IRS May Have Discriminated Against Conservative Groups, Reports Show

| by Paul Brown

The Wall Street Journal has just published a report that has some dire implications concerning the accusations made last year that the IRS was targeting conservative groups.

One instance mentioned in the report is the treatment of pro-Israel group Z Street. When the organization applied for tax exemption in 2009, their path to this goal was made intentionally difficult.

The article states, "In 2010 an IRS agent told Z Street that its application was delayed because the tax agency’s Washington, D.C. office was giving special scrutiny to groups whose missions might conflict with Administration policies.

The IRS’s 'Be on the Lookout' list that November also included red flags for groups referring to “'disputed territories.'

Emails uncovered by the House Ways and Means Committee show that the IRS and State Department were conferring in 2009 about pro-Israel groups like Z Street and considering arguments to deny their tax-exempt applications."

This was not an isolated incident, according to the report. If these allegations are true, the IRS was not only stifling companies that did not align with the President's policies, but they were also open about it at the time of the incident.

As IJ Review points out, "The [IRS] has maintained that the only reason conservative groups’ IRS applications were delayed was because of bureaucracy.

The intent that was originally denied by the agency now seems to be present after all. The pattern of discrimination toward conservative groups is looking all the more apparent as more reports such as this one by the Wall Street Journal are published, and the scandal may get worse from here.