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  • Yet More IRS Employees Busted for Stealing Taxpayers' Identities

    10/01/2014 12:19:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Reason ^ | Sep. 29, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    It's hard to keep up with the privacy-threatening shenanigans at the Internal Revenue Service, but let's give it a try. Just days after revealing that the tax agency's failure to follow its own rules put the private data of 1.4 million people at risk, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration publicized the sentencing of Tax Examining Technician Missy Sledge for aggravated identity theft and mail fraud, and IRS employee Monica Hernandez for making and subscribing a false income tax return, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. According to the Inspector General's Office, "as part of her official IRS duties,...
  • A Special Counsel to Investigate the IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups (Good Read)

    10/01/2014 9:17:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Verdict ^ | September 29, 2014 | Ronald D. Rotunda
    On July 30, 1974, President Nixon released the White House tape recordings to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court order. A day earlier, the House Judiciary Committee approved Articles of Impeachment. Article 2 dealt with “abuse of power.” The first impeachment count, 40 years ago, complained that the President attempted to use the Internal Revenue Service to harass his enemies. (1) He has, acting personally and through his subordinated and agents,endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposes not authorized by law,...
  • Incompetence Running Wild Under Obama

    10/01/2014 4:59:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 9/30/2014 | IBD Staff
    In his first inaugural address, Obama promised that "those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account." Maybe he'll get around to that after his 200th round of golf.
  • Fed report: IRS bungles hunt for unpaid taxes

    09/29/2014 9:14:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2014 5:31 PM EDT | Alan Fram
    The IRS failed to take all required steps for collecting unpaid taxes from people it can’t locate in over half the cases that investigators studied, potentially costing the government a pile of lost revenue, according to a federal report released Monday. The study does not estimate exactly how much money the IRS might collect if its workers were conducting all the research they are supposed to perform to find the taxpayers. The investigators wrote that in 2012, the IRS declared $6.7 billion in unpaid taxes to be uncollectable—involving nearly 483,000 tax returns—because it couldn’t find the taxpayers. Of that total,...
  • Unrepentant Ted Cruz Calls Democrats the ‘Radical Party’

    09/27/2014 10:13:09 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 54 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 26, 2014 12:30 pm ET | Beth Reinhard
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s speech to hundreds of conservative activists on Friday amounted to a dare to other potential Republican candidates in 2016: Just try to get to the right of me. Just try it.Mr. Cruz called for abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, getting rid of the Common Core educational standards and repealing the Affordable Care Act. He defined himself as staunchly anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage and pro-Israel.“There are people in Washington who say Republicans to win have to abandon our values,” he said, as members of the audience shouted “No way!” and “It’s a lie!”While polls last year showed that last...
  • 500 Days After IRS Scandal Broke, Reporter Still Refuses To Pay His Taxes

    09/22/2014 7:04:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/22/2014 | Patrick Howley
    This week the IRS conservative targeting scandal turned 500 days old. It’s been 500 days since we learned that Lois Lerner’s former agency targeted right-leaning groups applying for nonprofit status and audited ones that already exist. And it has been 500 days since I righteously decided to stop paying my taxes.500 days later, the IRS still hasn’t produced emails from Lerner and the more than 20 other IRS employees whose computers allegedly crashed, whose Blackberries were thrown away and “upgraded,” and, in Lerner’s case, whose hard drive was “scratched” and destroyed. But we know that Lerner exchanged confidential taxpayer information...
  • Gohmert: Lois Lerner will miss Eric Holder

    09/25/2014 1:15:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-25-14 | Patrick Hawley
    Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert said that Lois Lerner will miss departing-Attorney General Eric Holder’s presence in the Department of Justice. Holder, who announced his resignation as attorney general Thursday, has been overseeing a federal criminal investigation into the IRS scandal that has been accused of protecting the key Obama administration officials involved. “For many years now, I have been calling for Attorney General Holder’s resignation,” Gohmert said in a statement. “Not only has he lied before members of Congress and, ultimately, been held in contempt, he has obfuscated the truth and been the most partisan, partial, prejudiced, and self-pitying...
  • Targeting the Constitution

