Between 2010 and 2012, the IRS saw the number of applications for section 501©(4) status double. As a result, local career employees in Cincinnati sought to centralize work and assign cases to designated employees in an effort to promote consistency and quality. This approach has worked in other areas.
However, the IRS recognizes we should have done a better job of handling the influx of advocacy applications. While centralizing cases for consistency made sense, the way we initially centralized them did not. Mistakes were made initially, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan rationale.
We fixed the situation last year and have made significant progress in moving the centralized cases through our system. To date, more than half of the cases have been approved or withdrawn. It is important to recognize that all centralized applications received the same, even-handed treatment, and the majority of cases centralized were not based on a specific name.
In addition, new procedures also were implemented last year to ensure that these mistakes won’t be made in the future. The IRS also stresses that our employees – all career civil servants — will continue to be guided by tax law and not partisan issues.
However, this clearly contradicts Lerner’s earlier claim that the IRS looked for groups that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status.
So what’s really going on?
If this was just some sort of bureaucratic hiccup (as the IRS statement claims it was), then what, exactly, was Lerner talking about? Also, you can’t say that this was entirely “nonpartisan” when Lerner — a top ranking official — specifically stated that they were flagging groups that used “patriot” and “tea party” in their applications.
Someone needs to get their story straight.
UPDATE 1:43 p.m. ET – In case you were wondering why the IRS hadn’t mentioned or addressed this issue until today, here’s your “answer”:
IRS says no apology before today because no one ever asked.
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Seriously, anyone think this wasn't on request of an administration looking for reasons to trash conservatives during an election season? After all, every other attempt failed. James Holmes, not a tea partier. Jared Laughner, not a tea partier, not inspired by Palin. George Zimmerman, not a white racist. Racism in the tea party, couldn't even find it by offering a huge reward. Mitt Romney, paid his taxes contrary to weasel Reid's nonexistent source. All you hear from the left is how washed up and insignificant the tea party and conservatism is. If so, why the need to go far out of the way to find dirt?
How insulting is that tweet btw? Because no one asked... The gall. I hate these henchmen. They aren't even a government institution. They're the goons for the Federal Reserve and our government are their soldiers. The Reserve are the real bosses. Argghhh! So many things to btch about!