Columbus, Ohio – After nearly two and a half years of fighting for its legal right to “tax exempt” status as a non-profit corporation, the Ohio Liberty Coalition was notified today by the IRS that the organization is indeed exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code. For years, the IRS had been denying TEA Party and Liberty Groups across the nation a status that many unions and liberal groups had routinely been awarded. The OLC lead a national fight to protect the rights of these groups and was rewarded today with this IRS ruling.
In making the announcement, OLC President Tom Zawistowski said “We owe this success to Jay Sekulow and his staff, particularly Miles Terry, at the American Center for Law and Justice, without whom we could not have continued our fight. Jay and Miles were relentless in defending the rights of TEA Party and Liberty Groups who were being unfairly denied “tax exempt” status by the IRS. After we informed the IRS on February 16, 2012 that we would not comply with their intrusive and unconstitutional demands for information about our organization, the ACLJ stepped up and offered to represent us. They were able to show that much of the information being demanded by the IRS was in fact not required under the tax code. It is our belief that our victory today will pave the way for other liberty groups around the nation to replicate our success.”
The Ohio Liberty Coalition is a coalition of Ohio Liberty Groups whose purpose is to unite conservative grassroots organizations for greater effectiveness in the state and nation, and to provide resources for member organizations to strengthen their groups. The OLC currently has over 75 liberty-minded groups across Ohio who are members of its coalition.