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  • 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...
  • IRS chief: Agency encourages illegal immigrant theft of SSNs to file tax returns

    04/12/2016 2:26:34 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 12,2016 | By RUDY TAKALA
    The IRS is struggling to ensure that illegal immigrants are able to illegally use Social Security numbers for legitimate purposes, the agency's head told senators on Tuesday, without allowing the numbers to be used for "bad" reasons. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen made the statement in response to a question from Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., during a session of the Senate Finance Committee about why the IRS appears to be collaborating with taxpayers who file tax returns using fraudulent information. Coats said that his staff had discovered the practice after looking into agency procedures. "What we learned is that ... the...
  • Navajo artists express experience with Gold Mine spill

    04/11/2016 9:02:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | April 10, 2016 | Jonathan Romeo
    New exhibition shows how tribe dealt with blowout last August. Navajo artist Venaya Yazzie wrote the Diné expression – Tó éí ííná – beside a photograph of a friend sullenly looking out on the tainted San Juan River in the days after the Gold King Mine spill. It means “Water is Life,” and for the indigenous tribes affected by the mine blowout in August, the words sum up months of confusion, fear and sadness surrounding the health of critical southwest waterways. On Aug. 5, the Environmental Protection Agency breached the portal of the mine north of Silverton, sending an estimated...
  • IRS Could Help Find Many Uninsured People, But Doesn't

    04/05/2016 6:26:48 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 3 replies
    NPR ^ | 4/5/2016 | Phil Galewitz
    Nearly a third of people without health insurance, about 10 million, live in families that received a federal earned income tax credit in 2014, according to a new study. But the Internal Revenue Service doesn't tell those tax filers that their low and moderate incomes likely mean their households qualify for Medicaid or subsidies to buy coverage on the insurance exchanges. That's a lost opportunity to identify people who are eligible but not receiving government assistance to gain health coverage, the researchers say. More
  • Lawyers say Donald Trump under 'continuous' IRS audit

    03/30/2016 6:13:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 265 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 30, 2016 8:26 PM EDT
    Tax counsel for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday that the billionaire businessman has been under continuous IRS audit for more than a decade. In a letter released by the Trump campaign to demonstrate that the candidate is in fact under audit, Sheri Dillon and William Nelson wrote that his personal federal tax returns “have been under continuous examination by the Internal Revenue Service since 2002, consistent with the IRS’s practice for large and complex businesses.” …
  • IRS still vulnerable to hackers: GAO

    03/28/2016 8:00:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2016 | Stephan Dinan
    The IRS’s computers remain vulnerable to hackers, the government’s top auditor said Monday, saying changes were still needed months after the agency suffered a breach that saw hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ most sensitive information stolen. Passwords to key agency systems “could be easily guessed,” and investigators from the Government Accountability Office found the IRS didn’t require regular password changes — an important part of modern cybersecurity. The tax agency also failed to load the latest security patches, ran obsolete software on systems, and granted some employees access — both physical and electronic — to systems they didn’t need to...
  • Tea party activists hail federal appeals court ruling vs IRS

    03/27/2016 7:40:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 27, 2016 10:36 AM EDT | Dan Sewell
    Tea party activists are heartened by a federal appeals court ruling that strengthens their legal push against the Internal Revenue Service for alleged targeting in past election cycles. A three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals chastised government foot-dragging while ordering the agency to give attorneys for tea party groups details on tax-exempt applicants. A U.S. district court judge in Cincinnati earlier this year certified the case as a class action. …
  • IRS Commissioner Admits Defeat - Due To Budget Squeeze IRS Now Poised To Lose $5 Billion Per Year

    03/26/2016 2:01:17 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 59 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/26/2016 | Josh Ungerman
    Gone are the days of sophisticated tax plans offered by international accounting and law firms to their wealthiest clients which the IRS, with the benefit of hindsight, categorized as “tax shelters”. So why is Commissioner Koskinen raising the flag upside-down in a signal of distress in March of 2016? Tax practitioners all around the country know exactly why. Too many taxpayers and a handful of unscrupulous “tax practitioners” are taking advantage of the almost absolute absence of tax enforcement by the IRS. Yes, “Joe the plumber” and other average taxpayers know that no-one is minding the store. What happens when...
  • California AG Kamala Harris wants your private information from the IRS

    03/25/2016 5:20:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 25, 2016 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    California Attorney General Kamala Harris is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, and in all likelihood will win the Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer this November. Articular, telegenic, and complimented by no less than Barack Obama for her beauty, she is ready to take her place on the bench of future presidential hopefuls. Unfortunately, she is displaying the worst instincts of a government bully. Ignoring post-Watergate reforms to the Internal Revenue Code designed to protect confidential federal tax return information, Kamala Harris is defending against three lawsuits filed by conservative organizations to protect the privacy of...
  • The Sixth Circuit Court has had enough of the IRS

    03/23/2016 1:43:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/23/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Say, do you remember that whole flap over Lois Lerner and the IRS targeting conservative groups applying for tax exempt status a couple of years ago? Good times, my friends. Good times. I’m sure glad that’s all finally behind us, aren’t you?Well guess again. It’s not even close to being over. Some of the affected groups brought suit against the IRS over the matter and that process has been dragging out for years now. They haven’t made as much ground as they might, however, because every time the plaintiffs request certain documents from the IRS, they mysteriously find reasons...
  • Court rebukes IRS for tea party targeting, orders release of secret list

    03/22/2016 4:36:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 22, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court spanked the IRS Tuesday, saying it has taken laws designed to protect taxpayers from the government and turned them on their head, using them to try to protect the tax agency from the very tea party groups it targeted. The judges ordered the IRS to quickly turn over the full list of groups it targeted so that a class-action lawsuit, filed by the NorCal Tea Party Patriots, can proceed. The judges also accused the Justice Department lawyers, who are representing the IRS in the case, of acting in bad faith — compounding the initial targeting —...
  • Why did the IRS give The Department of Justice Twenty-One CD-ROMS?...

    03/20/2016 5:07:16 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 33 replies
    Conservative Tree House ^ | March 20, 2016 | Sundance
    In October 2015 the DOJ announced it was dropping the investigation into the IRS, Lois Lerner, and the unlawful sharing of taxpayer data in the IRS targeting investigation surrounding True The Vote et al.
  • Another Massive Tax Loophole!

    03/17/2016 4:59:06 PM PDT · by yoe · 8 replies
    (Video)ITIN numbers create a massive loophole with big time cash results from IRS to illegal workers. These workers can cash out as much as $29,000 and they feel they've earned it, and we just let it happen! Vote with your head! IF YOU ARE A TAXPAYER, TAKE THE TIME TO VIEW THIS VIDEO! So you think Trump's plan to send them back is crazy??? You have to see this, so outrageous. Incredible and absolutely insane. Heads need to roll. The IRS will put you in jail if you fail to pay the taxes that support this fraud. This, without a...
  • Republicans Deal a Blow to the IRS

    03/12/2016 7:28:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 10, 2016 | Speaker Paul Ryan
    Millions of Americans are filing their taxes this month—and getting a good reminder of why they despise the IRS. But thanks to the Republican majority in Congress, the IRS is being forced to start cleaning up its act. When the IRS scandal broke, Congress demanded answers from the agency’s top officials. Were they targeting groups for their religious and political beliefs? No, they said, it was just a few rogue employees in Ohio—if anything at all. Well, what happened to Lois Lerner’s emails? Oh, they were lost in a tragic hard drive crash. Shouldn’t we update our laws to prevent...
  • It’s tax season and you know that means… or do you?

    03/07/2016 3:29:21 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 29 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 3/7/2016 | Bob Livingston
    All over America the people are now scrambling to gather their records and receipts so that they can comply with the nation’s Byzantine tax laws. They file, usually by either purchasing software or the services of a CPA, and hope that they first, get a refund, and second, do not get audited. If a refund is called for, American taxpayers rejoice that their benevolent benefactor has seen fit to give them back a share of what was stolen from them. The people consider it “free money.” It was… free money the feds could use while you couldn’t. In any dealings...
  • Sorry, Republicans, Ted Cruz is Lying About Abolishing the IRS

    03/04/2016 3:21:31 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 161 replies
    The Daily Banter ^ | 3/4/2016 | BOB CESCA
    It's America's favorite pander. Pledging to abolish the Internal Revenue Service is only slightly less attractive than promising unlimited, consequence-free sex with the partners of our choice. Nobody likes the IRS, and eliminating it entirely will surely resolve many, many sleepless nights for too many Americans, especially at this time of year. So, it's no wonder why Ted Cruz is promising to abolish the IRS. It's such a crucial aspect of his platform that he mentioned it twice during his Super Tuesday victory speech in Texas because, for middle-aged Republican voters, it's way better fapping material than naked pics of...
  • Obama IRS Scandal Continues (Weekly Update)

