Recent press coverage of the IRS’s review of exemption applications, and Washington’s reactions to it, has shone a spotlight on a problem that tax-exempt practitioners have been talking about for years: the need to clarify standards surrounding political and lobbying activity by exempt organizations, and to make compliance with the law easier, for the IRS and exempt organizations, regardless of their politics.
The finger pointing has begun. According to news reports, a frozen fruit mix commonly used in smoothies is suspected in a hepatitis A outbreak that has affected 30 people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Last week, the Associated Press reported that the Department of Justice had obtained confidential phone records for more than 20 telephone lines used by the staff of the Associated Press while investigating leaks of classified information.
In a story we first reported on in December last year, a cruise passenger aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for transporting thousands of child pornography photos and videos on a cruise from Port Canaveral.
The California State Legislature has been busy this week amending and voting on bills relating to hydraulic fracturing. The biggest move was yesterday’s Senate vote to pass SB 4, sending the bill to the Assembly.