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IRS official: 'Tea party' cases included liberal groups

6:06 PM, Jun. 16, 2013
House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, left, holds up a binder with documents about a constituent's application to the IRS that was delayed, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 17, 2013, during the committee's hearing on the extra scrutiny the Internal Revenue Service gave tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status.
House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, left, holds up a binder with documents about a constituent's application to the IRS that was delayed, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 17, 2013, during the committee's hearing on the extra scrutiny the Internal Revenue Service gave tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status.
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When front-line tax agents in Cincinnati used the term "tea party," they didn't just mean conservative groups. Instead, a "tea party" case could refer to an application for tax-exemption from any group -- including liberal ones -- believed to be engaging in political activity, one IRS official told congressional investigators.

"Since the first case that came up to Washington happened to have that name, it appeared to me that that's what they were calling it that as a shorthand, because the first case had been that," said Holly Paz, the Internal Revenue Service's director of rulings and ...

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