BREAKING: IRS cutting ties with ACORN

The Internal Revenue Service is terminating its partnership with ACORN.

The tax agency teams up with hundreds of community and volunteer organizations, including ACORN, to provide free tax assistance to low- and moderate-income Americans.

"It is absolutely critical that taxpayers have trust in our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program partners," the IRS said in a statement obtained by The Hill. " In light of recent events, the IRS has decided to terminate its relationship with ACORN."

The IRS is the second federal agency to sever ties with the embattled organization. The first, the Census Bureau, distanced itself from ACORN earlier this month.

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