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WASHINGTON — 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.
Originally posted by gladtobehere
reply to post by Metallicus
End the Fed and the IRS.
Originally posted by JayinAR
The IRS is one of the main instruments of control the Gov uses. They are beyond corrupt and there is not a thing we can do about it.
Last year they screwed me out of ten grand. To someone like me that is a WHOLE lot of money.
Originally posted by jimmyx
so organizations that are against taxes, against government, against the IRS, ...were "targeted"....gee, I wonder why? if there is a person that keeps saying they are going to kill someone, and that someone ends up murdered, wouldn't the person that initially said "he was going to kill that someone" be "targeted" by law enforcement?
get real people, there is freedom of speech, but that speech might have consequences.
The IRS official who oversees tax-exempt groups, Lois Lerner, acknowledged at a conference on Friday the actions were wrong and apologized, according to the Associated Press. Lerner said groups with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status faced additional screening.
In a statement, the IRS said the screening occurred by career employees in Cincinnati who, between 2010 and 2012, were seeking to centralize work related to tax exempt organizations. The agency said that while it made errors, they were not politically motivated.