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Democracy Demoralized

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Americans know the ugly truth about money in politics. Though the wealthy conceal payoffs through dark money deposits into political pockets, it's no secret to the American public that the rich are buying the government.

This Is Why The Government Needs Better Online Security, Now

Posted 06.04.2015 | Technology

What should have been a trustworthy digital service has been compromised, in the latest sign that the U.S. government can't be relied upon to keep the...

US Launches Tech Avengers

Oliver Leung | Posted 06.01.2015 | Technology
Oliver Leung

Former CTO of the US, Todd Park, is now chief advisor of the US Digital Services and has been given the formidable task of "Crossing the Chasm" between the US government and the people. But unlike most government programs that utilize internal resources, the USDS will leverage private tech sector talents to provide solutions.

The Recent IRS Breach and How We Can Act to Secure Personal Data

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Over the past decade, almost one billion records with personal information have been compromised -- things like Social Security numbers, birth dates, address and even tax filing status. In many cases, those breaches were not highly sophisticated.

IRS Budget Cuts Only Promote Cynicism, Encourage Cheats

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

If you live in Dallas and you owe the Internal Revenue Service $900,000 or so, don't worry about it. The IRS is so short-handed down there it doesn't bother with tax scofflaws who owe less than $1 million. It's more or less the same all over the country.

5 Things You Need to Know Before Filing a Tax Extension

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 06.14.2015 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

Tax day is here, and while it's always a good idea to file as soon as possible, there could be reasons you may need some extra time. If you're left scrambling, here are five things you should consider.

Michael McAuliff

Congressman Compares IRS Seizures To Torture As Agency Apologizes

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The commissioner of the IRS offered an apology of sorts Tuesday for seizing the assets of taxpayers absent any evidence of a crime, but ...

BEWARE: An IRS Scam May Be Coming to a Telephone (or Inbox) Near You

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 04.05.2015 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Tax season is officially upon us. Along with the arrival of what has to be the most dreaded season of the year, also comes another unwelcome and sadly, an increasingly pervasive reality -- the onslaught of scammers, via both telephone and email.

Religious, Secular Advocates Seek Clarity On IRS Rules For Endorsements

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 02.01.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious and secular advocacy groups jointly called Thursday (Jan. 29) for greater clarity by the Internal Revenue Service regarding...

Center for Public Integrity Reveals How PR Firms Manufacture Consent for Oil, Big Business

Steve Horn | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The Center for Public Integrity has broken new ground by publishing a months-long investigation into the public relations and influence-peddling spending conducted by Big Business trade associations between 2008-2012.

New IRS Rules On Dark Money Likely Won't Be Ready Before 2016 Election

ProPublica | Theodoric Meyer | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics

The Internal Revenue Service says it won't come out with new proposed rules for so-called dark money groups until late spring at the earliest, increas...

Obamacare Dominoes: If Federal Subsidies Fall at the Supreme Court, so Do the Individual and Employer Mandates -- Game Over!

Terry Connelly | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Terry Connelly

The media and even the most ardent supporters of Obamacare seem to ignore this potential effect. Assuredly, the "large employers" and their lobbyists who are funding the Halbig and King cases have not.

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against IRS By Conservative Groups

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

A federal judge tossed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service by True the Vote Inc. and other tea party groups, saying there's no ongoing cont...

Pastafarians Go Mainstream

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Given their antic and piratical culture, not to mention their tendency to pray "In the Name of the Pasta, and of the Sauce, and of the Holy Meatballs," I asked Desky if Pastafarians should be regarded as authentic worshipers of His Spaghettiness or just in it for the, uh, saucy fun.

House Passes Bill Highlighting IRS Controversy

AP | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed three bills designed to highlight complaints that the IRS mistreated conservative political groups when they appl...

Same Sex Marriage, Taxes and Winning the Lottery

Don McNay | Posted 10.10.2014 | Business
Don McNay

The first step that all seriously committed couples, same sex or heterosexual, should do is find a competent financial planner to help them plot out a well thought out strategy.

Tea Party Lawsuit Against IRS Moves Forward

AP | AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit by 10 tea party groups to move forward against the Internal Revenue Service, rejecting a req...

IRS Surrenders, Won't Check Whether Political Nonprofits Are Breaking The Law

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

The Internal Revenue Service has decided to award most nonprofit groups tax exemption status without being screened, Time reported Sunday. IRS Comm...

The IRS Challenges Tax Deductions for Facade Conservation Easements

Brad Reid | Posted 09.06.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

Conservation easements preserve ecosystems, open spaces, and appearances. Almost all states have legislation allowing a landowner to donate or sell de...

Charitable Deductions for Animal-Rescue Volunteers

Julian Block | Posted 09.01.2014 | Money
Julian Block

When the annual reckoning with the IRS rolls around, their willingness to help out entitles them to write-offs for unreimbursed expenses incurred while they do volunteer work for rescue groups like the Humane Society of the U.S and the ASPCA.

Man, Woman, Money, Taxes

Julian Block | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Julian Block

The courts often have to resolve the troublesome question of whether a tax-free "gift" was actually a payment for services rendered. Not surprisingly, the question has come up when the IRS insisted on its share of sizable amounts received by women from men who weren't their husbands.

Republicans Say New Emails Show IRS Sought Audit Of Republican Senator

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators say they uncovered emails Wednesday showing that a former Internal Revenue Service official at the hea...

What's in Your Mailbox? Tips on What to Do When Uncle Sam Comes Knocking

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.25.2014 | Money
Steve Mariotti

Every year, one in 10 of us receives the dreaded letter. You know the one -- and you probably don't want to open it: the IRS requesting more information about your finances.

IRS: We Gave Lois Lerner's Hard Drive to Deposed Nigerian Prince Who Emailed Us

Spencer Green | Posted 08.24.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"It is standard IRS policy to send the crashed hard drives of our former Exempt Organizations Division directors to deposed Nigerian or Haitian princes when said hard drives are requested," explained IRS Strained Credulity spokesperson Whitcomb P. Abernathy.

IRS Head Faces More Questions Over Lost Emails

AP | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the IRS brushed aside accusations Monday that the agency has obstructed investigations into the targeting of tea party...