Federal Legislation
February 19, 2014

H.R. 3865—Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014

Summary:
This bill will delay for one year the proposed regulation published at 78 Fed. Reg. 71535. Those regulations would affect 501(c)(4) organizations, like HSLDA, and their ability to advocate on candidates and issues.

Introduced: 1/14/2014 Referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Sponsor: Rep. Dave Camp (MI-4)

Bill Summary and Status: H.R. 3865

HSLDA’s Position: Support

Action Requested:
Please call your U.S. representative today and ask him or her to co-sponsor this bill. To find your representative’s contact information, please visit our site here.

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler, but you most likely will need to give your name. Your comment can be very simple and merely urge Congress to keep the IRS from implementing the proposed rule as it violates the First Amendment’s Free Speech clause.

Background:
The IRS, in keeping with its annual attempt to be considered America’s favorite government bureaucracy, issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on November 29, 2013 seeking public comments on this draconian proposal.

HSLDA is incorporated as a 501(c)(4) organization. The 501(c)(4) status has existed since 1959. In fact, ever since the income tax was first established in 1913, the federal government included exemptions from federal income taxes for organizations which “promote social welfare.” This is because our government for the longest time has recognized that it is healthy for democracy for Americans to band together into organizations to speak with one voice about an issue. The NRA, the Sierra Club, the ACLU, and thousands of other organizations from every political affiliation are all 501(c)(4) organizations.

HSLDA explains the situation in more detail in this article.

You may also read HSLDA’s public comments.