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  • IRS Scandal: I was targeted and I've got proof it was a Democratically-led conspiracy

    05/05/2015 8:57:29 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 05, 2015 | Wayne Allyn Root
    I was targeted by the IRS in a coordinated attack at the highest levels of government...and we now have the proof. My IRS files, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Judicial Watch, clearly implicate the IRS and a Democratic U.S. senator. "An IRS audit that required researching my political views clearly wasn’t a “normal random audit.” I was targeted for my political views. My civil rights were clearly violated." Per Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch: “The Obama IRS obstructed the release of Wayne Root’s tax documents. The abuse of process Judicial Watch and Wayne suffered through to...
  • Soros Uses His Foundations to Dodge Taxes

    05/02/2015 4:18:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 1, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    While Obama Inc. targets conservative groups, it isn’t going to annoy the guy who bought its boss his spot in the White House. Soros’ wealth increased tremendously during Obama’s time in office. And much of it came from dodging taxes. You know, the taxes he insists that middle class peons and small business owners need to be socked with. George Soros likes to say the rich should pay more taxes. A substantial part of his wealth, though, comes from delaying them. While building a record as one of the world’s greatest investors, the 84-year-old billionaire used a loophole that allowed...
  • Report: IRS takes big steps to stop tea party targeting

    04/30/2015 11:02:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2015 2:00 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    A government watchdog says the IRS has taken significant steps to stop agents from targeting political groups based on their names and policy positions. The agency’s inspector general says the IRS is doing a better job processing applications for tax-exempt status. In a report issued Thursday, he says the IRS has eliminated intrusive, unnecessary questions, and is processing applications faster. …
  • 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...
  • Oyster Farmer: ‘We Are Terrified’ Of The Government

    04/30/2015 7:54:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 63 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/29/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    The National Park Service used falsified data to shut down an 80-year-old oyster company in Point Reyes, Calif, its owner claims. Drakes Bay Oyster Company operated in Point Reyes for decades until National Park Service officials used falsified data to force Kevin Lunny’s family-run oyster farm to shut down. The experience has left its mark on Lunny: “We are terrified,” he told lawmakers during a hearing Thursday. “Let me be clear, we did not fail as a business,” Lunny said in his prepared testimony. “This was not bad luck. Rather, the Park Service engaged in a taxpayer-funded enterprise of corruption...
  • IRS watchdog finds 6,400 missing Lois Lerner emails

    04/29/2015 5:41:13 AM PDT · by yuffy · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 6:59 PM ET, Tue April 28, 2015 | By Chris Frates
    Washington (CNN)—The IRS watchdog investigating the disappearance of Lois Lerner's emails told a Senate committee it has found roughly 6,400 messages that have never before been turned over to Congress. Lerner was the IRS official at the center of allegations that the agency targeted tea party groups applying for nonprofit status. Congress requested Lerner's emails from the IRS and agency officials told lawmakers an unknown number of emails had been lost when Lerner's computer crashed. READ: No contempt charges for Lois Lerner The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration is in the process of turning the emails over to the...
  • 6,500 Lois Lerner emails recovered from backup tapes

    04/29/2015 7:36:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/29/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s an April miracle, Charlie Brown! While the old and largely forgotten IRS scandals have been replaced by whole news sets of scandals, I guess there was still some work going on in the background. The Inspector General for the Treasury announced this week that more than six thousand of Lois Lerner’s emails – lost when “her computer crashed” a few years ago – have been recovered from backup tapes and will be turned over. The Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration notified the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday that they have recovered thousands of Lois Lerner emails that were...
  • Thousands of new Lerner emails found

    04/28/2015 4:32:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 28, 2015 | Bernie Becker
    An inspector general investigating the IRS’s improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups has found thousands of emails from Lois Lerner, the agency official at the center of that controversy, according to committees involved in the probe. Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration (TIGTA) said it found roughly 6,400 emails either to or from Lerner from between 2004 and 2013 that it didn’t think the IRS had turned over to lawmakers, the congressional committees said. The committees have yet to examine the emails, aides on Capitol Hill said. The IRS said last year that Lerner’s computer crashed in 2011, leaving it...
  • John McCain Lashes Out at Judicial Watch over Damning IRS Doc Release

