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  • IRS Employee Looking for Lois Lerner Emails Was Blind, Literally!

    02/28/2015 3:44:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-27-15 | J. Christian Adams
    An IRS employee tasked with trying to restore and obtain emails on Lois Lerner’s IRS computer’s hard drive was legally blind. Stephen Manning, the deputy chief information officer for strategy and modernization at the IRS, submitted an affidavit in the True the Vote vs. IRS litigation regarding the persons and procedures used to attempt to recover Lois Lerner’s hard drive containing emails pertaining to Tea Party targeting. The affidavit can be read here. Paragraph 14 describes the educational background of the person searching for data on Lois Lerner’s hard drive: “According to the Specialist, prior to joining the Internal Revenue...
  • More Lois Lerner Emails Recovered: ‘No One Will Ever Believe That Both ... Within a Week’

    02/27/2015 8:06:22 AM PST · by Rockitz · 96 replies
    TheBlaze.com ^ | 26 February 2015 | Jason Howerton
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced on Thursday night that hundreds of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s previously “lost” backup tapes have been recovered, which could result in the recovery of a new trove of her emails. IRS Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Thursday that it took investigators just two weeks to recover 424 backup tapes that were previously said to be unretrievable. “To date, we have found 32,744 unique emails that were backed up from Lois Lerner’s email box. We are in the process of comparing these emails to what...
  • Treasury IG: New Lois Lerner e-mails shows “potential criminal activity”

    02/27/2015 7:23:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/27/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember when Barack Obama insisted that there wasn’t a “smidgen of corruption” in his administration related to the IRS scandal? Good times, good times. The discovery of tens of thousands of e-mails from Lois Lerner, the central figure in the IRS targeting of conservative non-profits, may rewrite the scandal — and may end up with criminal charges for Lerner:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Federal investigators are looking for possible criminal activity in connection with the missing emails of a central figure in the Internal Revenue service’s targeting scandal.The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration testified at a House...
  • IRS watchdog reveals Lois Lerner missing emails now subject of criminal probe

    02/27/2015 7:14:07 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner’s emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed. Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation. “There is potential criminal...
  • IRS Being Investigated For Criminal Misconduct Surrounding Lois Lerner's 'Missing' Emails

    02/27/2015 5:55:42 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/27/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Last night Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Russell George and Deputy Inspector General for Investigations Timothy Camus updated the House Oversight Committee on the status of Lois Lerner's "missing" emails surrounding the IRS targeting of conservatives. In an exchange with Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Camus revealed there is "potential criminal activity" involved in the disappearance and hiding of emails belonging to IRS officials involved in the targeting of conservatives between 2010 and 2012. “There is potential criminal activity," Camus said. Not surprisingly, in order to stonewall the congressional investigation into the targeting of conservative groups, IRS officials never asked...
  • IRS watchdog conducts criminal probe into Lerner emails

    02/27/2015 2:11:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/26/15 | Meghashyam Mali
    The IRS inspector general is conducting a criminal probe into how the agency handled former official Lois Lerner's emails. The IRS initially told lawmakers that emails from Lerner, the former official at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal, were lost. But many Lerner emails were found despite claims from officials that they were not backed up. "There is potential criminal activity," Timothy Camus, the deputy inspector general for investigations, told the House Oversight Committee at a late Thursday hearing, according to reports. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George and Camus, his deputy, told the Oversight...
  • Investigators find 32,000 emails in IRS probe

    02/26/2015 10:06:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 26, 2015 11:10 PM EST | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency’s tea party scandal. But they don’t know how many of them are new. The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner’s emails when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011. At the time, IRS officials said the emails could not be recovered. But at a congressional hearing Thursday evening, investigators said they recovered...
  • Investigators Recover 32,000 Emails To and From Lois Lerner

    02/26/2015 7:31:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 53 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/26/15 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party scandal. But they don't know how many of them are new. The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner's email when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011. At the time, IRS officials said the emails could not be recovered. But at a congressional hearing Thursday evening, IRS...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: Top Priority to ‘Abolish the IRS’

