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The Inspector General's Report: IRS Targets Tea Party

Ineffective management" allowed the Internal Revenue Service to single out conservative organizations for excessive review of their tax-exempt statuses, according to a report by a Treasury inspector general 

 The IRS "used inappropriate criteria that identified the Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions, instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention," a summary of the report read.

"Ineffective management" allowed the inappropriate criteria to remain in place for more than a year and a half, delayed the processing of certain applications, and allowed requests to be issued for unnecessary, "burdensome" amounts of information, like past and future donors.

The report's author, TIGTA - the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration - asked various officials and IRS personnel "if the criteria were influenced by any individual or organization outside the IRS.


TIGTA IRS report

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