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  • The IRS Will Now Ask if You Own Crypto in the Most Widely Used US Tax Form

    10/12/2019 8:02:32 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 44 replies
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has updated the main form individual U.S. taxpayers use to report their income to include a question about cryptocurrencies. Following the release earlier this week of the IRS’s long-awaited guidance for reporting crypto-related income, the IRS on Friday circulated a draft of the new Form 1040, Schedule 1, Additional Income and Adjustments to Income. The draft was shared in an email to tax software companies, which the agency also shared with journalists. The sheet, prefaced by a warning that it’s only a draft and not an actual document for filing taxes, asks at the top:...
  • Grey No Matter What

    10/14/2019 3:44:07 PM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 2 replies
    Post & Courier ^ | 4/20/2019 | Mary Wildeman
    South Carolina hospitals are using a loophole in state law to scoop millions of dollars a year from the pockets of the poorest of patients. It mostly takes place outside the courts and the public eye. A law originally written to help state and local governments collect debts is being used to seize tax refunds from people with past-due medical bills. The S.C. Department of Revenue does the legwork, and the cash flows straight into the coffers of some of the region’s largest health care companies. The payoff is huge. Together, health organizations took at least $92.9 million in more...
  • IRS Targets Poor Americans, because Harassing Wealthy Too Costly

    10/12/2019 8:01:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Citizens for Self-Governance ^ | October 7, 2019 | Mark Meckler
    You might want to sit down for this one. If you thought the IRS was just a necessary yet uncomfortable part of American life, here’s some more evidence that it’s simply an arm of the United States government that deserves to be excised. The IRS just admitted that it audits the working poor at about the same rate as the wealthiest 1 percent. Here’s why, according to ProPublica: "…the IRS said, auditing poor taxpayers is a lot easier: The agency uses relatively low-level employees to audit returns for low-income taxpayers who claim the earned income tax credit. The audits —...
  • Schumer, Senate Democrats will force vote to repeal IRS ruling on SALT cap

    10/11/2019 7:07:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 57 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 10/10/19 | Brittany De Lea
    Senate Democrats plan to force a vote to repeal a recent ruling regarding the controversial $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions, imposed under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Ben Cardin announced on Thursday that they would use a disapproval resolution under the Congressional Review Act to “force a majority-threshold vote” on a measure to repeal IRS rules that block a SALT cap workaround. Specifically, the vote will be on “a resolution to repeal the IRS rule that prohibits states and local governments from protecting residents from ‘double taxation’ of their...
  • Federal appeals court rejects Trump's appeal of House subpoena for his tax returns

    10/11/2019 7:10:28 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 78 replies
    Federal appeals court rejects Trump's appeal of House subpoena for his tax returns
  • IRS whistleblower said Treasury official might have tried to interfere with Trump audit: report

    10/03/2019 7:23:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/03/2019 | Naomi Jagoda
    An IRS official filed a complaint alleging that he was told that at least one Treasury Department official tried to interfere with an audit of President Trump's or Vice President Pence's tax returns, according to The Washington Post, citing people familiar with the complaint. The whistleblower spoke to the Post and confirmed that he had filed the complaint to Congress's tax-writing committees and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. “I steadfastly refuse to discuss the substance or details of the complaint, but I have some legitimate concerns about reckless statements being made about whistleblowers,” he told the Post. The...

    10/01/2019 8:07:42 PM PDT · by bitt · 33 replies
    gellerreport ^ | 10/01/2019 | Pamela Geller
    The Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee was holding a hearing on How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate. Its theme was removing tax-exempt status from groups it didn’t like. DEMOCRATS ON OVERSIGHT APPEARED TO BE PROPOSING TO PUT THE SPLC AND ITS SPURIOUS HATE LISTS AND MAPS IN CHARGE OF TAX-EXEMPT STATUS The Democrats running it didn’t issue a full list of allegedly discriminatory groups they wanted the government to discriminate against, but the Committee’s Twitter list of ‘hate groups’seem to overlap with a list assembled by the Southern Poverty Law Center and curated by Philanthropy Magazine....
  • OTHER whistleblower: Federal employee claims to have evidence suggesting 'improper influence' in IRS

