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  • Alvin York (Sgt. York) And The IRS

    12/04/2016 1:44:38 AM PST · by Sontagged · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 9, 2014 | Richard Bachert
    How the federal government "honored" one of America's most heroic and decorated veterans.
  • Court Rules IRS Can Seek Information on Bitcoin Customers

    12/01/2016 4:53:34 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | Dec. 1, 2016 | Paul Vigna
    Court Rules IRS Can Seek Information on Bitcoin Customers Agency to serve Coinbase with summons as part of wide-ranging tax probe By Paul Vigna Updated Dec. 1, 2016 4:35 a.m. ET A federal court on Wednesday ruled that the Internal Revenue Service can serve digital-currency-services company Coinbase with a “John Doe summons” that seeks detailed information on its customers’ transactions from 2013 to 2015. The IRS and the Justice Department are looking for information about the use of the digital currency bitcoin and the possibility that it has been used to evade federal tax laws over the three-year period. The...
  • Another Judge Confirms: IRS Targeted Tea Party Groups

    11/21/2016 9:11:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 21, 2016 | 4:29 PM EST | Hans Bader
    Yet another judge has ruled against the IRS over its unconstitutional targeting of conservative and tea party groups based on their political views. […] Judge Michael R. Barrett wrote in his decision that the Texas Patriots tea party group had “made a strong showing of a likelihood of success” on its claim that its free speech rights were violated by the IRS lengthy delay in processing its application. “The evidence strongly suggests that the IRS initiated the delay” because the Texas group was affiliated with the tea party, the judge wrote. […] Moreover, in documents recently unearthed by Judicial Watch,...
  • Bureaucratic Tyranny in Trump's Crosshairs

    11/21/2016 3:34:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 21, 2016 | Karin McQuillan
    Federal bureaucrats have been in a frenzy of activity in Obama's last months of office, pushing through 4,000 new regulations that will cost consumers more than $100 million. As liberal website Politico proudly reported, "Obama's executive agencies are intent on pushing through the president's priorities without congressional interference[.]" Trump has promised to rein in our overreaching bureaucracy through attrition. His rival in the primaries, Jeb Bush, suggested three bureaucrats retire for each new hire. That might save some money, but it will not get the job done of ending corruption and bureaucratic tyranny. We have elected a man famous for...
  • Weekly Update: Clinton Accountability Continues

    11/19/2016 9:52:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 18, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Obama IRS Official Admits Cincinnati Office Targeted Groups Based on ‘Guilt by Association’ Judicial Watch Goes to Court For Records about Exchange of GTMO Prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Clinton Accountability Goes Forward Obama IRS Official Admits Cincinnati Office Targeted Groups Based on ‘Guilt by Association’ We know now, right from the horse’s mouth, how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has targeted Tea Party and conservative groups during the Obama administration. In the notes of a top IRS official, written down during a 2011 interoffice meeting, we discovered that Cincinnati office agents were targeting organizations requesting tax-exempt status based...
  • IRS Employees Sent Sensitive Taxpayer Info to Their Personal Email Accounts

    11/18/2016 6:41:21 PM PST · by kevcol · 23 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 17, 2016 | Ali Meyer
    IRS employees sent emails with sensitive taxpayer information to their own personal email accounts, according to an audit from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. ... Additionally, from May to June 2015, 49 percent of IRS employees in the small business and self-employed division sent 326 unencrypted emails containing 8,031 different taxpayers’ personally identifiable information to other IRS employees and other non-IRS email accounts. . . . Karen Schiller, commissioner at the small business/self-employed division, said the audit shows where the agency can improve upon its controls.
  • New Documents Reveal Top Obama IRS Official Admitted Cincinnati Office Targeted Groups Based on (tr)

