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Cincinnati tea parties plan rally, march to IRS offices to protest targeting on tax-exempt status

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Cincinnati tea party groups are holding a rally Tuesday to "Rein in the IRS."

The rally starts at noon on Fountain Square, downtown. Participants will march two blocks to the IRS office at the downtown federal building at 550 Main St.

"The IRS has targeted Tea Party groups all over the country. Cincinnati is the epicenter of this violation of freedom. This is something that cannot stand," Ann Becker, President of the Cincinnati Tea Party, says on the group's Facebook page at http://cincinnatiteaparty.org/

"Join us to ‘Rein in the IRS.' We will rally together. Bring your signs, your flags and your devotion to the Constitution."

Read more about the rally on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/153261091522824/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

Cincinnati IRS workers improperly targeted tea party and conservative groups in their applications for tax-exempt status over the last few years, a Treasury Department inspector general's report says.

A firestorm of criticism and protest has led to the ouster of Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, the impending resignation of one of his deputies, and at least three congressional hearings.

Miller said Cincinnati staffers started the process without any direction from Washington, with no political bias and without the knowledge of higher-ups. He said it resulted from a misguided effort to handle a flood of applications in the last two election cycles.

During that time, the screening of tax-exempt applications was consolidated in the Cincinnati office, Miller said. Miller said 140 Cincinnati workers are involved in that screening.

One Cincinnati worker was reassigned as a result of the improper targeting, Miller said.

Five present or former Cincinnati workers have been called to Washington to give transcribed interviews in advance of a House committee hearing on Wednesday.

George cited "gross mismanagement" of the Cincinnati IRS office in his testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee Friday. His report, based on interviews in Cincinnati and Washington, mainly criticized supervisors in Washington who were overseeing Cincinnati workers.

You can read the Treasury inspector's general report below or at http://goo.gl/o5mCN.

 

 

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