    02/26/2015 4:48:20 PM PST · by xzins · 88 replies
    CNS ^ | February 26, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Md., on Feb. 26, 2015. Cruz was questioned by Fox television personality Sean Hannity. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said among his top five priorities for the United States is to “abolish the IRS” at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., on Thursday. Sean Hannity of Fox News asked Cruz what his top five agenda items are for the country. “Number one,” said Cruz. “Repeal every blasted word of Obamacare.” “Number two, abolish the IRS, take all 125,000 IRS...
  • IRS to let taxpayers keep cash from Obamacare tax mistake

    02/25/2015 6:44:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/25/2015 | Rick Moran
    About 50,000 taxpayers who had filed their returns before an error in an Obamacare tax form was discovered will be able to keep the money, the IRS said yesterday. The erroneous forms went out to 800,000 taxpayers. Most of those citizens will have to wait for the IRS to mail them a corrected form before they can file their taxes. Treasury said people who did not pay enough in taxes because of the glitch will be allowed to keep the money. If they paid too much, then they have the option of filing an amended return to get their...
  • No, Mr. President, Obamacare Isn´t Working

    02/23/2015 5:02:05 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/23/2015 | David Catron
    Last week, the White House took to Twitter for purposes of publicizing its latest Obamacare enrollment blarney. Far more informative than the tweet’s fictitious sign-up numbers was the schmaltzy video to which it was linked. Staged in the Oval Office, this one-act farce features a simpering HHS Secretary briefing our Thespian in Chief, who then delivers the following soliloquy: “The Affordable Care Act is working. It’s working better than we anticipated. It’s certainly working a lot better than many of the critics talked about early on.” In Obama’s 27-word script, “working” appears three times. The President doth protest too much,...
  • Obama administration sent 800,000 people the wrong Obamacare subsidy information--and 50,000 will...

    02/21/2015 12:37:19 AM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | February 20, 2015 | David Martosko
    Complete Headline: Obama administration sent 800,000 people the wrong Obamacare subsidy information – and 50,000 will need to file their 2014 taxes a SECOND time The Obama administration said on Friday that the Internal Revenue Service sent incorrect tax information to about 800,000 Americans who enrolled in new medical insurance plans through Healthcare.gov. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Health and Human Services subagency that handles Obamacare, sent them forms that contained an error which would cause them to miscalculate the government subsidy for their insurance policies. That, the administration admitted, would change the amount of their tax...
  • Feds sent bad tax info to 800,000 people on ObamaCare

    02/20/2015 7:43:55 AM PST · by maggief · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 20, 2015 | Peter Sullivan
    The administration sent incorrect tax information to 800,000 people who have enrolled in ObamaCare, the administration announced Friday. Because of the mistake, tax credits were calculated either too high or too low, and officials are asking people to delay filing their taxes until the problem is corrected. Affected people are now being contacted by phone and email. The administration said that 50,000 of the people affected had already filed their taxes, and the government would now work with them to correct the problem. The error involves the "benchmark" health plan that is used as part of the formula for calculating...
  • WANT IRS OFF YOUR BACK? RENOUNCE YOUR AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP, BECOME AN ILLEGAL ALIEN!

    02/18/2015 5:26:36 AM PST · by Colofornian · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | Feb. 17, 2015 | Charles Hurt
    Are you sick and tired of the IRS? Do you owe back taxes? Do you want to be finished with all of the threatening phone calls? The fear, the terrorizing and intimidation? Well we have the answer for you! Just renounce your American citizenship and become an illegal alien! IRS Commissioner John Koskinen — a compassionate and understanding guy if there ever was one — testified last week that illegal aliens working illegally in the U.S. while living here illegally would be allowed extra refunds from the IRS for money they earned while working here. Illegally. These illegal aliens who...
  • Obama wants massive spending, staffing increases for IRS in 2016 budget

    02/17/2015 2:07:04 PM PST · by Taxman · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/16/15 | Sarah Westwood
    Thousands of new Internal Revenue Service employees will not be shouldering the regulatory burden Obamacare rules have heaped onto the tax agency, despite IRS claims that it needed massive additional funding to hire such support staff. Only 483 of the 9,245 new hires President Obama is seeking for the IRS in his 2016 budget proposal would be assigned to work on Obamacare programs, according to a budget summary published by the federal tax agency. As the agency tasked with enforcing Obamacare’s individual mandate provision, the IRS must for the first time this year assess a fine against people who were...
  • Democrats Who Pushed Obamacare Down Our Throats, Now Ask: “Who Dealt This Mess Anyway?”

