New IRS Information Shows Flaws in IRS Inspector General's Audit
The Internal Revenue Service has provided Congressional investigators with new information that shows that the term “progressives” was included on the IRS “Be On the Look Out” (BOLO) lists used to screen tax-exemption applications. The so-called BOLO lists were previously known to have included criteria singling out conservative organizations -- this is the first evidence, however, that the lists included "progressives" as an identifier. Separately, Ways and Means Committee Democratic staff has now verified that the list of 298 organizations reviewed by TIGTA included liberal organizations. This new information underscores the fact that the IRS Inspector General’s audit was fundamentally flawed and created widespread misperceptions that Republicans seized to attack the White House.
Additional documents, including the full set of "Be On the Look Out" lists.
Levin Letter to Inspector General J. Russell George: A letter here from Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Levin to Inspector General J. Russell George calling on him to explain his serious failure in leaving out critical details in the IG Audit.
Background Memo: A full background memo here laying out the new findings.
The BOLOs are linked to below, as provided (in redacted form) today by the IRS: