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  • Clinton cover-ups

    03/07/2006 4:23:37 AM PST · by libstripper · 38 replies · 1,396+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 7, 2006 | Mark Goodman
    Lost in the tumult over Islamic port deals and Katrina video capers is the recently released -- and willfully ignored -- Barrett Report. David Barrett, you'll recall, is the independent counsel appointed in 1995 to investigate allegations of impropriety against President Clinton's Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros. Mr. Barrett found his path mined by the Justice Department, the Internal Revenue Service and President Clinton's attorneys, even after Mr. Clinton departed the White House. He prepared 18 felony indictments against Mr. Cisneros but had to settle for a guilty plea on a misdemeanor charge (lying to the...
  • Obamacare IRS Penalty Letter

    01/14/2017 11:08:42 AM PST · by bethtopaz · 36 replies
    Yahoo News, AP ^ | January 14, 2017 | bethtopaz
    FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2014 file photo, tax form 8962 is seen in Washington. If you haven’t signed up for health insurance this year, you may be getting a nudge from the taxman. The IRS is sending personalized letters to millions of uninsured taxpayers that they’re potentially on the hook for hundreds of dollars in fines. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — If you haven't signed up for health insurance, you may soon be getting a not-too-subtle nudge from the taxman. The IRS is sending personalized letters to millions of taxpayers who might be uninsured, reminding them...
  • Holman Rule will help improve civil service

    01/14/2017 7:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    As part of its broader package of rules for the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives revived the Holman Rule, a provision that allows House members to propose amendments to spending bills that closely manage federal agencies. These "retrenchment" amendments can affect details down to individual federal salaries and the number of staff in an office. ... The restoration of the Holman Rule means merely that when it comes to firing a federal employee, the president's signature on an act of Congress can do it. It doesn't seem extraordinary that the heads of the federal government should be able to...
  • Obama's Real, Scandalous Legacy

    01/12/2017 8:58:45 AM PST · by PingPongChampion · 8 replies
    Poletical.com ^ | January 12th, 2017 | R. Rados
    All this talk of fake news has everyone in a tizzy. I'm personally glad that we've finally put media bias and unsubstantiated news into the spotlight. Organizations like CNN and CBC have been publishing lopsided and unsubstantiated news stories for decades, so I'm glad we've finally noticed. As an example, a CBC segment from last week made the erroneous claim that Barack Obama ran a scandal-free administration. CNN and MSNBC have made similar claims, so we can't just single out CBC, but we should definitely hold them to a higher standard. As Barack Obama puts his obnoxious and self righteous...
  • Jared Kushner, Beware of Jamie Gorelick

    01/11/2017 4:21:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 11, 2017 | Jack Cashill
    More than a few of my Washington allies noticed a seemingly unremarkable bit of news in a Monday Washington Post article that they thought I ought to see. The article concerned Jared Kushner’s appointment as adviser to his father-in-law Donald Trump. The appointment did not trouble my friends. What troubled them was the Post’s casual mention that Kushner’s attorney was none other than Jamie Gorelick, deputy attorney general under President Bill Clinton. Observed the Post, Gorelick “is confident that the anti-nepotism statute does not cover Trump's appointment of Kushner.” Nepotism was the thrust of the article. The Post made no...
  • You have a few days left to dodge this 50 percent tax bill

    12/28/2016 3:01:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 75 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/28/16 | Kelli B. Grant
    Nearly a third of retirees are playing chicken with one of the steepest tax penalties out there — and they are running out of time. IRS rules on so-called required minimum distributions generally kick in once you reach age 70½. For 401(k)s and other defined contribution plans, it's either when you turn 70½. or you retire, whichever is later. If you've inherited an IRA, you might also be subject to RMDs, even if your own retirement is years away. How much you need to take is usually based on the account balance at the end of the previous year, and...
  • Former CIA Spy Has A Surprising Christmas Message For Trump

    12/24/2016 5:17:01 PM PST · by vannrox · 40 replies
    The Mind Unleashed ^ | 25DEC16 Christmas | Robert Steele
    "Dear Mr. Trump, I am among the tens of millions who voted for you, and also among the twenty thousand or so that spent fifteen months obsessively devoted to getting you elected. I went to bed in tears on election night, only to be woken at midnight by my wife to watch the miracle unfold. Perhaps someone will read this and in a second miracle, you will hear my voice. I am going to make seven points with seven paragraphs and seven graphics.#1 You are not only an accidental president, you are a fringe president. 27% of the eligible voters...
  • David Brock’s Media Matters Has Hidden $1,052,500 From The IRS Since 2010

