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  • Senate Democrats Choose Illegal Aliens Over Disabled Vets in Key Budget Vote

    12/18/2013 10:33:25 AM PST · by montag813 · 32 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 12-18-2013 | John Urban
    Above: Illegal aliens made out like banditos thanks to Harry Reid and Senate Democrats. Disabled vets? Not so much.- They actually did it. They are on the record. Senate Democrats, led by their filibuster-slaying dictator Harry Reid, actually put the interests of illegal aliens above those of our disabled military veterans.Let that sink in for a moment. Now the details: The two-year budget deal brokered by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, would cut military pensions by $6 billion over ten years. Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, joined by several others in his party, tried...
  • IRS refunded $4 billion to identity thieves last year, inspector general's report says

    11/07/2013 3:26:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 7, 2013
    The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities, with some of the money going to addresses in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Ireland, according to an inspector general's report released Thursday. The IRS sent a total of 655 tax refunds to a single address in Lithuania, and 343 refunds went to a lone address in Shanghai. In the U.S., more fraudulent returns went to Miami than any other city. Other top destinations were Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta and Houston.
  • IRS improperly paid out $132 billion in tax credits

    10/22/2013 3:42:40 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    CBS. News.Com ^ | Oct. 20 | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    According to the report, improper payments in the past decade, from 2003 through 2012, totaled up to $132.6 billion dollars, peaking during the 2010 economic crisis at $18.4 billion dollars. The report says the IRS was unable to show it has taken proper steps to fix the problem after the inspector general flagged it in 2008. Here's how the tax credit works: low income working families get a credit that reduces their tax bill. The size of the credit depends on their income and number of children. If the credit is larger than what they owe, or they pay no...
  • IRS paid more than $110 billion in improper tax credits

    10/22/2013 11:51:53 AM PDT · by don-o · 16 replies
    AP - via Fox News ^ | October 22, 2013
    Treasury investigator says the Internal Revenue Service has paid out more than $110 billion in tax credits over the past decade to people who didn't qualify for them. The Earned Income Tax Credits were intended for poor working families. In a report released Tuesday, the IRS inspector general said more than one-fifth of all credits paid under the program went to people who didn't qualify.
  • IRS erroneously paid out $132.6 billion in tax credits since 2003

    10/22/2013 10:28:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 22, 2013 | Caroline May
    The Internal Revenue Service improperly paid up to $13.6 billion in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) last fiscal year alone, according to a government report. For the uninitiated, the EITC is a refundable tax credit for low to moderate-income individuals and families. An individual or family does not have to pay taxes to qualify for the credit, but must file a tax return. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the Internal Revenue Service’s rate of improper EITC payments for fiscal year 2012 was between 21 to 25 percent. That year, EITC payments totaled $62 billion. Inspector...
  • The Healthcare Act is really about confiscation of tax refunds

    10/18/2013 9:14:42 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 26 replies
    Thought | 18 October 2013 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    The Healthcare Act just forced upon Americans was pushed through with deceit by telling ignorant Americans they would receive healthcare at reasonable premiums. It turns out (as usual) that it was all a lie. What the Healthcare Act is, in fact, is a way to more thoroughly tax citizens without provoking a revolution. Millions of younger Americans never carried insurance because with good health they didn't need to. Now, the government is going to force EVERY adult to have healthcare. Many companies have dropped healthcare or have cut hours to 29 per week to not have to incur the costs...
  • IRS Sent $46 Million in Tax Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens

    06/24/2013 8:27:45 AM PDT · by kimtom · 25 replies
    www.theblaze.com ^ | Jun. 21, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    IRS Sent $46 Million in Tax Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens — All at the SAME Address in Atlanta The IRS sent more than $46 million in tax refunds to 23,994 “unauthorized” alien workers who all listed the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to an audit report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). However, the Atlanta address that received millions of dollars in refunds was not the only address apparently housing thousands of “unauthorized” aliens. In fact, it wasn’t even the only address in Atlanta that was claiming such a situation. The TIGTA audit...
  • FOLLOW THE MONEY . . . ORGANIZED CRIME AND THE IRS

