information or to speak with Bergin, please contact Shaima Cardillo at 703-531-4852 or shaima_cardillo@tax.org.

About Tax Analysts

Tax Analysts is an influential provider of tax news and analysis for the global community. Over 150,000 tax professionals in law and accounting firms, corporations, and government agencies rely on Tax Analysts' federal, state, and international content daily. Key products include Tax Notes, Tax Notes Today, State Tax Notes, State Tax Today, Tax Notes International, and Worldwide Tax Daily. Founded in 1970 as a nonprofit organization, Tax Analysts has the industry's largest tax-dedicated correspondent staff, with more than 250 domestic and international correspondents. For more information, visit our home page.

CONTACT:
Shaima Cardillo, 703-531-4852
shaima_cardillo@tax.org

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