The Internal Revenue Service is suffering increased scrutiny more than a month after reports broke that it was targeting tea party groups during the 2012 election cycle that were applying for tax-exempt status. Inspector General J. Russell George’s report on the matter sees the validity of the government organization questioned.
News broke earlier this year that the IRS was unfairly targeting groups with names containing the phrases “tea party” or “patriot.” Groups applying for 501(4) status cannot have politics as their primary activity, something that creates ambiguity and uncertainty in evaluating potential requests for tax exemption.
The IRS was also found shortly after to have engaged in rampant spending on conferences, including training videos and presidential suites for employees in attendance. The news resulted in a turbulent time for the tax collection agency, which saw a change of leadership and scrutiny of high-ranking officials.