    03/05/2016 10:44:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 4, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Presses Ahead with Fight over IRS Criminal Investigation Facts Department of Homeland Security Releases Documents Showing 1,000 Individuals Removed from Terrorist Watch List Judicial Watch in Court over CongressÂ’s Obamacare Exemption Judicial Watch Presses Ahead with Fight over IRS Criminal Investigation Facts The Clinton email matter is important, and your JW is, of course, at the center of the story. Check out this New York Times article, which shows that the FBI and Judicial Watch are the only two entities in DC likely to get answers and accountability on the Clinton email issue: Last week Judge Emmet...
  • Brace yourself for the greatest prosecutorial discretion event in history

    02/29/2016 7:38:00 AM PST · by rktman · 34 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/29/2016 | James Longstreet
    Loretta Lynch has already broken the seal on her foray into the morass of prosecutorial discretion. She dismissed the IRS investigation. Justice Department officials used "prosecutorial discretion" to shelter former IRS official Lois Lerner from a grand jury after she was held in contempt of Congress. "I believe that in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the matter was handled and was resolved," Attorney General Loretta Lynch told the House Judiciary Committee. Lerner is just the beginning. The IRS dismissal, large enough on its own scale and importance, will be but a side event in this attorney general's career. For the...
  • Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio both release their tax returns as they accuse Trump of hiding his behind...

    02/28/2016 9:58:22 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 104 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 28, 2016 | Kalhan Rosenblatt
    Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have released their tax returns for the last four years and the last five years, respectivelyThe Republican presidential candidates made the documents public as they mount attacks against front-runner Trump for not disclosing Trump is hiding up to five years-worth of his returnsTrump is being audited and said that's why the documents haven't be releasedThe audit 'makes it even more important for him to release his taxes', Cruz argued on a Sunday broadcast of 'Face The Nation' ...
  • Ted Cruz Says IRS Has Been 'Weaponized' & Should Be Abolished (Flashback Jan 2015)

    02/28/2016 9:17:42 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/15/15 | Fox News
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) emphatically denounced the IRS this week in a Heritage Foundation speech, saying that that the agency doesn't need to be reformed, it needs to be "abolished." -snip- “As we have seen the weaponization of the IRS, as we have seen the Obama administration using the IRS in a partisan manner to punish its political enemies.”
  • Ted Cruz speculates of possible mafia ties in Donald Trump's tax returns (Wow!)

    02/28/2016 8:34:26 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 450 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Brett LoGiurato
    Sen. Ted Cruz speculated Sunday that Republican presidential rival Donald Trump might be delaying the release of his tax returns because of possible ties with the mob. "Maybe it is the case that Donald, there have been multiple media reports about Donald's business dealings with the mob, with the mafia," Cruz said on "Meet the Press." "Maybe his taxes show those business dealings are a lot more extensive than has been reported," he added. Cruz repeated the suggestion on ABC's "This Week," seemingly stunning host George Stephanopoulos. "Business dealings with the mafia?" Stephanopoulos asked, incredulously.
  • What do tax law experts say about Trump's claim that he can't release his tax returns during audit?

    02/27/2016 1:20:58 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 40 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 26, 2016 | Philip Bump
    “Think of an audit as an investigation, an on-going investigation,” Goldburd said. “Any person that has legal counsel, their legal counsel will say, ‘If you’re under investigation, you should not be talking to the media, you should not be talking to anyone other than your legal counsel or through your legal counsel...‘” But can’t he release something, we asked? Nope. “I probably would not allow him to release anything,” Goldburd said. “He’s in the middle of an investigation...”
  • Trump Says He 'Can't' Release His Tax Returns. The IRS Doesn't See Why Not.

