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  • Report: IRS Used Donor Lists to Target Conservatives for Audits

    07/24/2015 7:39:58 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies
    documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)... confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits. The documents also show IRS officials specifically highlighted how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may come under “high scrutiny” from the IRS. The IRS produced the records in a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking documents about selection of individuals for audit-based application information on donor lists submitted by Tea Party and other 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations....Lois Lerner, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, is mentioned four times in the report...In 2009, Barack Obama “joked” about having the IRS...
  • Obama says: Let’s face it, the real IRS scandal is that they need more money

    07/24/2015 7:34:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/24/2015 | Guy Benson
    President Obama swung by The Daily Show earlier this week and was challenged by outgoing host Jon Stewart over government incompetence on his watch. Pressed on prominent instances of malfeasance and ineptitude that have plagued the federal bureaucracy during his administration — from the VA wait list scandal, to the catastrophic OPM hack, to the IRS targeting affair — Obama breezily dismissed the latter example as a non-scandal, chalking it up to Congress writing “crummy” laws that were merely implemented “poorly and stupidly.” The Washington Times reports: President Obama defended the IRS Tuesday in an interview with “Daily Show”...
  • IRS Scandal: It's Dangerous to be on Wrong side of Obama

    07/23/2015 4:43:38 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 7-23-15 | Editorial
    Corruption: A new batch of IRS documents shows an agency that's more political than practical. Besides harassing groups applying for nonprofit status, it went after donors of existing groups. Documents produced by the IRS confirm that being on the wrong side of this administration is a dangerous place to be. Judicial Watch, which used the Freedom of Information Act to pry the documents from the government's grasp, said Wednesday they "confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits." Among these groups was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. That organization "may find itself...
  • New Documents Show IRS Used Donor Lists to Target Audits

    07/22/2015 6:34:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits. The documents also show IRS officials specifically highlighted how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may come under “high scrutiny” from the IRS. The IRS produced the records in a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking documents about selection of individuals for audit-based application information on donor lists submitted by Tea Party and other 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations (Judicial Watch v. Internal Revenue Service (No. 1:15-cv-00220)).A letter dated September 28, 2010,...
  • Obama Just Tried To Rewrite History Straight To Jon Stewart’s Face About This HUGE Scandal

    07/22/2015 8:50:35 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 25 replies
    The Western Journalism.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Norvell Rose
    In a classic and cynical attempt to never accept blame...
  • Top Democrat – Who May Serve Prison Time for His Role in IRS Scandal – Calls on Congress to End..

    06/25/2015 8:09:19 PM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | June 25, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Democrat Leader Elijah Cummings Could Face Prison Time for his Illegal Attacks on on a Voters Rights Group– Today Cummings called on Congress to end its IRS investigation. Last April House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released a report implicating Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in colluding with the IRS and Lois Lerner against the nonpartisan voters rights group “True the Vote.” Catherine Engelbrecht, the founder of “True the Vote,” testified before Congress in February. She was targeted by FBI, IRS, ATF, and OSHA after she filed for tax exempt status for her voters rights group. Engelbrecht said this during...
  • Lois Lerner’s Hard Drive Was SHREDDED

    06/25/2015 5:59:01 PM PDT · by PROCON · 88 replies
    dailycaller ^ | June 25, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner’s hard drive most likely crashed due to “an impact of some sort,” like somebody hitting it or smashing it, according to new congressional testimony. Then the hard drive was shredded and its pieces were sold for scrap. Lerner’s laptop, which crashed on June 11, 2011 between 5 and 7 PM, was sent to an IT technician two days later. The Hewlett-Packard technician looking at her laptop determined that the hard drive failed because of an impact of some sort.
  • IRS erased backups after realizing tea party emails lost

    06/24/2015 3:29:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 24, 2015 6:19 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Government investigators say IRS employees erased computer backup tapes a month after officials discovered that thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s tea party scandal had been lost. The investigators, however, concluded that employees erased the tapes by mistake, not as part of an attempt to destroy evidence.The report is likely to fuel conspiracy theories among conservatives who say the IRS has obstructed congressional investigations into the scandal. …
  • IRS loses another round in its court battle with Z Street (Lerner & viewpoint discrimination)