    02/17/2015 7:25:31 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 17 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-17-2015 | MOTUS
    Who dealt this mess, anyway? Yea, it's an old card player's term, but sometimes you can use the old switcheroo and it can be applied to ... Frontal politics -  Wide, Wide River; The Fugs (1968)CAUTION: Mildly NSFW or CHILDRENThere’s no reason you should be familiar with the Fugs unless you’re a conservator of semi-popular rock protest bands from the ‘60’s. Butt when I heard that Democratic Representatives Sander Levin (D-MI), Jim McDermott (D-WA), and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) were demanding relief From Obamacare Penalties for their constituents because they were likely to get hit with a huge “tax” penalty in –...
  • Let’s see her emails (Lois Lerner)

    02/17/2015 3:36:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/15/15 | Post Editorial Board
    **SNIP** Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, says authorities have now managed to recover roughly 16,000 Lerner emails. This has led Johnson to send Koskinen a letter in which the senator writes, “I respectfully request your assistance in better understanding the IRS’s document-retention and -production process.” We prefer the way the senator put it on Fox News: “I smell a rat. I smell a number of rats, and that’s what we are going to get to the bottom of.” We’re as curious as anyone about why the IRS told us the Lerner...
  • U.S. agency (IRS) fixes problem hampering Obamacare applications

    02/15/2015 3:14:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 2/14/15
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day before the open enrollment deadline for private health coverage under Obamacare, some consumers were unable to submit applications because of "intermittent issues" with income verification, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said on Saturday. The agency, which announced the problem in a statement on Saturday afternoon, said nearly six hours later that it had been resolved ahead of the Feb. 15 deadline. **SNIP** It said in a statement that it had worked with the Internal Revenue Service to fix the problem.
  • ‘I Know Nothing!’ Hispanic Caucus Member Didn’t Know That Illegals Will Receive Tax Refunds

    02/13/2015 6:40:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 46 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4:45 PM 02/13/2015 | Kerry Picket Reporter
    Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez told The Daily Caller Friday that he didn’t know that illegal immigrants are eligible for tax refunds — even if they haven’t paid taxes.IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told members of Congress Wednesday that illegal immigrants who did not pay taxes will be able to claim back-refunds once they are issued social security numbers. “I know nothing of the sort,” Gutierrez snapped at a Daily Caller reporter Friday when asked about Koskinen’s testimony.“Of course it would be like you to raise that sort of question,” the Democrat continued. “Why don’t you ask the commissioner of the IRS?”The...
  • LA OPINION: Major Paper Says Illegals Eligible For Hefty Tax Refunds if They Secure a SSN#

    02/13/2015 10:37:12 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 10 replies
    LA OPINION (Los Angeles, in Spanish) ^ | 13 February 2015 | La Opinion
    Los inmigrantes indocumentados que califiquen para los alivios migratorios otorgados por el Presidente Barack Obama podrán reclamar reembolsos retroactivos por créditos fiscales a los que no calificaban mientras estaban trabajando sin un número de seguro social válido. Uno de esos es el Crédito Tributario por Ingreso del Trabajo (EITC) que puede ser de hasta $6,000. "El programa (de alivios migratorios) te permite reclamar el EITC", dijo el martes John Koskine, comisionado del Servicio de Recaudación de Rentas (IRS) ante el Comité de Finanzas del Senado.
  • Pols warn Obama actions could let illegal immigrants who paid no taxes get gov’t payouts

    02/13/2015 8:57:41 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 31 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 2/13/15 | Stephanie Kane
    Lawmakers are warning that President Obama's immigration executive actions could open the door for millions of illegal immigrants to qualify for hefty tax "credits" regardless of whether they've filed or paid taxes in the past. All they need is a Social Security number. Obama's November announcement paves the way for up to 4 million illegal immigrants to obtain Social Security numbers and work permits. After some initial confusion, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress this week that this would make them eligible for what's known as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) providing they've been working. If you get a...
  • Iraq Vet: IRS Extorted Me, Left Me No Money to Run My Business

