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The IRS Abuse Scandal

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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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Press Releases & Media Coverage


Tom Fitton: Re-Open the IRS Targeting Investigation

Last week the Department of Justice officially issued settlements to a pair of conservative tea party groups after they were inappropriately targeted by the IRS under President Obama. It was the first time the IRS admitted the wrongdoing and Attorney General Jeff Sessions classified the extra scrutiny as “inexcusable.” “There is no…


Conservatives Targeted by IRS Celebrate Settlement

Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, called on the Trump administration to investigate the agency’s conduct in its compliance with public records law, as well as its handling of conservative applications. Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said he had “zero confidence that the Justice Department did an adequate review of…


Tom Fitton on IRS Scandal: ‘That’s How You Steal an Election in Plain Sight’

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said the IRS effectively “stole an election in plain sight” by targeting conservative groups during the Obama years. Fitton said there are now documents showing the Tea Party was suppressed by the IRS. He said that former employee Lois Lerner was a “Democratic activist in…


Video: Why Tom Fitton wants IRS targeting investigation reopened

Watch the latest video at Oct. 27, 2017 – 4:44 – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton on “Outnumbered Overtime” on the Fox News Channel discussing the Justice Department’s settlement with dozens of conservative groups that were targeted unfairly and illegally by the IRS.


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


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.


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…


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