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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

Documents Show IRS Official Admitted Targeting Groups

From CBN News: A top IRS official has admitted that Cincinnati IRS agents targeted groups requesting tax exempt status based on “party affiliation” and “guilt by association,” according to documents obtained by the legal watchdog group Judicial Watch.

IN THE NEWS

IRS aware of tea party targeting as early as 2011, watchdog finds

From the Washington Times: The IRS knew agents were targeting tea party groups through “guilt by association” as far back as 2011, according to new documents released Wednesday by Judicial Watch that show the tax agency was deeply skeptical of all the new conservative groups emerging under President Obama’s watch.

IN THE NEWS

Top IRS Official Said Agency Targeted Conservative Groups Based on ‘Guilt By Association’

From The Washington Free Beacon: A top IRS official admitted that conservative groups were targeted based on “guilt by association ” and “party affiliation,” according to newly obtained documents from the government watchdog group Judicial Watch.

IN THE NEWS

TRUMP URGED TO REOPEN CRIMINAL PROBE OF IRS

From WND: Judicial Watch said the new 1,593 pages of documentation include a statement from Holly Paz, the former IRS director of the office of Rulings and Agreements, that the agents were ignoring the actual activities of organizations, and trying to find indications they had another agenda, what they “really”…

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