    06/23/2015 2:53:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6/20/15 | Thomas Lifson
    Tick, tick, tick. A day of reckoning for the IRS gets closer with a unanimous opinion from a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in the Z Street case. Z Street explains: The pro-Israel organization Z STREET was today, once again, vindicated in a court of law in its now nearly five year effort to redress the violation of its Constitutional rights by the Internal Revenue Service. The judges in their Opinion were far more restrained than their reactions to the IRS arguments during the oral argument which took place on May 4, see http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-irs-goes-to-court-1430953480, but their...
  • IRS sends Congress unsigned form letter to brush off demands for Clinton Foundation investigation

    06/04/2015 9:05:02 PM PDT · by blueyon · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/04/15 | Pete Kasperowicz
    IRS sends Congress unsigned form letter to brush off demands for Clinton Foundation investigation The IRS responded to a Republican request for an investigation into the Clinton Foundation's tax-exempt status with a one-page form letter that starts with "Dear Sir or Madam." In May, more than 50 House Republicans asked the IRS to review the Clinton Foundation's tax-exempt status, after it became clear that the foundation had failed to report millions of dollars in grants from foreign governments. That letter, led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, said a review was "appropriate" given that this money was accepted and not...
  • IRS official: ‘Lois Lerner was the tip of the iceberg’

    06/04/2015 3:54:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2015 | by Joseph Curl
    The IRS’s director of privacy, governmental liaison and disclosure division testified Wednesday that the tax agency set up a special team with hundreds of lawyers to handle the probe into whether Tea Party groups were targeted, but repeatedly said she had no idea how it operated. Mary Howard, who also works as the head Freedom of Information Act officer in the IRS, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that once the “special project team” was created and operational, she never saw requests for information. Asked who was on the team, she said: “My first hand knowledge of...
  • Negligence: IRS Was Warned About Potential Hacking of Sensitive Taxpayer Information, Did Nothing

    06/04/2015 4:16:48 PM PDT · by detective · 5 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jun 03, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was in the hot seat on Capitol Hill yesterday over a massive data breach and hacking of highly sensitive taxpayer information, including social security numbers. A number of taxpayers whose information was stolen have also lost their identities. Information and testimony given by Inspector General Russell George revealed the IRS was given multiple warnings and recommendations about how to prevent an attack or breach. The IRS failed to implement all of the recommendations given.
  • IRS finally admits illegals can get back taxes under Obama amnesty

    06/04/2015 5:18:02 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 3 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has confirmed to Congress that illegal immigrants granted amnesty under President Obama’s new programs could claim back refunds even when they never filed returns to pay their taxes in the first place. Sen. Chuck Grassley, who had pressed Mr. Koskinen over the issue, released written responses Wednesday ... and, in fact, illegal immigrants granted the amnesty will now be able to claim refunds on tax returns they never even filed, thanks to the Earned Income Tax Credit. “To clarify my earlier comments on EITC, not only can an individual amend a prior year return to claim...
  • Hackers stole personal information from 104,000 taxpayers, IRS says

    05/26/2015 3:35:50 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 26, 2015 | By Lisa Rein and Jonnelle Marte
    Hackers gained access to personal information of 104,000 taxpayers this spring, downloading an online service the Internal Revenue Service uses to give Americans access to their past tax returns, the agency said Tuesday. The information included several years’ worth of returns and other tax information on file with the IRS, Commissioner John Koskinen said in a press conference. The thieves hacked into a system called “Get Transcript,” clearing a security screen that requires users to know the taxpayer’s Social Security number, date of birth, address and tax filing status. Those who successfully downloaded the transcripts gained access to information from...
  • IRS unable to make sure people comply with Obamacare penalty: Treasury IG

    05/08/2015 10:07:56 AM PDT · by T Ruth · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 8, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The IRS cannot be sure that Americans who lacked health insurance last year have complied with Obamacare’s “individual mandate” penalty this tax season, according to an inspector general report Friday that pointed to a decision to delay proof-of-coverage forms from insurers and employers until 2016. Agency mangers told the Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration that a “business decision was made to not develop processes and procedures” to ensure compliance after it decided in 2013 to delay the pair of forms. The documents are sent to both filers and the IRS, allowing the federal government to cross-check what filers say...
  • 61 Percent of Tax Cheats at IRS Continue Working