    09/23/2014 1:16:12 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 9 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 23, 2014 | Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz
    It is now well known that the IRS targeted tea party organizations. What is less well known, but perhaps even more scandalous, is that the IRS also targeted those who would educate their fellow citizens about the United States Constitution. According to the inspector general’s report (pp. 30 & 38), this particular IRS targeting commenced on Jan. 25, 2012 — the beginning of the election year for President Obama’s second campaign. On that date: “the BOLO [‘be on the lookout’] criteria were again updated.” The revised criteria included “political action type organizations involved in … educating on the Constitution and...
  • IRS Commissioner Taunts Congress

    09/23/2014 8:07:16 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 18 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner John Koskinen made light of Congressional efforts to probe his agency for evidence of wrongdoing. At a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing Koskinen mocked committee members, saying that “hard drive crashes continue as we speak. We can erase files and destroy incriminating evidence faster than you can imagine where to look.” Charges that IRS employees broke the law and broke file retention protocols elicited only a chuckle from the Commissioner. “Congress is not my boss,” Koskinen pointed out. “I answer to the President. Last I heard, he thinks we’re doing fine.” Koskinen belittled...
  • Lois Lerner Compares Herself to Jeffrey Dahmer

    09/22/2014 7:21:10 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-22-14 | Alex Pappas
    Lois Lerner says she is no Jeffrey Dahmer. The former Internal Revenue Service official referenced the infamous cannibalistic serial killer as she broke her silence for the first time about last year’s IRS scandal. Lerner told the website Politico that she has been the recipient of threats and hate mail, describing how one person called her “the worst person ever in the United States.” I just thought, ‘Boy, worse than Jeffrey Dahmer?’” Lerner quipped. Lerner, who led the tax-exempt division of the IRS, was forced out of the agency after she found herself at the center of the scandal over...
  • Politico Found Lois Lerner. So Why Can’t the U.S. Attorney in Washington?

    09/22/2014 6:16:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 22, 2014 | Hans von Spakovsky
    Politico obviously had no problem finding Lois Lerner for an exclusive interview that it published on Monday. So why can’t the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald C. Machen, Jr., find Lois Lerner so that a federal grand jury can interview her? Perhaps the Obama administration doesn’t want Lerner answering any real questions about what happened at the IRS when it was targeting conservative organizations. While Lois Lerner gave a lengthy interview to Politico in the presence of her legal defense team, including her husband, who is also a lawyer and a partner at a major law firm,...
  • Politico: 15 things you didn’t know about the brownie-baking Lois Lerner

    09/22/2014 2:13:36 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 47 replies
    Politipage ^ | 09/22/14 | Jon Fitzpatrick
    Employers won’t hire her. She’s been berated with epithets like “dirty Jew.” Federal agents have guarded her house because of death threats. And she’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself against accusations she orchestrated a coverup in a scandal that has come to represent everything Americans hate about the IRS. Lois Lerner is toxic — and she knows it. But she refuses to recede into anonymity or beg for forgiveness for her role in the IRS tea party-targeting scandal. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lerner said in her first press interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago....
  • Sorry, Politico, But Lois Lerner Is Not A Victim

    09/22/2014 2:11:36 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 22, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    Lois Lerner. Hero. Servant. Brownie-baking puppy lover. Sister of the Blessed State. This is about all a person reading Politico’s new exclusive “interview” with the former head of the I.R.S. division that oversees tax-exempt groups, might take away. “I didn’t do anything wrong” claims Lerner, who, like any innocent person, is flanked by a major law firm’s partner, two personal attorneys and her husband – a lawyer. “I’m proud of my career and the job I did for this country.” And in around 3,700 obsequious words, Politico seems to agree. What exactly did she do for her country, you ask?...
  • Politico does weepy story about poor Lois Lerner

    09/22/2014 9:33:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 22, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Do you feel sorry for Lois Lerner? A remarkable long feature article in Politico about the former high-ranking IRS official who pleaded the Fifth Amendment paints a remarkably sympathetic picture of her. The title of the piece by Rachel Bade tantalizingly suggests that some negotiations as to subject matter and tone might have taken place: “Exclusive: Lois Lerner breaks silence.” As Rick Moran pointed out to me, Lerner could have taken her exclusive to the New York Times or Washington Post, and almost certainly they would have been delighted to sit down and talk with her for two hours, as...
  • No apologies: Lerner breaks silence, says 'not sorry' over role in IRS scandal