    11/16/2016 2:12:29 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 31 replies
    Full Title : New Documents Reveal Top Obama IRS Official Admitted Cincinnati Office Targeted Groups Based on ‘Guilt by Association’ (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained 1593 pages of new documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including notes from a 2011 interoffice meeting revealing a top IRS official admitted that Cincinnati office agents were targeting organizations requesting tax exempt status based on “guilt by association” and “party affiliation.” According to former IRS Director of the Office of Rulings and Agreements Holly Paz, “they think they know what the org is really doing, rather than...
  • IRS denies tea party groups after long wait for decision on tax-exempt status (7 Yrs)

    11/14/2016 6:22:50 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 12 replies
    washington times ^ | 11/14/16 | Stephen Dinan
    Nearly seven years after it applied to the IRS for nonprofit status, the Albuquerque Tea Party has finally been given a decision: Denied. The tax agency, under orders from a federal judge, is belatedly tackling the remaining tea party cases that it delayed for years, and so far the tea party isn’t doing well. Only one of the three groups in the case was approved, and the other two, including Albuquerque, got notices of proposed denials last week. The applicants will have a chance to appeal, but the denials aren’t sitting well with the groups, whose attorney said it’s more...
  • Time to Criminalize Tyranny

    11/12/2016 1:49:26 AM PST · by vannrox · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11NOV16 | Tom Trinko
    November 11, 2016 Time to Criminalize Tyranny By Tom Trinko Some people are calling for "reconciliation" after Trump's election.  Some even say that Hillary shouldn't be prosecuted. The reality is that if we allow liberals to constantly misuse government power and break the law with no consequences, they will never stop.  Like little children, they need a spanking to keep them in line.
  • HILLARY ABUSES THE PULPIT

    11/07/2016 10:59:11 AM PST · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Catholic League ^ | November 7, 2016 | Bill Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on Hillary Clinton’s speech at an African American church in Philadelphia yesterday: Hillary Clinton took her campaign to Mount Airy Church of God in Christ yesterday afternoon. According to one report, “she urged parishioners of a black church in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood to choose ‘hope over fear’ and vote to send her to the White House.” Another story described how she stood “at a wooden lectern in the center of a purple-carpeted altar,” making her pitch to the faithful. There has been no complaint from the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State,...
  • WSJ: You Know The IRS Should Be Investigating The Clinton Foundation

    11/06/2016 5:43:48 PM PST · by Son House · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 05, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Wikileaks was able to shed light on what top Bill Clinton aide Doug Band, who helped start the Clinton Foundation and went on to co-found his own consulting firm, Teneo, called Bill Clinton, Inc. The 13-page memo described how money could be obtained to go to both the Clinton Foundation and to the Clintons personally. That strategy centered on using the Foundation’s top tier donor base (Dow Chemical, Coca-Cola, etc.) to also forge paid speaking engagements and consulting deals. The amount that Bill could personally reap with this strategy could be as much as $66 million if everything remained in...
  • IRS Handed Defeat in Court Ruling Against Tea Party Group It Stiffed

    11/06/2016 9:06:39 AM PST · by justlurking · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2016-11-06 | Cortney O'Brien
    The Texas Patriots Tea Party emerged as victor in its case against the IRS. On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Barrett ruled that the agency must process TPTP's application for tax exempt status after a long (and seemingly politically motivated) delay.It's now clear the IRS segregated TPTP's application in 2012 because it was a conservative political organization. It was just one instance in a larger scandal in which the IRS targeted conservatives and unfairly stalled their applications. The agency has insisted it no longer practices such political bias, yet the court said that doesn't solve TPTP's issue."Regardless of the fact the IRS purports...
  • Theranos' Acting GC Faces Challenges, Opportunity

