As a small-business owner, you work hard to establish and maintain customer relationships based on integrity and fairness. Violating that standard of behavior can ruin your business.
And, you expect the same from others, particularly those in positions of power who can determine the future of your enterprise, such as the Internal Revenue Service.
Collecting taxes is a necessary function of government, one that must always be fair and honest in order to justify citizens’ trust.
We all want to believe, for example, that the IRS Small Business and Self-employed Division is true to its mission: “Help small business and self-employed taxpayers understand and meet their tax obligations, while applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.”
But now it seems that some in the agency allegedly don’t share values of democracy such as fairness and integrity or even free speech, especially when applying the law to conservative tax-exempt, non-profit organizations that dare to criticize the current administration’s policies.
Are those suspected of suppressing political expression also administering Obamacare’s tax rules? That certainly raises concerns here at tax-exempt, non-profit NFIB, in view of our courageous decision to take the small-business fight against the president’s health reform law to the U.S. Supreme Court.
And on your behalf, we’ve been constant critics of the administration’s rapidly expanding regulatory push and demand for higher taxes across the board.
What’s more, we just won a major legal victory over the National Labor Relations Board whose pro-union top officials were blatantly overstepping their authority to require you display posters promoting union organizing in your business.
Public opposition of the administration’s labor-inspired agenda was necessary to gain a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that now protects small-business owners from frivolous union lawsuits.
As this new scandal unfolds, congressional leaders are demanding answers. House Speaker John Boehner said “The IRS admitted to targeting conservatives… My question isn’t about who is going to resign. My question is who’s going to jail over this scandal?”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said people will be held accountable if this practice was “an effort to bring the power of the federal government to bear on those the (Obama) administration disagreed with in the middle of a national election.”
We hope this scandal turns out to be just a big misunderstanding and not a dangerous suppression of opposing political views. We’re accustomed to critics’ claims that NFIB favors one party more than the other, but our record is clear and founded on integrity and fairness: we support those who support small business, regardless of political affiliation.
Let there be no doubt that NFIB will fulfill its mission to “promote and protect your right to own, operate and grow your small business.” If that means challenging any administration policy or criticizing bureaucrats who do not understand small business’ key role in our free enterprise system, so be it. That’s why more than 350,000 small-business owners depend on us.