    09/22/2014 8:30:45 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 76 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-22-2014 | FoxNews.com
    Lois Lerner, the central figure in the IRS scandal, is breaking her silence in an unapologetic interview where she says she's not sorry and maintains she “didn’t do anything wrong” -- despite widely documented evidence that her division targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny. The former head of the tax-exempt unit, speaking with Politico, gave her first media interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago. She has twice refused to answer questions before Congress, but used the interview to publicly assert her innocence. "I know I did the best I could under the circumstances and am not sorry for...
  • More Abject Failure from Koskinen’s IRS

    09/22/2014 8:10:17 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/22/14 | Alan Joel
    His leadership has been derelict; his attitude abysmal. America deserves better, John Koskinen has failed the IRS and the American people. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified last week about the missing emails lost forever due to computer failures. When questioned about any more crashes or computer issues recently, Koskinen told the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that “Hard drive crashes continue as we speak.”
  • Exclusive: Lois Lerner breaks silence

    09/22/2014 5:27:09 AM PDT · by upchuck · 85 replies
    Politco ^ | Sept 22, 2014 | Rachael Bade
    Employers won’t hire her. She’s been berated with epithets like “dirty Jew.” Federal agents have guarded her house because of death threats. And she’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself against accusations she orchestrated a coverup in a scandal that has come to represent everything Americans hate about the IRS. Lois Lerner is toxic — and she knows it. But she refuses to recede into anonymity or beg for forgiveness for her role in the IRS tea party-targeting scandal. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lerner said in her first press interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago....
  • IRS Court Update: Judicial Watch Asks Court for Discovery in IRS Scandal

    09/20/2014 9:15:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 19, 2014
    When a government agency becomes abusive and recalcitrant, that agency calls for the need of vigorous, legal challenge. That’s why Judicial Watch is pleased to report that we have filed a Motion for Limited Discovery in our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service. Thus far, the IRS has refused to obey federal court orders to provide information that explains how its “lost and/or stolen” records pertaining to the targeting of conservative groups may be retrieved. And we intend to find out. Remarkably, the IRS has filed a total of seven declarations that make an end...
  • Bill Henck: Inside the IRS, part 7

    09/19/2014 11:02:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Powerline ^ | 9/19/2014 | Scott Johnson
    William Henck has worked inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel as an attorney for over 26 years. We posted his personal account, including his testimony to a retaliatory audit conducted by the IRS against him, this past February in “Inside the IRS.” We followed up with subsequent posts including, most recently, “Inside the IRS, part 5″ and, most recently, “Inside the IRS, part 6,” both regarding the promotion of Fred Schindler to a senior position within the Office of Chief Counsel. Bill now writes to suggest how a competent investigation of politically targeted IRS audits could be conducted:...
  • FairTax® and unFair Movie Update

    09/10/2014 6:56:04 PM PDT · by Taxman · 59 replies
    Tennessee Valley Republican Club ^ | 11 June 2014 | Written by Ralph Weber
    A team of acclaimed filmmakers is spearheading “Unfair”, a ninety minute documentary motion picture intended for all audiences. It will be the first major theatrical documentary to shed light on the certain damage the Income Tax and the IRS have wrought on our liberties, our businesses, our families, and our religious, charitable and civic organizations, while empowering a political agenda contrary to America’s heritage. This film will be promoted to mainstream audiences based on its factual and dramatic content. In addition, the Picture will be marketed heavily to interested grassroots audiences that identify themselves strongly with any and all of...
  • Koskinen: ‘Hard Drive Crashes Continue As We Speak’

    09/17/2014 3:12:32 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 46 replies
    Dailycaller.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner John Koskinen testified Wednesday that the IRS did not save any of the information on Lois Lerner’s destroyed Blackberry and that there is no outside system to store agency emails. “Hard drive crashes continue as we speak,” Koskinen admitted at a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing when asked if any computers had recently crashed under his watch. Koskinen admitted that destroying records would be an act “not consistent with the law,” but maintained that there’s no evidence that the IRS intentionally destroyed records. “Ms. Lerner’s Blackberry was replaced in February 2012 as part...
  • IRS Chief Says “We Try to Follow the Law Whenever We Can”

