An Open Letter to AILA Leadership


Dear [President] Leslie and [Executive Director] Crystal:

The Michigan Chapter Chair has stated that it was announced in Hawaii that the IRS is now conducting an audit of AILA. There has been no word from headquarters which disputes this.

As usual, the membership is left in the dark about this matter, one which could have a substantial impact upon AILA. We have no idea when the audit was announced or what its purported scope is, basic facts which we are entitled to know, especially as it is certainly possible that AILA’s not for profit status is at risk. For the membership to have to rely upon the reported official statement that it was just the act of some disgruntled member is patently absurd, as the IRS doesn’t conduct audits of organizations unless it suspects something is amiss (and if it is simply a random audit, then why would the National claim it was due to something else?).

In view of the above I am requesting that AILA immediately release to the membership the audit letter received from the IRS.

Thank you.

Kenneth Rinzler
Attorney at Law

Reprinted with permission.

About The Author

Kenneth Rinzler is an immigration lawyer in Washington, DC, and a frequent visitor to consular posts, having now traveled to 40 countries. A graduate of Georgetown University and Seton Hall University School of Law, he is a member of the District of Columbia, Indiana, New Jersey, and U.S. Supreme Court Bars. In addition to authoring articles for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), he has written on immigration law for the German American Chamber of Commerce. Before specializing in immigration law, he spent nearly ten years working as a legislative assistant and counsel to a U.S. Congressman, and thus has an intimate knowledge of Federal legislative and administrative procedures

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