February 23, 2012 BIG NEWS!! The Pennsylvania Federal Court has issued a substantive ruling in our case which, albeit brief, has handed us a significant victory. The judge wrote in her Order that
"The Court share's Plaintiff's view that this case is about [a] constitutionally valid process."
And is not, as the IRS claimed and several tax "experts" have opined, a claim merely seeking a tax exemption or complaining that the IRS has taken too long to make a decision. See the whole (very short) Opinon here. The case has been transferred to the federal District Court for the District of Columbia for further action.
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If you read the Complaint, you'll understand how the story unfolded. We expected it would take 4 - 8 months to receive the tax exempt status, but the additional information the IRS asked for over the course of the spring was a little weird and redundant. So when our corporate lawyer finally was able to get a hold of the IRS agent in charge of our case and the agent explained the reason for the delay was because our organization has to do with Israel...HUH???01/31/11 Today we have posted the Government's Motion to Strike Z STREET's Amended Complaint, and Z STREET's Opposition to that Motion to Strike