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  • IRS Still Hasn’t Changed The Policy It Used To Justify Targeting Tea Party, Conservative Groups

    03/23/2017 11:23:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 03/22/2017 | Ethan Barton
    An obscure bureaucratic policy that allowed IRS officials to target conservative and Tea Party tax exemption applicants during the 2010 and 2012 election campaigns is still in place, meaning the same abuses may be continuing, according to a nonprofit government watchdog. The federal tax agency’s policy requires IRS officials to stop processing tax-exempt applications that are “likely to attract media or congressional attention,” the Cause of Action Institute said in a report made public Wednesday. The policy also directs IRS officials to prepare “sensitive case reports” for their supervisors and to ignore “the merits of the application” if it involved...
  • While IRS Made Conservative Groups Wait, Satanic Club Granted Tax-Exempt Status in 10 Days

    03/23/2017 4:56:32 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 03/22/17 | Ali Meyer
    The Internal Revenue Service made Tea Party and conservative groups wait years for tax-exempt status, but granted exempt status to an "After School Satan Club" in just 10 days, according to the watchdog group Judicial Watch. Charitable, religious, and educational organizations can receive tax-exempt status if they follow IRS guidelines for nonprofits. The IRS for years prevented some conservative groups from obtaining this status, targeting them using key words such as "tea-party" and "patriot." Many of these groups had to wait up to seven years to receive tax-exempt status, while others were denied. "In the meantime, leftist groups like the...
  • Has there ever been this level of resistance/interference by a prior administration to the incoming?

    03/22/2017 1:34:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 110 replies
    Has there ever been this level of resistance/interference by a prior administration to the incoming in U.S. history? Haven't we always prided ourselves on our smooth and peaceful transitions of power from one elected administration/party to the next? If we didn't know better and understand that this cannot happen in America, the level of organized and criminal interference and obstruction against the duly elected President Trump being put up by former President Obama himself and his new socialist organization, the entire democrat party, the GOP establishment, the entrenched holdovers throughout government, the liberal activist judges and the liberal media might...
  • Obama’s IRS gave ‘Satan Club’ creator fast tax-exempt status

    03/21/2017 7:27:19 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 20, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Documents obtained by a government watchdog show that the originator of the “After School Satan Club” received speedy tax-exempt status while conservative groups were stuck in bureaucratic red tape under the Obama administration. Treasury Department files obtained by Judicial Watch last week show Reason Alliance in Somerville, Mass., was given nonprofit status within 10 days of its application in October 2014. The group operates the Satanic Temple out of Washington state and planned an “After School Satan Club” initiative in 2016. “While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) makes conservative groups wait years for tax-exempt status an ‘After School Satan Club‘...
  • IRS FAST-TRACKED SATANISTS FOR NON-PROFIT STATUS

    03/20/2017 7:42:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Church Militant ^ | March 20, 2017 | Rodney Pelletier
    A new investigation shows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gave preferential treatment in 2014 to a satanic organization by quickly approving a non-profit request. Judicial Watch, a government watchdog organization, released a report on March 16, exposing how the IRS fast-tracked an application to approve a satanist-after-school club while holding up the approval of conservative organizations. The report notes the Satanic Temple (ST) of Seattle, also called the Reason Alliance, applied for tax-exempt status on October 21, 2014 and received it 10 days later on October 31 — the satanic feast of Samhain. The group, based in Somerville, Massachusetts, started...
  • A Fight Worth Having

    03/20/2017 6:11:59 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/27/2017 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    One day in late spring in the early days of the George W. Bush administration, FDA inspectors visited the headquarters of Sargento cheese in Plymouth, Wisconsin—a routine visit as part of the federal government's efforts to ensure the safety of the food we eat. The inspectors took samples of cheese to test for bacteria. Sargento conducted tests on cheese from the same lot. A week later, the results from both sets of tests were in—the cheese was bacteria-free. Sargento, having gotten the all-clear from the government, shipped the cheese to stores across the country. Two months later, however, the FDA...
  • Weekly Update: JW Sues Over Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Scandal