    10/31/2016 8:33:19 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 6 replies
    the Recorder ^ | October 17, 2016 | David Ruiz, The Recorder
    SAN FRANCISCO — Embattled biotech startup Theranos Inc. has promoted senior litigation counsel David Taylor to acting general counsel. Taylor's already got a full plate. "He's got a mess on his hands," said Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro partner Robert Carey in Phoenix, one of many lawyers suing the blood diagnostics company for alleged consumer fraud. Carey's suit is one of six similar, separate suits consolidated in the Northern District of California. Aside from that litigation surplus, Theranos is being investigated for investor and consumer fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, respectively. The...
  • Major Bust in Transnational IRS Phone Scam

    10/27/2016 7:13:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 78 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 10/27 | Kevin Nious and Stephen Stock
    The Department of Justice on Thursday charged 61 people for their role in a call center scam.Federal prosecutors charged 61 individuals and entities across the world Thursday in connection to a transnational call center operation that investigators say scammed United States residents out of millions. The arrests follow a three-year joint investigation between the Department of Justice, Homeland Security Investigation (HSI), and the US Treasury Inspector General of Tax Administration. NBC Bay Area first reported on these scams where a caller posing as a federal agent threatens the person on the other line with arrests, lawsuits or worse, if they...
  • Clinton Foundation Internal Audit: We May Have Misled the IRS

    10/15/2016 4:24:54 AM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Oct 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    An internal audit commissioned by the Clinton Foundation in 2011 revealed that the Clinton’s family charity may have misled the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) when it claimed, under penalty of perjury, that it was enforcing a policy against conflicts of interest. The audit — apparently requested by Chelsea Clinton, revealed by Wikileaks, and posted by the Daily Caller — was conducted by the law firm Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett. It addressed deficiencies in the Clinton Foundation’s structure and oversight, including the potential for conflicts of interest due to the Hillary Clinton’s role as Secretary of State.
  • Clinton Foundation Internal Audit: We May Have Misled the IRS

    10/14/2016 5:38:03 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 14, 2016 | Joel Pollak
    An internal audit commissioned by the Clinton Foundation in 2011 revealed that the Clinton’s family charity may have misled the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) when it claimed, under penalty of perjury, that it was enforcing a policy against conflicts of interest. The audit — apparently requested by Chelsea Clinton, revealed by Wikileaks, and posted by the Daily Caller — was conducted by the law firm Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett. It addressed deficiencies in the Clinton Foundation’s structure and oversight, including the potential for conflicts of interest due to the Hillary Clinton’s role as Secretary of State. The auditors noted that...
  • DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT 2 DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON: IRS AUDITS AND TAX EXEMPT STATUS SUBSECTION: ALL

    10/09/2016 11:47:31 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 7 replies
    Alamo-Girl dot com ^ | October 9, 2016 | Alamo-Girl, of the Free Republic
    DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON SECTION: IRS AUDITS AND TAX EXEMPT STATUS SUBSECTION: ALL Revised 1/18/01IRS AUDITS TAX EXEMPT STATUS IRS AUDITS Paula and Stephen Jones Billy Dale (Travel Office) Texe Marrs Western Journalism Center (Joseph Farah) Citizens for a Sound Economy Manufacturing Policy Project (Pat Choate) American Life League Christian Film and Television Commission National Rifle Association National Review American Spectator National Center for Public Policy Research American Policy Center Heritage Foundation American Cause (Pat Buchanan) Citizens Against Government Waste Citizens for Honest Government Freedom Alliance (Oliver North) Progress and Freedom Foundation (Newt Gingrich) Council for...
  • IRS subjects tea party groups to new round of scrutiny, publicizes tax return data

    10/05/2016 10:29:29 AM PDT · by detective · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 4, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS‘ battle against holdout tea party groups is heating up again, after the tax agency promised it would begin processing their long-delayed applications, but sent a new round of prodding questions demanding still more information. More jarringly, the IRS then publicly released one of the sets of questions it sent to the Texas Patriots Tea Party — a move the group’s lawyer says puts secret taxpayer return information, supposed to be protected, out in the public. Tax experts say the IRS may be on safe legal ground, since the filing was made as part of a court case, and...
  • Trump Zero-Tax Hysteria