    12/13/2016 2:40:35 PM PST · by blueyon · 21 replies
    TheCitizenAudit ^ | 12/13/16 | Andrew Kerr
    Uncovered financial statements expose Media Matters. The organization received $1,052,500 in sublet rental income from 2010 to 2014, but failed to report this income to the IRS. Instead, key players pocketed this money for their own personal use. David Brock, recently described by Politico as “the Democrats’ dark-arts master,” has some explaining to do. His organization, Media Matters for America, has failed to report to the IRS over $1 million in sublet rental income from 2010 to 2014. David Brock and his allies are most likely pocketing that money for themselves. Media Matters shares office space with 13 separate organizations...
  • On the Impeachment of John Koskinen as IRS Commissioner

    12/11/2016 6:57:06 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 16 replies
    McClintock House of Representatives ^ | 12/6/2016 | Rep Tom McClintockw, Congress CA 4th District
    Vote Notes on Legislation On the Impeachment of John Koskinen as IRS Commissioner: On the motion to lay on the table: NO. On the motion to refer to committee: YES. On December 6, Congressman Jim Jordan moved to impeach John Koskinen as IRS commissioner for actions related to the IRS harassment of taxpayer groups based on their political beliefs. Although Koskinen did not order the harassment, there is considerable evidence that he willfully obstructed a lawful Congressional investigation of the matter and that he lied to Congress. If proven, either of these actions constitutes an impeachable offense. Nancy Pelosi moved...
  • Block Impeachment of IRS Commissioner (WTF?)

    12/08/2016 11:57:44 AM PST · by Baynative · 86 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 12/7/16 | Staff
    This vote was on whether or not IRS Commissioner John Koskinen's impeachment should be blocked. Conservatives have made the case that Koskinen was involved in covering up and hampering Congress' investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups and conservative speech. Koskinen has been accused of repeatedly lying under oath and refusing to cooperate with congressional investigators. In June 2014, he told Congress that since the start of this investigation into former Director Lois Lerner, every email had been preserved. Yet, just three months earlier, IRS officials magnetically erased 422 backup tapes containing as many as 24,000 of Lois Lerner’s...
  • How the Trump Administration Can Stop IRS Abuse of Political Groups

    12/06/2016 9:38:00 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard Online ^ | December 6, 2016 | Jerome M. Marcus
    For more than six years, the Internal Revenue Service has been trying to fend off accusations that its process for granting tax-exempt status discriminated against applicants expressing political views at odds with those of the Obama administration. This discrimination against political viewpoints the Democrats disapprove of is a clear, even astonishing, violation of the First Amendment. For that reason, the IRS has lost many more of these battles than it has won. It's lost battles not only in court against the victimized non-profits; it's even lost against the Treasury Department's own inspector general, which conducted a detailed study and concluded...
  • House Republicans derail impeachment effort against IRS commissioner

    12/06/2016 3:06:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    Republican leaders managed to derail a measure to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday, sending the debate back to a committee for more study, where it will die when the Congress adjourns at the end of this year. Conservatives had pushed for impeaching Mr. Koskinen, saying he cannot be allowed to get away with having misled Congress on the investigation into the IRS’s tea party targeting. But GOP leaders, eager to clean up business and shut down for the year, ahead of a busy 2017, led the push to shunt the impeachment aside. Joined by Democrats, the House voted...
  • Alvin York (Sgt. York) And The IRS

    12/04/2016 1:44:38 AM PST · by Sontagged · 30 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 9, 2014 | Richard Bachert
    How the federal government "honored" one of America's most heroic and decorated veterans.
  • Court Rules IRS Can Seek Information on Bitcoin Customers

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

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

    11/21/2016 3:34:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 21, 2016 | Karin McQuillan
    Federal bureaucrats have been in a frenzy of activity in Obama's last months of office, pushing through 4,000 new regulations that will cost consumers more than $100 million. As liberal website Politico proudly reported, "Obama's executive agencies are intent on pushing through the president's priorities without congressional interference[.]" Trump has promised to rein in our overreaching bureaucracy through attrition. His rival in the primaries, Jeb Bush, suggested three bureaucrats retire for each new hire. That might save some money, but it will not get the job done of ending corruption and bureaucratic tyranny. We have elected a man famous for...
  • Weekly Update: Clinton Accountability Continues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    09/21/2016 9:31:39 AM PDT · by PROCON · 60 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Sep. 21, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    While acknowledging that the IRS bungled tea party applications, and that he himself gave wrong information to Congress, agency Commissioner John Koskinen told lawmakers Wednesday he needs to remain at the IRS in order to clean it up. At a hearing designed to lay the ground for his possible impeachment, Mr. Koskinen implied he was let down by his subordinates, who allowed hundreds of backup tapes to be destroyed, losing tens of thousands of emails from former senior executive Lois G. Lerner. It is the loss of those emails, even as they were under a subpoena issued by Congress, that...
  • IRS chief apologizes to Congress for lost information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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