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June 25, 2013 5:42 pm

IRS Classifies Pro-Israel Groups as ‘Occupied Territory Advocacy’ and in Need of Extra Reviews

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IRS headquarters in Washington, DC. Photo: Internal Revenue Service. In the wake of ongoing accusations by pro-Israel organizations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been targeting them with extra reviews since 2009, a newly released document shows that the IRS defined “Occupied Territory Advocacy” as a category of nonprofit organizations meriting further inspection.

The document, released by Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee, classifies these organizations as “applications [that] deal with disputed territories in the Middle East… Applications may be inflammatory, advocate a one-sided point of view and promotional material may signify propaganda.”

The document also states, “If you see these cases, please forward to the TAG Group, 7830,” which works to identify groups with terrorist ties, according to the IRS Tax Exempt Organizations Determinations group, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

A previous investigation by the Free Beacon revealed at least five pro-Israel organizations that have been audited by the IRS. The pro-Israel organizations believe the IRS’s decision to audit them was coordinated by the Obama administration.

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