Though the Department of Justice has not so surprisingly declared that the Internal Revenue Service and its former executive Lois Lerner have been cleared of any wrongdoing related to the Tea Party targeting scandal, some question the validity of the Justice Department’s investigation. And while the IRS will avoid criminal charges for its questionable actions, the Washington Times reports that the IRS continues to delay nonprofit applications of tea party groups.
The Justice Department’s decision relates to the IRS scandal involving the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the IRS openly targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization status between 2010 and 2012. Those groups faced additional audits and scrutiny by the federal agency. The audits cost the organizations tens of thousands of dollars and thousands of employee hours, and ultimately prevented or delayed the groups' receiving of tax-exempt status.
According to the Daily Caller, “At least 292 conservative groups were subjected to unfair targeting between 2010 and 2012.”
The Justice Department’s investigation into the scandal picked up from the inspector general’s determination that the IRS was using inappropriate criteria to identify tax-exempt applications for review by a team of specialists, including applications from organizations with “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” or “9/12” in their name.
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