Tea party activists rally outside KC IRS building

A woman holds an upside-down flag during a tea party rally protesting extra IRS scrutiny of their groups, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Cherry Hill, N.J. Tea party activists waving flags and signs, singing patriotic songs and chanting anti-IRS slogans protested outside federal buildings across the country to protest the agency's extra scrutiny of conservative groups. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — About 30 tea party activists are rallying outside the IRS building in Kansas City to express outrage that the agency singled out conservative political groups for additional scrutiny.

The demonstration was among dozens planned nationally Tuesday. IRS officials have acknowledged that some groups received inappropriate attention when they applied for tax-exempt status.

The Kansas City protesters held signs and waved flags as they congregated outside the building. One sign had a picture of President Barrack Obama with the word “liar.” Another said, “Hold IRS Accountable.”

Fifty-eight-year-old Vicki Watkins of suburban Liberty says the extra scrutiny was a way to “get conservative groups to throw in the towel.” Another protester, 75-year-old Mary Weimholt, of Shawnee, Kan., described what happened as “scary” and said the IRS has “gotten out of control.”

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