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No US charges in IRS-Tea Party tax probe

No one at the US tax agency will be charged in a two-year-old investigation stemming from allegations the IRS improperly targeted conservative groups, the US Department of Justice saidNo one at the US tax agency will be charged in a two-year-old investigation stemming from allegations the agency improperly targeted conservative groups, the US Department of Justice said Friday. The tea party – an informal group composed mostly of Republicans – and other conservative groups had accused the Internal Revenue Service of deliberately singling them out for extra scrutiny of their tax status after lengthy delays in their applications, dating back to 2010, for nonprofit, tax-exempt status. A US Treasury Department probe later confirmed the IRS had used inappropriate guidelines to try to identify groups that were political and thus not eligible for nonprofit status.

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