May 14th, 2013
05:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Report finds IRS targeted conservative groups, delayed applications

(CNN) - The Internal Revenue Service deliberately targeted groups with "tea party" in their names and who were applying for federal tax exempt status, delaying processing of their applications and requesting unnecessary information, according to an advance copy of a report by the agency's inspector general obtained Tuesday by CNN.

The report found that for more than 18 months beginning in early 2010 the IRS developed and put in place a policy that used "inappropriate criteria" to identify potential political applications and then forwarded those applications to a team of specialists for review.

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  1. Joan

    This happened while a Republican was in charge of the program. He should be held accountable not President Obama. These were new groups trying to qualify and of course they should have been checked carefully. Another tempest in a teapot.

    May 14, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. DENNA

    The Tea Party was well funded by people who wanted to "take back" America. From whom, I am not sure. So if you want to spout nonsense like this, expect to be investigated. My goodness, the GOP had untold numbers of big money contributors throwing money at them. Unfortunately, those pesky, ordinary people insisted on voting Democratic. See, sometimes, money cannot buy everything.

    May 14, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. ney

    Should the IRS be blame for overseeing where the money is coming from? and how is being used, keep in mind, there are thousands of Americans hiding money over seas, and wouldnt be easy for them to bring it back with a total tax exempt?

    May 15, 2013 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  4. Thomas

    Just what we need more none profits that don't create or help anybody , its an industry .

    It's called money laundering !

    Former House majority leader Dick Armey says he took an $8 million consulting deal in return for leaving the conservative none profit organization FreedomWorks because the group was "dishonest" and because he "couldn't leave with empty pockets."

    The arrangement, he says, will allow him to "never have to work again forever."

    May 15, 2013 02:31 am at 2:31 am |