Trump tells Treasury to review universities' tax exempt status

by Jordyn Pair · Jul 10th, 2020 2:25 pm

Last Updated Jul 11th, 2020 at 9:09 pm

President Trump on Friday threatened to take away the tax-exempt status of universities and colleges, citing "radical left indoctrination" taking place at the schools.

Most private and public colleges and universities are exempt from taxes because they qualify as 501(c)(3) organizations. Trump did not say which specific institutions he would target.

The IRS, which would conduct the potential review, is prohibited through federal law from targeting groups based on ideology.

Trump also spoke about schools' ideologies during his Fourth of July remarks at Mount Rushmore.

"Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but that were villains," Trump said at the time.

? Trump's latest tweet also follows an attack on school funding earlier in the day, when he threatened to revoke federal funding for schools that stayed closed during the next school year due to the pandemic.


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