Invitation to All Points: IRS probe

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The acting head of the Internal Revenue Service has been fired and the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into the tax agency’s special scrutiny of “tea party” and “patriot” groups’ applications for tax-free status.

At best, it was reckless mishandling of a serious regulatory duty. The IRS must determine whether these are social welfare organizations that qualify as tax-exempt or political organizations that don’t.

But at worst, it was misuse of the IRS and its powers for political purposes, something that’s happened in previous administrations.

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Send no more than 150 words with your name, home address and daytime phone to letters@star-telegram.com. Deadline is Wednesday, publication next Monday.

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