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  • Clinton charities will refile YEARS of tax returns after misreporting tens of millions of dollars

    04/23/2015 7:00:42 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 36 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 23, 2015 | Daily Mail
    Clinton charities will refile YEARS of tax returns after misreporting tens of millions of dollars in donations from foreign governments A Reuters investigation uncovered errors in tax returns filed by the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative For 3 years, the Clinton Foundation reported it had received nothing from foreign and U.S. governments - despite receiving millions previously It will now refile its tax returns from 2010, 2011 and 2012 but has not ruled out reviewing tax returns extending back as many as 15 years The Clinton Health Access Initiative is refiling forms from at least 2 years...
  • You Can’t — and Shouldn’t — Abolish the IRS [A critique of Ted Cruz's proposal]

    04/23/2015 7:05:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 84 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2015 | by PATRICK BRENNAN
    ‘Completely unworkable,” “irresponsible,” “happy talk,” “a disservice to the political process.” That’s just a sampling of what tax experts, most of them right of center, told me they think of one of the most popular lines from Ted Cruz’s stump speech, his promise to abolish the Internal Revenue Service. Senator Cruz has been talking about the idea for a couple of years now, but it got a bit more attention when he mentioned it in the speech he gave at Liberty University to officially launch his presidential campaign. You can expect the idea to get even more popular in light...
  • Report: IRS Deliberately Cut Its Own Customer Service Budget

    04/22/2015 6:49:57 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 22, 2015 | John McCormack
    If you tried to contact the IRS with a question about your taxes this year, chances are you didn't get a response. The IRS estimated that it would only answer 17 million of the 49 million calls received this filing season. Taxpayers lucky enough to have the IRS answer their calls waited an average of 34.4 minutes for assistance--nearly double the wait time last year (18.7 minutes). IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has blamed the IRS's "abysmal" customer service on congressional budget cuts--funding is down $1.2 billion from its 2010 peak--but a new congressional report points the finger back at the...
  • IRS FILES $70K TAX LIEN AGAINST MSNBC’S MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY

    04/20/2015 9:54:05 AM PDT · by Richardxc
    Breitbart ^ | 4/16/15 | John Nolte
    Dr. Peter Pry (Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security) warns that the consequences - of not being prepared for this event - are much more severe than one may think: “within a year of an EMP event at least 2 thirds or the us population will perish from starvation, disease and social collapse” Former CIA double agent (Reza Kahlili) who spent time in the Iranian Army confirmed that the Iranian have conducted missile tests of ships in the Caspian See that are consistent with an EMP attack: “They are going to get to the Gulf...
  • The IRS Assures an Atheist Group It Will Monitor Churches

    04/20/2015 4:56:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/20/2015 | Quin Hillyer
    It was bad enough, as I wrote here last August, that the Internal Revenue Service appeared to reach an agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. WhatÂ’s worse is that the IRS, directly counter to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements, steadfastly has refused to make public key documents pertaining to that decision. So the IRS, acting with the whole power of government behind it, seems to be saying it can monitor and presumably punish churches for the content of their sermons, but the churches canÂ’t know exactly if, how, and why they are being monitored. To fight this...
  • Cruz to Adam Carolla: "The Rich Have Done Well Under Big Government"; Young People Are...

    04/18/2015 9:46:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz phoned in on Friday's broadcast of the Adam Carolla Show to discuss his candidacy, the IRS and taxes, big government, his father's America compared to our current America, Jeb Bush and more. ADAM CAROLLA: Thank you so much for calling in and thank you so much for wanting to eliminate the IRS. It's driving me nuts. SEN. TED CRUZ: Well, I tell you April 16th is a day when a whole lot of folks want to move into a simple flat tax and just padlock the IRS. I think that is a powerful populist...
  • Government snooping through your emails without a warrant: Not just the NSA

