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Herger, Boustany and Reichert Ask IRS to Investigate AARP’s Tax-Exempt Status
Friday, April 08, 2011
Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Wally Herger (R-CA), Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, requesting IRS to review and examine whether AARP, Inc. should continue to be exempt from federal taxation. Specifically, the Congressional Members expressed a wide range of concerns uncovered in the recently released "Behind the Veil: The AARP America Doesn’t Know,” a report exposing the conflict between AARP’s drive for profits at the expense of the best interests of its members and the organization’s activities that call into question its tax-exempt status. The facts in the report conclude that AARP stands to make upwards of one billion dollars over the next ten years as a result of the new health care law through the sale of AARP endorsed-Medicare insurance products.
The report began as an effort to conduct oversight of the tax-exempt sector and better understand AARP’s organization and structure. The joint letter, signed by Herger, Boustany and Reichert specifically requests that the IRS review the findings detailed in the report and assess whether the IRS should conduct a further, more thorough examination of AARP.
The letter requested that the IRS examine:
The full letter can be read here.