To some of us in the EO community, the greatest strength of the Service was the decades of experience vested in those practitioners both inside and outside the IRS who began their careers with the passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1969, which had a far-reaching effect on the charitable sector. The policy discussions at the time within Congress, by the administration, and in the EO community generally demonstrated a strong preference for policy over politics, and a deep appreciation of the effect of the EO community on ordinary Americans. Those practitioners are largely gone now, and their legacy is perilously close to being lost.
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