    04/28/2015 12:13:33 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 83 replies
    PJMedia ^ | April 27, 2015 - 2:19 pm | Debra Heine
    The IRS documents released by the government watchdog group on April 9 revealed that the senator, along with Senator Carl Levin, pressured the agency to go after political nonprofits – which turned out to be overwhelmingly conservative non-profits.. A May 1, 2013, email exchange between Lois Lerner and other top IRS staffers revealed that 11 days prior to Lerner’s admission in a ABA meeting that the IRS had “inappropriately” targeted conservative groups, she met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen....
  • 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...
  • Let Obamacare´s Subsidy Victims Suffer

    04/27/2015 4:00:13 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 14 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/27/2015 | David Catron
    The GOP seems determined to reinforce its reputation as “the stupid party.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other prominent Republicans plan to co-sponsor a piece of legislation introduced by Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson that, as he recently admitted in the Wall Street Journal, would allow Obamacare subsidies issued through federal exchanges to continue for two more years—even if the Supreme Court declares them illegal. This will not only mask the negative consequences of the sloppily-written law, it will antagonize the voters who reinstated the GOP congressional majority last November and provide yet more time for Obamacare to metastasize. Senator...
  • Ted Cruz gets specific on 'abolishing the IRS'

    04/27/2015 3:02:31 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 42 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 27, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz has been gunning to abolish the Internal Revenue Service since coming to Washington two years ago. To critics, it sounds like bluster. The fiery rhetoric garners hearty applause from conservative audiences, particularly since revelations in 2013 that the IRS targeted Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny. But some federal agency is going to have to collect taxes, so Cruz's vow to shutter the IRS smacks of a politically motivated campaign promise rather than serious policy — at least to some. In an interview with the Washington Examiner on Friday, the 2016 presidential candidate began to put some...
  • Clinton Foundation addresses disclosure of $31M Canadian donation, re-filing IRS revenue forms

    04/26/2015 8:19:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 4/26/15 | FOX NEWS
    The Clinton Foundation acknowledged Sunday that the nonprofit group “made mistakes” in IRS filings and defended its disclosure of controversial contributions from a Canadian financier, following days of intense public scrutiny about foundation finances. “We made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them,” foundation executive Maura Pally wrote on the foundation website. “And [we] have taken steps to ensure they don´t happen in the future.” The donations were called into question last week by Peter Schweizer, author of the soon-to-be-released book “Clinton Cash.” Schweizer found Canadian financier Frank Giustra gave $31.1
  • SATIRE

    04/26/2015 9:31:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-New/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 April 2015 | John Semmens
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen acknowledged that the number of employees assigned to assist taxpayers understand and file tax returns for 2014 was “less than it could’ve been.” Statistics bear out his assessment. It is estimated than less than half of those who phoned the IRS to ask for help actually got through. And of those who did many waited on hold for more than 30 minutes before speaking to an IRS agent. Koskinen defended the shortage of taxpayer help, saying that “we had higher priorities. For one, we had to implement the penalty enforcement phase of the Affordable Care Act....
  • Clinton charities will refile YEARS of tax returns after misreporting tens of millions of dollars

    04/23/2015 7:00:42 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 36 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 23, 2015 | Daily Mail
    Clinton charities will refile YEARS of tax returns after misreporting tens of millions of dollars in donations from foreign governments A Reuters investigation uncovered errors in tax returns filed by the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative For 3 years, the Clinton Foundation reported it had received nothing from foreign and U.S. governments - despite receiving millions previously It will now refile its tax returns from 2010, 2011 and 2012 but has not ruled out reviewing tax returns extending back as many as 15 years The Clinton Health Access Initiative is refiling forms from at least 2 years...
  • You Can’t — and Shouldn’t — Abolish the IRS [A critique of Ted Cruz's proposal]

