“After reviewing nearly 800,000 pages of documents and conducting nearly two dozen IRS and TIGTA employee interviews, the investigation found that the IRS used inappropriate selection criteria, burdensome questions, and lengthy delays in processing applications for 501 (c)(4) tax exempt status from both conservative and liberal groups” said Levin.
“In response to Subcommittee inquiry, the Treasury Inspector General Russell George wrote in a June 2014 letter that the TIGTA audit ‘found no evidence of political bias,’ a letter we are releasing today in conjunction with our report.
“The lack of political bias doesn’t mean, however, that the IRS acted properly. The report criticizes the IRS for its failure to enforce the law which prohibits tax exempt social welfare groups from engaging in campaign activities, and lays out its shortcomings in detail. We are also releasing hundreds of IRS documents so the public can judge for itself what happened.
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