    05/28/2013 10:39:29 AM PDT · by MrChips · 19 replies
    5/28/2013 | MrChips
    Forgive the original post, please, but there is something that keeps bothering me that I just need to vent. In all this scandal news surrounding the IRS, all the hours and hours of televised commentary about it, I have never once heard anybody mention the recent (and ongoing) scandal involving Identity Theft at the IRS. Not only have tens of thousands of people had their identities stolen via the use by others of their social security numbers to file returns . . . I am a victim, myself . . . but, it is also the case that billions of...
  • 13 Investigates: IRS Tax loophole

    05/11/2012 5:09:41 AM PDT · by JaguarXKE · 3 replies
    Indianapolis News Video ^ | 11 May 2012 | 13 Investigates
    Eyewitness News shows a massive tax loophole that provides billions of dollars in tax credits to undocumented workers and, in many cases, people who have never set foot in the United states.
  • Illinois out of money for income tax refunds

    06/29/2011 3:06:06 AM PDT · by blueyon · 43 replies
    JPStar ^ | 6/28/2011 | Doug Finke
    SPRINGFIELD — With the start of a new budget year just two days away, thousands of Illinois businesses are still waiting for state income tax refunds dating back to 2009. The Illinois Department of Revenue said Tuesday it would end the fiscal year June 30 still owing about $620 million in business income tax refunds. As of June 21, the department still owed 7,572 business income tax refunds, although spokeswoman Sue Hofer said the number by the end of the month would be lower because some since have been paid. The oldest of the overdue refunds goes back to April...
  • Lax IRS Misspends Billions Each Year : Billions in refunds to people who don't deserve them

    02/17/2011 7:07:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/17/2011 | Clarice Feldman
    The Washington Examiner reports that the IRS failed its own audit, having been found to have made billions in refunds to people who don't deserve them using a program that by 2014 could result in $65 billion being given away to unqualified recipients. Federal auditors say a quarter of all checks sent out by the Earned Income Tax Credit program are undeserved, making it the second highest source of improper payments from the federal government. The EITC is a kind of reverse-tax program for low- and moderate- income individuals. If the federal tax credit is more than the amount of...
  • IRS Agent Accused of Stealing Tax Refunds (NY)

    12/17/2010 7:43:15 PM PST · by STARWISE · 31 replies · 2+ views
    NBCNewYork ^ | 12-18-10
    *snip* Fern Stephens, a revenue officer at the Internal Revenue Service, is being charged by the U.S. Attorney's office for stealing more than $160,000 in unclaimed tax funds from 12 taxpayers, according to federal court documents. *snip* Stephens also allegedly took advantage of her position in the IRS to put in fake tax refund requests and transfers in an IRS computer system so the money would go right back to her or relatives and friends.
  • Crist Flip Flops Yet Again

    08/29/2010 1:26:37 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 13 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 08/29/10 | CaroleL
    Florida Governor and US Senate candidate Charlie Crist is getting so good at changing positions on an issue, he can now do it within the same televised interview. Appearing on CNN's State of the Union program today, the no-party-affiliated candidate was asked if he would return campaign contributions given by Republican donors before he abandoned the GOP. Mr. Crist's first response: "we'll give it back to people who had asked for it." But just a moment later he said, "People gave money to a good cause, I'm going to spend it on a good cause and that's how I feel...
  • Extra Tax Refunds Giving Consumers A Short-Term Boost

    04/19/2010 9:18:11 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 28 replies · 1,025+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 4/19/2010 | Jed Graham
    Amid all the optimism that the consumer is back, it’s worth considering one of the reasons why: a huge tax refund season. As the economy was nose-diving last spring, most people probably overlooked the record-smashing $259 billion in refunds awarded (as of April 24) — roughly $40 billion, or 17% ahead of the 2008 tax season. Back then, panic was in the air, consumers were retrenching and the refunds acted as a Band-Aid on an open wound. But this year, with an economic upturn under way, an even more rewarding tax season is serving more as a vitamin boost. New...
  • IRS Looking Into Tapping Into Refunds For Health Insurance Penalties

