Anti-IRS protest planned at Ohio federal building

CINCINNATI (AP) — Tea party activists want to show their unhappiness over extra IRS scrutiny with protest rallies.

Members of the Cincinnati tea party will gather at noon Tuesday at the city’s Fountain Square, then march to the nearby federal building to continue the rally. The building houses Internal Revenue Service offices that handled group applications for tax-exempt status. IRS officials have acknowledged that some conservative groups received inappropriate attention and questioning.

Other tea party groups also want activists in other cities to protest Tuesday at their local IRS offices.

Some recent IRS retirees in the Cincinnati area say employees there shouldn’t be vilified. Former senior manager Bonnie Esrig says the Cincinnati office was a nonpolitical environment, and tax-exempt status workloads had been increasing.

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