IRS Settles Final Tax Targeting Case And Apologizes

The IRS has settled its final case in the targeting scandal of 2012 in which conservative groups were singled out for undue scrutiny and harassment. This particular organization was a pro-Israel group which was denied tax exempt status.

The TaxProfBlog points to this message from the Justice Department:

Department of Justice Announces Settlement with Z Street Over Improper IRS Treatment

The Department of Justice today announced that it has entered into a settlement with Z Street, a non-profit corporation dedicated to educating the public about various issues related to Israel and the Middle East, pending approval by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Z Street alleged that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) applied heightened scrutiny to applications for tax-exempt status received from organizations connected in any way to Israel, and applied this policy to Z Street’s application, resulting in delay. The settlement agreement includes an apology from the IRS to Z Street for the delayed processing of the group’s application for tax-exempt status.

“Tax exemption eligibility should be based on whether an organization’s activities fulfill requirements of the law, not a group’s policy positions or the name chosen to reflect those views,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman. “The attorneys at the Department of Justice work hard to ensure that all Americans receive equal treatment under the law. Today’s settlement further illustrates this commitment.”

It’s astounding that this even happened in the first place.

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