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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
Allen v. Wright
Citation:468 U.S. 737 (1984)
The IRS denies tax-exempt status to racially discriminatory private schools. To carry out its policy, the IRS has established guidelines and procedures for determining whether a particular school is in fact racially nondiscriminatory. In 1976 respondents challenged these guidelines and procedures in a suit in federal court. The plaintiffs named in the complaint are parents of black children who, at the time the complaint was filed, were attending public schools in seven States in school districts undergoing desegregation. Respondents allege that many racially segregated private schools receive tax exemptions, and that some of the tax-exempt racially segregated private schools created or expanded in desegregating districts in fact have racially discriminatory policies. They allege that the IRS grant of tax exemptions to such racially discriminatory schools is unlawful.
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