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  • Vikings' Josh Robinson Compares Gay Marriage to Incest and Pedophilia

    06/28/2015 9:54:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Eonline ^ | 06/28/2015 | Brett Malec
    Cue the backlash!Following this morning's history-making Supreme Court Decision on marriage equality, Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson took to Twitter to condemn gay marriage in a series of homophobic tweets. He event compared marriage equality to incest and pedophilia."Love is love? So what will we say when the 30yr old loves YOUR 10 year old. When the dad loves HIS 6 year old? It's different? Yea okay!" the 24-year-old football star wrote Friday. "The day one person makes that stand, some may support, but many will say that's sick! That day I will say ‘hypocrites.'""When did we start defining a word...
  • Looking for a forum to ask i.r.s. / ssa questions

    06/27/2015 7:59:27 PM PDT · by George from New England · 7 replies
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    Been looking for an internet forum to ask a few questions and interface with others in the know. My wife has an employee/employer job. I am self employed. I am on her employer's health insurance. They deduct premiums every two weeks from her paycheck. Example: 800-200, net 600 There has been lawful pre-tax med calculations being done meaning ss tax is paid on the 600 not 800. Now we find this is directly impacting her benefits when she retires, 3 years hence. Can this be changed going back a few years and tax returns amended to reflect this? Has the...
  • IRS Destroys More Evidence [semi-satire]

    06/27/2015 4:09:06 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 June 2015 | John Semmens
    In what IRS officials are calling a one-in-a-million fluke, the precise emails subpoenaed by Congress in its investigation of IRS discrimination against the President’s political opponents were exactly the ones inadvertently erased by IRS employees. Lost are over 400 back-up tapes containing 24,000 emails to and from Lois Lerner—the IRS employee believed to have orchestrated the discriminatory treatment. Commissioner John Koskinen speculated that “our rather lengthy chain-of-command provided multiple opportunities for miscommunication somewhere along the line. It is not inconceivable that an instruction to ‘not erase’ may have been forwarded as ‘erase.’ The rest is, as we say, history. Nothing...
  • The Truth about the IRS: A Weapon of Oppression

    06/27/2015 1:03:44 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 7 replies
    The American Report ^ | June 27, 2015 | Editors
    The Obama administration used the IRS to make a Muslim Brotherhood-Clinton-Soros cartel possible. Bashing the Internal Revenue Service is as American as apple pie. Nobody likes paying taxes, even if we realize it is a necessary civic duty. However, today’s indictment of the IRS is not based on the fact that it was a creation of progressive (and racist) Democrat Woodrow Wilson; or that the income tax is a hideously unfair way to tax people, which actually discourages work and production. The truth about today’s IRS is that it is a pure political weapon, fighting on the side of Obama,...
  • Coach is Right Friday Shorts

    06/26/2015 9:26:30 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/26/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    1) IRS Defense Makes Statement So Outrageous Judge Asks “You Don’t Really Mean That, Right?” IRS defense in the Z Street v. Koskinen case made such a shocking and absurd argument that the judges presiding over the case were forced to stop and question if the statement was in fact a mistake. The argument in question is that IRS truly believes they should be allowed to discriminate for nine months before anyone is allowed to sue them. This isn’t a joke, the IRS blatantly stated that they believe their culture of discrimination towards religious and conservative groups should be allowed...
  • Top Democrat – Who May Serve Prison Time for His Role in IRS Scandal – Calls on Congress to End..

    06/25/2015 8:09:19 PM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | June 25, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Democrat Leader Elijah Cummings Could Face Prison Time for his Illegal Attacks on on a Voters Rights Group– Today Cummings called on Congress to end its IRS investigation. Last April House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released a report implicating Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in colluding with the IRS and Lois Lerner against the nonpartisan voters rights group “True the Vote.” Catherine Engelbrecht, the founder of “True the Vote,” testified before Congress in February. She was targeted by FBI, IRS, ATF, and OSHA after she filed for tax exempt status for her voters rights group. Engelbrecht said this during...
  • Lois Lerner’s Hard Drive Was SHREDDED

