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Mulvaney will enforce federal layoffs

Federal Layoffs Loom As Trump’s Meat-Ax Targets EPA And IRS

For Paul Light, a professor of public policy at New York University’s Wagner School, the most compelling evidence is the extent of federal layoffs at the IRS. “Think about it. What better way to break the back of the government than by undermining the ability of the federal government to fund itself?” he asked.

March 15, 2017
Trump tax returns

Revealed: Did Trump Leak His Own 2005 Tax Return To David Cay Johnston?

On the Rachel Maddow Show yesterday evening, Johnston speculated that Trump himself might have sent him the 2005 tax documents anonymously via mail — since that year’s return at least shows the former casino mogul paying some taxes, following his final big score as an actual real estate developer.

March 15, 2017
Trump Foundation

The Trump Foundation Says It Violated ‘Self-Dealing’ Ban

Donald Trump’s charitable foundation said it violated a ban on so-called “self-dealing” by transferring income or assets to a “disqualified person,” according to a copy of its 2015 tax filings made public this week.

November 25, 2016
Arrests in IRS scam

U.S. Charges 61 Over India-Based IRS Impersonation Scam

The scam, which had operated since 2013, targeted at least 15,000 people who lost more than $300 million, the department said in a statement.

October 27, 2016
A security camera hangs near a corner of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The IRS Isn’t Persecuting Tea Party Groups — It’s Regulating ‘Dark Money’

On Tuesday, a list of 426 groups singled out for extra scrutiny when applying for tax-exempt status was made publicly available. Why the extra scrutiny? Because these 501(c)(4)s are supposed to be primarily focused on “social welfare,” they are legally allowed to keep their donors secret.

June 8, 2016
Donald Trump points to a supporter as he leaves a campaign event in an airplane hanger in Rome. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

What Doesn’t Donald Trump Want You To Know About His Wealth?

This is what Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns says about America. We are a nation that can’t think straight about wealth and class. And Trump knows better than to puncture our delusions.

May 14, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves during a campaign rally in Spokane, Washington, U.S., May 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jake Parrish

Donald Trump Says He Won’t Release Tax Returns

But how little does Trump actually pay in taxes? David Cay Johnston, who spent three decades covering Trump as he moved from one business venture to another, noted that in 1978 and 1979 the businessman had paid exactly nothing in taxes.

May 11, 2016
Bernie Sanders

Tax Transparency: After Expansive Vow, Sanders Releases Only 2014 Return

The failure to fulfill his promise to release returns back to 2007 — when Bernie Sanders was first elected to the U.S. Senate from Vermont — erodes the likelihood that other Presidential candidates this cycle and in the future will release their own complete returns

April 15, 2016
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks with a fellow guest as they arrive for U.S. President Barack Obama to sign the Every Student Succeeds Act into law in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Elizabeth Warren Takes On Tax Preparation Industry With New Legislation To Make Filing Easier

The bill would direct the IRS to create a free tax preparation and filing service.

April 13, 2016

Does Your Teen Need to File a Tax Return?

“My daughter is 16 and has her first paying job. Does she need to file a separate tax return?”

March 2, 2016
9 key points about Donald Trump’s income taxes

9 Key Points About Trump’s Income Taxes (And Many More Questions)

I expect Trump’s tax returns to be extremely aggressive, but well within the boundaries set by Congress and without even a hint of criminal tax evasion. I also suspect Trump’s returns will show negative income. That’s right — negative.

February 26, 2016

The Dark Politics Of Dark Money

How to reconcile Citizens United, which gave corporations the same rights as individuals with regard to political speech while shielding them for any accountability for that speech?

July 1, 2015

Endorse This: The IRS — A Love Song

Click above to see Oliver team up with special musical guest Michael Bolton for a musical ode to the IRS — even if it involves a certain unattractive part of the human body.

April 13, 2015

Can America Stand Rand? Cranking Up His ‘Libertarian’ Campaign

Rand Paul’s flat tax, a “new idea” from 1983, would worsen inequality, raising the burden on the poor and middle class while benefiting the very rich.

April 7, 2015

E-File Fraud: Identity Thieves Filing Taxes To Steal Refunds

By its very nature, tax season unleashes a certain amount of angst, but this year may produce a higher level of foreboding due to a slew of data breaches that have imperiled electronic filing of tax returns.

April 6, 2015

Scientology Did It. How Do You Make Your Religion ‘Real’?

Many ascertain that Scientology is not only undeserving of tax exemption, but is simply not a real religion at all. It begs the question: When does a religion become “real”?

April 1, 2015

IRS Wars Heat Up Rules Of The Game

Democrats and Republicans are going to battle over the IRS.

February 11, 2015
Trump tax returns

A Tax Cut For Tax Cheats

Real fiscal conservatives would stop attacking the IRS.

February 4, 2015

New Study Proves America’s ‘Takers’ Are Better Givers Than Miserly Rich

While charitable donations by the wealthy plummeted, the poor gave more.

October 6, 2014

IRS In ‘Bunker Mentality’ As Interest Groups, Media Join Congress In Seeking Information

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Congress isn’t alone in trying to wrest answers out of the embattled Internal Revenue Service. The courts, public interest groups and the media are all struggling with uneven transparency and cooperation from the agency. News that the IRS cannot produce long-sought emails is rekindling complaints that […]

July 9, 2014

GOP Chases Fake IRS Scandal, But Makes The Real One Worse

With the exception of the 2012 Benghazi attacks, no Obama-era controversy has animated Republican imaginations quite like the one surrounding the Internal Revenue Service. Congressional Republicans’ version of the scandal originally went like this: President Obama ordered the IRS to target right-wing organizations applying for tax-exempt status as non-political “social welfare” groups, leading the agency […]

June 27, 2014

IRS Chief Refuses To Apologize For Lost Emails

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The head of the Internal Revenue Service refused to apologize Friday for lost emails in the scandal over the improper screening of conservative groups and denied more widespread computer failures. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), grilled IRS Commissioner John Koskinen about why […]

June 20, 2014

Democratic Rep. Mocks IRS Investigation: ‘Have You Ever Been In Benghazi?’ [Video]

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) mocked his GOP colleagues’ conspiracy-minded investigations on Friday, asking IRS Commissioner John Koskinen questions about Benghazi, President Obama’s birth certificate, and even Area 51 during a contentious hearing on Capitol Hill. Koskinen was testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee about the IRS’ efforts to recover emails that were lost […]

June 20, 2014

IRS Pushes Back New Rules for Dark Money Groups

by Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica. After intense criticism from both ends of the political spectrum, the Internal Revenue Service has delayed indefinitely proposed rules that would have imposed new limits on social welfare nonprofits, which have pumped hundreds of millions of dollars from anonymous donors into recent elections. The agency said yesterday it would postpone a […]

May 23, 2014

House GOP Holds IRS’ Lerner In Contempt, Seeks DOJ Special Prosecutor

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON—The House voted Wednesday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for her refusal to testify about the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. The 231-187 vote attracted just six of the most politically vulnerable Democrats. It was quickly followed by a 250-168 vote calling on […]

May 8, 2014