    04/18/2015 6:13:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/18/15 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    The SEC and IRS, among other government agencies, love, love, love administrative subpoenas to snoop through emails without probable cause. Techdirt writes: The story that we keep hearing is that two government agencies in particular really like ECPA's outdated system: the IRS and the SEC. Since both only have administrative subpoena power, and not the ability to issue warrants like law enforcement, the lower standards of ECPA make it much easier for them to snoop through your emails without having to show probable cause. Last year, in a Congressional hearing, the SEC's boss, Mary Jo White, was questioned about this...
  • Which Companies Paid The Most Income Tax In 2014

    04/17/2015 9:25:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/17/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Apple's market capitalization of $730 billion may now be more than double that of Exxon Mobil, but when it comes to taxes paid to the US government, it's no contest: the company with record profitability that so many progressive hipsters adore and for whose products they line up with annual regularity is billions of dollars below its "fair" contribution to the US Treasury. Ironically, it is eclipsed by that other company that so many progressives love to hate: Exxon Mobil, which paid $4 billion more in tax than Apple, yet whose valuation has been cut by 15% over the past...
  • Fool Me

    04/18/2015 8:54:07 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-12-15 | Jerry Wynn
    Fool me once. We were told that the health care system was broken. As a result, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law with the promise that premiums would be lower, we could keep our doctors and our insurance. Fool me twice. When the IRS was accused of targeting conservative groups, the president said there was not even a "smidgen" of corruption. Of course the Department of Justice declined to investigate. Fool me thrice. When four Americans were killed in Benghazi, it was said the cause was an offensive video. Susan Rice went out on a Sunday morning and...
  • Ted Cruz’s frightening gun fanaticism: When a presidential contender encourages armed insurrection

    04/17/2015 11:48:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 134 replies
    Salon ^ | April 17, 2015 | Simon Maloy
    Ted Cruz thinks Americans should arm themselves against "tyranny," and Lindsey Graham thinks that's crazy. As incredible as it sounds, there’s an argument going on right now between two Republican senators (and, potentially, two Republican candidates for the presidency) over whether the American citizenry should be ready to fight a war against the federal government. The two senators in question are Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, and they can’t seem to agree whether the Second Amendment serves as bulwark against government “tyranny.” It all started with a fundraising email Cruz sent making the case that “The 2nd Amendment to the...
  • Finally: Congress is Trying to Abolish The Death Tax

    04/17/2015 12:28:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    They say there are two things that are certain in life: death and taxes. If you're a Democrat, you can add death taxes to that list. The death tax, which was being phased out by President Bush from 2001-2008 but revived by the Obama administration in 2009, currently sits at 40 percent. More background from Heritage: Estate tax (death tax) repeal. The Bush tax cuts phased out the death tax. It was supposed to be completely eliminated after 2009. However, after being dormant for one year in 2009, the 2010 deal between President Obama and Congress brought it back to life at...
  • Adam Carolla ‘Supports’ Ted Cruz, Thanks Him for Anti-IRS Stance

    04/17/2015 11:27:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 17, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Comedian and radio personality Adam Carolla is apparently a big fan of Sen. Ted Cruz. During a Friday morning interview with the Texas Republican, Carolla approved of the presidential candidate and personally thanked him for wanting to outright abolish the Internal Revenue Service. “Thank you so much for wanting to eliminate the IRS,” Carolla began the conversation. “It’s driving me nuts.” “I think that is a powerful populist issue and today is the day when its on people’s minds,” Cruz said, reminding listeners that Wednesday was Tax Day. Carolla argued that taxes are an important issue that gets overshadowed by...
  • Look at how many pages are in the federal tax code

    04/16/2015 8:00:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 4/15/2015 | Jason Russell
    As they rush to file their taxes by April 15, Americans are rightfully frustrated with the complexity of the 74,608-page-long federal tax code. The federal tax code is 187 times longer than it was a century ago, according to Wolters Kluwer, CCH, which has analyzed the federal tax code since 1913. Amazingly, in the first 26 years of the federal income tax, the tax code only grew from 400 to 504 pages. Even through President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, the tax code was well under 1,000 pages. Changes during World War II made the length of the tax code balloon...
  • Would You Let the I.R.S. Prepare Your Taxes?

