Chief: Tea party groups not political targets
The head of the Internal Revenue Service has told Congress his agency isn’t denying tax-exempt status to tea party groups because of their political views.
Several of the conservative groups have accused the agency of frustrating their attempts to become tax exempt by sending them lengthy, intrusive questionnaires.
But IRS chief Douglas H. Shulman told members of a House panel that his agency prides itself on being nonpolitical. He says the answers the IRS is seeking are typical of the questions that it asks when determining whether a group is entitled to be tax exempt.
After the Ways and Means Committee hearing, Republican Rep. Charles W. Boustany Jr. of Louisiana told reporters he was dissatisfied with Mr. Shulman’s response, saying the groups think their First Amendment rights are being violated.