The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released its highly anticipated report on the Internal Revenue Service’s practice of focusing on conservative groups for enhanced scrutiny Tuesday evening.
The report titled “Inappropriate Criteria Were Used to Identify Tax-Exempt Applications for Review” will be the subject of congressional testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee Friday, according to IG spokesman David Barnes.
“Although the IRS has taken some action, it will need to do more so that the public has reasonable assurance that applications are processed without unreasonable delay in a fair and impartial manner in the future,” the report reads.
The IG initiated the audit based on the concerns expressed by members of Congress.
The report reveals that the “IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention,” the report “Highlights” explains, further pointing out that “Ineffective management: 1) allowed inappropriate criteria to be developed and stay in place for more than 18 months, 2) resulted in substantial delays in processing certain applications, and 3) allowed unnecessary information requests to be issued.”
Tuesday Attorney General Eric Holder announced an investigation of the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.
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