Last month, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) became mired in controversy when the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report confirming that "inappropriate criteria were used to identify tax-exempt applications for review," including identifying organizations, specifically those with "Tea Party" in their names, for further review "based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention," the report said.

In response to what appears to be a variety of questions asked repeatedly by media outlets and other interested parties, the IRS has issued some basic information about the issue, including details and figures about the approval process for tax-exemption.

For more, read the full Q&A as well as the full TIGTA report.