IRS report details Chattanooga Tea Party probe

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WHAT'S NEXTWhat: Chattanooga Tea Party monthly meetingWhen: 6:30 p.m. todayWhere: Century Club Banquet Hall, 3221 Harrison Pike

WASHINGTON - The IRS subjected the Chattanooga Tea Party to "unnecessary" questioning and "significant processing delays" in the group's request for nonprofit status, according to an inspector general's report and documents obtained by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The federal agency's foot-dragging delayed the Chattanooga Tea Party's request to be tax exempt by more than three years and two election cycles. The group was among dozens singled out by the IRS because of their titles and perceived political leanings, putting a local face on a scandal sweeping the nation.