Friday, May 10, 2013
After months of denying that the IRS has been targeting tea party groups for special scrutiny, Lois Lerner, Director of the IRS's Exempt Organizations Division, admitted that the IRS had been giving additional scrutiny to applications for tax-exempt status from goups with the "Tea Party" or "patriot" in their title. She denied there was any political motivation and blamed the practice on a low-level employee in Cincinnati.
Update: The IRS has released this statement.
- ABC News, Tea Party Rejects IRS Apology
- Daily Beast: The IRS Takes Aim at the Tea Party
- Election Law Blog, “IRS Apologizes For Targeting Conservative Groups In 2012 Election”
- Forbes, IRS to Tea Party: Sorry We Targeted You and Your Tax Status
- National Review, 'Mistakes Were Made'
- New York Times, IRS Apologizes to Conservative Groups Over Application Audits
- Tax Update Blog, Look at a Celebrity Return? You’re Fired! Harass a Tea Party Outfit? Carry On.
- Volokh Conspiracy, IRS Admits Targeting “Tea Party” Groups
- Wall Street Journal, IRS Apologizes for Scrutiny of Conservative Groups
- Wall Street Journal, The New Nixon: This Time, the Press Cheered as the IRS Investigated the President's Opponents.
- Washington Post, IRS Admits Targeting Conservatives for Tax Scrutiny in 2012 Election
- Washington Times, Congress Vows to Investigate IRS Over Conservative Audits
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Is President Obama Ineligible to Work for the IRS?
- Barack Milhous Obama: Presidents Should Not Joke About Using the IRS as Political Enforcer