RNC files suit against IRS on Tax Day
April 15th, 2014
04:36 PM ET
7 months ago

RNC files suit against IRS on Tax Day

(CNN) – The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday, the day Americans file their taxes, it's suing the Internal Revenue Service over withholding records involved in the agency's targeting of conservative and other groups.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-California) has spent nearly a year investigating why the agency used conservative political terms like "Tea Party" and "patriot" to flag some applications for tax-exempt status.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said his group filed suit on Tuesday against the IRS over its legal obligation to fulfill the RNC's request to review documents in the IRS used in its criteria for determining tax-exempt organizations.

"On Tax Day especially Americans deserve to know whether they can trust the agency to which they're sending their taxes," Preibus said. "If the IRS and the Obama administration don't have anything to hide, why not answer the request?"

Priebus said the RNC made the request last May, nearly one year ago, and since then, the IRS has asked for several extensions to fulfill the request but has yet to provide the RNC information, as required under the Freedom of Information Act.

Last year, reports surfaced that conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status were being targeted by the IRS, sparking outrage from Republicans and calls of misconduct by the Obama administration. Disclosures later revealed, however, that the IRS targeted liberals as well as conservatives in assessing applications for tax-exempt status.

The IRS has said it was not targeting groups out of political bias, but because it was trying to determine whether the groups' primary activities were social welfare, rather than political activity.

The RNC's announcement comes after the Republican-led House Oversight Committee voted 21-12 last week to charge former IRS official Lois Lerner with contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about the agency's targeting.

CNN's Dana Davidsen and Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report.


Filed under: Obama administration • RNC • Taxes
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Winston Smith

    A political ploy of the worst kind. Doing all they can to pander to the nut jobs that walk among the rest of us. It's sickening.

    April 16, 2014 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  2. Larry38363

    The Republican Party is neither republican or democratic. It is now and Oligarchy and should be totally destroyed!

    April 16, 2014 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  3. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    How much taxpayer money did the desperate Guns Over People tea potty waste this time?

    April 16, 2014 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  4. Michael MN

    They should all be targeted 100% Beyond me why the GOP wants to sue so they can cheat on there taxes
    And for all you tea party nit wits the ONLY group denied was a liberal group and these groups didn't even have to file – shows how smart they are

    April 16, 2014 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  5. mosthubris

    RNC has no legal standing to sue the IRS. However, let them do it. Then we can see the RNC books. And consider that conservatives talk a lot about suing this and suing that and investigating this and investigating that. So, do it already! Just shut up and do it! Shut up and do it! If you're not going to legislate, then shut up, investigate, and litigate!

    April 16, 2014 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  6. Quixote

    Quot repeating the rnc talking point..."targeting cpnservative groups." They targeted liberal groups too. And they SHOULD have targeted those groups gor scrutiny. Crossrqpds was found in violati of federal tax law but the FEC cannt move on them because the three republicons are blocking action. A 501c4 gets tax exemt status IF they spend more than half their money on SOCIAL WELFARE ACTIVITY. Groups like crossroads file as that kind of organization, then CHEAT ON THEIR TAXES COSTING REGULAR TAXPAYERS MORE. Crossroqds spent more than $120millinon all tax free, and almost evey dime on plitical activity. They SHOULD be twrgeted, and they SHOULD be denoed tax exempt and they SHOuod be fined and made to pay restitution in bax taxes.

    April 16, 2014 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  7. Quixote

    Those conservative serfs who repeat the LONG discredited stats on the percentage of income tax paid by the rich,....

    Two quick points that you seem unable to grasp. Most of the income of the wealthy is in the form of stocks dividends.... So when you cite their percentage of "income" you ignore the main source of their income. That capital gains income is taxed at a lower rate than you pay on money you actually earn.

    And when you combine ALL taxes people pay as a function of ALL their income, the wealthy pay the same overall or sometimes less than you and me. Stop carrying water for people who are using you as a sucker.

    April 16, 2014 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
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