The report also sheds light on a division of the Internal Revenue Service most Americans may be unfamiliar with. The report notes a decline in staffing -- from 900 in the 2010 fiscal year, to 876 in fiscal year 2012.
The number of compliance checks performed by the division in 2012 rose to 3,277 from 3,194 in 2011, according to the report. In 2010, when the number of Tea Party groups mushroomed, the number of compliance checks hit 3,893.
“We…use compliance check questionnaires to study specific parts of the tax-exempt community…” the report states. “We request the completion of the questionnaires by organizations matching the profile we want to learn about.”
The report also includes an organizational chart that depicts one set of employees responsible for examinations and another set tasked with ruling on those examinations.