About two dozen Tea Party members gathered outside the regional office of the IRS in South Jersey to set up a picket line Tuesday.
The protestors, for the most part, didn’t want to give their names, fearful of retribution for protesting against the IRS.
Bill Haney of the West Jersey Tea Party says when they applied for tax-exempt status they were given the run around.
“The IRS, when we received our letter, they wanted the names of all of the speakers that we had had and their qualifications for an 18 month period. We applied in August of 2010 and got a letter in January of 2012, and they had asked for a lot of information.”
Haney says the area Tea Party groups talked among themselves and found similar quiries from the government agency.
“One Tea Party I know of, the Richmond Tea Party, applied and they submitted 18-hundred pages of documentation. That’s just unbelievable.”
Haney says his group formed a corporation but will again seek tax exempt status. A spokesperson for the IRS declined comment on the protest.