Conservative politics targeted by IRS
May 10, 2013
Political 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.