    03/18/2017 11:31:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 17, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    JW Goes to Court for Records on Infamous Tarmac Meeting Between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton Axing EPA Program that Gave Leftist Groups Millions Is Called “Racist” JW Asks Supreme Court To Safeguard Election Integrity JW Goes to Court for Records on Infamous Tarmac Meeting Between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton Untangling the knots of corruption in the Obama-Clinton administration is hardly over, and we continue to pursue the truth diligently and deliberately. In that regard, we have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice for records related to the meeting held between...
  • Obama IRS rushed like a bat out of Hell to give Satanist group tax-exempt status

    03/18/2017 8:49:26 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/18/17 | Matthew Vadum
    After School Satan Club The Obama administration sicced the Internal Revenue Service on Tea Party and conservative groups and slow-walked their applications for tax-exempt status, an important attribute for any new nonprofit organization. But good-government group Judicial Watch discovered that Obama’s IRS granted a Satanist group — yes, Devil-worshippers — official nonprofit status in a mere 10 days from start to finish. Maybe Saul Alinsky paid tribute to Lucifer in Rules for Radicals for a reason.
  • ‘After School Satan Club’ Received Fast-Tracked Tax-Exempt Status from IRS

    03/16/2017 5:51:13 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 21 replies
    breitbart ^ | 16 Mar 2017 | SUSAN BERRY
    Documents obtained by Judicial Watch show the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) fast-tracked tax-exempt status for an “After School Satan Club” in Tacoma, Washington, while the federal agency was discovered to be either denying conservative and Christian groups the same status or making them wait for years. According to the watchdog group that uncovered the IRS scandal during the Obama administration, the After School Satan Club at Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma applied for its tax-exempt status designation on October 21, 2014 and received it only 10 days later on October 31, 2014. Breitbart News reported in October of 2016 the...
  • Rogue IRS Felons Vindicate Trump

    03/16/2017 3:32:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 16, 2017 | Daniel John Sobiesky
    Thanks to Rachel Maddow and MSNBC, we now know Hillary was making things up in the debates when she accused President Trump of nefarious reasons for not releasing his tax returns. And thanks to a reporter nobody heard of, so-called independent journalist David Cay Johnson, we know Trump was right when he said the "mainstream" media is indeed the enemy of the American people. The self-righteous media willingly traffics in stolen goods -- Trump’s illegally leaked 2005 tax returns -- and all they wind up proving is that Trump paid a higher rate of taxes than his peers, and a...
  • MSNBC's "Tax Records" Non-Story: Trump Made $150MM, Paid 25% Tax Rate, More Than Romney, Bernie

    03/14/2017 7:34:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/14/2017
    While Rachel Maddow drones on with the coherence of Janet Yellen, losing thousands of viewers by the minute, the MSNBC anchor was promptly scooped not only by the White House which revealed her "secret" one hour in advance, but also by the Daily Beast which reported that its contributor David Cay Johnston had obtained the first two pages of TrumpÂ’s 2005 federal income tax return, allegedly receiving them in the mail, and posted his "analysts" on his website, DCReport.org. According to the documents, Trump and his wife Melania paid $38 million in total income tax, consisting of $5.3 million...
  • Homeland Security Rationing Ammo to Agents in the Field

    03/13/2017 1:53:31 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 35 replies
    WND ^ | March 12 2017 | STEVE PEACOCK
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it possesses a “limited amount” of 9mm bullets for agents in the field as well as for training purposes, and it is rationing its ammunition based on internal requests until it can award a new contract. [ ] The apparent role poor planning, or another agenda, played in the issue came to light when ICE said it would have run out of 9mm ammo by June 2017 in the absence of a modified contract with its supplier, Vista Outdoor Inc. So, the agency last month approved a $363,307 ceiling increase to contract No. HSCEMS-11-D-00002....
  • Trump gets urgent warning: 'Clean house at IRS as quickly as possible'