    02/12/2015 10:18:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Feb 12, 2015 7:44 pm
    An Iraq War veteran says the IRS extorted him and left him no money to run his small business. Navy veteran Andrew Clyde, owner of Clyde Armory in Georgia, explained on tonight’s “On The Record” that the IRS seized nearly $1 million from him back in April 2013 due to a federal program which allows the IRS to seize assets over suspected criminal activity. Clyde said two IRS agents showed up with a seizure warrant and took $940,313 from the company bank account. They accused him of “structuring,” or frequently depositing sums under $10,000, since deposits above $10,000 must be...
  • IRS commissioner: Illegals now eligible for tax credits under Obama’s amnesty — even for years past

    02/12/2015 9:57:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 12, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Our Townhall cousin Conn Carroll was way ahead of the game on this, warning back in December that handing out Social Security numbers to illegals under Obama’s new executive amnesty was a momentous development. Illegals are already eligible for some tax credits, he noted at the time, but the real money is in the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can add up to thousands of dollars for low earners with multiple children. Illegals can’t get the EITC, though, because the law requires a Social Security number to apply and they don’t have Social Security numbers. Until now. So they’ll be...
  • IRS Seizes First, Asks Questions Later

    02/12/2015 10:54:07 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 20 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | February 10, 2015 | LARRY SALZMAN and ROBERT EVERETT JOHNSON
    When Carole Hinders answered a knock at the front door of her home in August 2013, she was confronted by two IRS agents. They told her they had just cleaned out the entire bank account of the restaurant, Mrs. Lady’s Mexican Food, that Hinders had owned and operated in tiny Spirit Lake, Iowa, for the past 30 years. The IRS seized more than $32,000. (snip) The aggressive tactics adopted by law enforcement in structuring cases are, perhaps, unsurprising given that the proceeds of forfeited property are funneled back to the very agencies responsible for the forfeiture — an arrangement that...
  • IRS to pay back-refunds to illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes

    02/12/2015 7:34:54 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 56 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 02/11/2015 | Steven Dinan
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday that even illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes will be able to claim back-refunds once they get Social Security numbers under President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty. The revelation — which contradicts what he told Congress last week — comes as lawmakers also raised concerns Mr. Obama’s amnesty could open a window to illegal immigrants finding ways to vote, despite it being against the law. He also clarified his testimony to the Senate last week, where he acknowledged illegal immigrants who had paid taxes using substitute Social Security numbers but who gain real...
  • Small business owners forced to battle IRS over seized bank accounts

    02/11/2015 6:39:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 11, 2015
    Andrew Clyde, a Navy veteran who served in Iraq, started his small firearms store in Athens, Ga., in the 1990s. Over the years, he watched his business grow. And then, on April 12, 2013, two IRS agents swooped in and seized nearly a million dollars from his company's bank account. Clyde was on the wrong end of a murky federal program that allows agencies to seize assets they suspect could be tied to criminal activity -- even without actual criminal activity.
  • IRS: We’re Sorry for Seizing Small Business Bank Accounts

    02/11/2015 5:20:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/11/15 | Liz Sheld
    The IRS has apologized for stealing, or rather seizing, the back accounts of small businesses that did nothing other than deposit an improper amount of cash into their accounts. Pressured by Congress, the IRS has apologized for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners simply because those owners structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements. The Associated Press reports “IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress Wednesday that the IRS is changing policies to prevent the seizures, as long as the money came from legal means.” Civil asset forfeiture is a government racket where “suspicious” deposits at one’s banking...
  • IRS to pay back-refunds to illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes

    02/11/2015 5:13:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Thw Washington Times ^ | February 11, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday that even illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes will be able to claim back-refunds once they get Social Security numbers under President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty. The revelation — which contradicts what he told Congress last week — comes as lawmakers also raised concerns Mr. Obama’s amnesty could open a window to illegal immigrants finding ways to vote, despite it being against the law. “While we may disagree about whether your deferred action programs were lawfully created and implemented, we are confident that we can all agree that these programs cannot be...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Sheriff Stands Up to IRS, Cancels Land Sale