    04/06/2010 12:04:12 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies · 495+ views
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | April 6, 2010 | annem040359
    This comes to me as no surprise, the IRS now getting creative with enforcing the new healthcare reform bill. From Reuters, the IRS is looking at tapping into income tax refunds, in order to collect any fines from people who refuse to buy health insurance. According to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman said after speaking at the National Press Club, he has said that under the new law, “the IRS cannot seize assets or levy fines”, so Mr. Shulman has added that it would be “that the refunds were the most obvious option to collect penalties”.
  • Lawmakers Push For Speedier Tax Refunds : Some States Delay Tax Refunds To Shore Up Budgets

    03/31/2010 6:19:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies · 312+ views
    ap ^ | March 31,2010 | CHRIS BLANK
    Give people their money. It's the rallying cry of lawmakers around the country pushing back against states that are delaying tax refunds to shore up their budgets. Hawaii, North Carolina and New York are delaying refunds this year. Minnesota delayed some business tax refunds last year and may do so again. Alabama is waiting to send out millions of dollars in refunds until it has the cash.
  • Lawmakers Press States to Speed Taxpayer Refunds

    04/01/2010 6:10:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 11 replies · 393+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | April 01, 2010 | Associated Press
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Give people their money. It's the rallying cry of lawmakers around the country pushing back against states that are delaying tax refunds to shore up their budgets. Holding on to the refunds allows states to use the money for other purposes, earn interest on it or simply wait until there's enough cash to cover the checks. But the cost can be an unhappy public. "It's not the state's money, it's the people's money," said Missouri Rep. Jason Smith, R-Salem. "It's money they've overpaid to the state, and they deserve to get their money back in a...
  • Some States Delaying Tax Refund Payments (including at least one "conservative" State!)

    03/18/2010 4:09:50 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies · 971+ views
    CBS News ^ | 2010-03-13
    (CBS) Some states suffering severe, recession-induced budget problems are holding off on paying tax refunds to people and businesses. North Carolina, Hawaii and Alabama are already doing it and others, such as New York and Kansas, might. The states are holding or may hold onto your money as long as they can because they need to use it for other purposes, tax expert and attorney Barbara Weltman told "Early Show" Saturday Edition" co-anchor Chris Wragge. You'll eventually get your refund, but when depends on where you live, she explained. Laws differ from state-to-state, but most states have to issue a...
  • New York State Tax Refunds Put On Hold (CORRUPT DEMS AT WORK)

    03/18/2010 3:59:00 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies · 1,225+ views
    Gov. Paterson Freezes $500 Million, Says Financial Situation The Case, Won't Start Sending Again Until April 1 Embattled Governor: $1.5 Billion In School Aid Next To Be Halted NEW YORK (CBS) ― For hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, the check won't be in the mail -- at least not on time. New York State has stopped paying tax refunds and won't start again until next month. The tax refund delay is part of a bigger cash crunch. Message to New Yorkers: don't start spending your tax refund money because it's going to be delayed. Half a billion dollars' worth...
  • Many states considering holding tax refunds to help balance budget

    03/12/2010 1:26:01 PM PST · by pabianice · 27 replies · 922+ views
    Fox News Channel | 3/12/10
    More states considering holding individual 2009 tax refunds until August/September. Other states to garnish wages for taxes due.
  • States may hold onto tax refunds for months

    03/12/2010 9:18:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies · 1,004+ views
    ncbm ^ | 3/12/10 | William M. Welch, USA TODAY
    Residents eager to get their state tax refunds may have a long wait this year: The recession has tied up cash and caused officials in half a dozen states to consider freezing refunds, in one case for as long as five months. States from New York to Hawaii that have been hard-hit by the economic downturn say they have either delayed refunds or are considering doing so because of budget shortfalls.
  • Cash-Strapped States Delay Paying Income-Tax Refunds

