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Martin Luther King Jr. Was Harassed By The IRS, Too

Martin Luther King giving his address at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington,DC, Aug. 28, 1963.

Martin Luther King giving his address at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington,DC, Aug. 28, 1963.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. DayTallahassee DemocratDr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the IRS:

This past year, much ado was made about the so-called “IRS-Gate” and concerns that the Obama administration may have used the agency to target Tea Party and other right wing groups. … [W]hat often is not stated during the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend is that King, early in his leadership of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), was routinely subjected to IRS audits of his individual accounts, SCLC accounts as well as accounts of his lawyers, first starting during the administration of President Dwight Eisenhower and continuing through the Kennedy administration…

[B]y 1962, King had settled with the IRS for a mere $500 dollars for a deduction that he could not explain to auditors. Two years earlier, in February of 1960, a Montgomery, Alabama Grand Jury made King the first person ever charged in that state with criminal tax fraud charges, alleging that in 1956 and 1958, that King through the Montgomery Improvement Association, the organization that had led the successful bus boycotts in that city and was the precursor to the SCLC, had failed to pay the state approximately $45,000 that it was owed in taxes….

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2 Comments on “Martin Luther King Jr. Was Harassed By The IRS, Too”

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