    06/25/2015 5:59:01 PM PDT · by PROCON · 88 replies
    dailycaller ^ | June 25, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner’s hard drive most likely crashed due to “an impact of some sort,” like somebody hitting it or smashing it, according to new congressional testimony. Then the hard drive was shredded and its pieces were sold for scrap. Lerner’s laptop, which crashed on June 11, 2011 between 5 and 7 PM, was sent to an IT technician two days later. The Hewlett-Packard technician looking at her laptop determined that the hard drive failed because of an impact of some sort.
  • Supreme Court Caves on Obamacare Again

    06/25/2015 12:57:30 PM PDT · by rootin tootin · 32 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 6/25/2015 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court had an opportunity, with its ruling in King v. Burwell, to determine whether the United States is a nation of laws or of men. Today, in a 6-3 decision, the Court ruled that we have devolved into the latter. Although the text of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) clearly states that the government may issue subsidies only through insurance exchanges established by the states, Obama administration bureaucrats unilaterally rewrote that part of the law so that the IRS could dispense such premium assistance through “marketplaces” created by the federal government. The plaintiffs in...
  • Watchdog: IRS workers mistakenly erased tea party emails

    06/25/2015 5:29:17 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 60 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 25, 2015 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators are blaming mistakes by IRS employees — not a criminal conspiracy — for the loss of thousands of emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal. IRS workers erased 422 computer backup tapes that "most likely" contained as many as 24,000 emails to and from former IRS official Lois Lerner, who has emerged as a central figure in congressional investigations, according to IRS's inspector general. The workers erased the tapes a month after IRS officials discovered that an untold number of Lerner's emails were lost. The IG says the workers were unaware of a year-old...
  • House Republicans Considering Impeachment of IRS Head over Stonewalling in Lois Lerner Investigation

    06/25/2015 9:45:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | June 24, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Agency destroyed e-mails after telling Congress they couldn’t be found. House Republicans investigating the IRS’s targeting of tea-party groups are seriously considering an effort to impeach IRS commissioner John Koskinen or other agency employees for “culpable misdemeanors” pertaining to the destruction of e-mails written by Lois Lerner, the former official at the heart of the scandal. “We’ve briefed the leadership’s counsel, and I think that they’re open to it, but it’s the type of thing where this town is like, ‘oh, that’s not how we do things, it’s not really been used lately,’” a Republican member of the House Oversight...
  • Watchdog: IRS erased backups after loss of tea party emails

    06/24/2015 5:18:18 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 48 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 Jun 2015 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS employees erased computer backup tapes a month after officials discovered that thousands of emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal had been lost, according to government investigators. The investigators, however, concluded that employees erased the tapes by mistake, not as part of an attempt to destroy evidence. As many as 24,000 emails were lost because 422 backup tapes were erased, according to J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The revelation is likely to fuel conspiracy theories among conservatives who say the IRS has obstructed congressional investigations into the scandal. George...
  • IRS erased backups after realizing tea party emails lost

    06/24/2015 3:29:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 24, 2015 6:19 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Government investigators say IRS employees erased computer backup tapes a month after officials discovered that thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s tea party scandal had been lost. The investigators, however, concluded that employees erased the tapes by mistake, not as part of an attempt to destroy evidence.The report is likely to fuel conspiracy theories among conservatives who say the IRS has obstructed congressional investigations into the scandal. …
  • IRS loses another round in its court battle with Z Street (Lerner & viewpoint discrimination)

    06/23/2015 2:53:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6/20/15 | Thomas Lifson
    Tick, tick, tick. A day of reckoning for the IRS gets closer with a unanimous opinion from a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in the Z Street case. Z Street explains: The pro-Israel organization Z STREET was today, once again, vindicated in a court of law in its now nearly five year effort to redress the violation of its Constitutional rights by the Internal Revenue Service. The judges in their Opinion were far more restrained than their reactions to the IRS arguments during the oral argument which took place on May 4, see http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-irs-goes-to-court-1430953480, but their...
  • Only 1 week until Supreme Court ruling on the future of ObamaCare

    06/22/2015 10:05:05 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/22/15 | Doug Book
    Coach is Right has written extensively about the Affordable Care Act—ObamaCare—from its initial, unconstitutional passage by a Democrat controlled congress, through the disgraceful 2012 Supreme Court ruling which featured the inexplicable treachery of Chief Justice John Roberts. Sometime during the next week the Court will decide King v Burwell, a case which will determine whether the United States and the American people may still depend upon the Constitution to defend their liberty and rights from the unlawful schemes of a tyrant. On June 17th, CiR asked whether the Supreme Court would deliver one last ruling in defense of the illegal...
  • Chris Matthews: Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are “traitorous” for trying to abolish the IRS