    03/11/2017 8:39:29 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 57 replies
    WND ^ | 3/9/2017 | ALICIA POWE
    A Washington-based government watchdog is warning President Trump to “clean house at the IRS as quickly as possible” – or, better yet, eliminate the “corrupt” agency altogether. The Internal Revenue Service admitted to a federal court Wednesday that it has identified nearly 7,000 documents that contain information concerning how the agency targeted tax-exempt applications of conservative political organizations. IRS commissioner John Koskinen has insisted since the scandal broke in 2013 that the agency had cooperated completely in the investigation of its targeting of conservative groups. Now, in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the IRS revealed it has...
  • $611,318,000,000: Individual Income Taxes Set Record Through February (2017)

    03/11/2017 4:33:05 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    CNS ^ | March 10, 2017 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The federal government collected a record of approximately $611,318,000,000 in individual income tax revenues through the first five months of fiscal 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016 through the end of February), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.That is about $6,733,300,000 more than the $604,584,700,000 in individual income taxes (in constant 2017 dollars) that the federal government collected through the first five months of fiscal 2016.Despite collecting a record amount in individual income taxes, the Treasury still ran a $348,984,000,000 deficit in the first five months of this fiscal year.Social Security and other payroll taxes also increased in...
  • IRS Finds 6,924 Documents Related to Obama Tea Party Targeting — Two Years After FOIA Request

    03/09/2017 7:46:08 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 29 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 9, 2017 | Jim Hoft
    The Obama IRS targeted over 400 conservative groups for intrusive scrutiny. The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal involved: â—¾Hundreds of conservative groups were targeted â—¾At least 5 pro-Israel groups â—¾Constitutional groups â—¾Groups that criticized Obama administration â—¾At least two pro-life groups â—¾An 83 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivor â—¾A 180 year-old Baptist paper â—¾A Texas voting-rights group â—¾A Hollywood conservative group was targeted and harassed â—¾Conservative activists and businesses â—¾At least one conservative Hispanic group â—¾IRS continued to target groups even after the scandal was exposed â—¾10% of Tea Party donors were audited by the IRS â—¾AndÂ… 100% of the 501(c)(4)...
  • AG SUGGESTS OPENNESS TO REVIEW OF PREDECESSORS' ACTIONS

    03/09/2017 3:00:31 PM PST · by bryan999 · 17 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested Thursday that he would be open to the appointment of an outside counsel to review actions taken by the Justice Department during the Obama administration. Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt asked Sessions in an interview if the new attorney general would consider designating an outside counsel "not connected to politics" to take a second look at Justice Department actions that provoked Republican ire in the last eight years. Those include the Fast and Furious gun scandal and the decisions against bringing criminal charges over Hillary Clinton's email practices or the Internal Revenue...
  • Republicans want to know why Trump hasn't fired the IRS head

    03/09/2017 1:26:44 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-9-17 | Brooke Singman
    Nearly two months into the Trump administration, the IRS commissioner House Republicans once threatened with impeachment remains on the job. John Koskinen's continued tenure may be surprising, considering how aggressively Republicans went after him under the Obama administration. But despite a sustained push by congressional Republicans to oust the IRS chief before his five-year term expires this November, President Trump so far has made no move to do so. A White House official, asked about the commissioner's future, also told Fox News on Wednesday they had no personnel announcements “at this time.” House Republicans aren't giving up their quest to...
  • Question About Tax Refund (Vanity)

    03/09/2017 7:24:19 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 31 replies
    March 9, 2017 | Me
    I filed my tax return in early February, the old fashioned way, by mail. I've done this for several years running with no problem. I checked the status of the refund on the IRS.gov site, which indicated that my refund was to be direct deposited to my account on February 27. Well, that date came and went with no deposit to my account. I double-checked the routing and account numbers on my return, and they apparently were correct. Last week, I checked the IRS site again, and now it read that my bank had rejected the deposit so they were...
  • Two Years Later, IRS Locates 6,924 Documents Related to Tea Party Targeting