    10/04/2016 4:53:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 4, 2016 | Bryan Crabtree
    Our society is collapsing, not because of people like Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but because many Americans are paralyzed by wealth-envy, ignorance and pettiness. The New York Times has revealed that Donald Trump posted a $1 billion loss on his 1995 tax return. What I find interesting is that this timing comes just days after Hillary Clinton suggested that Trump pays zero taxes during the first presidential debate. It appears to me that Hillary Clinton ‘teed up the ball’ and The New York Times ‘knocked it out of the park’ for her. Newsflash: Trump is in the real estate...
  • Did Weaponized IRS Leak Trump's Tax Returns?

    10/04/2016 2:22:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 4, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    This idea will be immediately dismissed in some quarters as just another conspiracy theory concocted by the vast right wing but it is not as far-fetched as it sounds. Several items lend credence to the idea that the IRS has once become an arm of the political left targeting conservatives. Could it really be just coincidence that Hillary Clinton focused on Trump’s failure to release his tax returns, surmising that the reason might be he hasn’t been paying any taxes, just days before the New York Times printed pages from his 1995 return showing a loss that “may have” allowed...
  • Flashback: The Clintons donated used underwear to charity, wrote it off on taxes

    10/02/2016 7:52:08 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    The Clintons donated used underwear to charity, wrote it off on taxes Posted on May 4, 2015 This tidbit is from the Arkansas years. While serving as Governor and First Lady of Arkansas, the Clintons donated used underwear to charity. Even worse, they claimed the donation as a deduction on their taxes. They must have really been “dead broke”…. Here is the report from The New York Times: In previous returns, when Mr. Clinton was the Governor of Arkansas and his wife was a partner in a Little Rock law firm, the Clintons had gone so far as to deduct...
  • NYT Obtains Trump's 1995 Tax Records, Might Have Legally Avoided Paying The IRS For Almost 20 Years

    10/02/2016 5:19:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 120 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 10/2/2016 | Matt Vespa
    Well, it dropped. The first of possibly many October surprises this cycle. Wikileaks’ Julian Assange has already offered teasers about new information he’s obtained about Hillary Clinton that has yet to be released. For now, it’s brief glimpse into Donald Trump’s tax returns that The New York Times says could've legally allowed the billionaire to avoid paying taxes for almost two decades. It’s a 1995 return that the news publication obtained, which showed that Trump had lost almost a billion dollars. The Times contacted a lawyer and accountant to Trump, who said that the return was “legit,” while also detailing...
  • The New IRS Email Scam Coming to Your Inbox

    09/29/2016 5:46:51 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal / WSJ.com ^ | 09/29/16 | Laura Saunders
    Just recently, a new scam has started involving fake tax bills tied to the Affordable Care Act. In one sure sign the notices are fake, many are arriving by email—and the IRS doesn’t initiate taxpayer contact by email. Even so, some of the fakes are paper notices sent by regular mail and taxpayers should watch out.
  • IRS to Warn Uninsured [semi-satire]

    09/25/2016 9:12:25 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Sep 2016 | John Semmens
    Irked by the decision of 20 million Americans who have declined to sign up for Obamacare, the IRS is crafting a letter to advise them of the "antisocial implications" of non-participation. Commissioner John Koskinen explained that "failure to enroll evinces a lack of cooperation with a policy that the government has determined is necessary. Non-compliers may feel that enrollment is optional. It is not. That's why there is a fine. Paying the fine doesn't get them off the hook." Koskinen pointed out that "not only does the amount of the fine ratchet up each year, our Agency has other tools...
  • IRS to target 20 million Americans who didn't buy Obamacare