    05/07/2015 9:45:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 7, 2015 | 9:48 AM EDT | Rudy Takala
    According to a report issued by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the IRS allowed 960 out of 1,580 employees—or 61 percent—who willfully cheated on their taxes to continue working there after the misconduct was discovered. Most employees received less penalties such as counseling, reprimands, or suspensions. […] The report further stated that it could discern no consistent pattern to explain why certain employees had their penalties mitigated, while some were repeat offenders. …
  • Beware the I.R.S.’s Speeded-Up Audit

    04/30/2015 9:12:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/30/2015
    TO those of us who fear the I.R.S. and the possibility of a tax audit, it sounded like good news. In March, the I.R.S. commissioner, John A. Koskinen, told employees that because of budget cuts, the agency “had to do less with less” — reduce taxpayer services, delay refunds and do fewer audits. But alas, the outcome is not what it seems. Those who do get caught in the I.R.S.’s net may be in for a terrible time and lose some of the rights set out in last year’s new taxpayer bill of rights. Examiners for the I.R.S. are giving...
  • The IRS vs. The Church

    04/27/2015 9:33:46 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 27, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The IRS targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups prior to the 2012 election was an unconscionable abuse of power for which accountability and punishment have been noticeably absent. But this was and is not the only use by the Obama administration of the power to tax to attempt to destroy its political opponents. The IRS is also involved in targeting what President Obama has called “less than loving” Christians through the mandates of ObamaCare and its attack on the free exercise of religion through the attempted coercion of mandated health insurance coverage This administration’s war on religion is...
  • Report: IRS Deliberately Cut Its Own Customer Service Budget

    04/22/2015 6:49:57 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 22, 2015 | John McCormack
    If you tried to contact the IRS with a question about your taxes this year, chances are you didn't get a response. The IRS estimated that it would only answer 17 million of the 49 million calls received this filing season. Taxpayers lucky enough to have the IRS answer their calls waited an average of 34.4 minutes for assistance--nearly double the wait time last year (18.7 minutes). IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has blamed the IRS's "abysmal" customer service on congressional budget cuts--funding is down $1.2 billion from its 2010 peak--but a new congressional report points the finger back at the...
  • The IRS Assures an Atheist Group It Will Monitor Churches

    04/20/2015 4:56:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/20/2015 | Quin Hillyer
    It was bad enough, as I wrote here last August, that the Internal Revenue Service appeared to reach an agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. WhatÂ’s worse is that the IRS, directly counter to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements, steadfastly has refused to make public key documents pertaining to that decision. So the IRS, acting with the whole power of government behind it, seems to be saying it can monitor and presumably punish churches for the content of their sermons, but the churches canÂ’t know exactly if, how, and why they are being monitored. To fight this...
  • IRS’s Koskinen: Goal Is For Taxpayers To Have Online Account at the IRS

    04/10/2015 8:21:05 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    CNS ^ | April 9, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    - 12:02 PM Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen said that a future goal of the agency is for taxpayers to have an account at the IRS and for taxpayers “to have a more complete online experience for all their transactions with the IRS.” “The IRS needs to do more and take a different approach and one that doesn’t just rely on resources,” said the commissioner, speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. “We need to be looking forward to a new, improved way of doing business,” he said. “This involves looking into the future in...
  • The IRS wants everyone to set up a safe, secure IRS account and pay their taxes online

    04/08/2015 9:23:59 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 40 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3-31-2015 | Pete Kasperowicz
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that he wants everyone in the near future to do their taxes online, through a government account that people would set up through the tax collection agency. “The idea is that taxpayers would have an account at the IRS where they or their preparers can log in securely, get all the information about their account, and interact with the IRS as needed,” he said at a National Press Club speech in Washington. “Most things that taxpayers need to do to fulfill their obligations could be done virtually, and there would be much less need...
  • The IRS Loses a Big Procedural Battle in Its War With the Tea Party

