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  • IRS Commissioner a No Show for Hearing on Misconduct

    05/25/2016 10:50:26 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 30 replies
    Christian Broadcasting Network ^ | May 25, 2016 | 05-25-2016 Amber C. Strong
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was a no show Tuesday for a House Judiciary hearing accusing him of misconduct. That didn't stop lawmakers from blasting Koskinen and calling for his impeachment. The hearing stems from a 2013 investigation into IRS official Lois Lerner. Lerner was accused of unfairly targeting conservative and tea party groups by delaying their requests for tax-exempt status. Koskinen, who was brought in by President Barack Obama after the scandal unfolded, promised to provide key evidence, including thousands of Lerner's emails to assist Congress in their investigation. Tapes obtaining those emails were destroyed. Although many of the emails...
  • The "10% Flex" Tax plan, a novel idea for Taxes and Tariffs ~ Vanity

    05/24/2016 6:04:51 PM PDT · by GraceG · 29 replies
    GraceG
    When it comes to taxes, depending on whichever conservative you talk to they all have a different idea on what sort of tax plan would work best. Some want a national sales Tax, some want an income tax, and some even want a Tariff. So why not UNIFY under a plan that ALL of us can get behind? Here is an idea that I have been thinking about that i have never seen before. I call it the "10% Flex" Tax plan. Why is it flexible? It is flexible as it would allow congress to control what TYPE of taxes...
  • IRS chief: I’ve never spoken to Lois Lerner

    05/23/2016 1:49:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    washington times ^ | 5/23/16 | Stephen Dinan
    RS Commissioner John Koskinen has declined to testify in his own defense at a congressional hearing Tuesday, but insisted in a statement that his bungling of a subpoena doesn’t rise to the level of “treason, or high crimes and misdemeanors” needed for him to be impeached. The Judiciary Committee hearing is being viewed by some House Republicans as the precursor to impeachment, with the House’s top investigator saying Mr. Koskinen defied a congressional subpoena that demanded all of former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner’s emails be preserved as part of the investigation into tea party targeting. But Mr. Koskinen,...
  • IRS Employee Admits He Would Go After, Target, and Try to End Conservative Groups

    05/23/2016 10:48:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/23/16 | Ali Meyer
    A self-identified IRS employee admitted he would go after, target and try to end conservative groups who wanted to abolish the IRS, to Cleta Mitchell, an attorney representing those groups, on a Washington Journal segment on C-SPAN. Mitchell, a political law attorney who has represented conservative groups during the IRS targeting scandal since 2010, was a guest on C-SPAN to discuss the possible impeachment of the IRS commissioner John Koskinen. The first caller was a self-identified IRS employee who said he would go after the groups Mitchell represents if their goal was to abolish the IRS. “I am a lowly...
  • Koskinen will skip IRS impeachment hearing

    05/23/2016 10:45:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Politio ^ | 5/23/16 | Rachael Bade and Katy O’Donnell
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will not appear at a “misconduct” hearing Tuesday where Republicans will lay out a case to impeach him for allegedly failing to comply with a congressional subpoena, the IRS told POLITICO. Lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee summoned the tax chief to answer accusations from the House Oversight panel that he failed to preserve documents Congress requested for its probe of the IRS tea party scandal. They also say he never told the full truth about erased back-up tapes containing copies of emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner. Some Republicans even suspect the IRS...
  • Feds Divert MILLIONS To ‘Slush Fund’ That Fuels These Liberal Activist Groups ( La Raza and .. )

    05/21/2016 8:14:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 05/20/2016 | Richard Pollock
    Department of Justice officials diverted millions of dollars slated for victims of the 2008 housing meltdown to politically favored third parties, including “left-wing radical groups,” according to the chairman of a House of Representatives oversight subcommittee. Rep. Sean Duffy : a Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the House Financial Services ... a $500 million “slush fund” that could be steered toward favored groups. ... If you’re diverting money away from victims and sending it to third-party activist groups, you have victims who are being harmed not just once, but a second time. ... Many of us in Congress were alarmed...
  • IRS powerless to stop tax scam costing billions each year

    05/20/2016 2:31:59 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2016 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Inspector General for the IRS said Thursday that the tax collection agency continues to be at risk of paying out billions of dollars in fraudulent Earned Income Tax Credit payments each year, and that there's nothing the IRS can do about it. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report that said almost 25 percent of EITC payments issued last year should not have been issued. That amounts to $15.6 billion in payments under a program that's meant to boost low and moderate-income people and families.
  • House oversight chairman moves to censure IRS chief, strip pension