    03/09/2017 6:27:12 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 27 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 8, 2017 | Ali Meyer
    Agency will not commit to a timeframe to make the documents public. The Internal Revenue Service has located 6,924 documents potentially related to the targeting of Tea Party conservatives, two years after the group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for them. The watchdog group intended to find records regarding how the IRS selected individuals and organizations for audits that were requesting nonprofit tax status. The agency will not say when it will make the documents available to the public. "At this time, the Service is unable to provide an estimate regarding when it will complete its...
  • IRS strikes back as agents make big dent in identity theft

    03/09/2017 5:22:33 AM PST · by davikkm · 11 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Stephen Ohlemacher
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS strikes back: The tax agency reports that the number of identity theft victims plummeted last year after agents struggled for years to combat what has become a multibillion-dollar industry. The number of victims dropped by 46 percent, to 376,000, the IRS said. These taxpayers had their identities stolen by criminals who used their Social Security numbers and birthdates to obtain fraudulent tax refunds. The IRS stopped nearly 1 million fraudulent refunds from being issued last year. They totaled almost $6.6 billion, the agency said. “It’s a much more challenging time for the cybercrooks,” said Mark...
  • IRS Has 7,000 Unreleased Documents Related to Conservative and Tea Party Targeting

    03/08/2017 7:56:17 PM PST · by drewh · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/8/17 4:22 PM | By TODD SHEPHERD (@TODDASHEPHERD) •
    The IRS has told a federal court that they've recently identified almost 7,000 more documents that could contain information on how the agency targeted the tax-exempt applications of Tea Party organizations or other conservative political groups starting back in 2010, according to a court document. But IRS in the document would not commit to a timeline for releasing the documents. The revelation of thousands of unreleased documents was made in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that specializes in filing, and in many instances litigating, FOIA requests. For Judicial Watch President...
  • New York Times Columnist Encourages IRS Agents To Commit Felony By Leaking Trump’s Taxes

    03/06/2017 3:48:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/06/2017 | Chuck Ross
    A New York Times columnist is encouraging IRS employees to commit a felony by leaking Donald Trump’s tax returns to his newspaper. “If you’re in IRS and have a certain president’s tax return that you’d like to leak, my address is: NYT, 620 Eighth Ave, NY NY 10018,” Nicholas Kristof wrote on Twitter on Sunday. Kristof, a liberal who writes about global affairs, was responding to a tweet from Vox.com editor Matt Yglesias who marveled that the IRS rarely leaks tax information. One reason for that is because doing so constitutes a felony. The unauthorized release of an individuals’ tax...
  • Obama Audited Billy Graham, So Wiretapping Trump Tower Is Not a Stretch

    03/06/2017 1:43:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    The Obama Administration engaged in eight years of political payback and heavy-handed bullying that specifically targeted their "political enemies."They used the Internal Revenue Service to wage an ugly campaign of bullying and intimidation to silence Tea Party groups and Christian ministries.In 2013 President Obama's minions sent IRS agents to bully the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association."I believe that someone in the administration was targeting and attempting to intimidate us," Franklin Graham wrote in a letter to the White House. "This is morally wrong and unethical - indeed some would call it 'un-American.'" The BGEA's only crime against Obama was to urge voters...
  • NYT columnist urges IRS employees to unlawfully leak Trump's tax returns

    03/06/2017 8:43:40 AM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/6/2017 | Joe Concha
    A veteran columnist at the New York Times urged IRS employees Sunday to leak Donald Trump’s tax returns to his publication.  “If you’re in IRS and have a certain president’s tax return that you’d like to leak, my address is: NYT, 620 Eighth Ave, NY NY 10018,” Nicholas Kristof wrote on Twitter.
  • “I’m Sorry We Had To Experience This Today”: Caterpillar CEO Apologizes Over Shock Raid

    03/03/2017 9:10:00 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3-3-2017 | Tyler Durden
    The market was caught offguard by yesterday's dramatic raid of three Caterpillar offices, including its Peoria Headquarters, which reportedly included agents from the IRS, FDIC and Commerce Department, and sent the stock tumbling by the most in over half a year. The raid took place just one week after former CAT CEO Doug Oberhelman met with Donald Trump, which prompted the president to say that he "loves" Caterpillar. While the catalyst behind the raid still remains unclear, we reminded readers yesterday that this was not the first time CAT has gotten in trouble with the authorities: back in 2014 CAT...
  • Under Trump, an Already Depleted I.R.S. Could Face Deep Cuts

