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Issa: 'How Dare' Obama

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) criticized President Barack Obama's administration Tuesday morning while pushing for an "op...

The IRS Scandal, and Hoover's Brutalist Legacy

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Any time a federal agency decides to intimidate those in the political arena in any way, large or small, it should be seen as a scandal by everyone -- no matter your political leanings. Because we've seen what happens when this sort of thing is allowed and encouraged, and it isn't a pretty sight.

GAO Report Confirms IRS Weakness Amid Controversy

Reuters | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

May 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service suffers from weaknesses in a number of its internal financial controls, said a report released ...

GOP Senator: IRS Commissioner Must Resign

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called on the IRS commissioner to resign on Monday, following the agency's admission that it targeted conservative political...

Gingrich Rips Obama Administration 'Madness'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Monday urged President Barack Obama to apologize for the IRS' targeting of conservative groups, criticiz...

IRS Acted Alone In Developing Conservative Targeting Criteria: Report

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics

The IRS' Friday admission that it disproportionately scrutinized groups with the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt s...

Republican Blasts 'Real Problems' Over Tea Party Apology

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

By Patrick Temple-West and Kim Dixon WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) - A senior Republican senator condemned the Internal Revenue Service...

Palin: 'I'm Sure Obama Is Grateful' For Poor IRS Choice

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) took to Facebook Friday night to tear into the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservative groups during th...

Cantor Says House Will Probe IRS Targeting Conservative Groups

Reuters | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 10 (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives will investigate the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conserv...

Republicans Slam 'Obtrusive' Tea Party Targeting

Reuters | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

* IRS official apologizes for "inappropriate" targeting of groups * Conservative groups' applications got closer scrutiny ...

Lauryn HIll Pays Off $90K, But Will She Avoid Jail Time?

Reuters | Posted 07.06.2013 | Black Voices

By David Jones NEWARK, N.J., May 5 (Reuters) - Hip hop artist Lauryn Hill, on the eve of her scheduled sentencing on federal tax evasi...

IRS Issued BILLIONS In Mistaken Payments Last Year

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 04.25.2013 | Business

If you're not already annoyed by the Internal Revenue Service, maybe this will change how you feel. The government agency issued more than $11 bil...

Lauryn Hill Has Two Weeks To Pay $504,000 For Tax Evasion

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2013 | Black Voices

By David Jones NEWARK, April 22 (Reuters) - Grammy Award-winning singer Lauryn Hill was given a two-week reprieve on her sentencing fo...

IRS and DOJ Fail to Enforce Laws Against Dark Money Groups

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

If the IRS or DOJ were serious about ensuring that so-called social welfare organizations are not abusing their tax-exempt status by engaging in political activities, they could start by taking a close look at IRS forms 990 and 1023.

Here's What You Need To Know About Your Tax Refund

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.06.2013 | Business

It’s pretty much the only good thing about tax season: Your tax refund. After you file your taxes, the government (both state and federal) will i...

Supreme Court To Address Stiff Penalties

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service's practice of slapping steep, 40-percent pen...

A No-Cost Tax Break for Self-Employed

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 05.25.2013 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

A reader of a recent post asked: "Nancy, I understand that a self-employed person has to shoulder the expenses that an ordinary wage or salaried perso...

600,000 TAX REFUNDS DELAYED

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) - Tax refunds for about 600,000 taxpayers claiming an education credit will be delayed, the Internal Revenue Service ...

Jack Lew, Citigroup and the Ugland Truth

Michael Winship | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Jack Lew is, by all accounts, a decent guy and dedicated public servant, but like so many of our recent treasury secretaries is so deeply immersed in the old boy nexus of Wall Street and government as to have little comprehension of how, in the midst of a soaring Dow Jones, so many millions struggle to make ends meet.

Why The Poorest Americans Are Struggling Right Now

Reuters | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Federal tax refunds are arriving later than expected for some lower-income Ameri...

Best Ways to Avoid Identity Theft During Tax Season

Jeff Hindenach | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Jeff Hindenach

Many identity thieves will pose as the IRS using emails, websites and even phone calls to get personal information from taxpayers who are only too willing to give up that information to avoid a fallout with the IRS. Luckily, the IRS is actually on your side.

IRS Paid Whistleblowers Record Amount Last Year

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business

By Nanette Byrnes Feb 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service paid a record $125.4 million in 2012 to whistleblowers who provided evidence o...

Tax Relief Scams: Where Crime Does Pay

Don McNay | Posted 04.08.2013 | Business
Don McNay

I saw a "pat on the back" news release from the Federal Trade Commission today: "FTC Settlement: Tax Relief Scammers Agree to Pay More Than $15 Million." If you go down a couple of sentences, it notes that the scheme bilked consumers out of $100 million. Crime does pay.

The Income Tax Is Inquisitorial -- Get Over It

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

Basically, income taxes require vigorous enforcement. If people don't like that sort of heavy handed tax collection, then there are always options with (arguably) less intrusive procedures.

Shocker: Huge Companies Cost U.S. Billions Exploiting Tax Break Designed for Farmers Swapping Horses

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.10.2013 | Business
Ian Reifowitz

It's ridiculous that huge corporations or speculators should be able to take advantage of this provision, buying one investment property, flipping it, and then "replacing" it with another, ad infinitum, not paying capital gains taxes on the sales.