House Democrats are demanding answers from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration about its report on the Internal Revenue Service’s screening of tax-exempt groups, demanding to know why some newly uncovered documents were left out of the report.
The report, which provoked a firestorm of outrage among conservatives and led to the resignations of a number of top IRS officials and a shake-up in the ranks of the Exempt Organizations unit, found that IRS officials had used Be on the Lookout, or BOLO, lists to screen out applications from “Tea Party” and “Patriot” groups for extra scrutiny. IRS principal deputy commissioner Danny Werfel, who was brought in to head the agency after the hastened departure of acting commissioner Steven T. Miller, has outlined a series of changes the IRS will make to address the problems in its process for reviewing applications for tax-exempt status (see IRS Outlines Steps to Fix Problems with Tax-Exempt Applications).
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