    09/23/2016 11:02:21 AM PDT · by amorphous · 30 replies
    Wordnet Daily ^ | 23 Sep 2016
    Are you one of 20 million uninsured Americans who hasn’t signed up for Obamacare? Then you might be getting a note from the IRS this year “suggesting” you enroll. “Getting a letter from the IRS can be a threatening and nerve-racking experience; it seldom is seen as a suggestion and more of a threat,” Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner wrote in a Forbes column Wednesday. The IRS is reportedly “reaching out” to Americans who claimed an exemption or chose to pay the tax penalty for not purchasing mandatory health insurance. The ploy is intended to “attract” Obamacare enrollees. “The government...
  • IRS chief tells House panel he does not deserve impeachment

    09/22/2016 11:11:57 AM PDT · by detective · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | September 22, 2016 | ALAN FRAM
    The chief of the IRS fended off Republican demands Wednesday that he should lose his job, telling the House Judiciary Committee that he'd made statements about missing emails that later proved wrong but had done nothing to merit impeachment. At a four-and-one-half hour hearing on whether to oust him, John Koskinen repeatedly said he'd cooperated fully with congressional investigators probing why his agency — before he joined it — subjected tea party groups seeking tax exemptions to excessive scrutiny. Conservatives leading a campaign-year effort to remove him said Koskinen has headed an agency that destroyed emails investigators wanted and he...
  • Why do we almost never see stories about IRS raids on individuals or businesses?

    09/22/2016 4:15:37 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 20 replies
    Thinking | 22 September 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Was wondering why almost no stories appear about IRS raids on individuals and/or businesses? We know they take place, but seldom see stories about such. Have they persuaded the MSM not report such? Just wondering...
  • IRS chief Koskinen says he was misled, doesn’t deserve impeachment

    09/21/2016 9:31:39 AM PDT · by PROCON · 57 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Sep. 21, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    While acknowledging that the IRS bungled tea party applications, and that he himself gave wrong information to Congress, agency Commissioner John Koskinen told lawmakers Wednesday he needs to remain at the IRS in order to clean it up. At a hearing designed to lay the ground for his possible impeachment, Mr. Koskinen implied he was let down by his subordinates, who allowed hundreds of backup tapes to be destroyed, losing tens of thousands of emails from former senior executive Lois G. Lerner. It is the loss of those emails, even as they were under a subpoena issued by Congress, that...
  • IRS chief apologizes to Congress for lost information

    09/20/2016 4:16:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 20, 2016 6:35 PM EDT | Alan Fram
    The commissioner of the IRS is apologizing to Congress for information his agency lost and inaccurate statements he made during congressional investigations of its treatment of tea party and other conservative groups. John Koskinen is facing an impeachment effort by House conservatives, and he’s set to testify Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee. That panel released his opening statement late Tuesday. …
  • Weekly Update: IRS Scandal Gets Worse

    09/17/2016 10:49:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 16, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Democratic Senator Sought DOJ and IRS Prosecutions of Conservatives Days Before 9/11 DHS Secretary Says Islam is Religion of Peace, ISIS Isn’t Islamic Top State Officials Raised Questions about Clinton Emails Three Years Ago It’s Official! Clean House is New York Times Bestseller! Democratic Senator Sought DOJ and IRS Prosecutions of Conservatives It wasn’t just Obama’s Internal Revenue Service that sought to suppress conservative voices in order to help him retain the presidency in 2012. We learned further of a dangerous enterprise involving a key Democratic Senator and the Obama Justice Department from 72 pages of Justice documents we...
  • How Obama's legacy could be tarnished by Hillary's scandals

    09/15/2016 3:28:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 15, 2016 | Myra Adams
    Last Oct. 15, I raised this "iconic" Watergate-themed question in a piece heheadlined: "What Does Obama Know about the Clinton E-mail and Foundation Scandals, and When Did He Know It?" Subsequently, over the last year, as more Clinton corruption and scandals have come to light, Obama remains largely untouched, floating above the fray. How is it that Obama has not been connected to or tarnished by Clinton's various scandals? Why doesn't Obama bear any blame for his Justice Department's controversial decision not to indict his former Secretary of State? Was Obama blind to the millions of foreign government donations pouring...
  • Moment of Truth for Koskinen in Probe of IRS Targeting of Conservatives

