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Tampa tea party groups to protest at IRS office

From our Tampa staff:

TAMPA — Members of Tampa 912 and other tea party activists plan to protest from noon to 1 p.m. today in front of the Tampa office of the Internal Revenue Service at 3848 W Columbus Drive.

Karen Jaroch, who co-founded the Tampa chapter of Glenn Beck's 9–12 group, last week told the Tampa Bay Times that when the group applied for tax-exempt status in 2010, it not only had to complete a 17-page application but was later asked for copies of its educational literature, a breakdown of how members would spend their time and the names of political candidates the group would support.

"They wanted to know information that was clearly none of their business, had nothing to do with what our activities were," Tampa 912 chairman Tim Curtis told WFLA-AM 970. "We're being asked to suspend disbelief that this wasn't a targeted activity. Either they're dumb or they think we're dumb."

The IRS recently acknowledged that it singled out conservative groups, including those affiliated with the tea party, for special scrutiny — activity that last week led to congressional outrage, denunciations by the president, and the ouster of the agency's acting commissioner. According to an inspector general's report, the IRS began the scrutiny in March 2010.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:08pm]

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