A look at events leading to the disclosure that the Internal Revenue Service placed conservative groups under special scrutiny for 18 months before the 2012 elections, a practice that has prompted congressional inquiries and a Justice Department criminal investigation:
March-April: IRS agents begin giving extra attention to tax-exempt applications from groups associated with the tea party or with a political sounding agenda in their names, such as “Patriots,” ”Take Back the Country” or “We the People,” according to the IRS inspector general.
August: The first IRS “BOLO” listing — meaning Be on the Lookout — is issued for “various local organizations in the Tea Party movement” that are seeking tax-exempt status.
June: Lawmakers send the first of at least eight letters asking the IRS to address complaints that conservative groups are being subjected to burdensome screening in their applications for tax-exempt status.
Read More at OfficialWire . By Calvin Woodward.
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