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Sportsman group wants tax penalties recinded

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The sportsmen's group that had a controversial state grant rescinded last year is now asking the I-R-S not to assess penalties for the tax trouble the group got into. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the written request was part of a host of tax-related documents the United Sportsmen recently provided to the newspaper. They showed that the group's only income for 2011 was a grant from the political group "Citizens for a Strong America." In 2012, the United Sportsmen had a $29,000 deficit just a few months before seeking and getting a half-million dollar state grant.

Majority Republicans included a the money in last year's state budget to promote hunting and fishing, even though the United Sportsmen had no direct experience in that area. Governor Scott Walker later rescinded the grant after questions were raised about the group's tax-exempt status.

The Journal Sentinel said the group misrepresented its status and did not make required tax filings. Last month the group told I-R-S it should not get tax penalties. It said its mistakes were the result of an administrative oversight and not deliberate late filings.