House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee chairman Charles Boustany, R-La., has introduced legislation to reform the Internal Revenue Service’s review of applications for tax-exempt status to avoid unfair targeting of some groups.
Boustany’s subcommittee convened hearings earlier this year in which it grilled IRS officials over the extra scrutiny they gave to applications from conservative groups with “Tea Party” and “Patriot” in their names. Lois Lerner, the former head of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations unit, disclosed the targeting ahead of the release of a report on the practice by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. She and several other top IRS officials lost their jobs amid the outcry over the revelations.
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