    04/23/2015 7:05:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2015 | by PATRICK BRENNAN
    ‘Completely unworkable,” “irresponsible,” “happy talk,” “a disservice to the political process.” That’s just a sampling of what tax experts, most of them right of center, told me they think of one of the most popular lines from Ted Cruz’s stump speech, his promise to abolish the Internal Revenue Service. Senator Cruz has been talking about the idea for a couple of years now, but it got a bit more attention when he mentioned it in the speech he gave at Liberty University to officially launch his presidential campaign. You can expect the idea to get even more popular in light...
  • 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...
  • IRS FILES $70K TAX LIEN AGAINST MSNBC’S MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY

    04/20/2015 9:54:05 AM PDT · by Richardxc
    Breitbart ^ | 4/16/15 | John Nolte
    Dr. Peter Pry (Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security) warns that the consequences - of not being prepared for this event - are much more severe than one may think: “within a year of an EMP event at least 2 thirds or the us population will perish from starvation, disease and social collapse” Former CIA double agent (Reza Kahlili) who spent time in the Iranian Army confirmed that the Iranian have conducted missile tests of ships in the Caspian See that are consistent with an EMP attack: “They are going to get to the Gulf...
  • 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...
  • Cruz to Adam Carolla: "The Rich Have Done Well Under Big Government"; Young People Are...

    04/18/2015 9:46:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz phoned in on Friday's broadcast of the Adam Carolla Show to discuss his candidacy, the IRS and taxes, big government, his father's America compared to our current America, Jeb Bush and more. ADAM CAROLLA: Thank you so much for calling in and thank you so much for wanting to eliminate the IRS. It's driving me nuts. SEN. TED CRUZ: Well, I tell you April 16th is a day when a whole lot of folks want to move into a simple flat tax and just padlock the IRS. I think that is a powerful populist...
  • Government snooping through your emails without a warrant: Not just the NSA

    04/18/2015 6:13:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/18/15 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    The SEC and IRS, among other government agencies, love, love, love administrative subpoenas to snoop through emails without probable cause. Techdirt writes: The story that we keep hearing is that two government agencies in particular really like ECPA's outdated system: the IRS and the SEC. Since both only have administrative subpoena power, and not the ability to issue warrants like law enforcement, the lower standards of ECPA make it much easier for them to snoop through your emails without having to show probable cause. Last year, in a Congressional hearing, the SEC's boss, Mary Jo White, was questioned about this...
  • Which Companies Paid The Most Income Tax In 2014

    04/17/2015 9:25:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/17/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Apple's market capitalization of $730 billion may now be more than double that of Exxon Mobil, but when it comes to taxes paid to the US government, it's no contest: the company with record profitability that so many progressive hipsters adore and for whose products they line up with annual regularity is billions of dollars below its "fair" contribution to the US Treasury. Ironically, it is eclipsed by that other company that so many progressives love to hate: Exxon Mobil, which paid $4 billion more in tax than Apple, yet whose valuation has been cut by 15% over the past...
  • Fool Me

    04/18/2015 8:54:07 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-12-15 | Jerry Wynn
    Fool me once. We were told that the health care system was broken. As a result, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law with the promise that premiums would be lower, we could keep our doctors and our insurance. Fool me twice. When the IRS was accused of targeting conservative groups, the president said there was not even a "smidgen" of corruption. Of course the Department of Justice declined to investigate. Fool me thrice. When four Americans were killed in Benghazi, it was said the cause was an offensive video. Susan Rice went out on a Sunday morning and...
  • Ted Cruz’s frightening gun fanaticism: When a presidential contender encourages armed insurrection

    04/17/2015 11:48:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 135 replies
    Salon ^ | April 17, 2015 | Simon Maloy
    Ted Cruz thinks Americans should arm themselves against "tyranny," and Lindsey Graham thinks that's crazy. As incredible as it sounds, there’s an argument going on right now between two Republican senators (and, potentially, two Republican candidates for the presidency) over whether the American citizenry should be ready to fight a war against the federal government. The two senators in question are Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, and they can’t seem to agree whether the Second Amendment serves as bulwark against government “tyranny.” It all started with a fundraising email Cruz sent making the case that “The 2nd Amendment to the...
  • Finally: Congress is Trying to Abolish The Death Tax