    05/19/2016 4:17:20 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 23 replies
    The chairman of the top House investigative panel introduced a measure Wednesday to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen -- and remove him from office without a pension -- in the latest bid by Republicans to pressure him into being more cooperative in their probe of the 2013 IRS targeting scandal. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is seeking Koskinen’s resignation or removal for what he calls an alleged “pattern of conduct inconsistent with the trust and confidence placed in him as an officer of the United States.” If censured, Koskinen, who became commissioner in...
  • US 2016: Failure is a Better Option Than Success

    05/18/2016 6:51:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2016 | Bryan Crabtree
    Two-thirds of Americans do not have any taxable income. The most recent IRS data shows that Americans earning over $100,000 per year pay roughly 80% of all taxes in America. This means that roughly seven percent of our nation pays the overwhelming majority of everyone else's government expenses. I'm a big fan of the idea of a nationwide flat tax. But here's the problem: We already have a flat tax and an income tax. Almost every item we buy has a federal tax somehow levied on it. When you pay your cell phone bill you pay a universal access fee...
  • Don’t Take the (trigger warning) Brown Acid.

    05/17/2016 7:07:54 AM PDT · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-17-2016 | MOTUS
      Here’s an innovation that’s already about 8 years too late to do most of us any good: Print Your Own 3-D Drugs. Just think how much more fun life would have been if, when Nancy Pelosi told us we’d have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it, we could have just looked away from the computer screen and hollered: Barkeep! Print me one of those double doobies! And one for my friend at the end of the bar too.I don’t know exactly  how the 3-D drug printing works butt I’m guessing there will be a yuge demand for...
  • IRS Chief: “Trump is a liar, we audited him because his taxes are highly suspicious” [IRS Lies]

    05/16/2016 9:03:14 AM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 157 replies
    Greenville Gazette ^ | March 2, 2016 | Juan Wilder
    “We don’t care who you are,” stated Koskinen, “Whether you go to church, or don’t go to church.” Koskinen explained audits occur when something pops up in your tax returns they find suspicious. It’s basically all about the numbers. Party or religious affiliation is not part of any IRS audit red flag, according to Koskinen.
  • Don't let 'Never Trump' become 'Ready for Hillary' (Rally 4 Trump - Rally 4 America First)

    05/15/2016 5:32:15 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 40 replies
    CNN -opinions ^ | May 7, 2016 | Brett J. Talley
    From the article: Donald Trump is the Republican presumptive nominee, but ... you'll read articles urging voters never to support him. Ignore them. Many of these Trump opponents are principled people. Some fear Trump, ... they believe ... that America and its institutions, ... cannot endure a Trump presidency.... ... Trump's most vocal opponents -- prefer a president they can control... Trump is a wild card, and in a race between the devil they know and the one they don't, they'll take Hillary Clinton every time. Another four years of a Democratic president is, after all, good for business. And...
  • Congress Moves Forward With Impeachment of IRS Commissioner

    05/13/2016 3:02:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | 5/13/16 | Katie Pavlich
    A resolution to impeach Koskinen was introduced last year by House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz over the stonewalling and obstruction of ongoing congressional investigations into IRS targeting of conservative groups. Now, the House Judiciary Committee will hold two hearings on the resolution and will determine whether to proceed with impeachment. The Committee argues Koskinen "failed to comply with a congressional subpoena which resulted in destruction of key evidence, made false statements during his sworn congressional testimony, and did not notify Congress that Lois Lerner’s emails were missing." The first hearing will examine a lengthy Oversight Committee report detailing Koskinen's conduct...
  • House panel to hold impeachment hearings for IRS head

    05/13/2016 12:29:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 13, 2016 | Naomi Jagoda
    Cameron Lancaster The House Judiciary Committee will consider impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in upcoming hearings. The committee will look at Koskinen's alleged misconduct relating to Congress's investigation into the IRS's targeting of political groups. “Despite repeated congressional efforts to get to the bottom of this matter, Obama Administration officials, including the IRS Commissioner, have consistently undermined the investigation," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said. "Over the coming weeks, the House Judiciary Committee will closely examine Commissioner Koskinen’s misconduct and the implications of his actions.” At a Judiciary Committee hearing on May 24, witnesses will present the...
  • IRS changing policy on employment-related ID theft