    09/16/2016 3:50:24 AM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    The New American ^ | 14 September 2016 | Bob Adelmann
    Representative John Fleming (R-La.), a member of the House Freedom Caucus, filed a motion on Tuesday to bring a “privileged resolution” to the House floor calling for the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. He told reporters at a press conference that “after so many months of waiting, it was time to move forward.” Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the chairman of the caucus, agreed, saying, “On Thursday we’ll find out if we actually have the votes and move forward.” Skepticism abounds. Some House members question whether Koskinen’s lies, dithering, and lack of forthrightness over the investigation into the Internal Revenue...
  • House Republicans reach deal to avoid vote on impeaching IRS commissioner

    09/15/2016 9:27:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 09/15/2016
    House Republicans reached an agreement late Wednesday to avoid a potentially divisive floor vote on impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. The deal scraps the vote on the so-called "privileged" impeachment resolution that had been expected to take place Thursday. Instead, the House Judiciary Committee will consider Koskinen's impeachment, with the IRS boss expected to testify sometime next week. The agreement makes it unlikely that any vote by the full House to impeach Koskinen will happen until after the November election, if at all. House Republican leadership had balked on moving forward on impeachment proceedings during an election season, arguing that...
  • Impeachment of IRS Commissar John Koskinen begins

    09/14/2016 9:28:44 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/14/16 | Matthew Vadum
    Blah blah blah. It’s garbage. Nobody’s trying to kill the IRS House conservatives formally introduced a resolution yesterday aimed at removing the defiantly corrupt IRS Commissioner John Koskinen from office. The impeachment resolution could see a vote this week. Rep. John Fleming, R-La., a sponsor of the resolution, offered the measure under special procedures that put the House of Representatives on track to vote Thursday. on the effort.
  • Republicans submit resolution to impeach IRS commissioner

    09/13/2016 2:51:27 PM PDT · by unixfox · 43 replies
    House conservatives revived a long-shot effort Tuesday to oust IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, formally introducing an impeachment resolution expected to see a vote by the end of the week. Rep. John Fleming, R-La., a sponsor of the drive, offered the measure under special procedures that put the House on track to vote Thursday on the effort. Conservatives say Koskinen hampered Congress' effort to investigate the IRS for tough assessments of Tea Party groups that sought tax exemptions several years ago. Koskinen denies that. “For years the IRS has abused its power to target people based on their political views. Commissioner...
  • Final regulations amend definitions of marriage

    09/06/2016 10:49:27 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 12 replies
    Journal of Accountancy ^ | September 1, 2016 | Sally P. Schreiber, J.D.
    In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions that the federal government must recognize and states must allow same-sex marriages (Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013); Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S. Ct. 2584 (2015)), the IRS finalized proposed regulations issued in October 2015 under Sec. 7701 amending the definitions of “spouse” and “husband and wife” to reflect those decisions (T.D. 9785). The final rules make a few changes from the rules proposed in REG-148998-13, in response to comments. Under the final regulations, for federal tax purposes, the terms “spouse,” “husband,” and “wife” are defined as an individual lawfully married to...
  • New cyberattacks threaten tax professionals

    09/06/2016 9:54:02 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 3 replies
    Journal of Accountancy ^ | September 2, 2016 | Alistair M. Nevius, J.D.
    The IRS warned tax practitioners on Friday of a new wave of cyberattacks that allow criminals to remotely access practitioners' computers and file fraudulent tax returns. The attacks come as practitioners prepare for the Oct. 17 extended filing deadline for individual returns; the IRS reported similar attacks before the April 15 deadline. The IRS says that the attacks allow thieves to take control of practitioners' computers, access client data, and complete and e-file tax returns, directing the resulting refunds into the criminals' own accounts. Victims become aware of the attacks when reconciling e-filing acknowledgments.
  • IRS Identifies ID Theft, Does Nothing [semi-satire]

