The IRS, which has been sued for a targeting scheme on the Tea Party, has been ordered by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to resolve pending applications for tax-exempt status from conservative groups by Nov. 11, The Hill reported Monday.
District Judge Reggie Walton issued the ruling last week, according to the report.
"As a result of Judge Walton’s order, these years-long application processes are finally concluding, and the organizations are receiving the review and determinations they deserve,” the American Center for Law and Justice’s Jay Sekulow said. "This is a major victory.”
Sekulow’s group represents 38 parties suing the IRS for targeting conservatives by delaying tax-exempt applications.
The judge’s ruling also requires the IRS to explain, as Judge Walton reportedly stated, "why these plaintiffs who have been granted tax-exempt statuses will not experience any negative consequences resulting from the alleged discriminatory targeting scheme employed by the defendants throughout their tenure as a tax-exempt entities.”
“The IRS will, at long last, be required to disclose the details of the lawless and unconstitutional Tea Party targeting scheme,” Sekulow told The Hill.
"The court’s requirement that the IRS give account for its conduct is a tacit acknowledgment that plaintiffs — as well as the American public — deserve honesty and transparency from their government.”
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