IRS asked 'unnecessary, burdensome questions' of conservative groups

 

McClatchy Washington Bureau

The IRS used inappropriate criteria to review applications for tax-exempt status by tea party groups and other conservative organizations, according to a copy of the report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, obtained by McClatchy late Tuesday.

The IRS also left that criteria in place for 18 months and substantially delayed processing of the applicant requests, said the report.

The report, not yet officially made public by the inspector general’s office, also said the IRS, part of the Treasury Department, asked of these groups “unnecessary, burdensome questions” that unfairly delayed applications; ultimately these organizations were told the information was not needed.

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