Judge orders IRS to clear tea party application backlog within month

by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times  |  published on October 17, 2016

IRSA federal judge has ordered the IRS to finally clean up the tea party targeting mess, giving the tax agency less than a month to decide on a handful of applications that are still pending more than three years after officials first admitted they were targeting the conservative groups and subjecting them to intrusive scrutiny.

The IRS also must file a brief detailing the steps it has taken to prevent further targeting and to make sure the tea party groups don’t face any more fallout from the stigma of having been singled out in the first place, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said in an order issued late Friday.

Judge Walton ordered final decisions on two applications that have been pending for years and said four other groups that had withdrawn their applications amid the unconstitutional targeting can resubmit and the IRS must decide on those, too, by Nov. 11.

The Albuquerque Tea Party, which filed its application in December 2009, has been waiting nearly seven years. Unite in Action, a Michigan-based group, applied in 2010.

Judge Walton called that “an exorbitant period of time” and said the IRS should have been able to act once it admitted it was targeting the groups.

  • Walter Flatt

    DO YOU THINK THEY WILL OBEY, HILLIARY DELETED A BUNCH OF EMAILS AFTER BEING ORDERED TO TURN THEM OVER.

    SEND THE BELOW GOOGLE TO ALL THE PEOPLE YOU KNOW. IT NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW.

    IF DONALD WILL ONLY USE THE BELOW FOR A NATION WIDE AD, HIS ELECTION WOULD BE A SNAP. TRY AND GET HIM TO DO THIS.

    BETTER THINK ABOUT THE SUPREME COURT AND THE PEOPLE HILLIARY WILL APPOINT. ALL LIBERAL.

    GOOGLE THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015, OR CLINTONS CIRCLE OF POWER.

    IF THE ABOVE IS SHOWN TO THE PUBLIC, ITS OVER FOR HER.

    IS SHE ON DOPE? IS THIS WHY SHE WANTS OPEN BORDERS?

  • justinwachin

    If the IRS fails to meet the deadline hopefully the judge will send the IRS officials to jail for contempt of court. The judge has been more than generous in the amount of time he has allotted the IRS to deal with six applications.

  • ONTIME

    So what is going to happen if the IRS again refuses or fails to comply?…I want to see enforced consequence…..

  • retired4ever

    Regardless of the judge’s orders the IRS can’t do a damn thing until the directions come down from the obummer inn.

  • Rodney Steward

    What do we have, another judge acting like he really cares and trying to make the system look good by making us think they’re really doing their jobs!

  • Karll

    Doesn’t that judge realize the the IRS is above the law?

  • Paul Swigert

    Don’t hold your breath. I get the judge ruled and all, but notice how it’s after the election?

  • PatriotGal

    Without a doubt, I’m positive they will – let’s see if pigs fly…

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