IRS hands over tax-exempt training materials to nonprofit publisher

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From Accounting Web: The congressional committees investigating the Tea Party scandal – including the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chaired by Darrell Issa (R-CA) – aren't the only ones trying to get their hands on sensitive IRS documents. In response to a lawsuit initiated by Tax Analysts, a nonprofit publisher of tax information and expert analysis, the IRS has released almost 3,000 pages of training materials used by its Exempt Organizations (EO) division, most of them dating from 2012.

It's a big slice of the pie, but not the whole enchilada, of what Tax Analysts hopes to receive from the request it made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The materials are expected to shed some light on the methods the IRS used to target the tax-exempt applications of conservative groups for extra scrutiny. It could be the match that lit the fire that has scorched the IRS these past few months.

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