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Published on May 21, 2013
Aaron Day, CEO of The Atlas Society, interviews Jason Sorens on the IRS's denial of non-profit status to the Free State Project. Sorens states that the Free State Project applied to the IRS for 501-c3 status in 2003. The organization's application was initially denied in 2004. It later applied for 501-c4 status and was denied either in 2007 or 2008. "We provided them a great deal of evidence," says Sorens, " that we're not [a political] action organization, we don't endorse candidates, we don't even lobby, we don't endorse issue positions. All we're doing is promoting New Hampshire as a destination for those who are philosophically pro-liberty." He adds: "So it seems very clear to us that we are a social welfare organization, that is, an organization dedicated to the collective benefit of a certain group of people, and not an action organization, but the IRS didn't share that view. So we do not have that tax-exempt status." (Fast-forward to 3:20 for discussion of this issue.)