    04/16/2015 7:28:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/16/2015 | Farhad Manjoo
    Around this time every year, Joseph Bankman, a professor of tax law at Stanford Law School and a longtime advocate of using technology to simplify tax filing, gets on the phone with reporters to explain what is wrong with how we do our taxes in the United States. Every year he says pretty much the same thing: No other industrialized country asks its citizens to jump through as many hoops to calculate their taxes as ours. It isn’t just lawmakers or the hapless-seeming Internal Revenue Service that is perpetuating the annoyance of tax time, he adds. Instead it is the...
  • Leftists Celebrate Tax Day By Protesting For Higher Minimum Wage

    04/16/2015 7:12:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    Wednesday marks Tax Day in the United States, the day when Americans are obligated to turn in their taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Income Transfer, Not Income Tax

    04/16/2015 3:58:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Campaigning for reelection, President Barack Obama often talked about the importance of everyone paying their "fair share" of taxes. The assumption was that there was general agreement about what fair share means. The underlying message is that those who earn more should pay more than they already are; that what the top 10 percent are paying is just not enough. This week, a Wall Street Journal article titled "Top 20 Percent of Earners Pay 84 Percent of Income Tax" by Laura Saunders provides a different perspective than we are used to hearing regarding who pays what income taxes. Nearly "half...
  • IRS Commissioner: Obamacare Contributes to Longer Wait Times for Tax Help

    04/15/2015 6:10:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 15, 2015 - 1:16 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen told members of Congress Wednesday that taxpayers who call the IRS seeking help on their taxes this year face an average wait time of half an hour, and only about 40 percent of calls are actually answered. The situation, which Koskinen admitted is “abysmal,” is partly due to the agency’s forced role in implementing President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act (ACA), or Obamacare, he explained. “At this point, when you get through—if you get through—it on average would have taken you about 28 to 30 minutes,” Koskinen told members of the...
  • Fraud and the IRS

    04/15/2015 5:07:37 PM PDT · by lyby · 27 replies
    lyby ^ | 4-15-2015 | lyby
    I have believed for close to 20 years that the 16th amendment was never properly ratified and that the IRS and all the shenanigans we citizens go through every year is ILLEGAL. For all of my adult life, I have spent 6 months dreading tax season and then 6 months worrying if maybe I had done something wrong when filing them. This year, when our tax preparer (for the first time in my adult life, we actually hired a preparer as I believed that a citizen should NOT have to pay someone else to do their taxes, as it should...
  • Tax Day: A Good Day For a Class War

    04/15/2015 8:32:12 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-15-2015 | MOTUS
    So, it’s tax day.And you know what that means: it’s the day we celebrate the redistribution of wealth rather than its creation. It’s the day the government decides how much of what you make belongs to them - to give to somebody else. Or more to the point, it’s the day the ‘have lot’s’ ante up for the benefit of the ‘have gotz’.It should be interesting to see how President–in-waiting Hillary, champion of the proletariat, celebrates the day. She will most likely  emphasize the the income gap between the haves and the have nots because nothing stirs the heart to...
  • How the IRS repeatedly rewrites Obamacare tax credit provisions

    04/15/2015 5:59:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 15, 2015 | By Jonathan H. Adler
    The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell argue that an IRS regulation unlawfully extends tax credit eligibility beyond what is expressly authorized under Section 1401 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). It appears that this sort of administrative rewrite of the PPACA may be more the rule than the exception. These IRS rewrites have potential consequences beyond the extension of tax credits beyond what Congress authorized. As with the regulatory change expanding tax credit eligibility to some unlawful aliens, the IRS cited no authority for making this change. Fairly administering this law requires implementing it as written, and...
  • Abolish the IRS: The current tax system damages the economy and civil liberties

