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  • EPA spends millions on military-style weapons, watchdog group reports

    10/10/2015 10:56:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 10, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    The Environmental Protection Agency has spent millions of dollars over the last decade on military-style weapons to arm its 200 “special agents” to fight environmental crime. Among the weapons purchased are guns, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities, according to a new report by the watchdog group Open the Books. “Protecting the environment just got real. With millions of dollars spent on military style weaponry, the EPA is now literally ensconced with all institutional force,” said Adam Andrzejewski, founder of Open the Books and the author...
  • Why Does the IRS Need Guns?

    06/26/2016 8:12:31 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 65 replies
    Open the Books ^ | 16 June 2016 | Tom Coburn, Adam Andrzejewski
    Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services "Special Office of Inspector General Agents" being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees? The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20 years, the number of these federal officers with arrest-and-firearm authority has nearly tripled to over 200,000 today, from 74,500 in 1996....
  • Why Does the IRS Need Guns?

    06/19/2016 7:57:56 AM PDT · by chuckee · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 18, 2016
    After grabbing legal power, bureaucrats are amassing firepower. It’s time to scale back the federal arsenal. Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services “Special Office of Inspector General Agents” being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees? The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20 years, the number of these...
  • Why Does the IRS Need Guns?

    06/17/2016 5:52:00 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 55 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6/16/2016 | Tom Coburn and Adam Andrzejewski
    Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services “Special Office of Inspector General Agents” being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees? The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20 years, the number of these federal officers with arrest-and-firearm authority has nearly tripled to over 200,000 today, from 74,500 in 1996....
  • IRS admits to illegally seizing bank accounts; agrees to give the money back

    06/22/2016 3:20:38 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 25 replies
    The Free Thought Project ^ | 21 Jun 2016 | Justin Gardner
    It's the stuff of libertarian dreams. The IRS admits that it wrongfully took money from innocent citizens, and it gives the money back. This is actually happening to victims of a little-known form of civil asset forfeiture carried out by the IRS on the premise of "structuring" violations. In case you didn't know, depositing or withdrawing just under $10,000 from your bank account multiple times is viewed as suspicious and possibly criminal activity. In a victory for lawmakers working to make it harder for the government to take property from innocent Americans, the Internal Revenue Service plans to give people...
  • Team Obama to use IRS data to pressure some Americans into Obamacare

    06/21/2016 3:13:13 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | June 21, 2016 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The Obama administration said Tuesday it will herd uninsured Americans into Obamacare plans this fall by targeting young adults and working with the IRS to root out people who paid a penalty for lacking coverage last year. Officials said people who were fined under the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate can expect to receive a paper notice that explains their coverage options on the law’s web-based exchanges. The state of Massachusetts is already working with its revenue agency to locate the uninsured, and the Obama administration said those efforts appeared to be working. The Health and Human Services Department said...
  • Here's How the IRS Treated Me Because I'm a Conservative

    06/20/2016 8:32:50 AM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 16, 2016 | Mary Grabar
    2011, while working as a college English instructor and writing articles for this and other sites about corruption in education, I set up a website called Dissident Prof with my own funds and by working in my basement. After one of my long-time readers sent an unsolicited $500 donation, I decided to apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Thus began the ordeal with the IRS. I suffered through fifteen months of stonewalling followed by demands to quickly meet a financial and ideological inquisition. I am now a plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against the IRS, because we now know the...
  • Why Does The IRS Need So Many Guns?

    06/17/2016 7:51:41 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal op-ed: Why Does the IRS Need Guns?, by Tom Coburn (former U.S. Senator) & Adam Andrzejewski (Founder, OpenTheBooks.com): Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services “Special Office of Inspector General Agents” being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees? The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20...
  • Breaking: Wife of Orlando terrorist is now missing

    06/16/2016 12:39:43 PM PDT · by blueyon · 197 replies
    RedStatewatcher ^ | 6/16/16 | ???
    At a Fort Pierce home owned by members of the Mateen family, Seddique Mateen — father of the Orlando massacre shooter Omar Mateen — said Omar's wife Noor Salman is "no longer here" and that she was no longer in the area. He would not say where she had gone.
  • Former Muslim police sgt who tipped off Al Qaeda associate in FBI investigation.

