The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said that it is refusing to comply with an Internal Revenue Service request for documents that came as part of the agency's investigation into alleged improper political bias on the part of the civil rights group.The IRS is challenging the group's tax-exempt status because, it says, NAACP chairman Julian Bond made politically partisan remarks while speaking at the group's national convention in Philadelphia last July. The civil rights organization was charged in an Oct. 8 IRS document with "distributing statements in opposition of George W. Bush for the presidency."

An IRS spokesman said in early February that the agency could not comment further for privacy reasons. Last October, IRS Commissioner Mark Everson denied the group's claim that the probe is politically motivated.

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