    03/06/2010 10:35:33 AM PST · by cajuncow · 176 replies · 4,669+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 3-5-10 | cnbc
    This year, more Americans and businesses may be asking: Where's my tax refund? That's because cash-strapped states such as North Carolina, Alabama and Hawaii have been forced to slow down issuing income tax refunds to individuals and businesses because of a lack of funds in their budget. Kansas has hinted that a delay might be possible, and processing paper refunds in Iowa has slowed because the state doesn't haven't enough employees to get them processed faster. Another state, New York, is still considering whether they'll follow the likes of Hawaii and delay refund payments.
  • Pitchfork and Torch Alert: California May Issue IOU's for Tax Refunds

    01/01/2009 1:30:27 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 45 replies · 1,625+ views
    The Patriot Room | January 1, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    These greedy SOB's overtax the people, confiscate their tax dollars every week, blow the cash on useless, unproductive government programs, and now they don't have any of the people's money to give back after "borrowing" it - interest free - all year. From MSNBC. If you expect you'll be getting a refund from California when you file your 2008 state income tax return, be prepared: you may instead receive a "registered warrant." Translation: an IOU. Well, I have a few suggestions on how to deal with these reprobates. More . . .
  • FREEP RNC 1-202-863-8500, NRSC for refunds of campaign donations for "Senate Bailout Treason"

    10/01/2008 10:01:26 PM PDT · by TheEaglehasLanded · 19 replies · 1,251+ views
    Senate Conservatives ^ | October 1, 2008 | the eagle has landed
    We had Here's the quick list of the senators who voted NO on bailout/economic rescue. "Our gang of 15" Allard (R) Barasso (R) Brownback (R) Bunning (R) Cochran (R) Crapo (R) DeMint (R) Dole (R) Enzi (R) Inhofe (R) Roberts (R) Sessions (R) Shelby (R) Vitter (R) Wicker (R)
  • Edwards’ Campaign Quietly Refunds Contributions to Bundlers, Big Backers

    08/25/2008 7:34:30 AM PDT · by mondoreb · 7 replies · 118+ views
    DBKP ^ | August 25, 2008 | LBG
    The Edwards '08 Campaign for President has quietly refunded almost $4 million to individual contributors, a number of them, bundlers and big backers. This should be news to Warren Buffet who recently mused that Edwards' supporters should get together and file a class action suit. It seems another "class" has already had their contributions refunded--and it's not the "grassroots" little guys. We had no idea the campaign was handing out refunds until we happened to come across the information while perusing the site OpenSecrets.org and the data supplied to the Federal Election Commission by the Edwards' campaign. We were baffled,...
  • John Edwards Scandal: Many Big Edwards Donors Got Refunds in March

    08/25/2008 2:35:55 AM PDT · by mondoreb · 5 replies · 167+ views
    DBKP ^ | August 25, 2008 | Mondoreb
    * The John Edwards' campaign has already refunded $3,831,398 to contributors--many who contributed the maximum of $2300. * 2,247 donors have already received money back from the John Edwards--many who are trial attorneys and political "bundlers"--and most received it back on March 24. * Refunds to small donors under $100 have accounted for only 1/5th of one percent, so far, according to Open Secrets.com. * The Edwards campaign still has $4,791,200 cash on hand, according to its July 31, 2008 filing. For any readers who gave money to the John Edwards' campaign and are now upset that perhaps that...
  • Retailers crack down on serial returns (Short-term 'owners' costing firms billions)

    02/18/2008 11:02:07 AM PST · by Cagey · 249 replies · 652+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 2-18-2008 | Jenn Abelson
    Jimmy Deignan's first time was with a $500 portable DVD player. He bought it a few years ago at Best Buy for a Boston-to-Los Angeles flight, knowing he would return it for a full refund when he got back. More recently, in November, rather than spending $600 to rent a LCD projector for a business presentation, the Holden resident purchased one at Staples, then returned it a few days later and got his money back. The way Deignan sees it, he is just a smart shopper: He gets the things he needs, uses them for as long as he wants,...
  • Congressional Tax Blundering