    02/10/2015 6:43:07 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 140 replies
    Ben Swann.Com ^ | 2/7/2015 | Priscilla Jones
    The first Republican elected sheriff in Eddy County, New Mexico, became the first sheriff in 25 years to stand up to the IRS. He physically stood at the gate of a troubled citizen's property while US Marshals threatened his arrest. The landowner filed an appeal with the court and expects his case to receive due process before his land is publicly sold. The sheriff agrees. The judge does not. (Sheriff Scott London says he learned more about the Constitution in the year he spent campaigning for his job than in all of his years of schooling combined.) WASHINGTON, February 7,...
  • Feds won’t release IRS targeting documents

    02/10/2015 5:38:26 AM PST · by maggief · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Bob Cusack
    The Obama administration is refusing to publicly release more than 500 documents on the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups. Twenty months after the IRS scandal broke, there are still many unanswered questions about who was spearheading the agency’s scrutiny of conservative-leaning organizations. The Hill sought access to government documents that might provide a glimpse of the decision-making through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The Hill asked for 2013 emails and other correspondence between the IRS and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The request specifically sought emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner and Treasury...
  • IRS Needs 9,000 More Employees to Enforce Obamacare Tax [SATIRE]

    02/09/2015 8:54:32 AM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Feb 2015 | John Semmens
    President Obama’s $4 trillion budget proposal calls for a $2 billion boost in IRS spending in order to hire 9,000 new employees. The task of these new employees will be to track down persons who have failed to enroll in a health insurance plan and extract monetary penalties from them. “The era of individual choice in healthcare is drawing to a close,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen declared. “The law requires everyone to purchase a federally approved health insurance policy. Those who think that they know what’s best for themselves are free to do what they want, but they still have...
  • Obamacare Ruling May End Civilization As We Know It

    02/09/2015 4:33:17 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/9/2015 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell three weeks from now, and the possibility that the justices might uphold the health care “reform” law as written has driven our liberal friends to the edge of lunacy. This is never a long journey for anyone on the left, of course, but they have arrived at the precipice with unusual alacrity this time. Their predictions about the outcome should the Court rule that “established by the state” actually means “established by the state” have gone from the merely portentous to the downright apocalyptic in only a few months....
  • IRS Obstructs Justice? (Weekly Update)

    02/07/2015 11:40:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 6, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    U.S. Senate Follows JW Lead on Obamacare FraudObama IRS Obstructs Justice?Election Integrity Battle Moves to Supreme CourtU.S. Senate Follows JW Lead on Obamacare Fraud Someone on Capitol Hill has taken notice of the lawsuit we filed last fall challenging members of Congress who are taking advantage of health benefits they are not entitled to claim. That someone is Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) who now chairs the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. As a prominent figure in the new Republican majority, Vitter is well-positioned to investigate and expose illegal maneuverings that make it possible for elected officials, and their staff members,...
  • IRS rehired 141 former employees with issues paying their own taxes

    02/07/2015 9:34:03 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 07, 2015 | Sarah Westwood
    Hundreds of former Internal Revenue Service employees who had a history of misconduct and poor performance on the job were rehired by the tax agency, including some who had committed fraud or falsified documents. The previously cited IRS staff included 141 employees who had problems paying their own taxes, the agency’s inspector general said in a report made public Thursday. Several had “willfully failed to file their federal tax returns,” the report said. The IRS hired more than 7,000 former employees between January 2010 and September 2013. Of the 824 who returned to the agency despite their checkered work history,...
  • An Unprecedented Constitutional Crisis

    02/07/2015 8:09:57 AM PST · by Q-ManRN · 21 replies
    Gun Owners of America/gunowners.org ^ | February 5, 2015 | Tim Macy
    Using fraudulent budget math which landed Bernie Madoff in prison with a 150-year sentence, Obama deliberately lied to the American people about the cost of insurance [under Obamacare], their ability to keep the policies they liked, and the fact that middle income Americans were being bled dry in order to fund other people's medical care. When his politicized Internal Revenue Service was caught trying to destroy his political opposition, Obama stonewalled and used the "dog ate my homework" excuse. Thus, he argued, an Executive Branch which could suck up meta-data on every phone call in the world somehow couldn't locate...
  • Al Sharpton: Accidental Anti-Tax Crusader (Cough Cough, Ahem)