    09/17/2014 8:55:37 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the House Ways and Means subcommittee that “as a general rule, we try to follow the law whenever we can.” Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex), who leads the subcommittee, expressed the idea that the IRS ought to always follow the law and asked for instances in which Koskinen thought breaking the law might be necessary. “Laws are such static things,” Koskinen observed. “They don’t necessarily provide for every possible contingency. If the President feels that there is a gap in the law we’re not going to allow ourselves to be stymied by the lack of legislative...
  • Outrageous IRS Commissioner False Claim: 'Whenever we can, we follow the law'

    09/16/2014 9:44:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/16/2014 | By Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen made a disturbing statement before Congress that the IRS follows the law “whenever we can.”As Thomas Lifson wrote, “The law, to Koskinen, evidently is a suggestion, not an ironclad requirement.” Actually, the situation is even worse than that. Lernergate unveiled for the public a deeper, even more sinister problem at the IRS. The evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the Tax Exempt unit of the IRS, with its cover-up involving widespread destruction of evidence, is like one highlight reel of a bigger reality within the Service and government agencies generally. The IRS, like other government...
  • IRS Poised to Start Taxing Employer Provided Lunches

    09/15/2014 9:20:50 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 33 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Some employers provide employees with company-paid free lunches. The idea is to keep workers at their desks and improve productivity. The expense has normally been lumped in with other expenses as a cost of doing business. The IRS now wants to tax these lunches as income to the employees. IRS spokesperson Jason Coveter explained that “most employees have to furnish their own lunches. Whether they go out and buy it or bring it from home, they are bearing this cost themselves. It is unfair for other employees to get a lunch paid for by their employer. We’re just trying to...
  • A misdialed number suggests a criminal conspiracy in the IRS scandal

    09/13/2014 7:33:13 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 40 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 9-12-2014 | The Tribune-Review OP/ED
    TribLIVE | Opinion/The Review A misdialed number suggests a criminal conspiracy in the IRS scandal By The Tribune-Review Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, 8:57 p.m. Had Brian Fallon, Attorney General Eric Holder's communications director, just said, “Sorry, wrong number,” and hung up a week ago Friday, his apparent attempt to coordinate a document leak with staff for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, wouldn't be the IRS targeting scandal's latest twist. But Mr. Fallon didn't realize he had actually called staff for the committee's Republican majority before saying he wanted to leak documents...
  • The Obama DOJ’s Subversion of the IRS Investigation

    09/12/2014 8:31:33 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/12/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    Yet another indication of the endemic corruption that infests the Obama administration, their Democrat colleagues and a willfully somnambulant mainstream media In a letter written to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), Issa reveals there was an attempt to coordinate media spin regarding the IRS investigation between the DOJ and the staff of the Committee’s Ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). How did Issa find out? A DOJ official in the Office of Public Affairs who thought he was calling Cummings’ office, mistakenly phoned Issa’s office instead.
  • Kill the Obama Lunch Tax: Why is the IRS targeting Free Meals?

    09/12/2014 7:31:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/12/2014 | Deroy Murdock
    As if its appetite were not insatiable enough already, Obama’s Internal Revenue Service is considering taxing the free lunch. Some companies offer workers mid-day meals on the house. This encourages their employees to stay near work, dine with colleagues, exchange ideas, avoid nosy competitors, and then return to their duties. These voluntary arrangements are among the things that attract people to high-tech companies like Apple, Google, and PayPal. According to the Wall Street Journal, “IRS auditors are now flagging the issue and demanding back taxes from companies amounting to 30 percent of the meals’ fair-market value.” So if an employee...
  • DOJ Working With Elijah Cummings To Protect The IRS

    09/11/2014 4:48:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    IRS: An aide to the attorney general accidentally calls the office of the House Oversight Committee chairman, asking for help in spinning the defense of the agency whose head just said they obey the law when they can. We have commented many times of the all-too-cozy relationship between the IRS and Democratic members of the House and Senate, with members writing to the agency demanding that specific conservative groups and political action committees they find particularly irritating be subject to the "special scrutiny" that the Tea Party and other conservative and religious groups were subjected to in the ongoing scandal....
  • Is Eric Holder Trying to Protect the IRS?