    09/06/2016 9:25:23 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Sep 2016 | John Semmens
    The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report this week indicating that the IRS had discovered more than a million cases of identity theft but failed to notify any of the victims. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen defended the lack of effort to inform the taxpayers whose identities were stolen as "not the agency's job. Look, in the vast majority of these thefts the stolen IDs are merely being used by undocumented residents to obtain employment. There is no negative impact on the government. If a person's ID is stolen and someone else uses it to get a...
  • IRS identified 1.1 million cases of identity theft but didn’t notify victims (blood boiling)

    08/31/2016 4:10:56 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 24 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 8/31/16 | John Sexton
    Inspector General: IRS identified 1.1 million cases of The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report Tuesday which found the IRS had identified 1.1 million cases of employment-related identity theft since 2011 but failed to notify the victims. As the IG’s press release makes clear, TIGTA pointed out this same problem to the IRS in a previous audit: Why is the IRS so hesitant to deal with this problem? Because most of the people committing the identity theft are illegal immigrants.
  • IRS doesn’t tell 1M taxpayers that illegals stole their Social Security numbers

    08/31/2016 2:24:27 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 31, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agency’s inspector general said in a withering new report released Tuesday. Investigators first alerted the IRS to the problem five years ago, but it’s still not fixed, the inspector general said, and a pilot program meant to test a solution was canceled — and fell woefully short anyway. As a result, most taxpayers don’t learn that their identities have been stolen and their Social Security files may be screwed up. “Taxpayers identified...
  • IRS doesn’t tell 1 million taxpayers that illegal immigrants stole their Social Security numbers

    08/30/2016 4:42:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 30, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agency’s inspector general said in a withering new report released Tuesday. Investigators first alerted the IRS to the problem five years ago, but it’s still not fixed, the inspector general said, and a pilot program meant to test a solution was canceled, and fell woefully short anyway. As a result most taxpayers don’t learn that their identities have been stolen and their Social Security files may be screwed up. “Taxpayers identified as...
  • IRS vows to finally stop targeting tea party groups; Will process long held-up applications

    08/25/2016 5:41:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 25, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS is still holding up three tea party groups’ applications, Commissioner John Koskinen admitted in a letter to Congress last week — but he insisted he agents are finally about to begin processing them. Mr. Koskinen is hoping to head off yet another judicial spanking for his agency, which has suffered a string of defeats in federal courts that ruled he is still improperly targeting conservative groups and mistreating them more than three years after the tax agency admitted to its bad behavior. Not only are three groups still awaiting approval, but the IRS had left open the possibility...
  • The Sneaky Way Obama Is Hiking Death Taxes

    08/18/2016 5:46:05 AM PDT · by milton23 · 38 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/17/16 | Curtis Dubay
    President Barack Obama isn’t afraid to enact his agenda over the will of Congress. At this late stage in his presidency, he’s still overreaching his authority to push through an agenda; his most recent overstep being an effort to unilaterally raise the federal estate tax. Conservatives have successfully lessened the impact of the estate tax, colloquially known as the “death tax,” in recent years. In 2000, before George W. Bush became president, the death tax had a rate of 55 percent and struck families with assets valued at $675,000 or more.
  • Pulpit Freedom Hasn’t Existed in America Since 1954

    08/17/2016 7:47:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 17, 2016 | 10:48 AM EDT | Erik Stanley, “Alliance Defending Freedom”
    While it’s perfectly okay for people to have different opinions about what churches should say from the pulpit, especially with regard to politics, what’s not okay is for the federal government—rather than congregations themselves—to be in charge of what is said. And it won’t do to dangle the threat of taxing the church if it won’t comply. That’s why the Johnson Amendment has to go. The Tax Code’s restriction on political speech by non-profit organizations is popularly known as the Johnson Amendment, named after its sponsor, Lyndon Johnson, who maneuvered the levers of senatorial power to insert the provision into...
  • Accountability for IRS? What’s Next After New Court Decision