    11/23/2007 1:32:29 AM PST · by gpapa · 4 replies · 136+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 22, 2007 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON -- Habitual congressional gridlock usually has no impact on the lives of ordinary Americans. But what happened on the Senate floor last Friday just before lawmakers recessed for their Thanksgiving break will delay tax refunds next year for some 50 million taxpayers who count on them. The underlying reason is a 38-year-old congressional tax blunder that never has been corrected. In 1969, Congress passed the alternative minimum tax (AMT) to collect from 155 tax-avoiding millionaires. But because the scheme was not indexed for inflation, this year alone it would hit 23 million extra people with taxes higher than intended....
  • Hsu victims get no refunds from candidates (U.S. Treasury, charities big winners)

    10/23/2007 6:10:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 81+ views
    Politico.com ^ | 10/23/07 | Ben Smith
    Hsu victims get no refunds from candidatesBy: Ben Smith Oct 23, 2007 05:38 PM EST Source invested $40 million with Hsu in what its backers believed to be an apparel industry venture. Photo: AP When Democratic megadonor Norman Hsu was exposed as a scam artist, Democrats scrambled to get rid of the cash he had shoveled into their campaigns. They gave his contributions away to recipients from Habitat for Humanity to the U.S. Treasury to an upstate New York school for autistic children. There is a set of deserving recipients who haven’t seen a dime, however: Norman Hsu’s victims. A...
  • Unclaimed Money

    03/06/2006 6:00:46 PM PST · by txroadkill · 3 replies · 295+ views
    Unclaimed Property ^ | 3/6/06 | me
    Our Association consists of state officials charged with the responsibility of collecting and reuniting lost owners with their unclaimed property. This site was developed by state unclaimed property experts to assist you - free of charge - in your efforts to search for funds that may belong to you or your relatives. If you are ready to begin looking for possible lost assets, select the "Find Property" link on the left side. If you have questions about unclaimed property, we invite you to go to the other sections of our site using the navigation links at the side and top...
  • Tax refunds are windfall for Uncle Sam, not you (Printer Friendly)

    02/14/2005 3:59:01 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 27 replies · 914+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 02/13/2005 | Jack Naudi
    The Question: I'm getting a big federal tax refund. What now? Sometime between now and April 15, John and Jane Doe expect to file a tax return along with about 130 million other Americans. And like 126 million federal income tax filers, the Does will receive a refund. As the average American family, they'll get back $1,800. Boy are they happy. But what should they do with it? John's thinking about a down payment on a car. The kids have visions of Disneyland. Jane wants to put it away for the kids' college education. The Check: A windfall or a...
  • (9th Circuit) Court: Feds must order refunds to California energy ratepayers (~$2.8 billion)

    09/09/2004 4:58:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 480+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 9/9/04 | John Woolfolk and Chuck Carroll
    Federal regulators must order retroactive refunds to California residents for electricity overcharges they paid during the energy crisis, a U.S. appeals court ruled today in a decision that could force power companies to return about $2.8 billion. The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ``abused its administrative discretion by declining to order refunds'' because the agency ``improperly concluded that retroactive refunds were not legally available.'' The court, however, declined to order refunds itself and said that should be determined by the federal regulators. It wasn't immediately known whether the energy companies at the heart...
  • Another Happy Taxpayer on April 15th (or something like that)

    04/15/2004 1:29:14 PM PDT · by Prime Choice · 7 replies · 201+ views
    Sacred Cow Burgers ^ | 04/15/2004 | Sacred Cow Burgers
  • A tough stint on the IRS prize patrol

    12/04/2003 8:14:35 AM PST · by Holly_P · 1 replies · 142+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 11/30/03 | Peter Rowe
    As jobs go, it's not as hopeless as running the Michael Jackson Day Care Center or chaperoning Paris Hilton. But giving away cash is brutal, soul-crushing work. Maybe it's my technique. Recently, a friend who labors for – speaking of life-sapping jobs – the Internal Revenue Service slipped me a document that's as fat as a phone book. It lists 3,300 San Diego County taxpayers who are richer than they think they are. All 3,300 filed their 2003 taxes. All had refunds coming. None, for a whole host of "the-dog-ate-my-Form-1040" excuses, received the bucks they have coming. In some cases,...
  • Tax refunds expected to jump 27%