    04/14/2015 6:31:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/14/2015 | Richard Rahn
    Abolish the Internal Revenue Service? IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has said the government must have an IRS to collect the taxes to fund the government. Mr. Koskinen is right that no matter what kind of tax system we have, there needs to be a tax collection bureau. But those in favor of abolishing the present IRS are correct in that the United States certainly can get along perfectly well without the politicized, abusive and rights-trampling tax agency the IRS has become. Mr. Koskinen and others who defend the IRS claim the problem is with the tax law, which is written...
  • IRS: Mistakes Were Made

    04/13/2015 5:19:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/13/15 | staff
    Judicial Watch has just released a new batch of documents forced out of the IRS that show the Obama administration’s scandalous misuse of the IRS to target Tea Party and other conservatives goes far deeper than realized. Included in the new batch of documents is a February 2012 email from Lois Lerner, who was then head of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations Branch, asking that a special program be set up to “put together some training points to help [IRS staffers] understand the potential pitfalls” of revealing too much information to Congress. Amid the hundreds of released pages, Judicial Watch also...
  • Sowell: The New Inquisition

    04/13/2015 11:39:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 14, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    How long will this country remain free? Probably only as long as the American people value their freedom enough to defend it. But how many people today can stop looking at their electronic devices long enough to even think about such things? Meanwhile, attempts to shut down people whose free speech interferes with other people's political agendas go on, with remarkably little notice, much less outrage. The Internal Revenue Service's targeting the tax-exempt status of conservative groups is just one of these attempts to fight political battles by shutting up the opposition, rather than answering them. Another insidious attempt to...
  • Sheriff Clarke: How Is Al Sharpton Not In Jail?

    04/12/2015 7:35:27 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (D) declared on Thursday,“I’m trying to figure out why Al Sharpton isn’t in federal prison for tax evasion.” Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (D) declared on Thursday,“I’m trying to figure out why Al Sharpton isn’t in federal prison for tax evasion.”
  • VANITY: How long are tax refunds taking?

    04/10/2015 5:23:07 PM PDT · by Rio · 101 replies
    Rio | 4/10/2015 | Rio
    My first-ever vanity post... After some amount of web-surfing, it sounds like the IRS is claiming that processing tax returns and issuing refunds may be expected to take longer than normal. They blame this variously on a long-ago shutdown , Obamacare, and lack of funding. So I'm soliciting actual FReeper experiences with 2014 tax refunds and how long it took to get them. If you filed and received your refund, I'd be interested to know roughly when you filed and how long it took. If you filed and HAVEN'T yet received a refund, same thing. Full disclosure: I e-filed last...
  • IRS’s Koskinen: Goal Is For Taxpayers To Have Online Account at the IRS

    04/10/2015 8:21:05 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    CNS ^ | April 9, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    - 12:02 PM Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen said that a future goal of the agency is for taxpayers to have an account at the IRS and for taxpayers “to have a more complete online experience for all their transactions with the IRS.” “The IRS needs to do more and take a different approach and one that doesn’t just rely on resources,” said the commissioner, speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. “We need to be looking forward to a new, improved way of doing business,” he said. “This involves looking into the future in...
  • Congress Must Step Up and Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws: IRS Agents are acting like thugs.

    04/09/2015 8:24:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/09/2015 | Jason Pye
    “I did not serve three combat tours in Iraq only to come home and be extorted,” Andrew Clyde, a US Navy veteran, told an oddly united House Ways and Means subcommittee in a February hearing. Clyde is now a gun store owner near Athens, Georgia, a college town located roughly 70 miles outside of Atlanta. He told members of the subcommittee about his experience with the Internal Revenue Service, which seized $950,000 from his business’ bank account in April of 2013 through civil asset forfeiture. The Bank Secrecy Act requires financial institutions to report cash deposits over $10,000 to the...
  • The IRS wants everyone to set up a safe, secure IRS account and pay their taxes online