    06/20/2015 10:28:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 67 replies
    MoFoPolitics.com ^ | JUN. 19, 2013
    “The right wing are crazy! What they’re saying about getting rid of the IRS is insane, and I think almost traitorous…”Hardball June 19.* The following clip has been edited to make Chris Matthews look as bad as possible as per MP’s loose journalistic standards.Crazy Chris Matthews basically accusing Ted Cruz and Rand Paul of being Traitors for wanting to get rid of the IRS
  • Federal Judge Orders Obama IRS to Court

    Federal Judge Orders Obama IRS to Court JUNE 19, 2015 Judge Demands More Answers from IRS Reopen Clinton FOIA Lawsuit Judicial Watch Goes to Court for Details on Bill Clinton’s Travels with Sex Offender Judge Demands More Answers from IRS Try telling the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you lost some tax documents and then magically found them again once legal pressure was applied. What do you think the end result would be for you if you tried to operate this way? Judicial Watch is succeeding in court in its effort to remind the Obama IRS that it isn’t above...
  • Gov’t OUTSOURCED management to IT workers with TOTAL ACCESS to database… in CHINA

    06/18/2015 4:43:56 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 36 replies
    <p>The technical details are a little difficult here so let’s put it this way – idiotic and utterly incompetent government officials outsourced IT management of highly sensitive information to companies that had some workers in China, and gave them complete and total access to that database.</p>
  • Officials: Chinese had access to U.S. security clearance data for one year

    06/18/2015 9:10:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Post's Federal Eye ^ | June 18, 2015 | Ellen Nakashima
    The recently disclosed breach of the Office of Personnel Management’s security-clearance computer system took place a year ago, giving Chinese government intruders access to sensitive data for a year, according to new information. The considerable lag time between breach and discovery means that the adversary had more time to pull off a cyber-heist of consequence, said Stewart Baker, a former National Security Agency general counsel. “The longer you have to exfiltrate the data, the more you can take,” he said. “If you’ve got a year to map the network, to look at the file structures, to consult with experts and...
  • Agency: Staff cuts take toll on IRS tax enforcement efforts

    06/17/2015 9:36:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2015 3:54 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor and Stephen Ohlemacher
    Budget cuts to the IRS are hampering the agency’s efforts to uncover tax cheats, an agency watchdog said Wednesday, and more trims are on the way under legislation approved by a GOP-controlled House panel. IRS budget cuts are hurting tax collections because there are fewer agents chasing delinquent taxpayers, according to a report released Wednesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The IRS budget has been cut by $1.2 billion since 2010. The House Appropriations Committee approved IRS cuts of $900 million more on Wednesday on a party-line vote. Republicans controlling Congress have targeted the much-maligned agency, particularly...
  • Will the Supreme Court deliver one final, unconstitutional ObamaCare ruling?

    06/17/2015 10:05:40 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 32 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/17/15 | Doug Book
    Before the end of its current term (June 30th), the United States Supreme Court will determine whether the law of the land is established in the Constitution or by the various bureaucracies working to impose the agenda of the Obama Regime. IF the Court decides in favor of the Constitution, ObamaCare–the Affordable Care Act–will be destroyed financially. It will effectively cease to exist. In November of last year, the Court agreed to hear King v Burwell, a suit filed against the Internal Revenue Service for usurping the power of Congress by granting itself the authority to spend $800 billion tax...
  • IRS' Latest Email Excuse Draws It Closer To Rogue Agency Status

    06/17/2015 1:28:22 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 12 replies
    Lawlessness: On Day 768 of the IRS scandal targeting political dissidents, the tax agency said it has more emails to release. Only it can't release them until September because it must ensure there are no duplicates. Baloney. Missing yet another court-ordered deadline on June 12, the Internal Revenue Service has failed to release 6,400 new emails found on the hard drive of Lois Lerner, former tax exempt organization chief, pertaining to the agency's admitted targeting of administration critics.
  • IRS' Latest Email Excuse Draws It Closer To Rogue Agency Status

