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IRS Finds $2.3 Billion Discrepancy On Divorcee's Tax Returns

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 05.16.2014 | Divorce

WASHINGTON (AP) — Somebody's not telling the Internal Revenue Service the truth about their alimony payments. When people pay alimony to ex-spouses...

IRS Paid At Least $13 Billion In Improper Tax Credits

AP | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service paid more than $13 billion in tax credits last year to people who may not have qualified, a governmen...

Tax Court Upholds Business-Expense Deduction for Topless Dancer's Breast Implants

Julian Block | Posted 07.08.2014 | Divorce
Julian Block

Just because you incur expenses for business reasons doesn't mean that they automatically qualify as deductible. The Internal Revenue Code stipulates ...

Howard's Daily: Trust the Government?

Philip K. Howard | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Government today is a tangled jungle of incoherent law and regulation because we look to words, rather than personal responsibility, as the way of safeguarding against error.

Fixing What's Wrong With the IRS

Tom Fox | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

John Koskinen is the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), presiding over the nation's tax system, which collects approximately $2.4 tri...

IRS Gave Bonuses To Workers Who Owed Taxes

AP | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including ...

Small Business Owners: How Many Missed Taking the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit?

Don McNay | Posted 06.18.2014 | Small Business
Don McNay

A Kentucky professional who owns his own business found that he missed getting the Health Care Tax Credit. For the past four years! Since the credit is worth 35 percent of what he is paying in health insurance, his business lost out on about $40,000.

Congress Criticizes IRS Failure To Audit Most Big Partnerships

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a government report released...

Deep in the Heart of Taxes

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

In American Tax Resisters, Romain Huret, a professor of American History at the University of Lyon 2 in France, reminds us that anti-tax crusades have deep roots in American political culture, dating back to the Boston Tea Party.

Here's How To Get More Time To File Your Tax Return

AP | By ALEX VEIGA | Posted 06.13.2014 | Business

America's annual tax reckoning is here once again and for many who have yet to file their federal tax return, that means a mad dash to beat Uncle Sam'...

Michael McAuliff

Not Implicated In the Lois Lerner IRS Furor: The White House

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two House of Representatives committees held nearly unprecedented votes this week targeting the former IRS official at the heart of the ...

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Vote To Hold Former IRS Official In Contempt

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted on party lines Thursday to hold in contempt of Congress the for...

House Panel To Hold Contempt Vote On IRS Official

Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House committee is voting on whether to hold a former Internal Revenue Service off...

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Vote For Criminal Probe Of Lois Lerner In IRS Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House Ways and Means Committee took the scandal over the Internal Revenue Service's botched scrutiny of political nonprofits to a ne...

House Committee Finds Evidence IRS Official May Have Committed Crimes In Tea Party Scandal

AP | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee says investigators have uncovered evidence that a former Internal Revenue Servi...

Protect Yourself from IRS Tax Scams

Andrew Wang | Posted 06.01.2014 | Money
Andrew Wang

With tax season upon us, taxpayers are not the only ones preparing for tax filing day. The Internal Revenue Service warns consumers that there are sophisticated scams targeting taxpayers throughout the country.

Sam Stein

The IRS Will Get Another Round In The Scandal Spotlight This Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The controversy surrounding the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status may end up back in the news this week ...

'We're Not Afraid To Take The Fight To Them'

Center For Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

Four years ago, the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision remade the rules for how political campaigns are waged....

In First Visit To Congress, IRS Chief Pleads For Fresh Start

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The new chief of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday said the tax agen...

What's Deductible for Legal Fees When Couples Divorce

Julian Block | Posted 04.05.2014 | Divorce
Julian Block

The IRS prohibits any deduction for the cost of personal advice, counseling and legal action in a divorce. For example, there's no write-off for what a husband spends to resist his wife's demands for more alimony or to set aside a pre¬nuptial property agreement.

A Valuable Tax Credit Too Many Workers Don't Know About

Jim Gibbons | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

Imagine if you qualified for a valuable tax credit but weren't even aware of it. Unfortunately, this is the case for far too many Americans when it co...

IRS' Tea Party Scrutiny Dodges Criminal Charges: Report

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) - The FBI is not planning to file criminal charges involving the Internal Revenue Service's extra scrutiny of the Tea P...

Audit Survival Strategies

Julian Block | Posted 03.15.2014 | Money
Julian Block

Just because you can back up every item on your return, don't think you can forget about an audit. Those relentless IRS computers may bounce your retu...

Tough Rules for Home-Office Deductions

Julian Block | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Julian Block

The law allows freelancers and other individuals who work at home to claim home-office deductions only if they pass a series of tests. You must use a ...

Financial Tips That Ease the Sting of Divorce

Julian Block | Posted 02.24.2014 | Divorce
Julian Block

Educate yourself for financial planning. In this lumbering economy, it's more vital than ever that you assume greater responsibility for your financial future.