Internal Revenue Service severed ties with ACORN

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September 23, 2009 The Internal Revenue Service has sever its ties with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now following the video releases of two undercover journalists that revealed illegal practices in ACORN offices.[1]

Severing ties

After undercover journalists revealed illegal practices at ACORN offices, the Internal Revenue Service has severed its ties with the organization.

The tax agency announced it would no longer include ACORN in its volunteer tax-assistance program. The program provided free tax advice to about three million low- and moderate-income tax filers in spring 2009.

The agency said ACORN provided help on about 25,000 of those returns. The House and Senate voted this month to ban federal financing to ACORN. The Census Bureau has severed its ties with the group for the 2010 census.

Acorn, meanwhile, said it had already suspended its tax program.

“We had already made that decision to not deliver those services,” said Bertha Lewis, the Acorn chief executive.

External links


  1. "I.R.S. Severs Acorn Ties; Group Sues Over Video" The New York Times, September 23, 2009