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The IRS Abuse Scandal

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ABOUT THE SCANDAL

Charged with collecting taxes and enforcing the Internal Revenue Code, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is one of the most powerful agencies of the Federal Government. It is one which must be run scrupulously and without a hint of corruption. Sadly, as the IRS Targeting Scandal continues to unfold we see that the power entrusted to the IRS has been abused by the Obama Administration…

Beginning in 2010 members of the IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division began targeting “Tea Party” and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny and harassment. Some groups were forced to answer outrageous and arbitrary questionnaires, or were simply denied the critical tax exempt status they deserved (see evidence below).

Judicial Watch is on the front lines fighting for accountability and vigorously investigating this scandal. We won’t stop until the criminals involved in the IRS Targeting Scandal are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the Law.


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Key Documents

Press Releases & Media Coverage

IN THE NEWS

‘After School Satan Club’ Gets Tax Exempt Status in 10 Days

From The Washington Free Beacon: The Internal Revenue Service granted an “After School Satan Club” their tax exempt status. The approval process for the group’s non-profit status took only 10 days, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch on Friday. The satanic club was started by Reason Alliance, a Somerville,…

IN THE NEWS

Obama’s IRS gave ‘Satan Club’ creator fast tax-exempt status

From the Washington Times: Documents obtained by a government watchdog show that the originator of the “After School Satan Club” received speedy tax-exempt status while conservative groups were stuck in bureaucratic red tape under the Obama administration. Treasury Department files obtained by Judicial Watch last week show Reason Alliance in…

IN THE NEWS

Time to clean house and end corruption at the IRS

From The Hill: The sordid story of IRS corruption and political dirty tricks during the Obama years is widely known thanks to numerous documents and emails forced out of the government under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). As it turns out, however, there may be much more to come.…

IN THE NEWS

IRS has 7,000 unreleased documents related to conservative and Tea Party targeting

From The Washington Examiner: The IRS has told a federal court that they’ve recently identified almost 7,000 more documents that could contain information on how the agency targeted the tax-exempt applications of Tea Party organizations or other conservative political groups starting back in 2010, according to a court document. But…

PRESS RELEASE

Federal Court Grants Hearing on IRS Email Destruction to Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch today filed a Motion for Status Conference, and within hours was granted a hearing in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to confer about the emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials, which were the subject of longstanding Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and a lawsuit, and which the IRS now

PRESS RELEASE

Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting

Judicial Watch today released a new batch of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents revealing that its handling of Tea Party applications was directed out of the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The documents also show extensive pressure on the IRS by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) to shut down conservative-leaning tax-exempt organizations.

PRESS RELEASE

JW Obtains IRS Documents Showing Lerner in Contact With DOJ about Potential Prosecution of Tax-Exempt Groups

May 9, 2013, email reveals IRS plans to meet with Department of Justice over whether to prosecute groups that “lied” about plans for political activity  (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released a new batch of internal IRS documents revealing that former IRS official Lois Lerner communicated with the Department…

PRESS RELEASE

JW Obtains Records: IRS’ Lerner Disclosed Confidential Information about Tax Status of Conservative Groups to FEC

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained email exchanges between former Internal Revenue Services (IRS) Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner and enforcement attorneys at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) indicating that the IRS provided detailed, confidential information concerning the tax exempt application status and