A federal judge has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to refund over $20,000 in taxes to the Democratic Leadership Council, saying the IRS broke its own rules by first granting tax-exempt status to the DLC and then revoking it.

The DLC had to pay $20,000 in taxes for 1997, 1998 and 1999. The IRS must refund that amount and may need to pay legal costs as well in the long-running case, according to the BNA Daily Tax Report.

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