Protesters chant 'IRS has got to go' in Cincinnati

Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) — Chanting "IRS has got to go," tea party activists are rallying in Cincinnati to protest extra IRS scrutiny of their groups.

Waving such signs as "internal revenge service" and some wearing Colonial-era attire, members of tea party groups gathered Tuesday at the city's Fountain Square.

They plan to march to the nearby federal building. That building houses Internal Revenue Service offices that handled group applications for tax-exempt status. IRS officials have acknowledged that some conservative groups received inappropriate attention and questioning.

Tea party protests of the IRS also were planned in other cities across the country.

Some recent IRS retirees in the Cincinnati area say employees there shouldn't be vilified. Former senior manager Bonnie Esrig says the office was a nonpolitical environment, and tax-exempt status workloads had been increasing.

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