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Forum Post: IRS admits targeting conservatives for tax scrutiny in 2012 election

Posted 10 years ago on May 10, 2013, 1:46 p.m. EST by Dmooradian (-74)
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Par for the course for your man in DC, Chicago politics:

From the Washington Post:

The Internal Revenue Service on Friday said that it inappropriately selected tea party political groups for special scrutiny in the 2012 campaign, an admission likely to fuel long-simmering suspicions among conservatives that the IRS has been singling them out for unfair treatment.

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.

Conservative groups have been arguing for over a year that they have been inappropriately targeted by the IRS.

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.

“The IRS recognizes we should have done a better job of handling the influx of advocacy applications,” the statement said. “Mistakes were made initially, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan rationale.”

The agency said it fixed the situation last year and new procedures were implemented to ensure the mistakes don’t happen again.



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[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

Teabagge(R)s should be checked for a lot more than just tax evasion.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 years ago

That's Funny - where there is smoke there is fire? - U don't think the IRS suspects them of hiding income off-shore - do ya?

[-] 0 points by JackPulliam3rd (205) 10 years ago

Funny? More like scary. Funny is when the IRS spokesperson said she wasn't good with math. This is trying to silence the opposition.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago

Oh, bullshit. Quit acting like a bunch of little hilljack victims. Last year or the year before last several Democrats sent letters to the IRS and asked them to look into who was funding many of the patriot groups and the TP organizations. Remember?

[-] -3 points by JackPulliam3rd (205) 10 years ago

You are right. No big deal. What possible harm could there be?

Tell the White House to go easy on the IRS


[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago

You mean the harm found in checking the tax exempt status? http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/11/us/politics/irs-apologizes-to-conservative-groups-over-application-audits.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0

Quit crying. You come on here and spend a quantity of time talking about getting the money out of politics and how that is the only thing we have in common.

But, you don't mean that shit.

Using "patriots" as a short cut.................I don't give a damn.

[-] -3 points by JackPulliam3rd (205) 10 years ago

if it was like they say, a low level employee's mistake, that's one thing, but this is so Nixonian and looks so bad, you'd think they'd go out of the way to avoid the accusations, especially during an election year.

Between this and the talking points report, not a good day for the WH. At least I have an excuse if I ever get audited: "I'm not good with math" Lauren Hill should have tried that one.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago

Stop! You aren't persecuted. You should be. But, you're not.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago


How about now? Is it important now or are you going to whine? Would it be ok with you if the IRS started looking here?

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago


Never mind, I found it. Ya, pay no attention to the money that's being funneled into these groups. It might cut into your check, amiright?

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago


[-] -2 points by linden (-16) 10 years ago

But the current administration isnt biased , is it.