    02/06/2015 1:21:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    Al Capone, America’s “favorite” gangster, went to prison because he failed to pay $215,000 in taxes from his gambling profits. Al Sharpton, on the other hand, is still romping around screaming about racism despite the fact that he owes roughly $4 million to Federal and State revenuers. I guess the IRS is just too busy harassing conservatives to care about some uppity liberal who’s a few million dollars behind on his taxes.The gaffable (is that a word?) Al Sharpton personally faces Federal tax liens for more than $3 million in back taxes. He has over $770,000 in state tax liens. Two...
  • Obama Wants Your Retirement Account

    02/06/2015 12:39:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: It's a story from the website Watchdog.org, and the headline: "Obama's Budget Targets Your Retirement Accounts." I can't recall the number of times that I have mentioned casually, forcefully, predicted directly over the course of the years that, as this government continued to expand and spend money it didn't have and print money it needed, that at some point it was gonna have to go get money. You can't just rely on fake money that's printed. They're gonna have to get more. They're gonna target money, and I warned everybody, "They're gonna they're gonna come after your pensions, and...
  • IRS EITC Refunds To Illegals Show Obama Amnesty Fraud

    02/06/2015 10:16:31 AM PST · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 6, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    mmigration: Aliens granted executive amnesty by President Obama will be eligible for tax credits for the years they worked here illegally. But wasn't amnesty supposed to benefit the economy and not drain the U.S. Treasury? Subverting the Constitution to grant millions of illegal aliens work permits and freedom from deportation apparently isn't enough for the Obama administration. It now intends, through the Internal Revenue Service, to subvert the tax code to let these illegals collect billions in retroactive Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) payments. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, an unindicted co-conspirator in the cover-up of the IRS Tea Party targeting...
  • IRS knowingly rehired tax cheats, other employees with ‘performance’ issues: Audit

    02/05/2015 8:34:47 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 5, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS rehired hundreds of employees who had prior records of bad performance at the agency, including 141 former workers who had botched their own tax returns and others who had used their positions to peek at private tax information, the agency’s inspector general said in a report released Thursday. Five IRS employees were rehired even though the agency knew they had intentionally failed to file their taxes within the last two years, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George said. Of the employees with prior problems, nearly 20 percent of them had more problems after they were...
  • Report: IRS Seized Thousands of Bank Accounts Without Filing Criminal Charges

    02/05/2015 7:18:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | February 5, 2015 | C.J Ciaramella
    IRS practiced a ‘seize first, ask questions later’ strategyThe Internal Revenue Service seized hundreds of millions of dollars from thousands of bank accounts over the past decade, often without proof of any criminal wrongdoing, according to a report released by the Institute for Justice this week.The Institute for Justice, a public-interest law firm, said the IRS practiced a “seize first, ask questions later” strategy when it seized $242 million in more than 2,500 cases from 2005 to 2012.All of those seizures were for “structuring” violations, an obscure rule intended to keep money launderers, terrorists, and other criminals from making small...
  • Judiical Watch: DOJ Emails Suggest IRS Counsel’s Office Slowed Investigation

    02/05/2015 9:23:36 AM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 2 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 5, 2015 | Judicial Watch
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: 202-646-5188 February 5, 2015 New Documents Offer Glimpse into Criminal Investigation of Obama IRS Scandal DOJ Emails Suggest IRS Counsel’s Office Slowed Investigation (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released new internal Department of Justice (DOJ) documents revealing that the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel’s office delayed approval of an IRS employee’s meeting with DOJ and FBI investigators into the Obama IRS targeting scandal. The emails also detail the involvement the Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division with the investigation. The documents show, the Public Integrity Section was investigating the IRS...
  • IRS offers extra tax refunds to illegal immigrants granted amnesty by Obama

    02/03/2015 6:09:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 3, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen confirmed Tuesday that illegal immigrants granted amnesty from deportation under President Obama’s new policies would be able to get extra refunds from the IRS for money they earned while working illegally, as long as they filed returns during those years. Illegal immigrants who are granted the amnesty will be given official Social Security numbers, which means they can go back and amend up to three years of previous tax forms to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, potentially claiming billions of dollars in additional payments they were ineligible for before the amnesty. Mr. Koskinen said they...
  • Tax Receipts Rule IRS Keeps Quiet: They're Optional