    11/14/2003 7:00:52 AM PST · by BlackRazor · 16 replies · 152+ views
    USA Today ^ | 11/13/03 | Barbara Hagenbaugh
    <p>WASHINGTON — Taxpayers' refund checks will increase nearly 27% to an average $2,500 per family early next year, according to new forecasts from tax experts and economists, who say the windfalls will aid consumers, the economy and President Bush's re-election campaign. As a result of the 2003 tax cut, about 8 million families who did not receive refunds this year will likely get them in 2004, says tax software publisher Petz Enterprises. It estimates refunds for the tax season will go to 108 million households vs. 100 million this year and will total $227 billion. That's up 38% from 2003. Merrill Lynch estimates total refunds from February through May will be up 34% from this year.</p>
  • IRS is looking for you

    10/28/2003 5:19:18 AM PST · by Arrowhead1952 · 133+ views
    AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF ^ | Tuesday, October 28, 2003 | By Steven Kreytak
    Refund checks await 22,000 Texans If you are one of almost 22,000 Texans on a new IRS list, the federal tax collecting agency is looking for you. There's nothing to worry about, though; the Internal Revenue Service wants to give you money. The agency announced Monday that it has undelivered income tax refunds for Texans totaling more than $11.8 million. That includes $974,000 for 1,517 people in Austin. Some of the dough is from the refund checks that bounce back to the agency every year, usually after people move. About two-thirds of the money in Texas was sent out after...
  • IRS Urges Taxpayers to Claim Refunds [$118M sitting unclaimed]

    10/27/2003 10:53:27 AM PST · by yonif · 8 replies · 356+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/27/2003 | MARY DALRYMPLE, AP Tax Writer
    WASHINGTON - More than $118 million in tax refunds and advance child credit payments owed to more than 200,000 taxpayers went undelivered this summer, the Internal Revenue Service (news - web sites) said Monday. "All we need is a good address. As soon as we get the correct address, we can start the check on its way," IRS Commissioner Mark Everson said. Families who expected but didn't receive an advance child credit payment this summer must act by Dec. 5 to claim an undelivered refund this year. After the deadline, families must wait until they file their 2003 tax returns...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 8-02-03

    08/02/2003 10:23:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies · 194+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 8-02-03 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryAugust 2, 2003 President's Radio Address      Audio THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week, we received some encouraging news on the economy. The nation's economy grew faster than expected in the second quarter. Manufacturers are receiving more orders and their inventories need to be replenished, home builders are busy meeting near-record demand, and retailers report that consumers are buying more goods. Many economists expect that growth will accelerate in the coming months. Yet this week's employment report also shows that many Americans who want to work are still having trouble finding a job. My administration...
  • Bigger paychecks on the way.(As of July 1, companies are implementing the new tax rates.)

    07/02/2003 9:00:31 AM PDT · by finnman69 · 25 replies · 200+ views
    CNNfn ^ | 7/2/03 | Les Christie
    <p>NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Get ready for a fatter paycheck.</p> <p>July 1 marks the day when employers begin implementing the lower withholding rates mandated by the new tax law signed into law this spring.For some households that will meanan extra $20 or more a paycheck (hey, it adds up).</p>
  • California says nation watching its power-refund fight

    05/27/2003 2:38:40 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 193+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | Tuesday, May 27, 2003 | DANIEL TAUB Bloomberg News
    <p>If price-gouging traders and producers aren't forced to pay, smaller states may balk at deregulating their power markets.</p> <p>SACRAMENTO – Most states in the nation won't deregulate their wholesale power markets unless federal regulators order refunds when generators manipulate markets and defraud customers, California officials said.</p>
  • California: Energy refunds remain elusive - many companies low on cash

    08/20/2002 10:59:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 226+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 20, 2002 | Mark Martin, Chronicle Staff Writer
    <p>California continues to build its claim that the state was unfairly gouged by power companies last year, but but consumers paying record-high electricity rates shouldn't expect to see refund checks anytime soon.</p> <p>While Gov. Gray Davis loudly maintains the state is owed $8.9 billion by the nation's generators, experts say the final tally will be nowhere near that high even if California wins its case.</p>
  • Boost for energy refund hopes

