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Same Sex Marriage, Taxes and Winning the Lottery

Don McNay | Posted 08.10.2014 | 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 07.15.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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...

White House: No Emails Between White House, Lois Lerner

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Wednesday it has found no emails between any person in the executive office of the president and a top Intern...

Republicans: IRS Lost Even More Emails In Targeting Probe

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has lost more emails connected to the tea party investigation, congressional investigators said Tuesd...

IRS Says It Lost Lois Lerner's Emails In Targeting Probe

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service said Friday it has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party cont...

Loyalty and Responsibility

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear so much these day about banks and companies that have become so large they are unable to manage themselves -- that there are so many layers of bureaucracy that illegal and unethical behavior can go undetected for years.

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 ...