    02/27/2016 10:52:51 AM PST · by TBP · 85 replies
    Windstream ^ | NOW | VERA BERGENGRUEN AND JACOB BELL
    Donald Trump says he would like to release his tax returns to the public, but just can't. "I'm being audited now for two or three years, so I can't do it until the audit is finished, obviously. And I think people would understand that," the Republican front-runner said at Thursday night's Republican debate in Houston. The Internal Revenue Service and tax experts, though, say he can. "Nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information," IRS spokesman Anthony Burke said in an email. Audits aren't out of the norm for someone with Trump's wealth, legal experts say, and there's nothing...
  • Jonah Goldberg: Donald Trump, Christian Martyr

    02/27/2016 10:51:11 AM PST · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | February 26, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Donald Trump, Christian Martyr I was starting to doze off. The debate was all but over, and the exhaustion from the day was catching up with me, as was the scotch. The rush of finally seeing the candidates go after Trump in a serious way was wearing off replaced by a mix of dread and resignation that it may all be too little too late. (Note: I don't think it is, and I won't be giving into despair either, for reasons Charlie explains here.) I was only half listening when Donald Trump came into the spin room on CNN to...
  • The Trump University Scam

    02/27/2016 9:18:44 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 177 replies
    Patterico's Pontifications ^ | February 26, 2016
    "If you’re supporting this man after hearing this, I don’t know what to say"...
  • Dr. Ben Carson: After I Spoke Out Against Obamacare– I Was Audited by Obama IRS

    02/26/2016 3:24:28 PM PST · by protest1 · 14 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb 25th, 2016 9:32 pm | Jim Hoft
    Dr. Carson: I never had an audit until I spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. And then all of the sudden they came in and said, "We just want to look at your real estate dealings." And then they didn't find anything. And then they took a look at the whole year. And they didn't find anything. And then they looked at the next year and they didn't find anything. And they won't find anything... The fact is the IRS is not honest and we have to get rid of them.
  • IRS to Trump: 'Nothing prevents you from sharing your tax documents'

    02/26/2016 2:22:17 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 274 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 26, 2016 | Gabby Morrongiello
    Donald Trump claims he can't release his tax returns until he's done being audited by the IRS. But the federal agency on Friday said that's not true. "Federal privacy rules prohibit the IRS from discussing individual tax matters. Nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information," a spokesperson for the IRS said in a statement. The Republican presidential front-runner's refusal to release his tax documents came up repeatedly during Thursday's GOP debate, hours after former Republican nominee Mitt Romney suggested that Trump's reluctance stems from the possibility there might be a "bombshell" in his taxes. "I want to [release...
  • Cyberattack total is more than twice previously disclosed: IRS

    02/26/2016 12:38:56 PM PST · by unixfox · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02/26/2016 | Everett Rosenfeld
    Cyberattacks on taxpayer accounts affected more people than previously reported, the Internal Revenue Service said Friday. The IRS statement, originally reported by Dow Jones, revealed tax data for about 700,000 households might have been stolen: Specifically, a government review found potential access to about 390,000 more accounts than previously disclosed.
  • Trump's claim on tax audits baffles

    02/26/2016 10:16:51 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 125 replies
    Politico ^ | February 26, 2016 | NICK GASS
    There's no legal restriction preventing him from releasing his tax returns, even if he's being audited...
  • Trump: IRS audits me because I’m a “strong Christian” [Watch Video]

    02/26/2016 8:00:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Or maybe because, to quote Ben Carson, they’re looking at the fruit salad of his life. Fresh off of getting chased around the arena by a couple of lions, Donald Trump tried to explain to CNN’s Chris Cuomo why the IRS audits him so routinely, the excuse he gave during the debate for not releasing his tax returns. Trump claimed to be the victim of religious persecution:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “I’m always audited by the IRS, which I think is very unfair. Maybe because of religion, maybe because of something else, maybe because I am doing this,...
  • Dr. Ben Carson: After I Spoke Out Against Obamacare – I Was Audited by Obama IRS

    02/26/2016 7:21:21 AM PST · by detective · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb 25th, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    Dr. Carason: I never had an audit until I spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. And then all of the sudden they came in and said, "We just want to look at your real estate dealings." And then they didn't find anything. And then they took a look at the whole year. And they didn't find anything. And then they looked at the next year and they didn't find anything. And they won't find anything. The fact is the IRS is not honest and we have to get rid of them.
  • The Unacceptable Tax Return

    02/21/2016 12:29:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Email from my Aunt | 02/21/16 | Unknown
    This example shows the importance of accuracy in your tax return. The IRS has returned the Tax Return to a man in New York City after he apparently answered one of the questions incorrectly. In response to the question, ... "Do you have anyone dependent on you?" the man wrote: ... "7.1 million illegal immigrants, 1.1 million crack-heads, 4.4 million unemployable scroungers, 80,000 criminals in over 85 prisons, plus 450 idiots in Congress and a group that call themselves Politicians." The IRS stated that the response he gave was unacceptable. The man's response back to the IRS was.... "Who did...