The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released a lengthy list of organizations it snagged for review three years after it became embroiled in a controversy over targeting tax-exempt conservative groups for increased scrutiny.
(Article by Jesse Byrnes, republished from http://thehill.com/policy/finance/282307-irs-targeted-426-groups-report)
The IRS filed the list of 426 groups last month as part of a class action lawsuit. The names of another 40 to 45 groups that met the agency’s criteria for extra scrutiny and delays were not released since they opted out of inclusion in the lawsuit.
NorCal Tea Party Patriots filed the lawsuit against the IRS and some of its officials in 2013, shortly after an earlier inspector general report revealing the targeting was released. The group asserted claims under the First and Fifth amendments of the Constitution and the Privacy Act.
As part of the discovery process, NorCal had sought IRS lists of groups seeking tax-exempt status that were allegedly subjected to delays and requests for unnecessary information due to their political beliefs. NorCal also requested spreadsheets that the IRS had given to the inspector general for its report.
The group had asked for this information so it could identify other members of the class.