Washington D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today released a staff report titled, “Sensitive Case Reports: A Hidden Cause of the IRS Targeting Scandal,” outlining how seven years after the IRS targeting scandal began, the rule that enabled this inexcusable behavior remains in place.

IRS targeting during the Obama administration involved invasive questioning and years-long delays in the processing of applications by non-profit organizations for tax-exempt status, and focused disproportionately on right-leaning groups, especially those with “Tea Party” in their name. The policy that enabled this targeting is an internal rule that singles out applications from any group interested in issues that might garner attention from either the media or Congress. In such cases, the merits of the application are ignored as IRS employees develop “Sensitive Case Reports” for consideration by those above them in the IRS hierarchy.  In the targeting scandal, the existence of this rule allowed partisan concerns to overtake the process, leading to the unfair treatment of groups holding political viewpoints at odds with the Obama administration.

The report explains that unless and until that rule is removed from the internal manual used by all IRS employees, targeting of political opponents will remain a very real threat. Fortunately, removing the offending provisions is a simple process that can be started at any time and completed without the need for new legislation.

The full report can be accessed HERE

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For information regarding this press release, please contact Zachary Kurz, Director of Communications at CoA Institute: zachary.kurz@causeofaction.org