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. 

Press Release: Levin -- New IRS Information Underscores that IG Report Fundamentally Flawed

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.

Press Release: New IRS Information Shows “Progressives” Included on BOLO Screening List

The BOLOs are linked to below, as provided (in redacted form) today by the IRS:

Aug. 12, 2010

Nov. 9, 2010

Nov. 16, 2010

Feb. 2, 2011

Feb. 8, 2012

March 23, 2011

June 15, 2012

June 16, 2012

June 25, 2012

Feb. 8, 2012

July 10, 2012

July 11, 2012

April 4, 2013

April 10, 2013

April 19, 2013