    04/26/2016 3:21:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 26, 2016 | Naomi Jagoda
    The Internal Revenue Service will start notifying victims of employment-related identity theft in a shift of policy that comes after criticism from Congress. "We’re still working out the details of the policy change to advise people of possible misuse of their Social Security number, and we will have more details to share in the near future," the IRS said in a statement. During a Senate Finance Committee hearing earlier this month, Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), expressed concerns about the fact that the IRS doesn't inform victims when illegal immigrants use their Social Security numbers to obtain employment and then file...
  • Exclusive — Rep. Ron DeSantis: Paul Ryan’s GOP Leadership Team Fears Beltway Media

    04/26/2016 1:42:03 PM PDT · by detective · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Apr 2016 | Dustin Stockton
    Truncated title. Full title: Exclusive — Rep. Ron DeSantis: Paul Ryan’s GOP Leadership Team Fears Beltway Media, Isn’t Holding IRS Accountable Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), a conservative running for the GOP nomination to replace Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the U.S. Senate in November, called out his own party’s leadership for its failure to hold the IRS accountable, years after the agency refused to comply with congressional investigations into its targeting of conservative groups. DeSantis is part of a small group of conservatives in the House pushing to impeach IRS commissioner John Koskinen. He tells Breitbart News that House Speaker...
  • Watchdog: IRS workers steal taxpayer data to plunder the Treasury

    04/22/2016 4:19:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/22/16 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Treasury Department's Inspector General for Tax Administration said this week that three current and former IRS employees have been caught trying to steal money as taxpayers try to pay off their tax debts. In one case, former Missouri IRS employee Demetria Brown was sentenced in February after pleading guilty to wire fraud and identity theft. Her scheme was to obtain people's personal information, like Social Security Numbers and dates of birth, to file fraudulent federal and state tax returns. "Using a false identity, Brown established an account with an Internet service provider and an email address in order to...
  • GOP Congressman: IRS Too Busy Spying On Americans To Do Its Job

    04/20/2016 1:58:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/20/16 | Kathryn Watson
    Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials have enough time to purchase and use a controversial piece of spy equipment, but not enough to collect $385 billion in unpaid taxes. That’s what Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said Tuesday during a House Task Force on Executive Overreach hearing, criticizing the IRS for purchasing cell tower-mimicking Stingray equipment that can track cell phone locations. The federal deficit in fiscal year 2015 was $486 billion. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) gave the IRS 112 recommendations for capturing more of the $385 billion now going uncollected, but the IRS has only completed 62. IRS...
  • Rep. Kristi Noem: IRS Is Rehiring Employees Fired for Misconduct

    04/20/2016 8:38:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 19, 2016 | 11:00 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    House Republicans are aiming at the Internal Revenue Service this week, taking up four bills to ensure integrity in hiring and better customer service. “We have recently learned…that IRS employees that have been fired for misconduct have been rehired” in the last several years, Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) told a news conference on Tuesday. “Now some of this may involve falsifying documents — they failed to pay their own taxes. They may have been fired for accessing sensitive taxpayer information without permission. In fact, one employee had missed up to eight weeks of work without permission, had actually stamped on...
  • Tax loophole costs billions

    04/18/2016 5:55:04 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 5 replies
    WTHR ^ | Apr 26, 2012
    Millions of illegal immigrants are getting a bigger tax refund than you. Eyewitness News shows a massive tax loophole that provides billions of dollars in tax credits to undocumented workers and, in many cases, people who have never stepped foot in the United States. And you are paying for it!
  • It’s Tax Day and you are getting scammed once again

    04/18/2016 5:30:41 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 19 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 4/18/2016 | Bob Livingston
    Millions of Americans are programmed to accumulate records, file an income tax form, and report their income in U.S. dollars by “Tax Day,” which this year, for reasons which make sense only to government functionaries, is April 18. Americans pay their income taxes based on “self- assessment.” They believe that they are required to do this. They believe that what they pay to the IRS supports government expenses and is necessary to the federal budget process. This scam is based on a fiction called the U.S. dollar. Everybody believes in the dollar, just as children believe in Santa Clause and...
  • It’s Tax Day and You’re Mad as Hell. Where Is Your Money Going?

