Tea Party joins lawsuit against IRS
The Liberty Township Tea Party has joined 40 other conservative groups in a federal lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service, claiming the agency delayed and obstructed their application for tax exempt status because of their political beliefs.The Butler Coun asics trainers ty conservative political group asics trainers applied for 501c3 status with the IRS in May of 2010, and after more than three years, its application hasn’t been approved or denied. The IRS admitted last month that it targeted for tougher examinations tea party and other conservative groups seeking the tax exempt designation.”We need ans asics trainers wers to what’s going on,” McLaughlin said of her group’s reasons for joining the American Center for Law and Justice’s suit. “There needs to be consequences for the actions the IRS took, and I don’t think taking the Fifth Amendment and being on paid administrative leave is punishment.”Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel testified June 3 before the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on financial services and general government that “tr asics trainers ust has been broken as a result of the unacceptable conduct uncovered in the recent report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.” He promised taxpayers that he would restore that trust and that a comprehensive review of the agency would take place.Werfel acknowledged Monday that the IRS’s screening of groups seeking tax exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed. Terms including “Israel,” “Progressive” and “Occupy” were used by agency workers to help pick groups for closer examination, according to an internal IRS document.And while investigators have said agency screening of those groups stopped in May 2012, Monday’s revelation made it clear that screening of other kinds of organizations continued until earlier this month. That is when Werfel says he discovered it, and ordered it halted.The American Center for Law and Justice filed suit May 29 against the IRS on behalf of 25 conservative organizations. Since then, 16 other conservative groups have joined the lawsuit, including two Ohio Tea Parties Liberty Twp. and Portage County. “Just because we disagree with the person in power doesn’t make us the enemy.”.