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Judge OKs $3.5M settlement between IRS, tea party groups

Judge OKs $3.5M settlement between IRS, tea party groups

A judge this week approved a settlement between the IRS and hundreds of tea party groups, in which the federal agency agreed to pay out $3.5 million, reports said.

"It shows that when a government agency desires to target citizens based on their viewpoints, a price will be paid," said Edward Greim, a lawyer who led the class-action case in federal court in Cincinnati, according to the Washington Times.

The tea party groups received a "sincere apology" from the IRS, and the government agreed to a declaratory judgment that "it is wrong" to srutinize a tax return because of a taxpayer's name or political philosophy, the report said.

Lois Lerner, then-senior executive of the IRS, allegedly "put in place new processes that guaranteed even more delay," Greim told the Times, referring to tea party groups' attempts to secure tax-exempt status.

Conservative groups are reportedly calling for testimony to be unsealed.

Source: www.foxnews.com
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