    08/14/2002 8:01:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 272+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/14/02 | Carrie Peyton Dahlberg
    <p>In a report that offers California hope for an extra $1 billion in refunds for electricity market abuses, federal regulators Tuesday said the natural gas prices used to calculate the refunds may have been manipulated.</p> <p>The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission also launched formal investigations of five energy companies suspected of manipulating electricity prices and indicated it may target their corporate profits for repayments. And it again asked Congress for more authority to punish abusers.</p>
  • (Washington &)Oregon opposes demands for (FERC-Cal Power Crisis related) energy refunds

    06/03/2002 11:11:05 AM PDT · by Robert357 · 12 replies · 185+ views
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | June 3, 2002 | A.P.
    PORTLAND -- Oregon regulators are among groups pushing the federal government to investigate electricity markets during the energy crisis of 2000-2001. But unlike some, Oregon doesn't want federal regulators to order refunds for victims of price gouging or other illegal trading activities. Refunds, said the Oregon Public Utility Commission, "would punish the innocent along with the wrongdoers" and "be unfair, inequitable and impractical." The comments, in documents submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week, hint at the complexities of a federal investigation that began 3 1/2 months ago. The comments also expose the divergent opinions held by the...
  • Tampa, Fla. Court Documents-Actor Wesley Snipes Files Bogus $7 Million IRS Tax Refund Claim

    05/23/2002 9:23:47 AM PDT · by codebreaker · 36 replies · 1,199+ views
    The Smoking Gun, Federal Court Records, Tampa Bay Florida ^ | May 23, 2002 | Featured Document Staff 'Document of the Day'
    A popular tax evasion scheme--involving the claim that tax is only owed if income is derived from a foriegn corporation--was cited by Actor Wesley Snipes in a bizarre bid to secure an unwarranted $7.4 million dollar tax refund, according to douments filed Tuesday in a federal court in Tampa, Florida.As aprt of a complaint filed by outlaw tax prepaper Dougals Rosile, government lawyers filed a copy of an amended 1997 tax return submitted last year by Snipes a Rosile client.The amended return, which the Justice Department lawyers called the 'largest Rosile-prepared bogus refund claim the IRS has detected' reduced Snipes...
  • California: Enron memos unlikely to ensure refunds for state

    05/21/2002 10:55:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 205+ views
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | May. 21, 2002 | Jim Puzzanghera and Steve Johnson
    <p>WASHINGTON - They've been called ``the smoking gun'': internal Enron memos detailing how the company created false congestion on transmission lines and performed other tricks to manipulate California's electricity market.</p> <p>But when the smoke finally clears, the memos describing schemes with names like ``Death Star'' probably will not be the evidence the state has long sought to secure $8.9 billion in refunds and invalidate high-priced energy contracts, according to key players and industry experts.</p>
  • Missouri Stops Payments of Tax Refund Checks

    05/08/2002 11:31:03 AM PDT · by survivalforum.com · 73 replies · 1,401+ views
    The LA Times ^ | May 7, 2002 | STEPHANIE SIMON
    ST. LOUIS -- The budget deficit is huge. Tax collection has been unexpectedly skimpy. And the treasury is all but tapped out. So the state of Missouri has stopped sending out income tax refunds. And there are no plans to put the checks in the mail any time soon. Here is the balance of the article
  • State must wait for decision on power refunds, FERC judge says(California )

    04/03/2002 10:08:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 216+ views
    The San Diego Union Tribune ^ | April 3, 2002 | Craig D. Rose
    California will wait at least two months longer than expected for a decision on billions in refunds it has requested from electricity suppliers, according to a recent decision from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The decision from a FERC administrative law judge is now expected sometime in the fall, rather than in August. The delay was caused by difficulty in obtaining information regarding power sale prices during the crisis from the California Independent System Operator, which oversees grid operations in the state. Gregg Fishman, a spokesman for the ISO, said the data include a very large number of transactions,...