    06/16/2015 5:13:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    Investors.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    Lawlessness: On Day 768 of the IRS scandal targeting political dissidents, the tax agency said it has more emails to release. Only it can't release them until September because it must ensure there are no duplicates. Baloney. Missing yet another court-ordered deadline on June 12, the Internal Revenue Service has failed to release 6,400 new emails found on the hard drive of Lois Lerner, former tax exempt organization chief, pertaining to the agency's admitted targeting of administration critics.
  • Those 6,400 Lois Lerner e-mails the IRS just found? Yeah, they’re not releasing those

    06/16/2015 7:45:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 31 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/16/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Stonewall... First they said that Lois Lerner’s e-mails were lost because her hard drive had crashed. No one who understands anything about information technology believed that one, since there are always system backups, and besides, e-mails are stored on a server, not on an individual machine. They claimed they had made a herculean effort to recover the e-mails, but to no avail. When no one believed that, they finally relented and allowed someone who knew what they were doing to go in and find the e-mails. That was easy. So we can see them now, right? No, sillies! That’s not...
  • IRS Finds 6,400 New Lois Lerner Emails…Gives DUMBEST EXCUSE YET For Not Releasing Them

    06/15/2015 6:32:28 AM PDT · by PROCON · 47 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | June 14, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    The Internal Revenue Service found 6,400 more Lois Lerner emails — but they’re not handing them over in court. The IRS’ latest excuses are nothing short of infuriating. Department of Justice lawyers Geoffrey J. Klimas and Stephanie Sasarak, acting as counsel for the IRS, submitted a U.S. District Court filing June 12 in the case Judicial Watch v. Internal Revenue Service. The court filing, provided to The Daily Caller, claims the IRS received new Lerner emails from the Treasury Department’s inspector general (TIGTA) but can’t fork over the emails to Judicial Watch, a nonprofit group suing to get the...
  • IRS: Illegals Granted Amnesty Can File For Back Tax Refunds

    06/11/2015 11:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 06/04/2015 | By Jason Devaney
    Illegal immigrants granted amnesty under President Barack Obama's immigration reform will be able to claim back tax refunds from years in which they never filed taxes, the IRS said. According to the Washington Times, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress in a letter the roughly 5 million illegal immigrants who could be granted amnesty under Obama's plan will be eligible to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit. "To clarify my earlier comments on EITC, not only can an individual amend a prior year return to claim EITC, but an individual who did not file a prior year return...
  • Finally: GOP Looks to Squeeze the IRS

    06/11/2015 10:37:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Daniel Davis
    The IRS has been sitting in the GOP's crosshairs ever since 2013, when news of the targeting scandal broke.  But yesterday, Republican leaders took a step toward actually pulling the trigger.House Republicans proposed cutting the IRS budget by nearly eight percent. This came after the president had called for an 18 percent increase. The proposed cuts would shrink the agency's budget by $838 million, leaving it with $10.1 billion. That would put the IRS at 2004 budget levels. Some are expecting more proposed cuts once the bill hits the House floor.This level of spending cuts wasn't possible when Democrats controlled the Senate. Now that the...
  • Why the Supreme Court Will Overrule the IRS

    06/09/2015 2:22:03 PM PDT · by SteveH · 23 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch via Cato ^ | March 29, 2015 | Michael F. Cannon
    In 2011 and 2012, I researched and wrote — along with Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan H. Adler — a law-journal article that explains why the IRS’s actions are illegal. Our work laid the foundation for King and three similar cases. To our knowledge, we have done more research on the question of what Congress really meant than anyone. When we began, we knew Congress routinely conditions benefits to individuals on states implementing federal programs. The Supreme Court has held that Congress cannot compel states to implement such programs, but it can create incentives for states to do...
  • Federal Judge Gives IRS Until Friday to Answer for “Lost” Lerner Emails

    06/09/2015 7:42:07 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 30 replies
    People’s Pundit Daily ^ | June 8, 2015 | PPD Staff
    Judicial Watch announced Monday that a U.S. federal judge has ordered the IRS to provide an answer for the missing Lois Lerner emails — by this Friday, June 12. This is another positive step to have the IRS and the Obama Administration finally answer to the American people. Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the watchdog group’s request to issue an order requiring the IRS to answer for the status of the likely damaging Lois Lerner emails by June 12, 2015. “The Obama IRS obstructed and lied to a federal judge and...
  • McCain on the IRS

