More information is coming out about how the IRS harassed groups critical of the government. Allegations are coming out that the agency audits businesses whose owners have questioned government actions and that it has leaked confidential tax records. Also, the Washington Post is reporting that the initiative to target conservative organizations came not from rogue agents in Cincinnati, as the IRS has claimed, but from a task force in Washington.
What the IRS did to the conservative organizations, going back to 2010, is in their handling of their tax exempt applications as non-profit organizations. They inundated the groups with paperwork, including the request for detailed information about donors and even volunteers. In addition, the agency would take up to 2 years to process the application! This effectively kept the new groups from functioning. After the jump, an organization’s spokesman tells what his group went through. [Read more…]