    03/03/2017 12:08:22 AM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 37 replies
    NYT ^ | MARCH 2, 2017 | ALAN RAPPEPORT
    President Trump.... wants to significantly cut the tax agency’s funding at a time when it has already been bleeding staff and struggling to keep up with a flood of returns ahead of Tax Day.... ...“This is an agency that has had every last drop squeezed out of it,” said Dennis J. Ventry Jr., a member of the I.R.S. advisory council and a law professor at the University of California, Davis. “I don’t know how it’s going to sustain itself.”.... ....The White House budget office has proposed a 14.1 percent cut to the I.R.S. for the fiscal year that begins in...
  • U.S. authorities raid Caterpillar's Illinois facilities

    03/02/2017 11:24:05 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 2, 2017 | By Timothy Mclaughlin and PJ Huffstutter
    Federal law enforcement officials searched three facilities of heavy machinery manufacturer Caterpillar Inc on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney Office for the Central District of Illinois said, and the company's stock fell. The spokeswoman, Sharon Paul, confirmed that federal law enforcement activity was conducted at locations in Peoria, East Peoria and Morton. It was not immediately clear why federal agents raided the three locations. Caterpillar spokeswoman Corrie Scott said in an emailed statement that the company was cooperating with authorities. "Law enforcement is present in various Peoria-area Caterpillar facilities executing a search warrant. Caterpillar is cooperating," Scott said....
  • Confirmed: Obama DOJ Failure to Arrest Known Straw Purchasers Led to Murder of ICE Agent Jaime...

    03/01/2017 3:50:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    Full title: Confirmed: Obama DOJ Failure to Arrest Known Straw Purchasers Led to Murder of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico According to a new inspector general report an illegal gun trafficking program similar to Operation Fast and Furious, which took place under President Obama's Department of Justice, led to the murder of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata in 2011. First, the background: On February 15, 2011, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents Victor Avila and Jaime Zapata were returning to Mexico City from Matehuala, Mexico when their armored SUV came under attack near the town of Santa Maria del Rio,...
  • ITIN: The Massive Tax Loophole Allowing Illegal Aliens to Defraud American Citizens

    02/27/2017 12:00:24 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/27/17 | Megan Barth & ExHuntress
    One year in Atlanta, GA, in excess of $46 million in ITIN refunds were sent to a single address by the IRS for 24,000 illegal aliens who reportedly listed that same address on their tax returns In 1996, the IRS began issuing a new type of tax identification number, the Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). ITINs are assigned to U.S. taxpayers, predominately illegal aliens and their dependents, who are not eligible to obtain a Social Security number. The primary purpose of ITIN’s was to capture the previously untapped source of new federal tax revenue from undocumented workers.
  • Fauxahontas Proposes an IRS Takeover of Tax Preparation

    02/21/2017 1:45:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/21/2017 | Dean Chambers
    The yearly ritual of submitting tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may not be something most of us look forward to doing, but do we really want the federal government to do it for us? Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has proposed legislation that would require the IRS to offer you the convenience of doing your taxes for you. The actual bill would require the IRS to create programs that help taxpayers process and file their federal taxes for free. Sen. Warren says taxpayers spend, on average, 13 hours and about $200 for tax preparation services to file...
  • Top 10 Holdover Obama Bureaucrats President Trump Can Fire or Remove Today

    02/19/2017 9:53:13 AM PST · by kevcol · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 18, 2017 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Here is a list of the top ten holdover Obama loyalist bureaucrats President Trump can either fire immediately or remove from their current positions (civil service). 1) John Koskinen, Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service 2) Richard Cordray, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director 3) John Lansing, CEO of Broadcasting Board of Governors 4) Amanda Bennett, Voice of America Director 5) Kenneth Tota, Acting Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health and Human Services (civil service) 6)Anastasia Brown, Acting Deputy Director for Refugee Programs, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health and Human Services (civil service) . ....
  • Soros Groups Behind Massive Anti-Trump Tax Day Protest Plot