    09/11/2014 1:22:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09/11/2014 | Seth Mandel
    A remarkable conversation about the IRSÂ’s illegal targeting of conservative groups took place on Friday in Washington. According to Rep. Darrell IssaÂ’s office, at 5:01 Friday Brian Fallon, a former aide to Chuck Schumer and currently a communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder, called IssaÂ’s office. By mistake. And itÂ’s quite a mistake.The purpose of the call, according to a letter Issa wrote to Holder, was to work with the intended recipient of the call to strategically leak damaging information to selected, friendly reporters and to coordinate a damage-control plan. The intended recipient of the call was apparently Rep....
  • IRS Audits Another Obama "Enemy" — Breitbart News

    09/11/2014 10:51:57 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 11, 2024 | IBD EDITORIALS
    IRS: As the 2014 midterms approach, what has become a political arm of the Obama administration has targeted — as it targeted the Tea Party — a leading conservative truth-teller that has exposed so many of its lies. Even as the IRS races to cover up a prior abuse of power, it ruthlessly engages in another, using its power to tax in an attempt to destroy the vast truth-gathering enterprise launched by the late Andrew Breitbart, which the administration apparently ranks right alongside the Tea Party atop its enemies list. Last Friday, the IRS stretched credulity beyond the breaking point...
  • IRS Commissioner: We Follow the Law ‘Wherever We Can’

    09/10/2014 5:02:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 9/10/14 | Curtis Kalin
    In responding to a question from the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said he and his department follow the law “wherever we can.” (Video) House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) asked Koskinen “Will you be following the law,” in collecting money for a certain type of healthcare subsidy. After Koskinen ducked the question, Brady asked again. Koskinen then admitted: “Yes, wherever we can, we follow the law.” A discouraged Brady chuckled while admonishing the commissioner saying, “I encourage you to follow the law in all instances.” I’m sure
  • IRS chief: 'Whenever we can, we follow the law'

    09/10/2014 12:20:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 99 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 10, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    During another grueling hearing on the ObamaCare rollout, the head of the Internal Revenue Service tried to offer lawmakers an assurance about the soon-to-open enrollment period. “Whenever we can, we follow the law,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the House Ways and Means subcommittee on health on Wednesday. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who leads the subcommittee, immediately expressed his concern with the remarks. “I encourage you to follow the law in all instances,” Brady said. Koskinen, who was confirmed as head of IRS last December, has repeatedly faced lawmakers' ire over the agency's targeting of conservative groups. Lawmakers spent a...
  • Cruz Letter: Why Is The IRS Auditing Breitbart News?

    09/10/2014 3:35:05 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 10,2014 | Breitbart News
    Editor's Note: This press release originally appeared on Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) Congressional website. WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today sent the following letter to the Internal Revenue Service regarding its decision to audit Breitbart News Network, LLC.
  • Cruz Letter: Why is the IRS Auditing Breitbart News?

    09/09/2014 7:51:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/9/14 | Breitbart News
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today sent the following letter to the Internal Revenue Service regarding its decision to audit Breitbart News Network, LLC. The full text of the letter is available here. Dear Commissioner Koskinen: I write to express deep concern over the recent announcement by Breitbart News that the Internal Revenue Service recently notified the Breitbart News Network, LLC that it would be subject to a far-reaching, burdensome, and open-ended audit. As you know, the Breitbart News Network LLC is a conservative-leaning press outlet. It has editors and reporters who cover daily political news and...
  • Letter: Holder Aide Accidentally Calls Issa Staff for Help Spinning IRS Scandal

    A senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder seemingly called House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa's staff by accident and asked for their help spinning new revelations about the IRS scandal, Issa said in a September 8 letter to Holder.
  • Letter: Holder Aide Accidentally Calls Issa Staff for Help Spinning IRS Scandal