    04/17/2015 12:28:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    They say there are two things that are certain in life: death and taxes. If you're a Democrat, you can add death taxes to that list. The death tax, which was being phased out by President Bush from 2001-2008 but revived by the Obama administration in 2009, currently sits at 40 percent. More background from Heritage: Estate tax (death tax) repeal. The Bush tax cuts phased out the death tax. It was supposed to be completely eliminated after 2009. However, after being dormant for one year in 2009, the 2010 deal between President Obama and Congress brought it back to life at...
  • Adam Carolla ‘Supports’ Ted Cruz, Thanks Him for Anti-IRS Stance

    04/17/2015 11:27:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 17, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Comedian and radio personality Adam Carolla is apparently a big fan of Sen. Ted Cruz. During a Friday morning interview with the Texas Republican, Carolla approved of the presidential candidate and personally thanked him for wanting to outright abolish the Internal Revenue Service. “Thank you so much for wanting to eliminate the IRS,” Carolla began the conversation. “It’s driving me nuts.” “I think that is a powerful populist issue and today is the day when its on people’s minds,” Cruz said, reminding listeners that Wednesday was Tax Day. Carolla argued that taxes are an important issue that gets overshadowed by...
  • Look at how many pages are in the federal tax code

    04/16/2015 8:00:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 4/15/2015 | Jason Russell
    As they rush to file their taxes by April 15, Americans are rightfully frustrated with the complexity of the 74,608-page-long federal tax code. The federal tax code is 187 times longer than it was a century ago, according to Wolters Kluwer, CCH, which has analyzed the federal tax code since 1913. Amazingly, in the first 26 years of the federal income tax, the tax code only grew from 400 to 504 pages. Even through President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, the tax code was well under 1,000 pages. Changes during World War II made the length of the tax code balloon...
  • Would You Let the I.R.S. Prepare Your Taxes?

    04/16/2015 7:28:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/16/2015 | Farhad Manjoo
    Around this time every year, Joseph Bankman, a professor of tax law at Stanford Law School and a longtime advocate of using technology to simplify tax filing, gets on the phone with reporters to explain what is wrong with how we do our taxes in the United States. Every year he says pretty much the same thing: No other industrialized country asks its citizens to jump through as many hoops to calculate their taxes as ours. It isn’t just lawmakers or the hapless-seeming Internal Revenue Service that is perpetuating the annoyance of tax time, he adds. Instead it is the...
  • Leftists Celebrate Tax Day By Protesting For Higher Minimum Wage

    04/16/2015 7:12:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    Wednesday marks Tax Day in the United States, the day when Americans are obligated to turn in their taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Income Transfer, Not Income Tax

    04/16/2015 3:58:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Campaigning for reelection, President Barack Obama often talked about the importance of everyone paying their "fair share" of taxes. The assumption was that there was general agreement about what fair share means. The underlying message is that those who earn more should pay more than they already are; that what the top 10 percent are paying is just not enough. This week, a Wall Street Journal article titled "Top 20 Percent of Earners Pay 84 Percent of Income Tax" by Laura Saunders provides a different perspective than we are used to hearing regarding who pays what income taxes. Nearly "half...
  • IRS Commissioner: Obamacare Contributes to Longer Wait Times for Tax Help

    04/15/2015 6:10:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 15, 2015 - 1:16 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen told members of Congress Wednesday that taxpayers who call the IRS seeking help on their taxes this year face an average wait time of half an hour, and only about 40 percent of calls are actually answered. The situation, which Koskinen admitted is “abysmal,” is partly due to the agency’s forced role in implementing President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act (ACA), or Obamacare, he explained. “At this point, when you get through—if you get through—it on average would have taken you about 28 to 30 minutes,” Koskinen told members of the...
  • Fraud and the IRS

    04/15/2015 5:07:37 PM PDT · by lyby · 27 replies
    lyby ^ | 4-15-2015 | lyby
    I have believed for close to 20 years that the 16th amendment was never properly ratified and that the IRS and all the shenanigans we citizens go through every year is ILLEGAL. For all of my adult life, I have spent 6 months dreading tax season and then 6 months worrying if maybe I had done something wrong when filing them. This year, when our tax preparer (for the first time in my adult life, we actually hired a preparer as I believed that a citizen should NOT have to pay someone else to do their taxes, as it should...
  • Tax Day: A Good Day For a Class War