    02/16/2017 12:22:47 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/16/17 | Aaron Klein
    The news media has been reporting on plans by a coalition of activist groups to hold a massive anti-Trump Tax March in Washington and at least 60 other locations on April 15. Unreported by the news media is that most of the listed partners and support organizers of the march are openly financed by George Soros or have close links to Soros financing. The website for the march, which is slated for the deadline for Americans to file their tax returns, claims that its mission is to get Trump to release his tax returns and more. The site relates: President...
  • Howard Stern Sued for Broadcasting Woman's Conversation With IRS

    02/15/2017 4:24:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | FEBRUARY 14, 2017 | Eriq Gardner
    An IRS agent called in to the radio show and was put on hold. Then … Donald Trump never did sue The New York Times for revealing he took a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns. He threatened, but to date, no lawsuit has come. That leaves some unanswered questions about the legality of a media outlet disclosing one's tax information, since there are many statutes that broadly guard the confidentiality of tax returns. Can Howard Stern fill the void? On Monday, Stern was sued by a woman named Judith Barrigas, whose tax information was disseminated in...
  • Ding, Dong: The Individual Mandate is Dead ( Obama Care : IRS )

    02/15/2017 3:35:36 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 15, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    No part of ObamaCare was more hated by the average person or more illegal than the individual mandate. The mandate was one of ObamaCare's corrupt bargains. This one delivered a captive audience to insurance companies in returning for insuring those they didn't want to insure. Obama claimed to want to help the uninsured, yet he also smeared them as "free riders" when what he was really doing was forcing healthy young people to buy useless insurance they couldn't afford as a bribe to companies for taking on his base. Meanwhile the forced signups would be reported as proof that ObamaCare...
  • We will not pay: the Americans withholding their taxes to fight Trump

    02/15/2017 9:01:43 AM PST · by Alissa · 89 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Feb 15, 2017 | Joanna Walters
    Andrew Newman always pays his taxes, even if he hates what the government is doing with them. But not this year. For him, Donald Trump is the dealbreaker. He’ll pay his city and state taxes but will refuse to pay federal income tax as a cry of civil disobedience against the president and his new administration. Newman is not alone. A nascent movement has been detected to revive the popularity of tax resistance – last seen en masse in America during the Vietnam war but which has been, sporadically, a tradition in the US and beyond going back many centuries.
  • Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health

    02/15/2017 9:00:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    reason.com ^ | Feb. 14, 2017 9:44 pm | Peter Suderman|
    Full Title: Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Question The tax agency has stopped requiring individual filers to indicate whether they maintained health coverage or paid the mandate penalty as required under the law How much difference does a single line on a tax form make? For Obamacare's individual mandate, the answer might be quite a lot. Following President Donald Trump's executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement. The health law's...
  • Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Q.

    02/15/2017 7:37:02 AM PST · by GonzoII · 41 replies
    reason.com ^ | |Feb. 14, 2017 | Peter Suderman
    The tax agency has stopped requiring individual filers to indicate whether they maintained health coverage or paid the mandate penalty as required under the law How much difference does a single line on a tax form make? For Obamacare's individual mandate, the answer might be quite a lot. Following President Donald Trump's executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement. The health law's individual mandate requires everyone to either maintain qualifying health coverage or pay a tax penalty, known as a...
  • Really? Someone actually tried to deduct ‘Sturgis, baby’ on their taxes

    02/09/2017 11:02:33 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    www.gomn.com ^ | February 8, 2017 4:58 pm | by Josette Elieff
    That trek to South Dakota on your Harley isn’t going to get you a tax deduction. Sorry. Maybe that seems obvious, but someone actually tried to write that off on their taxes, according to the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. In their defense, the person wore a company shirt and tried to call it an advertising expense. There’s plenty more where that came from. The Society of CPAs did a study on the ridiculous things people have tried to use as deductions – and it’s pretty funny. Business deduction fails: Someone tried to write off their pop-up camper, calling...
  • Bill to repeal Johnson Amendment would mean your pastor can speak freely—without fear of the IRS