    06/09/2015 6:01:23 AM PDT · by Don Corleone · 21 replies
    Senator McCain | 6/09/15 | Senator McCain
    Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about the targeting of Conservative organizations by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). I appreciate hearing from you on this issue. Like many Americans, I am disturbed by the idea that the IRS would target groups for their political beliefs. These actions by the IRS have caused many to lose trust in the federal government and in the agency's ability to administer our nation's tax laws. As you may know, in May 2013, the IRS Inspector General released a report stating that inappropriate criteria were used to identify 501(c)(4) status applications for review....
  • “Bombshell Testimony”: The IRS Used This to Hide Information From Congress

    06/08/2015 11:45:38 AM PDT · by blueyon · 54 replies
    Restoring Liberty - Joe Miller ^ | 6.6.15 | ??IRS-ACLJ-Joe Miller???
    New testimony reveals that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) used “hundreds of attorneys” to hide critical information from Congress’s investigation of the IRS targeting of conservatives. According to new congressional bombshell testimony today, the IRS set up a previously unknown “special project team” comprised of “hundreds of attorneys,” including the IRS Chief Counsel (one of only two politically appointed positions at the IRS). The “special project” this team was given? Concealing information from Congress.
  • Can King v. Burwell Revive the Economy?

    06/08/2015 4:02:59 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 6/8/2015 | David Catron
    The Democrats and their media allies have predicted wrack and ruin if the Supreme Court rules against the government in King v. Burwell, a decision that would stop the IRS from issuing Obamacare subsidies through federal insurance exchanges in three-dozen states. They have wildly exaggerated the inconvenience that such a ruling would cause a tiny percentage of the population and ignored the benefits that it would provide tens of millions of Americans. One of these benefits would be the removal of PPACA’s dead weight from an economy whose first quarter performance suggests that the anemic Obama recovery may be stalling....
  • What If a New Constitutional Convention Overthrows the Federal Reserve Act because of Lois Lerner?

    05/26/2015 9:42:10 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 5/26/2015 | Sacra Pizza Man
      I heard a man speak on Tony Brown’s Journal in the 1980s, on the thesis that the Federal Reserve System is a tax-farming system, creating monies out of nothing, loaning them to the United States, charging interest that must be repaid with taxes. It sounds paranoiac, until you learn that the Federal Reserve Act was closely associated with the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment to the US Constitution establishing the Federal Income Tax. Now that Texas is close to pushing us over the top of the number of states required to ask Congress to call a Constitutional convention, what might happen...
  • IRS sends Congress unsigned form letter to brush off demands for Clinton Foundation investigation

    06/04/2015 9:05:02 PM PDT · by blueyon · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/04/15 | Pete Kasperowicz
    IRS sends Congress unsigned form letter to brush off demands for Clinton Foundation investigation The IRS responded to a Republican request for an investigation into the Clinton Foundation's tax-exempt status with a one-page form letter that starts with "Dear Sir or Madam." In May, more than 50 House Republicans asked the IRS to review the Clinton Foundation's tax-exempt status, after it became clear that the foundation had failed to report millions of dollars in grants from foreign governments. That letter, led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, said a review was "appropriate" given that this money was accepted and not...
  • Negligence: IRS Was Warned About Potential Hacking of Sensitive Taxpayer Information, Did Nothing

    06/04/2015 4:16:48 PM PDT · by detective · 5 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jun 03, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was in the hot seat on Capitol Hill yesterday over a massive data breach and hacking of highly sensitive taxpayer information, including social security numbers. A number of taxpayers whose information was stolen have also lost their identities. Information and testimony given by Inspector General Russell George revealed the IRS was given multiple warnings and recommendations about how to prevent an attack or breach. The IRS failed to implement all of the recommendations given.
  • IRS official: ‘Lois Lerner was the tip of the iceberg’

    06/04/2015 3:54:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2015 | by Joseph Curl
    The IRS’s director of privacy, governmental liaison and disclosure division testified Wednesday that the tax agency set up a special team with hundreds of lawyers to handle the probe into whether Tea Party groups were targeted, but repeatedly said she had no idea how it operated. Mary Howard, who also works as the head Freedom of Information Act officer in the IRS, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that once the “special project team” was created and operational, she never saw requests for information. Asked who was on the team, she said: “My first hand knowledge of...
  • IRS: Amnestied Illegals Don’t Need To Have Filed Returns To Access Tax Credits For Illegal Work

    06/04/2015 2:29:26 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/3/15 | Caroline May
    Illegal immigrants granted executive amnesty can claim back tax credits for work they performed illegally, even if they never filed a tax return during those years, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has confirmed to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). In a written response to questions Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked Koskinen following a February hearing on the IRS budget, the IRS commissioner clarified his earlier assertions that illegal immigrants granted executive amnesty — and Social Security numbers — can access Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) for years they were working in the country illegally. Back in February, Koskinen said...
  • Was the IRS breach unstoppable?

