Conservative politics targeted by IRS

May 10, 2013

IRSPolitical groups with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in applications for tax-exempt status were “inappropriately flagged” for closer examination by IRS agents during the 2012 election cycle, an official of the agency has admitted. (Washington Post)

The admission was made Thursday by Lois Lerner, who heads the unit of the IRS which regulates tax-exempt groups. Additional reviews of returns was the most visible practice about which members of many conservative groups complained. Allegations that the groups were targeted for special review were numerous, according to agency officials.

Lower-level workers in Cincinnati initiated the practice, she said, and she conceded it was wrong.

Depending on the type of organizational designation, some groups can become involved in political activity, but to maintain the tax-exempt status, the political work must not be the group’s primary output.


48 Comments

  1. r0y says:

    This is going to be a bigger story than we’re being led onto by the State Press.

    Reminds me of the old Soviet proverb (forgive my cyrillic, I’m rusty):
    В Правда нет Известиы, в Известияха нет Правды
    (v Pravde net izvestiy, v Izvestiyakh net pravdy)

    Or, there is no Truth in the News, no News in the Truth….

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    • zaphod says:

      you are delusional, there is no state press this is America, not Germany 1932, never mind what the sovies did ,
      everything you think you know about the USSR was carefully prepared by
      this GUY
      the cold war is over stop reheating the propaganda.

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    • kettle says:

      r0y it’s not an old proverb, it’s from the cold war, the same time/place you get all of your outdated information from.

      What is the difference between ‘Pravda’ and ‘Izvestiya’?
      In ‘Pravda’ there is no news and in ‘Izvestiya’ there is no truth.

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