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IRS office at heart of scandal was understaffed backwater

Employees given heavy workload, little direction

NEW YORK — During the summer of 2010, the dozen or so accountants and tax agents of Group 7822 of the Internal Revenue Service office in Cincinnati got a directive from their manager.

A growing number of organizations identifying themselves as part of the ‘‘Tea Party’’ had begun applying for tax exemptions, the manager said, advising the workers to be on the lookout for them and other groups planning to get involved in elections.

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