    06/04/2015 2:15:12 PM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    Computerworld ^ | June 3, 2015 | Ira Winkler and Araceli Treu Gomes
    Another hack, another claim of inevitability. It is frustrating to read about the IRS breach and see it declared sophisticated. The following quote, from the IRS commissioner to CNN, is just outright infuriating: “It was an attack the agency wasn't well suited to combat, IRS Commissioner Koskinen said. ‘We're dealing with criminals with a lot of money and using expensive equipment and hiring a lot of smart people.’”
  • IRS finally admits illegals can get back taxes under Obama amnesty

    06/04/2015 5:18:02 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 3 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has confirmed to Congress that illegal immigrants granted amnesty under President Obama’s new programs could claim back refunds even when they never filed returns to pay their taxes in the first place. Sen. Chuck Grassley, who had pressed Mr. Koskinen over the issue, released written responses Wednesday ... and, in fact, illegal immigrants granted the amnesty will now be able to claim refunds on tax returns they never even filed, thanks to the Earned Income Tax Credit. “To clarify my earlier comments on EITC, not only can an individual amend a prior year return to claim...
  • Obama IRS Political Appointees Protected Tea Party Probe Requests

    06/03/2015 11:22:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Senior IRS officials set up a special internal committee after congressional investigators sent information requests to the IRS’s two White House political appointees to investigate conservative and tea party non-profit applicants. Mary Howard, the IRS’s director of privacy, governmental liaison and disclosure division, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Wednesday she never saw any of the information requests because the requests were forwarded to the special committee. Howard is also the tax agency’s chief Freedom of Information Act officer. “I think Lois Lerner was just the tip of the iceberg,” Howard said. “You’re telling me your group...
  • Negligence: IRS Warned About Potential Hacking of Sensitive Taxpayer Info.. Did Practically Nothing

    06/03/2015 5:34:48 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/3/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was in the hot seat on Capitol Hill yesterday over a massive data breach and hacking of highly sensitive taxpayer information, including social security numbers. A number of taxpayers whose information was stolen have also lost their identities. Information and testimony given by Inspector General Russell George revealed the IRS was given multiple warnings and recommendations about how to prevent an attack or breach. The IRS failed to implement all of the recommendations given. More from Americans For Tax Reform (bolding is mine): Over the last decade the IRS has failed to implement numerous recommendations that...
  • Marijuana-Worshipping ‘Church’ Gets Tax-Exempt Status From IRS (IN)

    06/03/2015 12:46:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | June 2, 2015 12:28 pm
    An Indiana-based church that worships marijuana has been granted tax-exempt status. First Church of Cannabis founder Bill Levin said it took 30 days for the IRS to grant his group tax-exempt status. “Somebody at the IRS loves us,” he added. […] Marijuana is still illegal in Indiana. …
  • David Brooks: 'Obama Has Run An Amazingly Scandal-Free Administration' [mentions my blog]

    05/31/2015 4:47:12 PM PDT · by grundle · 52 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 31, 2015 | Tom Blumer
    <p>Despite 6-1/2 years of horrid governance and dozens of acknowledged scandals, several of which a few of the credible remaining outposts of liberal thought have actually agreed are scandals, David Brooks, the New York Times's resident fake conservative, asserted on Friday's PBS NewsHour, as if it's an indisputable fact, that "President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he himself, but the people around him."</p>
  • IRS Defiant on Data Breach [semi-satire]

    05/31/2015 9:43:02 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 30 May 2015 | John Semmens
    This week’s revelation that hackers stole the identities of 100,000 taxpayers from the IRS was characterized as “small potatoes” by Commissioner John Koskinen. “There are over 120 million individuals who pay federal income taxes. The 100,000 who will be victimized by this data breach represent less than one-tenth of one-percent of the total.” Koskinen went on to boast that “we stop nearly 50% of the breaches we know about before any individual’s information can be used to defraud the government”–an effectiveness ratio that he contended “far outshines your typical performance for any other federal agency.” The Commissioner lamented that “while...
  • Ted Cruz takes high road in laying out policies

