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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today joined Senate colleagues in asking the Internal Revenue Service to treat all nonprofit groups seeking tax-exempt status fairly in the designation process.

“All nonprofit organizations seeking tax-exempt status should be treated fairly by the IRS. In response to this letter, I hope the IRS will clear up concerns that have been raised by certain groups in Tennessee and other states,” Corker said.

In the letter to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, the senators write: “We have received reports and reviewed information from nonprofit civic organizations in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas concerning recent IRS inquiries perceived to be excessive. It is critical that the public have confidence that federal tax compliance efforts are pursued in a fair, even-handed, and transparent manner—without regard to politics of any kind. To that end, we write today to seek your assurance that this recent string of inquiries has a sound basis in law and is consistent with the IRS’s treatment of tax-exempt organizations across the spectrum.”

Senators who signed the letter include Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), John Cornyn (Texas), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

A copy of the letter is attached below.