    04/17/2016 4:28:57 PM PDT · by writer33 · 15 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 04/17/16 | Rick Manning
    Tomorrow, April 18th, is Tax Day. Unfortunately, it won’t be until April 24th that you’ll have earned enough to pay what you actually owe – April 24th is the day the nation will have earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year. In total, that is 114 working days before you get to keep what you earn! As a country, it takes Americans a whopping 46 days to earn the money to pay all of our income taxes. That’s on top of the 26 days it takes to rack up the dough to pay payroll...
  • Elizabeth Warren thinks the IRS should fill out your tax returns

    04/16/2016 4:43:08 PM PDT · by facedown · 95 replies
    boston.com ^ | April 13, 2016 | Nik DeCosta-Klipa
    With Monday’s tax filing deadline looming over many Americans’ weekends, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s new bill may seem like a godsend. The Massachusetts Democrat introduced legislation Wednesday that would allow U.S. taxpayers to have the government do their taxes for them—for free. The conveniently timed “Tax Simplification Act of 2016” would direct the IRS to develop a free, online tax preparation and filing service, using tax information the IRS already has, which Americans could choose to use to have their taxes filed directly with the government, instead of using a third-party service, such as TurboTax.
  • IRS Corruption Fuels Billions in Fraudulent Payments to Illegal Aliens

    04/16/2016 4:41:28 PM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 17 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/16/16 | t tancredo
    I am sorry to report that the IRS practice described in this recent FORBES headline is not new. It’s an old story that continues to shock most — but not all — Americans: “IRS admits it encourages illegals to steal Social Security numbers” Imagine my surprise when I found a pile of IRS 1040 tax returns among the tons of trash at a “lay-up site” used by illegal border jumpers near the Mexican border west of Douglas, Arizona. There are dozens of such places where the thousands of border invaders change clothes, discard trash and wait to be taken by...
  • Obama IRS Corruption Update (Weekly Update)

    04/16/2016 10:40:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 15, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch & Allied Educational Foundation to Supreme Court: Protect the Laws that Keep Public Officials Honest Defending the First Amendment against the Obama IRS Only 3 U.S. Airports Require Employee Security Checks JW Gets Props in The Wall Street JournalJudicial Watch & Allied Educational Foundation to Supreme Court: Protect the Laws that Keep Public Officials Honest With a notorious Democrat in the White House, it bears repeating that there are corrupt politicians in both the Republican and Democrat parties. The “corruption caucus” in the political world is both bipartisan and growing. True to our non-partisan educational mission, we...
  • Why Ted Cruz’s VAT really is a VAT

    04/15/2016 10:56:53 PM PDT · by Hanna548 · 253 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 01/15/16 | James Pethokoukis
    Make no mistake here. Cruz is proposing a VAT add-on to the existing personal income tax system.
  • Even an Incompetent Bureaucrat Has a Great Idea Once in a While

    04/15/2016 6:43:54 PM PDT · by writer33 · 22 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 04/15/16 | Joshua Withrow
    If you’ve ever paid taxes, you probably agree that the tax code is entirely too complicated. To that end, you would probably also enjoy having a simple, easy-to-understand one-page form that you can fill out in about ten minutes and be done with your taxes. For what it’s worth, the Tax Man agrees with you. I don’t have many nice things to say about IRS Commissioner John Koskinen (in fact, Congress should impeach him…), but when asked at a Congressional hearing this week about the flat tax, this was his response: Clearly, if you had a two-page form or a...
  • Congressmen to Demand Impeachment of IRS Commissioner

    04/14/2016 8:09:21 PM PDT · by writer33 · 21 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 04/14/16 | Nate Madden,CR Wire
    Members of the House Freedom Caucus are planning to speak tonight on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand that articles of impeachment for IRS Commissioner John Koskinen be brought to a vote. The Daily Signal was first to report the story. The leader of the House Freedom Caucus, Jim Jordan (R-OH, A Liberty Score®), told Conservative Review, “John Koskinen had four duties to fulfill as IRS commissioner after the targeting scandal, and he failed each one. He had the duty to preserve evidence, but under his watch and with multiple subpoenas and a preservation order in place,...
  • IRS Admits It Encourages Illegals To Steal Social Security Numbers For Taxes

