IRS apologizes for flagging conservative groups for audits in 2012 election year

From the Associated Press.


 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.

[…]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.

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.

It’s gangster-government all over again. A continuous stream of abuses of government power.

3 thoughts on “IRS apologizes for flagging conservative groups for audits in 2012 election year”

  1. That’s ‘gangsta’, Wintery. This isn’t really a big issue, since it was a liberal administration that did it. Now, if George Bush had done it… So, the party that doesn’t pay it’s taxes targeted the party that does, but claimed that they don’t.

    Next, they will be saying that conservative Christians don’t give enough time, goods, and money to the poor, while they (the liberal elite) are more than happy to give more money from conservative Christians to the poor. Oh, wait, that already happened.


  2. From NY Times: Where might an enterprising, public-spirited I.R.S. agent get the idea that a Tea Party group deserved more scrutiny from the government than the typical band of activists seeking tax-exempt status? Oh, I don’t know: why, maybe from all the prominent voices who spent the first two years of the Obama era worrying that the Tea Party wasn’t just a typically messy expression of citizen activism, but something much darker — an expression of crypto-fascist, crypto-racist rage, part Timothy McVeigh and part Bull Connor, potentially carrying a wave of terrorist violence in its wings.

    It is alarming that this story isn’t getting more coverage. Think about it: the U.S. government treated groups as suspect if they educate the public about the Constitution and Bill of Rights.


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