Texas Pa­tri­ots waited years for de­ci­sion

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banded to­gether in a class-ac­tion law­suit against the IRS. “We will be watch­ing the IRS closely to en­sure that TPTP does in fact re­ceive fair pro­cess­ing.”

Nearly 500 groups ap­ply­ing for tax­ex­empt sta­tus from 2009 to 2013 were sub­jected to in­tru­sive scru­tiny by the IRS based on per­ceived po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. Most of those groups came from the con­ser­va­tive side of the spec­trum. In­ves­ti­ga­tors said or­ga­ni­za­tions with words such as “tea party” or “pa­tri­ots” were au­to­mat­i­cally flagged.

Once sin­gled out, groups faced in­tru­sive ques­tions about their po­lit­i­cal be­liefs, their af­fil­i­a­tions with fel­low tea party or­ga­ni­za­tions, how they came up with their names, and their mem­bers’ po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and donation his­to­ries.

Of the groups tar­geted, the TPTP is the last one await­ing pro­cess­ing.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for sev­eral other groups were pro­cessed late last year. One of them, the Tri-City Tea Party, won ap­proval in April, and the Al­bu­querque Tea Party won ap­proval this month. Al­bu­querque ac­tivists had been wait­ing more than seven years.

In the case of the TPTP, the sides had been ar­gu­ing over the lat­est set of ques­tions from the IRS — the third it­er­a­tion — sub­mit­ted late last year.

Un­der an agree­ment sub­mit­ted to a fed­eral court in Cincin­nati this week, the TPTP will sub­mit one fi­nal set of an­swers de­scrib­ing po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates and ed­u­ca­tional speak­ers who have been in­vited to ad­dress the group.

The IRS agreed not to pe­nal­ize the group for the words “tea party” in its name.

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