    09/26/2019 11:40:25 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 96 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 26 | CHRIS PLEASANCE
    As the nation fixates on an intelligence whistleblower and what they may or may not know about Donald Trump's call with the Ukrainian President, another whistleblower is waiting in the wings. A federal employee told the Ways and Means Committee last month of possible evidence of 'improper influence' in the IRS's audit of Trump's tax returns. The existence of the whistleblower was contained in a quietly-filed motion by committee chair Richard Neal to a federal judge in an attempt to get hold of the President's tax returns, and was not widely reported at the time.
  • IRS Testing Behavioral Analytics to Verify Online Users [Tracking you by Smartphone]

    09/25/2019 6:44:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies ^ | September 20, 2019 | By Aaron Boyd, Senior Editor, Nextgov
    The agency is piloting a proof-of-concept that will track how individual taxpayers interact with its online systems. ============================================================== When taxpayers use online systems, the IRS really wants to make sure the people accessing information are who they say they are. The agency has implemented a number of authentication tools over the years—with varying degrees of success—and is now looking at behavioral analytics as an option. The IRS announced a sole-source contract to BioCatch for a proof-of-concept that would incorporate behavioral analytics for the agency’s eAuthentication system. BioCatch’s technology tracks how a user interacts with their device and the agency’s apps...
  • 2 L.A. County Women Arrested for Impersonating IRS in National Phone Scam After Officers...

    09/21/2019 2:06:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    ktla ^ | September 21, 2019
    Two Los Angeles County women believed to be part of a national fraud ring were arrested on suspicion of posing as employees from the Internal Revenue Service in a phone scam that may have bilked several victims out of $900,000, the Fontana Police Department said Friday. A Fontana man received a call on Sept. 4, 2019, from a person who identified themself as an IRS employee and threatened to arrest the victim if he didn’t pay the caller $2,200 in Target gift cards, police said. The victim complied and provided the gift cards to the caller. He later reported the...
  • IRS staffer pleads guilty to giving Avenatti confidential info about Cohen

    08/14/2019 8:17:40 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/14/19 | Rachel Frazin
    An IRS staffer who authorities say gave former Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti financial information about former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Wednesday to gaining and distributing that information illegally. John C. Fry had worked as an investigative analyst with the IRS Criminal Investigation Division when he in 2018 downloaded five Suspicious Activity Reports connected to Cohen and his company, according to NBC News. The news outlet reported that Fry on Wednesday admitted to emailing Avenatti screenshots of the reports. He pleaded guilty to unauthorized disclosure of suspicious activity reports. "Fry was given access to sensitive and powerful government...
  • Government’s Case Against Steve Stockman Getting Weaker

    08/05/2019 4:40:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | August 5, 2019 | Rachel Alexander
    Former Congressman Steve Stockman is unfairly serving a 10-year prison term for supposedly misusing nonprofit funds. The popular Texas conservative was convicted due to an improper trial against him, with prosecutors presenting incorrect information to the jury and getting the judge to agree to prohibit him from producing helpful evidence. They claimed he misused funds from two nonprofits he worked with — but the money went for voter education and youth training as promised. This is not fraud but a drive-by political hit by Andrew Weismann, chief of the criminal fraud section of the DOJ and Andrew McCabe, formerly of...
  • FREEPER ACTION THREAD: Lois Lerner fed confidential conservative tax info to Elijah Cummings [2014]

    08/03/2019 9:21:25 AM PDT · by Liz · 24 replies
    THIS JUST IN: Emails Show IRS' Lois Lerner Fed conservative "True the Vote" Tax Info to Democrat Elijah Cummings twitter feed. ACTION NOW: Call President Trump: Comments: 202-456-1111 Switchboard: 202-456-1414 email at @POTUS or @realDonaldTrump on Twitter! US CONGRESS SWITCHBOARD: (202) 224-3121 U.S. Department of Justice Comment Line: 202-353-1555 Switchboard: 202-514-2000 FBI tip line web site---- FBI electronic fraud FBI Major Case Contact Center: 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) To report tax-free non-profit crimes: EMAIL To report fraudulent fund-raising: FBI tip line web site---- FBI electronic fraud FBI Major Case Contact Center: 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324)
  • IRS Complaint Filed Against Cummings’ Wife

