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IRS Chief Werfel: Inappropriate Screening Was Broad

IRS Chief Werfel Inappropriate Screening Was Broad

Danny Werfel said today that the Internal Revenue Service’s screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than was been previously disclosed.

An internal IRS document obtained by The Associated Press said that besides “tea party,” lists used by screeners to pick groups for close examination also included the terms “Israel,” ”Progressive” and “Occupy.” The document said an investigation into why specific terms were included was still underway.

In a conference call with reporters, Werfel did not specify what terms were on the lists, but said that he suspended the use of all such lists.

Werfel’s comments suggest the IRS may have been targeting groups other than tea party and other conservative organizations for tough examinations to see if they qualify. The agency has been under fire since last month for targeting those groups.


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