Justice Department Opens Criminal Probe of IRS Treatment Tea Party Groups


At a press conference in Washington on Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department has opened a criminal probe of the IRS and its reported scrutiny of tax-exemption requests by groups with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their names. “The FBI is coordinating with the Justice Department to see if any laws were broken,” he said.

Holder’s announcement of the Justice Department investigation comes after reports that a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) audit found that the IRS was scrutinizing other groups, including ones that were concerned about government spending, debt, and taxes. That TIGTA report is expected to be made public this week. Holder said, of the IRS’s alleged actions, that “if not criminal, they were certainly outrageous and unacceptable, and we are examining the facts to see if there were criminal violations.”

Newsletter Articles

50th ANNIVERSARY

50 years of The Tax Adviser

The January 2020 issue marks the 50th anniversary of The Tax Adviser, which was first published in January 1970. Over the coming year, we will be looking back at early issues of the magazine, highlighting interesting tidbits.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

2019 tax software survey

This annual survey shows how CPAs rate the tax preparation software they used during last tax season and how it handled the recent tax law changes.