The Washington Post
May 13, 2013
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.
The new revelations are likely to intensify criticism of the IRS,
which has been under fire since agency officials acknowledged they had
deliberately targeted groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their name
for heightened scrutiny.
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