    08/01/2019 8:55:19 PM PDT · by bitt · 42 replies ^ | 8/1/2019 | Jennie Taer
    A watchdog group has filed a complaint with the IRS for the mishandling of a non-profit organization run by Rep. Elijah Cummings’ wife, Maya according to One America News’ Jack Posobiec. The findings are shocking. According to the report, the nonprofit group was “cutting deals” with special interest groups directly tied to Cummings’ House Oversight Committee. Maya runs her non-profit “Global Policy Solutions” along with a separate for-profit venture. The watchdog alleges her group “received $6.2 million in grants from various corporate backers including Google, JP Morgan, Prudential & Johnson and Johnson.” The complaint also highlighted that Mrs. Cummings’ separate...
  • IRS fugitive John McAfee sent to UK after stint in Dominican jail

    07/31/2019 3:46:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/26/19 | Yaron Steinbuch
    John McAfee of antivirus software fame has arrived in London from the Dominican Republic, where he had been detained for several days with his wife and several others for entering the Caribbean nation with a cache of weapons on his yacht, his lawyer said Friday. Authorities “asked him where he wanted to go, and he decided on London,” his attorney Candido Simon told Reuters. News of his arrival in the UK came two days after McAfee, 73, the eponymous founder of the PC software security giant, said on Twitter that he was released “after four days of confinement” along with...
  • Trump can improve the IRS by making it admit its mistakes

    07/30/2019 9:32:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/30/2019 | Greg Lawson
    Perhaps the only sure things in life really are death and taxes, but taxes and the federal agency that collects them should not be the untimely death of small businesses. Earlier this month, President Trump signed the Taxpayer First Act that Congress passed unanimously to reform civil asset forfeiture rules that allow the IRS to confiscate private property and assets without filing criminal charges against would-be defendants. The new law’s structural reforms are long overdue, but they take a solid first step toward improving things at the IRS. Trump can take at least two more steps forward by directing the...
  • The IRS is warning thousands of cryptocurrency holders to pay their taxes

    07/26/2019 12:29:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/26/2019 | Kate Rooney
    If you own bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, you might want to check your mailbox. The Internal Revenue Service is in the process of sending letters to U.S. citizens who own virtual currency and potentially failed to pay the necessary taxes and to those who improperly reported taxes on digital assets last year, the agency announced Friday. “Taxpayers should take these letters very seriously by reviewing their tax filings and when appropriate, amend past returns and pay back taxes, interest and penalties,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a news release. “The IRS is expanding our efforts involving virtual currency, including...
  • IRS Complaint Filed Against Wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)

    07/25/2019 12:11:04 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 24 replies
    NLPC ^ | 07/25/2019 | Peter Flaherty
    National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) today filed a Complaint with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) against the Center for Global Policy Solutions (CGPS), a 501(c)(3) organization headed by Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, wife to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). Mrs. Cummings is currently Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party and is a former candidate for Governor. Rep. Cummings is Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The Complaint describes a score of apparent Internal Revenue Code violations, including prohibited private benefit and inurement of the Cummings. CGPS has received millions in grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and,...
  • Beware, the IRS is eyeing your inherited money

    07/15/2019 10:21:23 AM PDT · by DFG · 42 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 07/15/2019 | Staff
    One of the perils of being well-off is the constant risk that the federal government and/or your friendly state and local tax collectors will figure out new and different ways to snatch more of your wealth. Especially wealth that you earned the old-fashioned way: by inheriting it. To raise your paranoia to the appropriate level, here are two new things to worry about. Few noticed when the House of Representatives in May overwhelming passed the imaginatively named “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019.” The vote was 417-3. Senate passage was thought to be a mere...
  • Just In: Obama’s IRS Found Guilty By Federal (Catherine Englebrecht wins!)

    07/07/2019 8:08:04 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 25 replies
    Right WIng Tribune ^ | 6-11-19 | Dean James
    Elder Patriot’s Opinion| After a decade-long battle against the IRS and other federal agencies, True the Vote has won a major decision in federal court and shall be awarded maximum attorney fees. True the Vote is an initiative developed by citizens for citizens to inspire and equip citizen activists for involvement at every stage of America’s electoral process in order to guarantee free and fair elections for all Americans. On May 30th U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton issued a stunning rebuke of the IRS while ruling for True the Vote. Judge Walton awarded True the Vote the maximum attorney’s...