    04/08/2015 9:23:59 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 40 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3-31-2015 | Pete Kasperowicz
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that he wants everyone in the near future to do their taxes online, through a government account that people would set up through the tax collection agency. “The idea is that taxpayers would have an account at the IRS where they or their preparers can log in securely, get all the information about their account, and interact with the IRS as needed,” he said at a National Press Club speech in Washington. “Most things that taxpayers need to do to fulfill their obligations could be done virtually, and there would be much less need...
  • The IRS Loses a Big Procedural Battle in Its War With the Tea Party

    04/07/2015 7:58:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 4/6/15 | Hans von Spakovsky
    At almost the same time last week that the outgoing U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen, gave Lois Lerner a get-out-of-jail free card over her contempt of Congress citation, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service suffered a huge procedural loss in a court fight in Ohio. In litigation filed in 2013 by conservative organizations targeted by Lerner and her colleagues at the IRS, a federal judge granted a motion to compel and ordered the IRS to produce the names of the 298 targeted organizations identified by the IRS for the Treasury Inspector General. In 2013,...
  • Christians Under Attack: Leftists Urge IRS to Attack Liberty University

    04/07/2015 6:46:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Larry Provost
    Leftists are now openly asking the IRS to once again threaten the tax exempt status of a non-profit. This time it is Liberty University. Recently, Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States on twitter. This was the first time twitter was used for such an announcement. This was historic in of itself. Later that day, the Senator’s first public speech after his announcement was at Liberty University. President Falwell of Liberty University clearly stated that Cruz’s appearance was not an endorsement of his candidacy. This is in keeping with university tradition as well as...
  • A Flawed Legal Analysis Is Helping Lois Lerner

    04/06/2015 1:27:41 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 04/04/2015 | Hans von Spakovsky
    On March 31, Ronald Machen, the outgoing U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, wrote House Speaker John Boehner to inform him that the Justice Department would not present Lois Lerner’s contempt citation to a federal grand jury. The letter explaining his decision is an exercise in misdirection—the kind of misdirection that magicians use to fool an audience. Why? Because at no point in his detailed, seven-page legal analysis does Machen mention the most important point demonstrating that Lerner did, in fact, waive her Fifth Amendment right.
  • Lois Lerner Gets Off - Hillary Clinton Breathes Easier

    04/06/2015 9:42:58 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 6, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: The Justice Department says Lois Lerner, who used her IRS office to target the Tea Party, didn't waive her Fifth Amendment rights before Congress and won't be prosecuted for contempt over her missing emails. Until former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is called to testify under oath before Congress about her multiple private email accounts on a personal server kept in her Chappaqua, N.Y., home, she won't get a chance to plead the Fifth Amendment as former IRS official Lois Lerner did in May 2013 before the House Oversight Committee regarding her division's targeting of Tea Party groups.
  • The IRS Wants to Convince Millennials It's Cool to Work There

    04/06/2015 9:40:09 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    bloomberg | April 6, 2015
    Linky only.
  • IRS, Congress Hold Our Liberty in Contempt

    04/06/2015 9:00:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2015 | Ron Paul
    This week the Justice Department announced it would not charge former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner with contempt of Congress. Some members of Congress requested that Lerner be charged with contempt after she refused to testify at a congressional hearing investigating her role in denying or delaying the applications for tax-exempt status of "tea party" and pro-limited government organizations. Cynics might suggest it is not surprising that a former government official would avoid prosecution for refusing to tell Congress about how federal employees abused their power to help the incumbent administration. These cynics have a point, but the...
  • Who Will Be Blamed for <i>King v. Burwell</i> ‘Chaos’?