    04/07/2015 7:58:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 4/6/15 | Hans von Spakovsky
    At almost the same time last week that the outgoing U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen, gave Lois Lerner a get-out-of-jail free card over her contempt of Congress citation, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service suffered a huge procedural loss in a court fight in Ohio. In litigation filed in 2013 by conservative organizations targeted by Lerner and her colleagues at the IRS, a federal judge granted a motion to compel and ordered the IRS to produce the names of the 298 targeted organizations identified by the IRS for the Treasury Inspector General. In 2013,...
  • DOJ: No contempt charges for former IRS official Lois Lerner

    04/01/2015 1:26:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/01/2015 | By JOHN BRESNAHAN and RACHAEL BADE
    The Justice Department will not seek criminal contempt charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner, the central figure in a scandal that erupted over whether the tax agency improperly targeted conservative political groups. Ronald Machen, the former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, told House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a seven-page letter this week that he would not bring a criminal case to a grand jury over Lerner’s refusal to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in March 2014. The House approved a criminal contempt resolution against Lerner in May 2014, and Machen’s office has...
  • IRS’s Lois Lerner won’t be charged with contempt

    04/01/2015 1:10:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The Obama administration informed House Speaker John A. Boehner this week it will not prosecute former IRS executive Lois G. Lerner for contempt of Congress, concluding that she did not waive her Fifth Amendment rights to avoid answering questions when she was called to testify nearly two years ago. Ms. Lerner, the figure at the center of the IRS’s tea party targeting scandal, is still facing investigation over the intrusive scrutiny of conservative groups, but the decision by U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen not to pursue the contempt charge approved by the U.S. House does away with at least some of...
  • Abolish the IRS? Defiant Agency Chief Tells Congress to Shove It

    04/01/2015 9:52:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/01/2015 | Michael Walsh
    John Koskinen, the strange, David Icke-like lizard person currently in charge of the Internal Revenue Service, has told Congress to forget about abolishing the agency: The IRS commissioner on Tuesday brushed aside GOP proposals to abolish his agency, insisting the U.S. would have to have a tax collector one way or another. “You can call them something other than the IRS if that made you feel better,” the agency’s chief, John Koskinen, said after a speech at the National Press Club.Republicans have heaped even more criticism upon the agency than usual over the last 22 months because of its...
  • IRS Agents Pretend to be Clergymen to Spy in Churches

    03/18/2015 4:46:00 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 17 replies
    No, the title of this article is not hyperbole and yes, the title is accurate. The IRS sometimes has their agents pose as clergymen to deceive church parishioners in attempts to gain information from them surreptitiously. I kid you not. Reverend Patrick Mahoney is the Director for the Christian Defense Coalition and he told the Christian Post that, “It is an absolute disgrace that IRS undercover agents can pose as members of the clergy. It is the role of government to protect religious freedom and the First Amendment, and not to use it to gather information and spy on American...
  • Seven Things You Should Know about the IRS Rule Challenged in King v. Burwell ​

    03/04/2015 6:52:02 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Nationanl Review ^ | 3-4-15 | Michael F. Cannon
    And none of them make the IRS look very good. This week, the Supreme Court considers King v. Burwell. At issue is whether the IRS exceeded its authority under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by issuing a final IRS rule that expanded the application of the Act’s subsidies and mandates beyond the limits imposed by the statute. King v. Burwell is not a constitutional challenge. It challenges an IRS rule as being inconsistent with the Act it purports to implement. The case is a straightforward question of statutory interpretation. Here are seven things everyone needs to know about...
  • Lois Lerner Caught Granting Muslim Brotherhood front groups Tax Exempt status as far back as BUSH...

