Report Reveals More on IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups
CNN obtained an advance copy of a report by the Internal Revenue Service's inspector general.
The inspector general allegedly found that the Internal Revenue Service deliberately targeted groups with "tea party" in their names and who were applying for federal tax exempt status and then allegedly delayed processing of their applications and requesting unnecessary information.
Also, for more than 18 months beginning in early 2010 the IRS created a policy that used "inappropriate criteria" to identify potential political applications and then forwarded those applications to a team of specialists for review.
"The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention," according to the report.
As a result, substantial delays occurred in processing certain applications, and unnecessary information was requested, according to the report.
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