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(Jefferson City)- Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is calling on the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to investigate what he says is obvious harassment by the IRS of veterans’ organizations such as the VFW.

Jones recently submitted a letter to U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (EYE-suh), who chairs the committee, in which Jones points to audits targeted at the VFW post in Washington, as well as VFW and American Legion posts in Jackson, Sikeston and Wentzville. In his letter, Jones wrote that the Internal Revenue Service appears to be targeting Missouri’s veterans’ organizations with audits and they have been threatening to revoke the nonprofit status of these groups if they do not comply.

Jones said the issue was first brought to his attention by concerned citizens who saw an article in the Washington Missourian concerning the IRS audit of Washington VFW Post 2661. Jones also wrote in his letter to Issa, “I know you would agree that elderly combat veterans should not be harassed by a bureaucratic agency that consistently demonstrates that it is too large, too powerful, and has too many employees with too much time on their hands. I hope that you will help to push for a stop to this needless targeting of veterans’ organizations.”

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