    04/14/2016 5:45:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/14/2016 | Robert W. Wood
    This isn’t exactly the kind of story the IRS wants buzzing around at tax time. The IRS and Justice Department normally want ‘scared straight’ stories just before Tax Day. Ideally, when an indictment or conviction for tax evasion hits the news, it makes you think twice. Somehow, you think just a bit more about all those deductions, or if you really reported all your income, before you sign your return under penalties of perjury. Instead, we have the top dog at the IRS, the IRS Commissioner himself, admitting that, well, there’s a problem with illegal immigrants and taxes. In fact,...
  • Great: Our tax data isn’t secure and the IRS encourages illegal immigrants to commit tax fraud

    04/14/2016 5:42:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/14/2016 | Matt Vespa
    Monday, April 18 is the filing deadline for federal income taxes. ItÂ’s a day where we all are reminded how much of a pain our 70,000+ page tax code inflicts upon us every year. For those of you who hire accountants, alla salute youÂ’re done and you donÂ’t have to go through the headache of filing your own taxes. Of course, thatÂ’s dependent on whether you gave your accountant all the proper documents and receipts. To those who wanted to file on their own, youÂ’re gluttons for punishment. Regardless, theyÂ’re due next Monday, and every identity thief out there...
  • Federal judge calls IRS untrustworthy in tea party case

    04/14/2016 2:17:43 PM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court judge dubbed the IRS not trustworthy during oral argument Thursday as he and his colleagues tried to figure out whether tea party targeting is still going on. Dozens of groups say the IRS not only treated them badly in the past, but the agency continues to subject them to special monitoring and intrusive scrutiny, damaging their reputation among potential donors and making it more likely the groups will face an audit because of their political beliefs.
  • The IRS' Disregard for the Public

    04/13/2016 5:26:07 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 11 replies
    Real Clear Policy ^ | 13 Apr, 2016 | Jesse Hathaway
    A new report from the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan government agency tasked with auditing, evaluating, and investigating government affairs for Congress, faults the Internal Revenue Service for failing to properly secure taxpayer data, leaving taxpayers' private information at the mercy of hackers, both domestic and foreign. The report, delivered to IRS chief John Koskinen on March 28, says the IRS has failed to make recommended improvements to its financial and information-technology procedures. Unfortunately for taxpayers, the IRS has little motivation to protect the sensitive data it collects, because the agency views government, not taxpayers, as its consumer. According to...
  • IRS must publicize sensitive tea party data obtained in targeting, Obama administration says

    04/12/2016 9:14:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/12/16 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS says it has stopped targeting the tea party — but three years later, the tax agency is still holding on to the sensitive information it pried from the conservative groups through invasive questions, and officials are even vowing to make the answers public. Groups caught up in the scandal say that is proof the targeting is continuing, and they want the IRS to expunge the information or, at the very least, to make sure it is never released. Obama administration officials insist they have stopped targeting but say the groups are at fault for following the misguided IRS...
  • IRS chief: Agency encourages illegal immigrant theft of SSNs to file tax returns

    04/12/2016 2:26:34 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 12,2016 | By RUDY TAKALA
    The IRS is struggling to ensure that illegal immigrants are able to illegally use Social Security numbers for legitimate purposes, the agency's head told senators on Tuesday, without allowing the numbers to be used for "bad" reasons. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen made the statement in response to a question from Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., during a session of the Senate Finance Committee about why the IRS appears to be collaborating with taxpayers who file tax returns using fraudulent information. Coats said that his staff had discovered the practice after looking into agency procedures. "What we learned is that ... the...
  • Navajo artists express experience with Gold Mine spill

    04/11/2016 9:02:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | April 10, 2016 | Jonathan Romeo
    New exhibition shows how tribe dealt with blowout last August. Navajo artist Venaya Yazzie wrote the Diné expression – Tó éí ííná – beside a photograph of a friend sullenly looking out on the tainted San Juan River in the days after the Gold King Mine spill. It means “Water is Life,” and for the indigenous tribes affected by the mine blowout in August, the words sum up months of confusion, fear and sadness surrounding the health of critical southwest waterways. On Aug. 5, the Environmental Protection Agency breached the portal of the mine north of Silverton, sending an estimated...
  • IRS Could Help Find Many Uninsured People, But Doesn't

