Trending In Our News Feeds – Government audit condemns IRS overreach. An audit released yesterday by the inspector general in charge of supervising the IRS charged the agency with using “inappropriate criteria” for screening groups seeking tax-exempt status. The report confirms the agency’s tax-exempt unit used terms such as “tea party” and “patriot” to target conservative political advocacy groups. However, the report suggests the IRS’ actions stemmed from clumsiness, not a partisan agenda. Inspector General J. Russell George says the tax-exempt unit employs workers who are ignorant of tax laws and defiant of their supervisors. President Obama called the IRS’ actions “intolerable and inexcusable.” He told Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to hold the agency accountable and take action to prevent future overreaches. The Justice Department and FBI are also launching investigations into the actions of the IRS. The Washington Post tells you why so many political groups are seeking tax-exempt status.
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