    06/23/2014 5:24:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 6/23/2014 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    One of the reasons Republicans like Rep. Mike Kelly from Pennsylvania won’t come forward with the truth about Malik Obama’s tax exempt status and Lois Lerner’s role in it likely has to do with what she was permitted to do when a Republican president was in office. Calling attention to Lerner’s signature being at the bottom of the Barack H. Obama Foundation’s (BHOF) approval letter is certain to cause the Republican Party headaches over its complicity in taking the country to where it is today.Lois Lerner has been caught granting 501(c)(3) tax exempt status to yet another group that should...
  • MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH in the Case of Barack Obama and his Muslim Brother Malik

    02/28/2015 4:07:09 AM PST · by high info voter · 23 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | Jan 5, 2015 | Ben Barrack
    There has been a major breakthrough in the case of Malik Obama. It may also help to explain why members of Congress, mainstream media, and shockingly, even the attorneys for Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS have chosen to ignore the earth-shattering scandal involving the President’s eldest brother. This new discovery reveals a mosaic of intrigue that has never before been presented. It’s a scandal with everything… and more......
  • IRS Employee Looking for Lois Lerner Emails Was Blind, Literally!

    02/28/2015 3:44:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-27-15 | J. Christian Adams
    An IRS employee tasked with trying to restore and obtain emails on Lois Lerner’s IRS computer’s hard drive was legally blind. Stephen Manning, the deputy chief information officer for strategy and modernization at the IRS, submitted an affidavit in the True the Vote vs. IRS litigation regarding the persons and procedures used to attempt to recover Lois Lerner’s hard drive containing emails pertaining to Tea Party targeting. The affidavit can be read here. Paragraph 14 describes the educational background of the person searching for data on Lois Lerner’s hard drive: “According to the Specialist, prior to joining the Internal Revenue...
  • Investigators Recover 32,000 Emails To and From Lois Lerner

    02/26/2015 7:31:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 53 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/26/15 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party scandal. But they don't know how many of them are new. The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner's email when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011. At the time, IRS officials said the emails could not be recovered. But at a congressional hearing Thursday evening, IRS...
  • More Lois Lerner Emails Recovered: ‘No One Will Ever Believe That Both ... Within a Week’

    02/27/2015 8:06:22 AM PST · by Rockitz · 100 replies
    TheBlaze.com ^ | 26 February 2015 | Jason Howerton
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced on Thursday night that hundreds of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s previously “lost” backup tapes have been recovered, which could result in the recovery of a new trove of her emails. IRS Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Thursday that it took investigators just two weeks to recover 424 backup tapes that were previously said to be unretrievable. “To date, we have found 32,744 unique emails that were backed up from Lois Lerner’s email box. We are in the process of comparing these emails to what...
  • White House stiff-arms IRS taxpayer information sharing probe

    02/22/2015 5:34:57 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 02/22/2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The White House told Congress last week it refused to dig into its computers for emails that could shed light on what kinds of private taxpayer information the IRS shares with President Obama’s top aides, assuring Congress that the IRS will address the issue — eventually.
  • Obama wants massive spending, staffing increases for IRS in 2016 budget

    02/17/2015 2:07:04 PM PST · by Taxman · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/16/15 | Sarah Westwood
    Thousands of new Internal Revenue Service employees will not be shouldering the regulatory burden Obamacare rules have heaped onto the tax agency, despite IRS claims that it needed massive additional funding to hire such support staff. Only 483 of the 9,245 new hires President Obama is seeking for the IRS in his 2016 budget proposal would be assigned to work on Obamacare programs, according to a budget summary published by the federal tax agency. As the agency tasked with enforcing Obamacare’s individual mandate provision, the IRS must for the first time this year assess a fine against people who were...
  • IRS Seizes First, Asks Questions Later

    02/12/2015 10:54:07 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 20 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | February 10, 2015 | LARRY SALZMAN and ROBERT EVERETT JOHNSON
    When Carole Hinders answered a knock at the front door of her home in August 2013, she was confronted by two IRS agents. They told her they had just cleaned out the entire bank account of the restaurant, Mrs. Lady’s Mexican Food, that Hinders had owned and operated in tiny Spirit Lake, Iowa, for the past 30 years. The IRS seized more than $32,000. (snip) The aggressive tactics adopted by law enforcement in structuring cases are, perhaps, unsurprising given that the proceeds of forfeited property are funneled back to the very agencies responsible for the forfeiture — an arrangement that...
  • IRS: We’re Sorry for Seizing Small Business Bank Accounts

