While Democrats deny IRS harassment of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status was politically motivated, the facts are proving otherwise.
During a Congressional hearing on the Internal Revenue Service, Rep. Charles W. Boustany Jr. (R-LA) chairman of the Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight, disclosed that 10 percent of conservative group donors were audited by the IRS.
From Rep. Boustany’s statement:
Equally troubling is new evidence uncovered by the Committee that shows the IRS’s exam function may have been used for political purposes. It is well known that the IRS improperly requested donor information from scores of conservative groups. For months, this Committee has asked the IRS what it did with these improperly obtained lists and whether those lists were used to target individual donors to right-leaning groups. Recently, the Committee uncovered new information indicating that, after groups provided the information to the IRS, nearly one in ten donors were subject to audit. Any abuse of discretion in audit selection must be identified and stopped.
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