IRS vows to finally begin processing applications of targeted tea party groups

by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times  |  published on August 26, 2016

The IRS is still holding up three tea party groups’ applications, Commissioner John Koskinen admitted in a letter to Congress last week — but he insisted he agents are finally about to begin processing them.

Mr. Koskinen is hoping to head off yet another judicial spanking for his agency, which has suffered a string of defeats in federal courts that ruled he is still improperly targeting conservative groups and mistreating them more than three years after the tax agency admitted to its bad behavior.

Not only are three groups still awaiting approval, but the IRS had left open the possibility of kick-starting the use of its targeting, or “be on lookout” (BOLO), lists that the agency used to figure out who it was subjecting to intrusive scrutiny.

Now, Mr. Koskinen is finally moving to shut the operation down for good.

“There should be no doubt that the use of BOLO lists has not just been temporarily suspended, it has been eliminated,” he said in letters to key committees on Capitol Hill.

  • Wayne Thorson

    That T-party bunch got what they deserve for shutting down this country and threatening several times to do it again.

    • Daniel Wright

      What the fuck are you talking about Forrest? I was following you to show you the truth. I am now un-following you. You are a lost soul who has sold your soul to the Devil via the Democrat party. Trump has said his followers would vote for him if he shot someone. You and other Hillary zombies will vote for her knowing that Hillary is responsible for dozens of deaths. Five of those deaths happened this year. You are pathetic and hopeless. I was nice calling you Forrest. You make Forrest Gump look like Einstein.

  • CharlieSeattle

    The IRS/FBI/DOJ/A G Lynch are ALL leftist political tools.

    Congress is complicit by permitting it for 7-1/2 years.

  • Warren

    What the hell is taking that Goon so long? That process should have started the day it was exposed as Criminal act and why is that Leprechaun still employed & Free ?? Why is Lois Lerner still Free??? These Criminal Politicians are the Untouchables. France had an answer the Guillotine !

  • justinwachin

    The IRS needs to be audited. Many of their employees need to be fired and have their pensions revoked. These people have discriminated against people based on their political ideology.

    • The Redhawk

      DEFUND.. Demise.. Eliminate the IRS and FLUSH MOST of those lying Employees down the TOILET!

  • PC Bob

    I want ALL of this, too, but mainly I want the IRS disbanded! We no longer ‘NEED’ this dinosaur-like department in this country! What we do need is a simple sales tax, a FAIR tax where everyone pays according to his/her ability! SInce the very wealthy SPEND more they will pay more. The current system is just costing us all FAR too much time and money!

  • DrBillLemoine

    With all the negative attention and lawsuits involved, it’s good there’s light at the end of the tunnel, meaning doing what IRS is supposed to do at last. I can appreciate, however, the extra care or time taken by officials to get it ‘right’ and avoid more scrutiny by congress and citizens let alone impending tax exempts. Let’s hear more about the rejiggering of procedures since the ‘permissible’ wording of tax exempts allowed to politick was discovered and changed. No tax exempt should be involved in any political activity. Let’s hear more about the IRS division in Cincinnati assigned to deal with tax exempts. Let’s hear about those current tax exempts who ARE engaging in political activity against the law. How are they to be rolled back or status cancelled. There’s a lot here to resolve.

  • Pat Enery

    Didn’t William Benson of South Holland, Illinois, physically prove that the 16th Amendment was never ratified. Isn’t that why a corrupt Chicago judge silenced him with a gag order on this. The corrupt legal system works hand in hand with all the other corrupt factions that seek to undermine this country. Lawyers have their price too in order to get the desired result. Ask O.J.

  • rannan3

    To illustrate how the IRS persecuted the administration’s political enemies ….. ” As Eliana Johnson of the National Review reported this week, Lerner transmitted some 1.25 million pages of tax returns of mostly Tea Party and conservative groups to the Justice Department in October 2010. In Johnson’s words, this was “likely the largest unauthorized disclosure of tax-return information in history.”

  • gerald Hughes

    I want this guy in front of a Grand Jury as soon as Trump takes office.

    • rannan3

      Yes and the Grand Jury should subpoena Lois Lerner too ! She thinks she got off scot-free .

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      • gerald Hughes

        hear , hear, then put him in front of Grand Jury, with a little luck, when he sees he is going to jail he will drop a dime on the inept lying outlaw in the white house.

        • The Redhawk

          This POS will Drop a DIME so fast that ‘HObama will be caught once more with his Pants down… and showing the absence of a “Johnson”

          • gerald Hughes

            That we knew, Michelle has been carrying his testicles around for years

          • The Redhawk

            IF he ever had ANY she must have put them in an Embalming JAR…….OR may be NOT!

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