    04/06/2015 4:38:42 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 13 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/6/2015 | David Catron
    A Supreme Court ruling against the Obama administration in King v. Burwell, according to conventional Beltway wisdom, will create serious political problems for governors and legislators in the 34 states that declined to set up Obamacare insurance exchanges. Most of these officials are Republicans, the thinking goes, and will thus be blamed for letting petty partisanship deprive their constituents of subsidies while plunging state insurance markets into chaos. Public wrath, we are told, will eventually force them to create PPACA exchanges. However, a new voter survey conducted in the affected states suggests that this is very unlikely to occur. According...
  • Federal Judge Hands Tea Party Huge Victory Against the IRS

    04/05/2015 5:19:16 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 28 replies
    Red Statements ^ | 04-05-2015 | Steven Ahle
    A federal judge has ordered the IRS to hand over a list of 298 Tea Party groups that were targeted by Obama the IRS for extra scrutiny in an effort to keep them from working against Obama in the 2012 election. This is an important development since the Tea Party groups are looking to be certified for a class action suit. That in itself is a big development for the groups but more importantly, once they are granted class action status, they can begin to ask for large quantities of emails, files and other evidence during the discovery phase.
  • 'You can’t govern the country based on being angry’ (McCain Mini-Me 2016)

    03/25/2015 7:17:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | March 25, 2015 | Manu Raju
    Ted Cruz vows to repeal “every word” of Obamacare and Common Core if he becomes president. He would “abolish” the IRS, flatten the Tax Code so Americans can fill out their taxes on a postcard, and “finally, finally, finally” secure the border. To which Lindsey Graham says: not going to happen.
  • The IRS Scandal: No justice from the Justice Department

    04/05/2015 5:05:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 02, 2015 | Jay Sekulow
    I have said it before -- the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service is institutionally incapable of self-correction. And, now it is even clearer that the Obama administration’s Department of Justice is incapable of holding accountable those responsible for a massive illegal targeting scheme. Even worse, its own involvement in the scandal not only means that it can’t properly investigate the IRS, it should instead be investigated for cooperating with the IRS in its campaign of censorship and oppression. The latest troubling development comes as the Justice Department announced it will not pursue criminal contempt charges against former top IRS official...
  • Judge orders IRS to release list of targeted conservative nonprofit groups

    04/04/2015 5:18:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/04/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Lois Lerner didn’t care to speak when she was invited for tea before congressional committees, and it turns out that no charges will be filed against her over her shyness. But that may not be the end of the story for the IRS scandal. A judge in Ohio has consented to a request filed by representatives of several Tea Party groups which calls for the IRS to turn over the full list of conservative groups selected for extra special scrutiny when they filed for nonprofit status. A federal judge has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to hand over a...
  • Rand Paul's excuse for avoiding the 'religious freedom' law controversy doesn't add up

    04/03/2015 12:10:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is the only major Republican likely 2016 presidential candidate who hasn't weighed in on the controversy over Indiana's "religious freedom" law that erupted this week — and his explanation for avoiding the issue is questionable.
  • If A Caller Says, 'I Am With The IRS,' He's Not

    04/03/2015 8:13:04 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 04/03/2015 | Marilyn Geewax
    True story: The other day, I attended a speech by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who said phone scammers are swarming the country in the run-up to April 15, aka Tax Day. These criminals call taxpayers and insist they must "immediately give up their personal information or make a payment," Koskinen warned. Don't fall for it. "If you are surprised to be hearing from us, you are not hearing from us," Koskinen said. "Our way of contacting you is by letter."
  • Lois Lerner and Robert Menendez: A curious contrast from the DoJ

    04/02/2015 3:55:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/02/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Yesterday, the Department of Justice offered a curious contrast in their fight against corruption, with actions in two cases sending competing messages. Apart, each case has its own highlights, and cover very different kinds of alleged corruption. Put together, though, it seems to tell an intriguing story about how this Department of Justice views its mission, and its targets, which is the subject of my column today at The Fiscal Times: Nearly eleven months later, the Department of Justice has decided to pass on enforcing the contempt charge. Even though Lerner offered testimony in her opening statement and her...
  • US Won't Charge Ex-IRS Official Lois Lerner With Contempt

    04/02/2015 7:04:03 AM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    bloomberg | April 2, 2015
    Linky only.
  • Getting Rid Of IRS Is A Good Idea

