IRS Admits Harassing Patriot Groups, ApologizesSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 13:08
IRS Admits Harassing Patriot Groups, Apologizes
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
May 10, 2013 | 12:29 pm EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.
Organizations were singled out because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups.
In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.