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IRS Agent: Tea Party Still Gets Extra ‘Screening’

From the Washington Examiner:

IRS agent: Tax agency is still targeting Tea Party groups

By PAUL BEDARD | AUGUST 9, 2013

In a remarkable admission that is likely to rock the Internal Revenue Service again, testimony released Thursday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp reveals that an agent involved in reviewing tax exempt applications from conservative groups told a committee investigator that the agency is still targeting Tea Party groups, three months after the IRS scandal erupted.

The IRS will not be rocked because our mainstream media guardians will simply ignore this revelation.

In closed door testimony before the House Ways & Means Committee, the unidentified IRS agent said requests for special tax status from Tea Party groups is being forced into a special "secondary screening" because the agency has yet to come up with new guidance on how to judge the tax status of the groups.

Why not just treat them like everyone else? Or, even better, treat them like liberal groups.

In a redacted transcript from the committee provided to Secrets, a Ways & Means investigator asked: "If you saw — I am asking this currently, if today if a Tea Party case, a group — a case from a Tea Party group came in to your desk, you reviewed the file and there was no evidence of political activity, would you potentially approve that case? Is that something you would do?"

The agent said, "At this point I would send it to secondary screening, political advocacy."

The committee staffer then said, "So you would treat a Tea Party group as a political advocacy case even if there was no evidence of political activity on the application. Is that right?" The agent admitted, "Based on my current manager’s direction, uh-huh."

Camp called the renewed targeting of Tea Party groups "outrageous."

Yes, it is. But our outrage button is getting worn out. Which is probably the intention.

Added a committee aide, "In plain English, the IRS is still targeting Tea Party cases." …

When the scandal erupted after a Treasury Department inspector general revealed the improper political scrutiny, the acting head of the IRS, Danny Werfel, said the BOLO list had been suspended. That was six weeks ago.

But because there is nothing in its place, agents apparently either don’t know how to handle Tea Party tax exempt applications, or are too scared to make a decision…

Again, why not treat it like just any other application? What’s the problem?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 9th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “IRS Agent: Tea Party Still Gets Extra ‘Screening’”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    They’ve probably been ordered by Obama to continue what they were doing just so the administration can say that that’s the way it’s always been done….it’s just normal operating procedure…… No scandal here….

  2. GetBackJack says:

    The Internal Revenue Service is Washington’s No.1 enforcer of government Will. It is as necessary to the Fisted Glove of government as oxygen is to living beings. Only one thing will dislodge it and or neuter it, but we’re not going to discuss that here.


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