    04/05/2016 6:26:48 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 3 replies
    NPR ^ | 4/5/2016 | Phil Galewitz
    Nearly a third of people without health insurance, about 10 million, live in families that received a federal earned income tax credit in 2014, according to a new study. But the Internal Revenue Service doesn't tell those tax filers that their low and moderate incomes likely mean their households qualify for Medicaid or subsidies to buy coverage on the insurance exchanges. That's a lost opportunity to identify people who are eligible but not receiving government assistance to gain health coverage, the researchers say. More
  • Lawyers say Donald Trump under 'continuous' IRS audit

    03/30/2016 6:13:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 265 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 30, 2016 8:26 PM EDT
    Tax counsel for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday that the billionaire businessman has been under continuous IRS audit for more than a decade. In a letter released by the Trump campaign to demonstrate that the candidate is in fact under audit, Sheri Dillon and William Nelson wrote that his personal federal tax returns “have been under continuous examination by the Internal Revenue Service since 2002, consistent with the IRS’s practice for large and complex businesses.” …
  • IRS still vulnerable to hackers: GAO

    03/28/2016 8:00:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2016 | Stephan Dinan
    The IRS’s computers remain vulnerable to hackers, the government’s top auditor said Monday, saying changes were still needed months after the agency suffered a breach that saw hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ most sensitive information stolen. Passwords to key agency systems “could be easily guessed,” and investigators from the Government Accountability Office found the IRS didn’t require regular password changes — an important part of modern cybersecurity. The tax agency also failed to load the latest security patches, ran obsolete software on systems, and granted some employees access — both physical and electronic — to systems they didn’t need to...
  • Tea party activists hail federal appeals court ruling vs IRS

    03/27/2016 7:40:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 27, 2016 10:36 AM EDT | Dan Sewell
    Tea party activists are heartened by a federal appeals court ruling that strengthens their legal push against the Internal Revenue Service for alleged targeting in past election cycles. A three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals chastised government foot-dragging while ordering the agency to give attorneys for tea party groups details on tax-exempt applicants. A U.S. district court judge in Cincinnati earlier this year certified the case as a class action. …
  • IRS Commissioner Admits Defeat - Due To Budget Squeeze IRS Now Poised To Lose $5 Billion Per Year

    03/26/2016 2:01:17 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 59 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/26/2016 | Josh Ungerman
    Gone are the days of sophisticated tax plans offered by international accounting and law firms to their wealthiest clients which the IRS, with the benefit of hindsight, categorized as “tax shelters”. So why is Commissioner Koskinen raising the flag upside-down in a signal of distress in March of 2016? Tax practitioners all around the country know exactly why. Too many taxpayers and a handful of unscrupulous “tax practitioners” are taking advantage of the almost absolute absence of tax enforcement by the IRS. Yes, “Joe the plumber” and other average taxpayers know that no-one is minding the store. What happens when...
  • California AG Kamala Harris wants your private information from the IRS

    03/25/2016 5:20:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 25, 2016 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    California Attorney General Kamala Harris is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, and in all likelihood will win the Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer this November. Articular, telegenic, and complimented by no less than Barack Obama for her beauty, she is ready to take her place on the bench of future presidential hopefuls. Unfortunately, she is displaying the worst instincts of a government bully. Ignoring post-Watergate reforms to the Internal Revenue Code designed to protect confidential federal tax return information, Kamala Harris is defending against three lawsuits filed by conservative organizations to protect the privacy of...
  • The Sixth Circuit Court has had enough of the IRS

    03/23/2016 1:43:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/23/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Say, do you remember that whole flap over Lois Lerner and the IRS targeting conservative groups applying for tax exempt status a couple of years ago? Good times, my friends. Good times. I’m sure glad that’s all finally behind us, aren’t you?Well guess again. It’s not even close to being over. Some of the affected groups brought suit against the IRS over the matter and that process has been dragging out for years now. They haven’t made as much ground as they might, however, because every time the plaintiffs request certain documents from the IRS, they mysteriously find reasons...
  • Court rebukes IRS for tea party targeting, orders release of secret list

    03/22/2016 4:36:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 22, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court spanked the IRS Tuesday, saying it has taken laws designed to protect taxpayers from the government and turned them on their head, using them to try to protect the tax agency from the very tea party groups it targeted. The judges ordered the IRS to quickly turn over the full list of groups it targeted so that a class-action lawsuit, filed by the NorCal Tea Party Patriots, can proceed. The judges also accused the Justice Department lawyers, who are representing the IRS in the case, of acting in bad faith — compounding the initial targeting —...
  • Why did the IRS give The Department of Justice Twenty-One CD-ROMS?...