    05/29/2015 11:50:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | May 30, 2015 | Chris Cassidy
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) RINDGE, N.H. — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz laughed off his starring role as a “Capitulating Canadian,” dressed up in fighting clothes, in the first attack ad of the 2016 presidential campaign launched by a U.S. Sen. Rand Paul super PAC — and vowed not to retaliate against his Kentucky rival. “Well, I have to say I chuckled. I’ve never seen myself portrayed as a World Wrestling Federation person, even though I guess it was one that I was not supposed to win,” Cruz told the Herald after a town hall event at Franklin Pierce University last night. “It’s politics....
  • Complaint: Tea-Party-targeting DOJ attorneys now work for White House, no taxpayer safeguards...

    05/29/2015 6:50:38 PM PDT · by blueyon · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/28/15 | Barbara Boland
    "Complaint: Tea-Party-targeting DOJ attorneys now work for White House, no taxpayer safeguards in place" Tax Division attorneys from the Department of Justice, some of whom worked directly on the IRS' illegal targeting of Tea Party groups, are now giving legal advice to the White House with no safeguards to prevent the abuse of private taxpayer information, says a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court of D.C. by a watchdog group. Cause of Action, a nonprofit government accountability group, filed the complaint against the DOJ and the IRS after both government agencies refused to respond to Freedom of Information Act...
  • IRS Indifferent to Hacking Incident

    05/29/2015 6:10:29 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/29/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    An agency beset by corruption, incompetence and arrogance: An arrogant leader overseeing an agency with a vast level of power over millions of vulnerable taxpaying Americans is a toxic mix Apparently the arrogance of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen knows no bounds. Facing questions about the ease by which hackers accessed the tax returns of more than 100,000 Americans from February to mid-May, he remained unapologetic. “These are actually organized crime syndicates that not only we but everybody in the financial industry are dealing with,” he declared—before boasting about the agency’s ability to stop approximately half the attacks. Koskinen also offered...
  • IRS Hires $1,000-An-Hour Lawyers And It Might Have Violated Federal Law

    05/28/2015 10:39:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/29/15 | Patrick Howley
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is paying a Washington law firm $1,000 an hour in taxpayer money to perform a corporate audit, despite its claim of being severely underfunded.The IRS’ $2.2 million contract with big-money firm Quinn Emanuel has sparked a Senate Finance Committee investigation, with the committee’s chairman saying that the IRS “appears to violate federal law.”Senate Finance Committee chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch wrote a letter this month to IRS commissioner John Koskinen stating his concerns relating to the contact, which pays Quinn Emanuel $1,000 an hour to perform an audit of Microsoft.Hatch said that the contract appears to...
  • House GOP demands criminal investigation into Lois Lerner

    05/28/2015 9:43:08 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Insisting Lois G. Lerner is still a target, congressional Republicans sent a letter to new Attorney General Loretta Lynch Thursday asking her to follow through on their official request last year for a criminal investigation into Ms. Lerner’s behavior at the IRS. Led by Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Republicans said it’s been more than a year and the Justice Department has yet to respond to the referral the committee approved on April 9, 2014, listing three areas where lawmakers believe Ms. Lerner may have broken the law. “The committee continues to...
  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted On Federal Charges (indictment linked)

    05/28/2015 2:34:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 28, 2015 | John Stanton
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert on reporting evasion charges and lying to the FBI as part of an effort to pay off victims of “prior bad acts.” In an indictment handed down in the District Court of Northern Illinois, the Department of Justice and IRS charged Hastert, 73, with illegally transferring funds in an effort to avoid detection by the IRS, a scheme known as “structuring.” In the indictment, Hastert is accused of agreeing to pay one individual $3.5 million. Although the indictment specifies neither the “bad acts” nor the victims, sources said...
  • IRS 'believes' massive data theft originated in Russia

    05/28/2015 4:55:03 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/27/2015 | Chris Frates
    The IRS "believes" that a major cyber breach that allowed criminals to steal the tax returns of more than 100,000 people originated in Russia, two sources briefed on the data theft tell CNN. On Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service announced that organized crime syndicates used personal data obtained elsewhere to access tax information, which they then used to file $50 million in fraudulent tax refunds.