    02/11/2015 5:20:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/11/15 | Liz Sheld
    The IRS has apologized for stealing, or rather seizing, the back accounts of small businesses that did nothing other than deposit an improper amount of cash into their accounts. Pressured by Congress, the IRS has apologized for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners simply because those owners structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements. The Associated Press reports “IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress Wednesday that the IRS is changing policies to prevent the seizures, as long as the money came from legal means.” Civil asset forfeiture is a government racket where “suspicious” deposits at one’s banking...
  • Report: IRS Seized Thousands of Bank Accounts Without Filing Criminal Charges

    02/05/2015 7:18:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | February 5, 2015 | C.J Ciaramella
    IRS practiced a ‘seize first, ask questions later’ strategyThe Internal Revenue Service seized hundreds of millions of dollars from thousands of bank accounts over the past decade, often without proof of any criminal wrongdoing, according to a report released by the Institute for Justice this week.The Institute for Justice, a public-interest law firm, said the IRS practiced a “seize first, ask questions later” strategy when it seized $242 million in more than 2,500 cases from 2005 to 2012.All of those seizures were for “structuring” violations, an obscure rule intended to keep money launderers, terrorists, and other criminals from making small...
  • IRS Obstructs Justice? (Weekly Update)

    02/07/2015 11:40:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 6, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    U.S. Senate Follows JW Lead on Obamacare FraudObama IRS Obstructs Justice?Election Integrity Battle Moves to Supreme CourtU.S. Senate Follows JW Lead on Obamacare Fraud Someone on Capitol Hill has taken notice of the lawsuit we filed last fall challenging members of Congress who are taking advantage of health benefits they are not entitled to claim. That someone is Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) who now chairs the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. As a prominent figure in the new Republican majority, Vitter is well-positioned to investigate and expose illegal maneuverings that make it possible for elected officials, and their staff members,...
  • IRS offers extra tax refunds to illegal immigrants granted amnesty by Obama

    02/04/2015 7:36:41 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February3, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Commissioner John Koskinen confirmed Tuesday that illegal immigrants granted amnesty from deportation under President Obama’s new policies would be able to get extra refunds from the IRS for money they earned while working illegally, as long as they filed returns during those years. Illegal immigrants who are granted the amnesty will be given official Social Security numbers, which means they can go back and amend up to three years of previous tax forms to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, potentially claiming billions of dollars in additional payments they were ineligible for before the amnesty.
  • IRS EITC Refunds To Illegals Show Obama Amnesty Fraud

    02/06/2015 10:16:31 AM PST · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 6, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    mmigration: Aliens granted executive amnesty by President Obama will be eligible for tax credits for the years they worked here illegally. But wasn't amnesty supposed to benefit the economy and not drain the U.S. Treasury? Subverting the Constitution to grant millions of illegal aliens work permits and freedom from deportation apparently isn't enough for the Obama administration. It now intends, through the Internal Revenue Service, to subvert the tax code to let these illegals collect billions in retroactive Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) payments. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, an unindicted co-conspirator in the cover-up of the IRS Tea Party targeting...
  • IRS rehired 141 former employees with issues paying their own taxes

    02/07/2015 9:34:03 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 07, 2015 | Sarah Westwood
    Hundreds of former Internal Revenue Service employees who had a history of misconduct and poor performance on the job were rehired by the tax agency, including some who had committed fraud or falsified documents. The previously cited IRS staff included 141 employees who had problems paying their own taxes, the agency’s inspector general said in a report made public Thursday. Several had “willfully failed to file their federal tax returns,” the report said. The IRS hired more than 7,000 former employees between January 2010 and September 2013. Of the 824 who returned to the agency despite their checkered work history,...
  • Tax Receipts Rule IRS Keeps Quiet: They're Optional

    02/02/2015 12:27:50 PM PST · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/2/15 | Robert Wood
    Remember the IRS computer crashes and the hunt for those long destroyed lost emails of Lois Lerner? Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas introduced a bill he called the “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act,” to allow us all to try out some excuses. Rep. Stockman said, “Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama administration uses.” The bill would allow taxpayers who do not provide documents requested by the IRS to claim one of the following reasons: 1. The dog ate my tax receipts. 2. Convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction. 3. Traded documents...
  • The World Wide Tax Web: FATCA Data Sharing Goes Online

