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IRS Inquiry Focus Turns Away From Origins Toward Delays

Congressional investigators are focusing less on the origins of the Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of Tea Party groups and more on how flagging one application led to delays for hundreds of groups.

In the next phase of inquiries, U.S. lawmakers will seek to figure out why the applications of groups seeking tax-exempt status were stalled throughout 2011, who developed questions the agency later said were inappropriate and why senior IRS executives didn’t tell Congress what they knew.