    06/14/2016 4:27:43 PM PDT · by AC Beach Patrol · 33 replies
    FrontpageMag ^ | 03/06/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Mohammed Weiss Rasool was an Afghani who immigrated to the United States and got a job as a police officer. And then he did what you would expect him to do. Weiss Russell (he has changed his name from “Weiss Rasool,” the name under which he was convicted), is currently employed as a Financial Management Analyst in the IRS Deputy Chief Financial Officer’s office. In 2008, Russell/Rasool was prosecuted for his role in tipping off Abdullah Alnoshan, a close associate of al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and a friend of Russell’s from their mosque. According to the Justice Department’s Statement of...
  • IRS computer hack was worse than agency admitted

    06/08/2016 11:47:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 8, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS’s computer hack was worse than previously admitted, and the tax agency failed to alert thousands of people that their information was stolen, and didn’t give credit monitoring assistance to nearly 80,000 others who were targeted, an inspector general said Wednesday. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration says nearly 1 million accounts were potentially targeted, and nearly 360,000 people actually had their accounts broken into. That’s far more than the 220,000 hacks the tax agency initially acknowledged. In thousands of instances, the IRS missed the signs of a hack, the inspector general said. “While the IRS acted swiftly...
  • IRS sending out erroneous notices

    06/07/2016 10:27:21 AM PDT · by Fido969 · 4 replies
    From the IRS link above: "The filing deadline to submit 2015 tax returns is Monday, April 18, 2016, rather than the traditional April 15 date. Washington, D.C., will celebrate Emancipation Day on that Friday, which pushes the deadline to the following Monday for most of the nation. (Due to Patriots Day, the deadline will be Tuesday, April 19, in Maine and Massachusetts.)"
  • FLASHBACK: Obama Said “Not a Smidgen of Corruption” in IRS Scandal – Now We Know Over 400

    06/06/2016 10:44:47 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | June 6, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    Full Title:FLASHBACK: Obama Said “Not a Smidgen of Corruption” in IRS Scandal – Now We Know Over 400 Conservative Groups TargetedRemember this? In February 2014 Barack Obama told Bill O’Reilly that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS scandal.This weekend the IRS finally admitted it targeted over 400 conservative groups for intrusive scrutiny. The Washington Times reported:The government released names of 426 organizations. Another 40 were not released as part of the list because they had already opted out of being part of the class-action suit. That total is much higher than the 298 groups the...
  • IRS finally reveals list of tea party groups targeted for extra scrutiny

    06/05/2016 5:11:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 5, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    More than three years after it admitted to targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, the IRS has finally released a near-complete list of the organizations it snagged in a political dragnet. The tax agency filed the list last month as part of a court case after a series of federal judges, fed up with what they said was the agency’s stonewalling, ordered it to get a move on. The case is a class-action lawsuit, so the list of names is critical to knowing the scope of those who would have a claim against the IRS. But even as it...
  • Government Can't Help; It Can Only Hurt

    06/02/2016 4:56:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall. ^ | June 2, 2016 | Ron Paul
    Three recent stories regarding three government agencies — the IRS, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — show why we should oppose big government for practical, as well as philosophical, reasons. In recent months, many Americans have missed their flights because of longer-than-usual TSA security lines. In typical DC fashion, the TSA claims the delays are because of budget cuts, even though Congress regularly increases the TSA’s funding! The TSA is also blaming the delays on the fact that few Americans have signed up for its “PreCheck” program. Under PreCheck, the TSA considers excusing...
  • You Don’t Have to Be a Criminal for the IRS to Seize Your Bank Account

    05/27/2016 8:03:54 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 26 May, 2916 | The Editors
    Congress is considering a bill that would prohibit the federal government from punishing people who haven’t committed any crime. This will take some clarification. Like many other police agencies, the IRS has extensive and easily abused civil-forfeiture powers. The idea behind civil forfeiture is that criminals should not be allowed to profit from their crimes, and that their ill-gotten loot — cash, cars, real estate — should find its way to the public fisc. In practice, that does happen, but forfeiture also provides a sweet stream of lightly overseen revenue for police agencies, hence the temptation to abuse.
  • First, the IRS Took $68K From Connecticut Bakers. Now, It’s Investigating Them.

    05/27/2016 7:27:36 AM PDT · by milton23 · 30 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/26/16 | Melissa Quinn
    For nearly 100 years, Vocatura’s Bakery has been a New England staple. The family business was started in Westerly, Rhode Island, in 1919 and moved to its current home in Norwich, Connecticut, in 1956. There, the family bakes bread using its six-decade-old industrial oven and serves up pizza—square, but not sicilian—and sandwiches—including one “as long as your forearm”—to members of the community. The bakery has been family-owned and operated since its opening in 1919, and today, it’s run by David Vocatura, Larry Vocatura, Frankie Vocatura, and Richard Vocatura. The foursome still remembers being pushed around the bakery in a hand...
  • IRS Commissioner a No Show for Hearing on Misconduct

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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