Debt & Taxes
Progressive Groups Were in IRS Sightlines, Too
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 1:09pm
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After the Internal Revenue Service spent a month under fire for excessive scrutiny of conservative groups, a new report by its acting commissioner Danny Werfel claims the agency was also targeting progressive groups and searched for terms like “Occupy” and “Israel.”

The report describes several new procedures to prevent unfair treatment by the agency, including a fast-track process for groups seeking tax-exempt status that have yet to get a response from the IRS within 120 days of applying. Werfel told reporters Monday that the top five IRS officials responsible for the tax-exempt status of organizations have been removed.

"The IRS is committed to correcting its mistakes, holding individuals accountable as appropriate" and establishing new controls to reduce potential future problems,” Werfel said. - Read the report here

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Washington Correspondent Brianna Ehley, based in D.C., covers Congress, government agencies and spending issues, health care, and tax and economic policy for The Fiscal Times.