    03/20/2016 5:07:16 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 33 replies
    Conservative Tree House ^ | March 20, 2016 | Sundance
    In October 2015 the DOJ announced it was dropping the investigation into the IRS, Lois Lerner, and the unlawful sharing of taxpayer data in the IRS targeting investigation surrounding True The Vote et al.
  • Another Massive Tax Loophole!

    03/17/2016 4:59:06 PM PDT · by yoe · 8 replies
    (Video)ITIN numbers create a massive loophole with big time cash results from IRS to illegal workers. These workers can cash out as much as $29,000 and they feel they've earned it, and we just let it happen! Vote with your head! IF YOU ARE A TAXPAYER, TAKE THE TIME TO VIEW THIS VIDEO! So you think Trump's plan to send them back is crazy??? You have to see this, so outrageous. Incredible and absolutely insane. Heads need to roll. The IRS will put you in jail if you fail to pay the taxes that support this fraud. This, without a...
  • Republicans Deal a Blow to the IRS

    03/12/2016 7:28:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 10, 2016 | Speaker Paul Ryan
    Millions of Americans are filing their taxes this month—and getting a good reminder of why they despise the IRS. But thanks to the Republican majority in Congress, the IRS is being forced to start cleaning up its act. When the IRS scandal broke, Congress demanded answers from the agency’s top officials. Were they targeting groups for their religious and political beliefs? No, they said, it was just a few rogue employees in Ohio—if anything at all. Well, what happened to Lois Lerner’s emails? Oh, they were lost in a tragic hard drive crash. Shouldn’t we update our laws to prevent...
  • It’s tax season and you know that means… or do you?

    03/07/2016 3:29:21 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 29 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 3/7/2016 | Bob Livingston
    All over America the people are now scrambling to gather their records and receipts so that they can comply with the nation’s Byzantine tax laws. They file, usually by either purchasing software or the services of a CPA, and hope that they first, get a refund, and second, do not get audited. If a refund is called for, American taxpayers rejoice that their benevolent benefactor has seen fit to give them back a share of what was stolen from them. The people consider it “free money.” It was… free money the feds could use while you couldn’t. In any dealings...
  • Sorry, Republicans, Ted Cruz is Lying About Abolishing the IRS

    03/04/2016 3:21:31 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 161 replies
    The Daily Banter ^ | 3/4/2016 | BOB CESCA
    It's America's favorite pander. Pledging to abolish the Internal Revenue Service is only slightly less attractive than promising unlimited, consequence-free sex with the partners of our choice. Nobody likes the IRS, and eliminating it entirely will surely resolve many, many sleepless nights for too many Americans, especially at this time of year. So, it's no wonder why Ted Cruz is promising to abolish the IRS. It's such a crucial aspect of his platform that he mentioned it twice during his Super Tuesday victory speech in Texas because, for middle-aged Republican voters, it's way better fapping material than naked pics of...
  • Obama IRS Scandal Continues (Weekly Update)

    03/05/2016 10:44:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 4, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Presses Ahead with Fight over IRS Criminal Investigation Facts Department of Homeland Security Releases Documents Showing 1,000 Individuals Removed from Terrorist Watch List Judicial Watch in Court over CongressÂ’s Obamacare Exemption Judicial Watch Presses Ahead with Fight over IRS Criminal Investigation Facts The Clinton email matter is important, and your JW is, of course, at the center of the story. Check out this New York Times article, which shows that the FBI and Judicial Watch are the only two entities in DC likely to get answers and accountability on the Clinton email issue: Last week Judge Emmet...
  • Brace yourself for the greatest prosecutorial discretion event in history

    02/29/2016 7:38:00 AM PST · by rktman · 34 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/29/2016 | James Longstreet
    Loretta Lynch has already broken the seal on her foray into the morass of prosecutorial discretion. She dismissed the IRS investigation. Justice Department officials used "prosecutorial discretion" to shelter former IRS official Lois Lerner from a grand jury after she was held in contempt of Congress. "I believe that in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the matter was handled and was resolved," Attorney General Loretta Lynch told the House Judiciary Committee. Lerner is just the beginning. The IRS dismissal, large enough on its own scale and importance, will be but a side event in this attorney general's career. For the...