    01/25/2015 11:05:39 AM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 13 replies
    http://www.jdsupra.com/ ^ | 1/21/2015 | Nicole Kardell
    The IRS has unveiled a secure web application, the International Data Exchange Service (IDES), for cross-border data sharing. IDES will allow Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) and tax authorities from other countries to transmit financial data on U.S. taxpayers’ accounts, via an encrypted pathway, to the IRS. The tool is part of the IRS’s effort to track U.S. taxpayer income globally. It is intended to assist FFIs and foreign tax authorities in their compliance with the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The act requires that financial institutions send to the IRS financial information of American account holders or face...
  • Obama IRS Shares Private Financial Data With Foreign Tyrants

    01/25/2015 10:46:04 AM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 20 replies
    http://www.thenewamerican.com/ ^ | Wednesday, 21 January 2015 | Alex Newman
    To comply with unconstitutional pseudo-treaties negotiated by the Obama administration without the consent of Congress or any semblance of constitutional authority, the IRS announced that it will be sharing private financial information on U.S. bank account holders with foreign powers. No warrant is needed for foreign governments or tyrants to peruse the sensitive information at will — including brutal communist regimes and possibly even criminals or hackers.
  • BOMBSHELL: IRS Has Active Contract For MILLIONS With Company HHS FIRED Over Botched Healthcare.gov

    01/22/2015 2:28:41 PM PST · by illiac · 7 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 1/222/15 | Richard Pollock
    Seven months after federal officials fired CGI Federal for its botched work on Obamacare website Healthcare.gov, the IRS awarded the same company a $4.5 million IT contract for its new Obamacare tax program. CGI is a $10.5 billion Montreal-based company that has forever been etched into the public’s mind as the company behind the bungled Obamacare main website. After facing a year of embarrassing failures, federal officials finally pulled the plug on the company and terminated CGI’s contract in January 2014. Yet on Aug. 11, seven months later, IRS officials signed a new contract with CGI to provide “critical functions”...
  • BOMBSHELL: IRS Has Active Contract For MILLIONS With Company HHS FIRED Over Botched Healthcare.gov

    01/22/2015 1:07:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 22, 2015 | Richard Pollock
    Seven months after federal officials fired CGI Federal for its botched work on Obamacare website Healthcare.gov, the IRS awarded the same company a $4.5 million IT contract for its new Obamacare tax program. CGI is a $10.5 billion Montreal-based company that has forever been etched into the public’s mind as the company behind the bungled Obamacare main website. After facing a year of embarrassing failures, federal officials finally pulled the plug on the company and terminated CGI’s contract in January 2014. Yet on Aug. 11, seven months later, IRS officials signed a new contract with CGI to provide “critical functions”...
  • Fire the IRS

    01/17/2015 6:35:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/17/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    As Stephen Moore at Fox News reports, the IRS has some big changes planned for for you in 2015. They’re finally going to eliminate all the scandals and abuse and become more accountable to the public! Hurrah! No… I was just kidding. They’re going to be delivering even worse service than they already provide. Complaining about belt tightening budget cuts, this week IRS Commissioner John Koskinen lectured: “People who file paper tax returns could wait an extra week—or possibly longer—to see their refund. Taxpayers with errors or questions on their returns that require additional manual review will also face...
  • The IRS Scandal is Not Going Away

    12/06/2014 10:12:21 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 12-6-14 | Bruce Walker
    The IRS scandal is not much in the news these days, but it is not going away. The more Obama’s minions stonewall this scandal, the more congressional Democrats discount the scandal, the more the leftist establishment media ignores this scandal, the more toxic it will be for the left. In late November we learned that 30,000 of Lois Lerner’s lost e-mails have been found, but these e-mails have not yet been converted into readable form. The utter contempt the Obama administration shows toward the oversight powers of Congress, toward the millions of information technology-savvy Americans who grasp the lying and...
  • 2,500 new documents ID'd in White House-IRS taxpayer harassment cases

    11/26/2014 9:35:53 AM PST · by unixfox · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner | 11/25/14 | Paul Bedard
    In a shocking revelation, the Treasury Inspector General has identified some 2,500 documents that “potentially” show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obama’s White House.