IRS refuses to abandon targeting criteria used against tea party, conservative groups

by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times  |  published on September 8, 2016

The IRS is refusing to recant the targeting criteria it used to single out tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, according to court filings made public Wednesday that show the tax agency still struggling with the fallout from the scandal.

At least three tea party groups are still awaiting approval from the IRS more than three years after agents publicly admitted they’d asked inappropriate questions and put the groups through unreasonable delays in obtaining tax-exempt status.

Last month the IRS told both Congress and a federal judge that it would start processing the outstanding applications — but the agency has refused to say how or when, leaving the groups themselves struggling to make sense of things.

Making matters ever more difficult, the IRS specifically refused in court papers to reject further use of the criteria it used to single out tea party and conservative groups in the first place.

“Despite all the representations made by the IRS about having changed its ways, it still asserts that the viewpoint-based Targeting Criteria are relevant for making a determination of tax-exempt status,” Edward Greim, the lawyer representing tea party groups in a class-action lawsuit, told the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

  • Glenn Hendriksn

    “WHY IN CHRISTS NAME CANNOT THE US GOVERNMENT CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” rid this ‘once’ great nation of this HEAD OF THE ameriKan GESTAPO (above photo) ONCE AND FOR ALL ??!

    …. an “SS” firing squad out back of the WH lawn SHOULD be sufficient !!!

  • Bob

    An official in the Obama Administration not being truthful or fulfilling an order to NOT target Conservatives and other “enemies” of the “State” of Obama? Perish the thought.

  • justinwachin

    Once the election is over Congress should begin to take steps to impeach the top levels of IRS management. President Trump should clean house in the IRS and replace the Obama surrogates with professionals who will administer the laws fairly for all Americans.

  • rivahmitch

    Lock and load folks. They’ll be coming to your door.

  • Patriot47

    Other than a lot of noise and a little showmanship, what was done to either correct or modify IRS use as a tool of tyranny?
    Of course they’re still targeting conservatives.

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  • The IRS doesn’t have a clue about their own shadows. Just 4 the record.
    O’ops!.. 2 late.

  • Tiger

    Of course not they are a serious weapon that will be used if H gets in along with the FBI to round-up those who disagree with the Progressive shoe in if it is H. She won’t be running the country, O is going everywhere telling people he isn’t leaving Washington, he intends to continue on his agenda, he intends to make infallible his plans to downsize our military etc.

    These people are part of the Brown Shirts, they will enjoy having families turn one another in.

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