    08/10/2016 10:48:07 AM PDT · by milton23 · 21 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/10/16 | Philip Wegmann
    The IRS has not stopped targeting conservative groups seeking nonprofit status, a federal appeals court has ruled in deciding to reinstate a lawsuit against the agency. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned a decision by a lower court that threw out the lawsuit because the Internal Revenue Service had promised voluntarily to end discriminatory practices.
  • Black Pastors Are Breaking the Law to Get Hillary Clinton Elected

    08/10/2016 9:12:53 AM PDT · by PROCON · 32 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | Aug. 8, 2016 | EMMA GREEN
    It is illegal for clergy to support or oppose political candidates from the pulpit. Houses of worship can host candidate forums and voter-registration drives; pastors and rabbis and imams can even bend the rules a little to advocate “as individuals” at conventions or other events. But for more than 60 years, religious groups have been forbidden from electioneering. Apparently, a lot of pastors don’t pay attention to this rule. According to a new survey from Pew Research Center, roughly 9 percent of people who have attended religious services in the last few months have heard clergy speak out in...
  • Pasadena church faces federal sanctions for anti-war sermon

    11/07/2005 7:16:15 AM PST · by ZGuy · 35 replies · 1,730+ views
    One of the state's largest and most liberal churches could lose its tax-exempt status because of an anti-war sermon that a former rector delivered two days before the 2004 presidential election, according to the Internal Revenue Service. In his sermon, the Rev. George F. Regas did not urge parishioners at All Saints Episcopal Church to support either George Bush or his opponent, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. But he was sharply critical of the Iraq war and Bush's tax cuts. The IRS in a June 9 letter warned the church that its tax-exempt status was in jeopardy because the federal tax...
  • David Brock group demands IRS hit Trump Foundation

    08/09/2016 8:45:41 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/09/16 | Matthew Vadum
    It's the wheeling and dealing Clinton Foundation with its involvement in billion-dollar transactions, its ties to shady figures, and the debt it owes to the unsavory governments of countries around the world that needs to be examined The Brocktopus strikes again. A high-profile watchdog group controlled by Hillary Clinton ally David Brock is demanding the IRS investigate Donald Trump’s personal foundation for allegedly aiding his presidential campaign. Before you die laughing, remember that the Brocktopus, that is, the network of groups the disgraced former journalist runs, spends oodles of money defending the anticipatory presidential bribe processing vehicle known as the...
  • Lawsuit discovery proves IRS lied about targeting conservative groups

    08/08/2016 7:02:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/08/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Busted The media tried to tell us two years ago that the notion of the IRS targeting conservative groups had been “debunked” and that the scandal had “fizzled.” Neither of these notions was true. If anything, they were self-fulfulling prophecies. The media didn’t want to discover the truth, so they didn’t bother to dig for it, thus making it plausible (at least in their warped minds) to claim there was no story. But there was, and what journalistic malpractice tried hard to cover up, a lawsuit by the pro-Israel advocacy group Z Street has uncovered. In the discovery phase of...
  • New IRS Scandal Documents (Weekly Update)

    08/06/2016 11:29:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 5, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    New FBI IRS Scandal Documents: Obama IRS Waited Years to Tell the Truth Obama Donor/DOJ Prosecutor Compromised Integrity of IRS Scandal InquiryBreaking the Law is an Obama Administration Policy New FBI IRS Scandal Documents: Obama IRS Waited Years to Tell the Truth Following up on some mega disclosures last week, this week we released 105 pages of newly obtained FBI “302” documents revealing that, beginning in 2010 and lasting through the Obama reelection campaign in 2012, the IRS orchestrated a deliberate policy of burying conservative groups’ tax exemption applications in bureaucratic delays. Interviews with numerous Cincinnati IRS employees in...