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IRS Is Sorry For Targeting Conservative Groups

From the Associated Press:

IRS apologizes for targeting conservative groups


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.

Organizations were singled out because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups.

In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.

"That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review," Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.

"The IRS would like to apologize for that," she added.

Well, as long as the IRS apologizes, I guess it’s okay. — But remember that this what Nixon was accused of doing. Even though there was never any proof that he actually did manage to sic the IRS on anyone on his ‘enemies list.’

Lerner said the practice was initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati and was not motivated by political bias. After her talk, she told The AP that no high level IRS officials knew about the practice. She did not say when they found out.

Many conservative groups complained during the election that they were being harassed by the IRS. They accused the agency of frustrating their attempts to become tax exempt by sending them lengthy, intrusive questionnaires.

And they were called ‘paranoid’ or worse for their troubles.

The forms, which the groups made available at the time, sought information about group members’ political activities, including details of their postings on social networking websites and about family members.

Certain tax-exempt charitable groups can conduct political activities but it cannot be their primary activity.

IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress in March 2012 that the IRS was not targeting groups based on their political views.

"There’s absolutely no targeting. This is the kind of back and forth that happens to people" who apply for tax-exempt status, Shulman told a House Ways and Means subcommittee…

And we believe him.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “IRS Is Sorry For Targeting Conservative Groups”

  1. captstubby says:

    “That determination is up to the IRS.”

    “Lerner said this was done to develop expertise among staffers and consistency in their reviews.As part of this process, agents in Cincinnati came up with a list of things to look for in an application. As part of the list, they included the words, “tea party” and “patriot,”

    and Obamcare 2014 is just around the corner.

    • canary says:

      “and Obamcare 2014 is just around the corner.”

      yes, and with the IRS in charge of Obama Care think how more conservatives than liberals will die.

  2. Right of the People says:

    I love how they tossed their underlings under the bus. Us upper level folks didn’t know anything about it, it was the peons that did it.

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