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CHILLING: IRS targeted groups that criticized the government, IG report says


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CHILLING: IRS targeted groups that criticized the government, IG report says
By Juliet Eilperin, Published: May 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm

At various points over the past two years, Internal Revenue Service officials targeted nonprofit groups that criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution, according to documents in an audit conducted by the agency’s inspector general.

The documents, obtained by The Washington Post  from a congressional aide with knowledge of the findings, show that on June 29, 2011, IRS staffers held a briefing with senior agency official Lois G. Lerner in which they described giving special attention to instances where “statements in the case file criticize how the country is being run.” Lerner, who  oversees tax-exempt groups for the agency, raised objections and the agency revised its criteria a week later.

But six months later, the IRS applied a new political test to groups that applied for tax-exempt status as “social welfare” groups, the document says. On Jan. 15, 2012 the agency decided to target “political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform movement.,” according to the appendix in the IG report, which was requested by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and has yet to be released.

5 thoughts on “CHILLING: IRS targeted groups that criticized the government, IG report says

  1. Yes, but since the groups were legit (i am guessing) then there was no problem. I have received letters from the IRS requesting additional info. A form letter from the IRS can seem intimidating, but just sent the needed info and they leave you alone.

    1. sure…

      Let’s do away with Miranda
      And while where at it Search warrants.

      …after all, if you are “legit” then there is no problem.

      Right ?

      1. The IRS is within their rights to ask for additional information. As I said, I was asked for additional information one year. i complied and I never heard from them again.

        I don’t believe that I needed to hear my Miranda rights and the IRS did not need a search warrant.

  2. Why is anyone surprised this has been an issue for decades.

    1. your right this type of action led to the last shake up over 10 yrs ago

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