News Summary: IRS did not target progressives - IG

News Summary: Treasury investigator says no evidence IRS gave progressives extra scrutiny

Associated Press

NOT TARGETED: The Treasury Department watchdog who detailed Internal Revenue Service mistreatment of tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status says he has no evidence the IRS also mishandled progressive groups' applications.

LIST OF TERMS: The inspector general for tax administration told Congress the term "Progressives" appeared on a list of terms used by IRS screeners from 2010 to 2012 to look for potential problems on applications for tax-exempt status. But he found no indication the term was used to refer these applications for extra scrutiny.

DELAYS CLAIMED: Some progressive groups have complained about facing lengthy delays and detailed questions from the IRS. Some Democrats say the IG's report last month revealing mistreatment of tea party groups unfairly focused on conservatives, omitting mention of progressives.

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