The policy that allowed Internal Revenue Officials to target conservative groups a few years ago is apparently still in place, per The Daily Signal.
A nonprofit government watchdog has discovered past abuses may still be happening.
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The federal tax agency’s policy requires IRS officials to stop processing tax-exempt applications that are “likely to attract media or congressional attention,” the Cause of Action Institute said in a report made public Wednesday.
The policy also directs IRS officials to prepare “sensitive case reports” for their supervisors and to ignore “the merits of the application” if it involves a newsworthy topic.
“Targeting was—and is—IRS policy, not a violation of it,” the report said, noting that the policy is still in place. “As a result, American taxpayers are at risk for similar treatment in the future.”
“In halting the applications, preparing such reports and referring the matter to supervisors, including political appointees, IRS employees behaved exactly as agency rules dictated,” the report continued.
The IRS delayed hundreds of applications from conservative and tea party groups beginning in 2010. A federal court recently ruled the IRS is still targeting groups using the policy.
Lois Lerner’s email scandal in 2015 revealed Bristol Palin was at risk of being targeted by the IRS because of a payment made for a speech she gave to the Candie’s Foundation, per The Daily Caller.