    02/03/2017 5:47:55 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/03/17 | Dan Calabrese
    But the real solution is a new tax code While the media seemed more interested in an off-the-cuff joke he made about Arnold Schwarzenegger, there was real substance that came out of President Trump’s appearance on Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast. Quite unlike his predecessor choosing to use this forum to tell Christians to “get off their high horses,” Trump reiterated his commitment to repealing the Johnson Amendment.
  • Trump pledges to end political limits on churches

    02/02/2017 4:40:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 2, 2017 5:53 PM EST | Catherine Lucey
    Declaring that religious freedom is “under threat,” President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to repeal a rarely enforced IRS rule that says pastors who endorse candidates from the pulpit risk losing their tax-exempt status. “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution,” Trump said at the National Prayer Breakfast, a high-profile event bringing together faith leaders, politicians and dignitaries. Trump’s pledge was a nod to his evangelical Christian supporters, who helped power his White House win. So far he has not detailed his plans...
  • IRS lawyer in D.C. charged in methamphetamine conspiracy

    02/01/2017 6:57:31 PM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/1/17 | Spencer S. Hsu
    An attorney with the Internal Revenue Service’s professional standards office in Washington has been charged with conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, U.S. prosecutors said. Jack Vitayanon, 41, an IRS attorney since 2012 allegedly participated in a meth ring with others in Arizona and on Long Island between about September 2014 and January, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday. Public records show Vitayanon living in the U Street corridor. In the criminal complaint, prosecutors noted that during one alleged transaction, Vitayanon directed a buyer to make a cash deposit of $1,650 to...
  • Trump’s 1st Ex. Order Gutted IRS Enforcement of Obamacare, 1472

    02/01/2017 8:24:15 AM PST · by bigbob · 31 replies
    Still Report via YouTube ^ | 2-1-17 | Bill Still
    Judge Andrew Napolitano, writing in last week’s Washington Times, explained the meaning of Trump’s very first executive order – which was designed to destroy the teeth of Obamacare.
  • Donald Trump’s nominee for US Treasury secretary wants a bigger IRS

    01/22/2017 8:55:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Quartz ^ | 01/19/2017 | Tim Fernholz
    Donald Trump’s oft-used excuse for not releasing his tax returns is that they are still under audit at the US Internal Revenue Service—no matter that this doesn’t prevent their release—but if his pick for Treasury secretary gets his way, the interminable audit may end sooner. Steven Mnuchin, the investor tapped by Trump for the top job in US economic policy, told lawmakers at his confirmation hearing today (Jan. 19) that he would like to expand the workforce at the IRS and modernize technology there in order to collect more taxes. “The IRS headcount has gone down quite dramatically, almost 30%...
  • Welcome to the final full day of Barack Obama’s presidency. Let’s look at his “legacy.”

    01/19/2017 9:28:26 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 35 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/19/17 | Robert Laurie
    We should probably thank him...Congratulations, Mr. President, and thank you for your service By weaponizing the IRS, the Obama administration whetted America’s appetite for the elimination or restructuring of the IRS. By constantly wailing about the evils of the 2nd Amendment Barack Obama became history’s greatest gun salesman.
  • Obama’s IRS Commission Says Its “OK” For Illegals To Steal Social Security Numbers On Tax Returns

    01/17/2017 8:18:39 AM PST · by Baynative · 82 replies
    USChronicle.com ^ | Phoenix Brooks
    Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) asked Koskinen about the process, and for the commissioner to explain the logic behind giving tax refunds to illegal aliens who have committed a theft of a tax-payer’s identification number. Koskinen’s response, according to the Washington Examiner, was that it was in everybody’s interest to have the illegal aliens pay taxes with stolen id’s.
  • 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 · 37 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...