Tea party groups settle lawsuits over IRS mistreatment
Court documents filed Wednesday show the Internal Revenue Service apologized and agreed not to single out applications based on an organization’s political views. A judge must still approve the agreements.
The IRS in 2013 admitted targeting hundreds of groups with words like “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names when they applied for tax-exempt status. Many had their applications delayed for months and years. The organizations sued, alleging constitutional rights violations.
The issue became a major embarrassment for the Obama administration, which declined to prosecute anyone for the mistreatment.
The Trump Justice Department has also said it lacks the evidence to reopen the criminal investigation.