    04/02/2015 6:38:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    IBD ^ | 04/02/2015
    And who wrote those words? Some Tea Party right-winger? An anti-government libertarian? An anarchist? Nope. That was Nina Olson, the IRS' own taxpayer advocate, who in 2012 called tax code complexity the IRS' "most serious problem." So what's being done about it? Well, despite rising public anger, the IRS' union is trying to get taxpayers to pony up another $1.9 billion so conservatives can be harassed, phone calls can be ignored and automated letters can be sent to innocent people — all the while making the top 1% of earners who pay nearly 40% of all the taxes less productive...
  • DOJ: No contempt charges for former IRS official Lois Lerner

    04/01/2015 1:26:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/01/2015 | By JOHN BRESNAHAN and RACHAEL BADE
    The Justice Department will not seek criminal contempt charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner, the central figure in a scandal that erupted over whether the tax agency improperly targeted conservative political groups. Ronald Machen, the former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, told House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a seven-page letter this week that he would not bring a criminal case to a grand jury over Lerner’s refusal to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in March 2014. The House approved a criminal contempt resolution against Lerner in May 2014, and Machen’s office has...
  • IRS’s Lois Lerner won’t be charged with contempt

    04/01/2015 1:10:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The Obama administration informed House Speaker John A. Boehner this week it will not prosecute former IRS executive Lois G. Lerner for contempt of Congress, concluding that she did not waive her Fifth Amendment rights to avoid answering questions when she was called to testify nearly two years ago. Ms. Lerner, the figure at the center of the IRS’s tea party targeting scandal, is still facing investigation over the intrusive scrutiny of conservative groups, but the decision by U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen not to pursue the contempt charge approved by the U.S. House does away with at least some of...
  • Abolish the IRS? Defiant Agency Chief Tells Congress to Shove It

    04/01/2015 9:52:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/01/2015 | Michael Walsh
    John Koskinen, the strange, David Icke-like lizard person currently in charge of the Internal Revenue Service, has told Congress to forget about abolishing the agency: The IRS commissioner on Tuesday brushed aside GOP proposals to abolish his agency, insisting the U.S. would have to have a tax collector one way or another. “You can call them something other than the IRS if that made you feel better,” the agency’s chief, John Koskinen, said after a speech at the National Press Club.Republicans have heaped even more criticism upon the agency than usual over the last 22 months because of its...
  • Federal Income Tax Reporting - A Political Non-Issue?

    03/31/2015 8:49:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Hank Adler
    The Internal Revenue Code is a mess. In this, most agree. Marco Rubio has announced his plan to reform the Internal Revenue Code and each Republican candidate will undoubtedly follow quickly with their own particular plan. As a former tax practitioner and a current tax professor, while I will like some plans more than others, unless the FairTax makes an untimely reappearance, I will believe that each plan is far better than the current Internal Revenue Code. (I co-authored a book entitled The FairTax Fantasy that in retrospect deems the FairTax flawed in ways so similar to Obamacare that it...
  • IRS says it's OK if you fail to say you have insurance on return

    03/31/2015 7:12:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/31/2015 | Rick Moran
    The IRS may be the ogre of government but when it comes to enforcing its rules on Obamacare, it's positively puppyish. Millions of people who don't have insurance are having the penalty waived. They are going to trust that your coverage meets Obamacare mandates without checking.  Now, if you fail to mark your return indicating that you have insurance, why that's perfectly alright with the IRS. Washington Examiner: The Internal Revenue Service told the Washington Examiner it will not penalize anyone who has insurance but neglected to check the box. However, a taxpayer may be asked by the agency if they have...
  • IRS won't penalize people for failing to say they have health insurance on tax form

    03/30/2015 5:54:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/30/15 | Robert King
    For the first time, a majority of taxpayers will have to check a box on their tax return attesting they have health insurance either through their job or Medicare or Medicaid. But what happens if they miss it, which can easily happen on the complex form? The Internal Revenue Service told the Washington Examiner it will not penalize anyone who has insurance but neglected to check the box. However, a taxpayer may be asked by the agency if they have health insurance if their return is flagged during a routine check. "The IRS routinely follows-up on the accuracy and completeness...