The closure of Free2Be offices in Alabama comes after state officials found out the LGBTQ advocacy group owed the IRS payroll taxes, state officials said Tuesday.
According to a statement Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's office released Tuesday afternoon, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs was preparing a compliance monitoring audit for the Huntsville office in March when it discovered an outstanding IRS debt for payroll taxes. ADECA was overseeing federal money that was granted to the group in 2014, the statement said.
ADECA placed Free2Be on high risk status on March 29 and halted the group's ability to draw grant funds. A monitoring and financial audit visit is planned for May 21.
Free2Be's Mobile branch posted on Facebook Monday that the group was closing its six centers across the state.
In a Tuesday news conference, evangelist and Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson said Ivey "betrays our values" with the grants to Free2Be. Ivey called the accusation "nonsense."
"The views espoused by Free2Be, nor the extension of a grant to the program, do not represent Governor Ivey’s personal views and simply represent a requirement and demand from the federal government," the statement from Ivey's office read.