    09/09/2014 2:36:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 182 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Jonathan Strong
    A senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder seemingly called House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa's staff by accident and asked for their help spinning new revelations about the IRS scandal, Issa said in a September 8 letter to Holder. The aide, Brian Fallon, is a former senior aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a well-known personality on Capitol Hill. The letter describes Fallon as “audibly shaken” when he realizes his request to leak documents to help get ahead of news stories about them was mistakenly made to the very office he was seeking to undermine. Issa believes...
  • Breitbart News says IRS targeted company for audit

    09/09/2014 1:23:34 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/9/14 | foxnews.com
    The company that runs the conservative Breitbart.com news site says the IRS has selected the network for an audit, in a move company executives suggest is politically motivated. Breitbart News Network, a California-based company which runs several conservative websites, says the IRS recently audited its 2012 financial information.
  • Mark Levin: IRS Cover-up ‘Most Loathsome Police Act in Modern American History’

    09/09/2014 9:15:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 9/9/14 | Michael Morris
    In what many could only expect to read in a fiction novel, it has been discovered that the emails of more IRS agents have gone missing. The IRS blamed “routinely experienced” computer crashes for all the lost emails, and said that all the crashes happened well before Congress launched its investigations. On Friday, Mark Levin suggested that “[t]hey must be working overtime over at the Internal Revenue Service, or as I call it, the IRSS. And over there at the IRSS, they’re busy issuing press releases and other information, I thought, when the government’s closed.” According to the Associated Press,...
  • Attorney Representing Conservative Groups Not Surprised by More "Lost" IRS Emails

    09/08/2014 2:19:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Surprise! The IRS claims it has lost emails belonging to even more employees embroiled in the scandal surrounding the targeting of conservatives. Guy covered the details of the newest revelations earlier today and the AP reported about the lost emails over the weekend. The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status. The tax agency said in June that it could not locate an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS division that processes...
  • More Swiss Banks Give Eric Holder One-Finger Salute

    09/01/2014 4:55:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | John Ransom
    More Swiss banks are dropping out of the U.S. banking program that the IRS supposedly uses to prevent American citizens from stashing cash overseas to avoid taxes. Known for 100 years as the original tax haven, free from the prying eyes of governments around the world, Swiss banks have provided banking services that guaranteed anonymity to arms dealers, Nazis, and law-abiding Americans alike.Offshore banks, especially Swiss banks, are not generally used to evade taxes however. The government already has enforcement mechanisms in place to prevent tax evasion by the use of offshore banks by American citizens. No smart rich person,...
  • Several Swiss banks pull out of U.S. tax program: paper

    09/01/2014 5:46:49 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 8/31/2014 | Reuters
    ZURICH (Reuters) - At least 10 Swiss banks have withdrawn from a U.S. program aimed at settling a tax dispute between them and the United States, Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag said on Sunday, quoting unnamed sources. Around 100 Swiss banks came forward at the end of last year to work with U.S. authorities in a program brokered by the Swiss government to help the banks make amends for aiding tax evasion. "At least 10 banks that had decided at the end of 2013 to pay a fine have withdrawn their decision," NZZ am Sonntag said, quoting unnamed lawyers and...
  • IRS Plans To Tax Free Meals Silicon Valley Companies Dole Out to Employees

    09/06/2014 4:22:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 09/06/2014 | Zoe Mintz
    Silicon Valley companies are known to cater to their hard working employees. Free yoga classes, nap rooms and meals are among the perks their workers enjoy. A recent Wall Street Journal report reveals that the Internal Revenue Service could be targeting these fringe benefits, more specifically "employer-provided meals" in the next fiscal year. In the agency’s recently released Priority Guidance Plan for 2014 to 2015, the IRS states that the free meals will now be considered a taxable fringe benefit, the same way a company car or phone is. Rather than taxing employees themselves -- an arduous if not impossible...
  • Senator to Issue Report Absolving IRS

    09/06/2014 10:05:35 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 19 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich), chairman of the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is preparing a report that will absolve the IRS and Lois Lerner of any wrongdoing in the campaign to target and harass conservative political organizations. “Those who have alleged that Lerner and the IRS took it upon themselves to conduct a vendetta against conservative organizations have it all wrong,” Levin alleged. “Evidence has emerged that the IRS was acting upon urgent requests from highly placed members of the government. Bureaucrats being responsive to the needs of the government is behavior we should be encouraging not punishing.” The highly...
  • Missing emails: What is the IRS not telling Congress?