    02/02/2015 12:27:50 PM PST · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/2/15 | Robert Wood
    Remember the IRS computer crashes and the hunt for those long destroyed lost emails of Lois Lerner? Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas introduced a bill he called the “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act,” to allow us all to try out some excuses. Rep. Stockman said, “Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama administration uses.” The bill would allow taxpayers who do not provide documents requested by the IRS to claim one of the following reasons: 1. The dog ate my tax receipts. 2. Convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction. 3. Traded documents...
  • Report: Al Sharpton owes over $900,000 from 2004 presidential campaign

    02/01/2015 8:42:05 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 30, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    An explosive new report about “deadbeat politicos” revealed Friday that civil rights activist and MSNBC celebrity the Rev. Al Sharpton owes the federal government tens of thousands of dollars in fines and $880,000 in debt from his ill-fated 2004 presidential campaign. And that’s on top of the $4.5 million Sharpton owes in back taxes.
  • Obama IRS Should Face Justice (Weekly Update)

    01/31/2015 11:09:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 30, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    IRS Cover-Up Expands to Justice Department Exchanging Terrorists for an Army Deserter? Will Senate Endorse Obama’s Lawlessness?IRS Cover-Up Expands to Justice Department In an interview with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News about a year ago, President Obama said that President Richard Nixon was actually more liberal in his policies than Obama is. But, while comparing their policies, Obama conveniently left out one chilling similarity: Both presidents used the virtually unbridled power and authority of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to target their political opponents. In fact, in many respects Obama’s IRS abuses actually have been much worse than Nixon’s. As...
  • Obama Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Started Sorority With Holder’s Wife

    01/30/2015 5:46:07 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/27/2015 | Patrick Howley
    resident Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was a charter member of an all-black Harvard sorority — and so was Eric Holder’s wife. ... can Lynch as an investigator really be objective when it comes to her predecessor, who is currently in contempt of Congress over Fast and Furious scandal document obstruction and would probably warrant investigation from an unbiased successor? After all, Lynch goes way back with Holder’s wife. “The Xi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
  • Senate GOP demands Obama turn over all communications with IRS

    01/30/2015 1:51:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/29/15 | Stephen Dinan
    Senate Republicans on Thursday asked President Obama to turn over all communications he and his aides have had with the IRS since 2010, hoping to find out whether the tax collection agency shared private taxpayer information with political operatives at the White House. The request, made in a letter obtained by The Washington Times, is signed by Senate Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch and all 13 other Republicans on the committee, and is addressed specifically to Mr. Obama, saying they want to see if his employees broke the law by acquiring or sharing private information.
  • ‘The age of financial privacy is over’ (FATCA)

    01/27/2015 12:43:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Jan 2015 12:30 GMT+01:00
    “I had been living in Switzerland for ten years, and then out of the blue I got a letter from my bank, saying that since I am an American citizen I had to file some extra paperwork,” Jonathan Weiss tells The Local. “Two weeks later, my bank account was frozen.” Weiss was born in the US, but has lived abroad since age ten, in both Asia and Europe. “I was just living in Switzerland, working there, minding my own business,” Weiss recalls. “And then I was caught up this net. I had no idea what to do.” That was his...
  • 'Stonewalled' author Attkisson to testify on Obama’s AG nominee

    01/26/2015 9:47:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/26/15 | Julian Hattem
    A former CBS investigative reporter who has filed a $35 million lawsuit against the Obama administration for hacking will be among the witnesses at a hearing on President Obama's attorney general nominee. Sharyl Attkisson has accused the Obama administration of breaking into her computer and phone after she reported stories that were critical of the administration, such as the events surrounding the 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, and the failed “Fast and Furious” operation. She told her story in the book "Stonewalled." She will testify during this week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Loretta Lynch, Obama’s...
  • Obamacare recipients must deal with IRS this tax season (Pelosi knew)

    01/25/2015 4:36:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Daily Democrat ^ | 1/24/15 | Tracy Seipel
    More than a million Californians benefitted from federally subsidized health insurance in 2014 through the nation's health care law. But now the law is about to give many of them a migraine. It's tax season, and for the first time Obamacare is showing up on tax forms. And it's leading to confusion and angst over new rules and their impact on taxpayers' pocketbooks. That's because taxpayers must now reconcile the subsidy they received with the income they estimated they would earn last year. In addition, people who ignored the Affordable Care Act's requirement to obtain health insurance in 2014 now...