IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups

IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups

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-Clayton Bigsby

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#1 May 10, 2013
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.

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.

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.

Shulman was appointed by President George W. Bush. His 6-year term ended in November. President Barack Obama has yet to nominate a successor. The agency is now being run by acting Commissioner Steven Miller.

-Clayton Bigsby

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#2 May 10, 2013
Substitute "black," "Hispanic," "Muslim," or "LBGTQ" for conservative and imagine what the result would have been...

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#3 May 10, 2013
I have a hard time calling for prosecution of the tax resisters now.

They were onto something.
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#4 May 10, 2013
SO WHEN HE WAS NEW IN OFFICE, BARACK OBAMA JOKED ABOUT TAX AUDITS FOR PEOPLE WHO DISPLEASED HIM. Now the IRS has admitted that it targeted conservative and Tea Party groups in 2012.

This won’t exactly be news to InstaPundit readers, but now the story has broken open.

My take: The employees involved should be fired and prosecuted. The affected groups should be compensated for the additional costs they incurred in responding to this illegal harassment, and Congress should take the money out of the IRS’s travel-and-entertainment budget.

More here:“Using the IRS to target political opponents is banana-republic stuff, a clear and intolerable violation of the public trust, not to mention relevant criminal statutes. This is not the sort of offense that should get these IRS workers fired from their jobs — it is the sort of offense that should get them five years in prison.”

Also: Do you think ObamaCare will be administered with any more fairness?

Posted at 12:51 pm by Glenn Reynolds
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#5 May 10, 2013
Wall Street Journal:

The New Nixon: This Time, the Press Cheered as the IRS Investigated the President's Opponents

"... If Richard Nixon were still president, the answer would be "the adversary press." Likewise if George W. Bush were. But most of the press turns out not to be very adversarial when a Democrat is in the White House."


Tax Update Blog:

Look at a Celebrity Return? You’re Fired! Harass a Tea Party Outfit? Carry On.


Barack Milhous Obama: Presidents Should Not Joke About Using the IRS as Political Enforcer

Efrain Rios Montt

United States

#6 May 10, 2013
-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
Substitute "black," "Hispanic," "Muslim," or "LBGTQ" for conservative and imagine what the result would have been...
Probably the same. Outrage.

-Clayton Bigsby

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#7 May 10, 2013
Efrain Rios Montt wrote:
<quoted text>Probably the same. Outrage.
It would be more than "outrage." It would be called a "civil rights crisis," complete with breathless media coverage and irresponsible rhetoric from leftist professional agitators.

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