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  •  Don't call them audits (5+ / 0-)

    Most people are required to file tax returns. If the IRS questions them, you can call that an audit.

    Nobody is required to apply for tax-exempt status. God know, the IRS doesn't try to force people to form groups and apply for tax-exempt status.

    If you're applying for tax-exempt status for social welfare work, which allows some very limited kinds of political activity but not most kinds of political activity, then you shouldn't be surprised if the IRS asks for details of what you're doing or going to do. What is your social welfare work? What do you do that might be political? Describe it in detail, please.

    People who don't want to answer questions about what their group does should simply refrain from applying for tax-exempt status.

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