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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 | 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.

Momentum And Inertia: Twin Threats To The Separation Of Church And State

Rev. Barry Lynn | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. Barry Lynn

Today, we have two main problems related to separation of church and state. To borrow from physics, one relates to momentum, the other to inertia.

No Tax Break if Client Stiffs You

Julian Block | Posted 02.11.2014 | Money
Julian Block

Why should freelancers forget about any kind of relief when they fill out their tax forms?

How The Tax Rules Work When You Refinance Your Home Mortgage

Julian Block | Posted 02.09.2014 | Money
Julian Block

Recent drops in interest rates have prompted millions of households to refinance their mortgages. Borrowers who refinance need to familiarize themselves with tricky tax rules on what is or isn't deductible for interest payments. Here are some reminders on how the rules work.

IRS Sets Its Sights on Political 'Dark Money'

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

the Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules that could curtail "social welfare" nonprofit groups' ability to influence elections while concealing their donors.

'Dark Money' Groups Give Big to Similar Nonprofits

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

New IRS tax returns shed light on hefty spending by key nonprofit groups -- and the disclosures also show that some of the money raised by these groups, which aren't required to reveal their donors, are sharing money with other groups that don't reveal their donors.

Obamacare Is Not a Reason to Give Up on Government Programs

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The biggest myth of the Obamacare debate goes like this: The failures of Obamacare prove that the government can't be trusted to run our health care system.

IRS Delays Tax Filing Season Due To Shutdown

Reuters | Posted 10.23.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The start of the 2014 tax filing season will be delayed by one to two weeks early next year as a result of the governme...

Will the Housing Market Be a Casualty of the Government Shutdown?

National Council of La Raza | Posted 12.10.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Homeownership remains the cornerstone for stabilizing and rebuilding the middle class. But some in Congress seem determined to make it nearly impossible for struggling communities to recover.

John Celock

Some States Requiring Some Married Couples To Be Treated As Singles | John Celock | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

While the Internal Revenue Service plans to allow same-sex married couples to file joint federal tax returns, not every state will be following suit. ...

The Gaping Hole In Raising Revenue

Adam Resnick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Adam Resnick

All taxpayers, regardless of their political persuasion, should be incensed that their monies that have been siphoned off by fraudsters are not being recovered, despite the fact that the IRS and other agencies have been given the tools to do it.

Shutdown Leaves Some Taxpayers Defenseless Against IRS

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) - The shutdown of the federal government has left some tax delinquents defenseless ...

Government Shutdown Sparks Harsh IRS Reality

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service says you must pay your taxes during the government shutdown. But don't expect any refunds. The IRS said Tu...

The IRS Scandal That Wasn't

Michael Winship | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

This is a story about how bureaucratic bungling was turned into scandal by right-wing politicians desperate to spin gold from straw.

IRS Struggles To Track Obamacare Spending

Reuters | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

(Adds IRS statement, paragraph 8) WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service needs to do a better job tracking ...

Official At Heart Of IRS Scandal Retiring

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Facing a possible firing, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the agency's tea party scandal retired Monday, end...