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May 01, 2015

IRS Has Improved Application Process for Social-Welfare Groups, Says Watchdog

A new report from the Treasure Inspector General for Tax Administration says the IRS has improved the process for groups applying to become a tax-exempt political-advocacy organizations, CNN reports.

The agency has been at the center of an inquiry into it's scrutiny of conservative groups applying for nonprofit tax status. Acting on recomendations from the watchdog group, the agency has "eliminated the selection of potential political cases based on names and policy positions."

Groups can still be considered for 501(c)(4) status if their main tasks prioritize social welfare over political work. Such groups are not required to disclose donor names. The Treasury Department is considering creation of new rules to govern the political nonprofits.