    09/05/2014 3:38:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    FOX 29 ^ | September 5, 2014 | By SHARYL ATTKISSON
    In June, IRS commissioner John Koskinen testified he had no idea who tipped off Obama officials, much sooner than Congress, about missing IRS emails. "Did you cause someone to find out at the White House, at Treasury, or your IG?" Representative Darrell Issa asked Koskinen on June 23rd. "I did not," answered Koskinen. "And if you have any evidence of that, I'd be happy to see it." "I asked a question," said Issa. "And I answered it," replied Koskinen. In a new development, we've learned it was IRS Commission John Koskinen's own chief legal advisor at the IRS, Catherine Duval,...
  • Democratic senator condemns investigation into IRS targeting

    09/05/2014 3:29:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 5, 2014 | By JAKE MILLER
    A Senate report released Friday criticized the IRS Inspector General's investigation into whether the tax agency targeted conservative tea party groups for excessive and burdensome scrutiny during the 2012 election cycle. The report, written by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, acknowledged that the IRS did mismanage applications from groups applying for tax exemption, but it argued that mismanagement affected both liberal and conservative groups. "The subcommittee found no evidence that political bias influences the decisions made by IRS personnel," the report stated. "A review of nearly 800,000 pages of documents and nearly two dozen interviews produced no evidence of political bias...
  • IRS says it has lost emails from 5 more employees

    09/05/2014 3:05:21 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 109 replies
    AP ^ | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status.
  • GOP to Justice: Stop hiding ex-IRS lawyer

    09/05/2014 10:17:49 AM PDT · by blueyon · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/04/14 | Bernie Becker
    A top House Republican on Thursday accused the Justice Department of helping a former department lawyer duck an interview about the IRS’s improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) pressed Attorney General Eric Holder to provide contact information for Andrew Strelka to the House Oversight Committee by Friday. Republicans say that Strelka’s tenure with the government illustrates a conflict of interest in the Obama administration’s investigation into the IRS scandal. Strelka once worked for Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the controversy. After moving to the Justice Department, Strelka defended the IRS against...
  • Dems’ report clears IRS of political bias, blames IG for botching probe

    09/05/2014 10:05:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 5, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS's internal auditor distorted the facts surrounding the IRS tea party targeting scandal, leaving Americans with the impression that the tax agency went after conservative groups without also targeting liberal groups, the Senate's top investigative panel said Friday. Investigators said the IRS did mishandle applications for tax exempt status, including subjecting groups to years-long delays and "poorly coordinated reviews." But the report, written by Democrats who control the chamber, concluded that the IRS's "mismanagement" affected both liberal and conservative groups, clearing the agency of accusations of politically motivated behavior. "The subcommittee found no evidence that political bias influences the...
  • New IRS Documents Show Lerner Did Not Need Conservative Group Donor Lists

    09/04/2014 2:52:41 PM PDT · by adingdangdoo · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 4, 2014 | Judicial Watch
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released a new batch of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) email documents revealing that under former IRS official Lois Lerner, the agency seems to acknowledge having needlessly solicited donor lists from non-profit political groups. According to a May 21, 2012, memo from the IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel: “such information was not needed across-the-board and not used in making the agency’s determination on exempt status.” Later, in her May 10, 2013, remarks in which Lerner first revealed in response to question she planted about the IRS targeting of conservative groups, she conceded that the requests...
  • IRS produced 1,361 pages of documents to Judicial Watch on August 27

    09/02/2014 1:50:17 AM PDT · by SSS Two · 7 replies
    U.S. District Court - DC District ^ | 08-29-2014 | Justice Dept.
    Link to August 29, 2014 Court document EXCERPTS: Since the Service’s last status update on April 30, 2014, the Service has produced 2,746 of responsive documents as follows: 315 pages on May 23, 2014, 205 pages on June 30, 2014, 865 pages on July 31, 2014, and 1,361 pages on August 27, 2014 ... Counsel for the Service conferred with counsel for Judicial Watch prior to filing this Status Report. Judicial Watch takes the position that filing a status report is inappropriate at this juncture because the Court ordered the parties, on July 10, 2014, to file a status report...