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Clair Brooks (right) a WWII vet from Mount Vernon, waves to motorists on the southeast corner of Riverside and College Way Wednesday during an anti-tax demonstration. Frank Varga / Skagit Valley Herald Clair Brooks (right) a WWII vet from Mount Vernon, waves to motorists on the southeast corner of Riverside and College Way Wednesday during an anti-tax demonstration.  

Tea party group plans nationwide protest against the IRS

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

The Tea Party Patriots are encouraging “anyone and everyone” to protest Internal Revenue Service offices on Tuesday in response to the agency’s targeting of conservative groups.

The group expects to hold these “Rein in the IRS Rallies” nationwide.

“On behalf of Tea Party, Patriot groups, 9/12, liberty activists, and the American people, we are calling for anyone and everyone to protest the IRS’ complete abuse of power on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at noon local time,” the group writes on their website.

To help facilitate the protests, the Tea Party Patriots provides a nationwide list of IRS offices and addresses on their website.

“The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is out of control and we need to stand up and let them know that we will not take their intimidation tactics!” the group explains.

Tea Party Patriots also provides templates for letters to newspaper editors, tweets, press announcements, sign messages, blog posts, talking points and letters to senators for local groups to use.

“Audit the IRS!” says one suggested sign template. “Stop the targeting!” says another.

The groups is also encouraging activists to tweet messages like “IRS scandal is exactly why the fed gov’t needs less authority.” Participants in the protests are encouraged to end their tweets with the hashtag “#DCIntervention.”

In addition to the protests, the Tea Party Patriots are calling on people to sign a petition demanding answers from the government and a full congressional investigation of the IRS, and are encouraging other organizations who felt they were targeted to let the group know.

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