    04/15/2015 8:32:12 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-15-2015 | MOTUS
    So, it’s tax day.And you know what that means: it’s the day we celebrate the redistribution of wealth rather than its creation. It’s the day the government decides how much of what you make belongs to them - to give to somebody else. Or more to the point, it’s the day the ‘have lot’s’ ante up for the benefit of the ‘have gotz’.It should be interesting to see how President–in-waiting Hillary, champion of the proletariat, celebrates the day. She will most likely  emphasize the the income gap between the haves and the have nots because nothing stirs the heart to...
  • How the IRS repeatedly rewrites Obamacare tax credit provisions

    04/15/2015 5:59:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 15, 2015 | By Jonathan H. Adler
    The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell argue that an IRS regulation unlawfully extends tax credit eligibility beyond what is expressly authorized under Section 1401 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). It appears that this sort of administrative rewrite of the PPACA may be more the rule than the exception. These IRS rewrites have potential consequences beyond the extension of tax credits beyond what Congress authorized. As with the regulatory change expanding tax credit eligibility to some unlawful aliens, the IRS cited no authority for making this change. Fairly administering this law requires implementing it as written, and...
  • Abolish the IRS: The current tax system damages the economy and civil liberties

    04/14/2015 6:31:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/14/2015 | Richard Rahn
    Abolish the Internal Revenue Service? IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has said the government must have an IRS to collect the taxes to fund the government. Mr. Koskinen is right that no matter what kind of tax system we have, there needs to be a tax collection bureau. But those in favor of abolishing the present IRS are correct in that the United States certainly can get along perfectly well without the politicized, abusive and rights-trampling tax agency the IRS has become. Mr. Koskinen and others who defend the IRS claim the problem is with the tax law, which is written...
  • IRS: Mistakes Were Made

    04/13/2015 5:19:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/13/15 | staff
    Judicial Watch has just released a new batch of documents forced out of the IRS that show the Obama administration’s scandalous misuse of the IRS to target Tea Party and other conservatives goes far deeper than realized. Included in the new batch of documents is a February 2012 email from Lois Lerner, who was then head of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations Branch, asking that a special program be set up to “put together some training points to help [IRS staffers] understand the potential pitfalls” of revealing too much information to Congress. Amid the hundreds of released pages, Judicial Watch also...
  • Sowell: The New Inquisition

    04/13/2015 11:39:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 14, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    How long will this country remain free? Probably only as long as the American people value their freedom enough to defend it. But how many people today can stop looking at their electronic devices long enough to even think about such things? Meanwhile, attempts to shut down people whose free speech interferes with other people's political agendas go on, with remarkably little notice, much less outrage. The Internal Revenue Service's targeting the tax-exempt status of conservative groups is just one of these attempts to fight political battles by shutting up the opposition, rather than answering them. Another insidious attempt to...
  • Sheriff Clarke: How Is Al Sharpton Not In Jail?

    04/12/2015 7:35:27 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (D) declared on Thursday,“I’m trying to figure out why Al Sharpton isn’t in federal prison for tax evasion.” Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (D) declared on Thursday,“I’m trying to figure out why Al Sharpton isn’t in federal prison for tax evasion.”
  • VANITY: How long are tax refunds taking?

    04/10/2015 5:23:07 PM PDT · by Rio · 101 replies
    Rio | 4/10/2015 | Rio
    My first-ever vanity post... After some amount of web-surfing, it sounds like the IRS is claiming that processing tax returns and issuing refunds may be expected to take longer than normal. They blame this variously on a long-ago shutdown , Obamacare, and lack of funding. So I'm soliciting actual FReeper experiences with 2014 tax refunds and how long it took to get them. If you filed and received your refund, I'd be interested to know roughly when you filed and how long it took. If you filed and HAVEN'T yet received a refund, same thing. Full disclosure: I e-filed last...
  • 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...
  • Congress Must Step Up and Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws: IRS Agents are acting like thugs.

