IRS chief: Processing backlog of tax-exempt groups is gone

March 31, 2015 8:29 PM

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The IRS has eliminated a huge processing backlog of groups seeking tax-exempt status, the agency's chief said Tuesday. Tea party organizations' claims that they were singled out for tough treatment when they applied for that designation were at the heart of a 2013 controversy over the agency.

In remarks prepared for delivery at the National Press Club, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said that there once was a backlog of over 60,000 applications for tax-exempt status. He said that because of new, faster processes including a shorter application form, "The result is that our inventory of a...

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