IRS: We Targeted Conservative, Tea Party Groups For Extra Scrutiny

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The Internal Revenue Service has admitted to targeting conservative and Tea Party groups with additional scrutiny last year, according to the Associated Press.

IRS spokesperson Lois Lerner said at a conference in Washington that the agency apologized for the special emphasis and scrutiny in applications for tax-exempt status.

According to the AP, she said that organisations containing the words “Tea Party” or “patriot” were targeted for additional review, blaming that on “low-level” workers in Ohio.

At one point last year, 16 tea party groups joined together in claiming harassment by the IRS, something the agency denied at the time.

Certain tax-exempt charitable groups can conduct political activities, but it cannot be their primary activity.

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