    04/09/2015 8:24:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/09/2015 | Jason Pye
    “I did not serve three combat tours in Iraq only to come home and be extorted,” Andrew Clyde, a US Navy veteran, told an oddly united House Ways and Means subcommittee in a February hearing. Clyde is now a gun store owner near Athens, Georgia, a college town located roughly 70 miles outside of Atlanta. He told members of the subcommittee about his experience with the Internal Revenue Service, which seized $950,000 from his business’ bank account in April of 2013 through civil asset forfeiture. The Bank Secrecy Act requires financial institutions to report cash deposits over $10,000 to the...
  • 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,...
  • Christians Under Attack: Leftists Urge IRS to Attack Liberty University

    04/07/2015 6:46:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Larry Provost
    Leftists are now openly asking the IRS to once again threaten the tax exempt status of a non-profit. This time it is Liberty University. Recently, Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States on twitter. This was the first time twitter was used for such an announcement. This was historic in of itself. Later that day, the Senator’s first public speech after his announcement was at Liberty University. President Falwell of Liberty University clearly stated that Cruz’s appearance was not an endorsement of his candidacy. This is in keeping with university tradition as well as...
  • A Flawed Legal Analysis Is Helping Lois Lerner

    04/06/2015 1:27:41 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 04/04/2015 | Hans von Spakovsky
    On March 31, Ronald Machen, the outgoing U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, wrote House Speaker John Boehner to inform him that the Justice Department would not present Lois Lerner’s contempt citation to a federal grand jury. The letter explaining his decision is an exercise in misdirection—the kind of misdirection that magicians use to fool an audience. Why? Because at no point in his detailed, seven-page legal analysis does Machen mention the most important point demonstrating that Lerner did, in fact, waive her Fifth Amendment right.
  • Lois Lerner Gets Off - Hillary Clinton Breathes Easier

    04/06/2015 9:42:58 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 6, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: The Justice Department says Lois Lerner, who used her IRS office to target the Tea Party, didn't waive her Fifth Amendment rights before Congress and won't be prosecuted for contempt over her missing emails. Until former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is called to testify under oath before Congress about her multiple private email accounts on a personal server kept in her Chappaqua, N.Y., home, she won't get a chance to plead the Fifth Amendment as former IRS official Lois Lerner did in May 2013 before the House Oversight Committee regarding her division's targeting of Tea Party groups.
  • The IRS Wants to Convince Millennials It's Cool to Work There

    04/06/2015 9:40:09 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    bloomberg | April 6, 2015
    Linky only.
  • IRS, Congress Hold Our Liberty in Contempt

    04/06/2015 9:00:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2015 | Ron Paul
    This week the Justice Department announced it would not charge former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner with contempt of Congress. Some members of Congress requested that Lerner be charged with contempt after she refused to testify at a congressional hearing investigating her role in denying or delaying the applications for tax-exempt status of "tea party" and pro-limited government organizations. Cynics might suggest it is not surprising that a former government official would avoid prosecution for refusing to tell Congress about how federal employees abused their power to help the incumbent administration. These cynics have a point, but the...
  • Who Will Be Blamed for <i>King v. Burwell</i> ‘Chaos’?

    04/06/2015 4:38:42 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 13 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/6/2015 | David Catron
    A Supreme Court ruling against the Obama administration in King v. Burwell, according to conventional Beltway wisdom, will create serious political problems for governors and legislators in the 34 states that declined to set up Obamacare insurance exchanges. Most of these officials are Republicans, the thinking goes, and will thus be blamed for letting petty partisanship deprive their constituents of subsidies while plunging state insurance markets into chaos. Public wrath, we are told, will eventually force them to create PPACA exchanges. However, a new voter survey conducted in the affected states suggests that this is very unlikely to occur. According...
  • Federal Judge Hands Tea Party Huge Victory Against the IRS

    04/05/2015 5:19:16 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 28 replies
    Red Statements ^ | 04-05-2015 | Steven Ahle
    A federal judge has ordered the IRS to hand over a list of 298 Tea Party groups that were targeted by Obama the IRS for extra scrutiny in an effort to keep them from working against Obama in the 2012 election. This is an important development since the Tea Party groups are looking to be certified for a class action suit. That in itself is a big development for the groups but more importantly, once they are granted class action status, they can begin to ask for large quantities of emails, files and other evidence during the discovery phase.