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  • Obama calls for international tax reform amid Panama Papers revelations

    04/05/2016 6:10:34 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4/5/2016 | Rupert Neate in New York and David Smith in Washington
    Barack Obama has called for international tax reform in the wake of the revelations contained in the Panama Papers. “There is no doubt that the problem of global tax avoidance generally is a huge problem,” he told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. “The problem is that a lot of this stuff is legal, not illegal.” The US president said the leak from Panama illustrated the scale of tax avoidance involving Fortune 500 companies and running into trillions of dollars worldwide. “We shouldn’t make it legal to engage in transactions just to avoid taxes,” he added, praising instead “the...
  • The IRS's Plan to Chill Charitable Giving

    11/22/2015 8:05:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | November 21, 2015 | Logan Albright
    Don’t you love donating to causes you believe in? Don’t you love that warm fuzzy feeling from knowing that contributing to a worthy cause? And don’t you especially love that you can support whatever organization you choose anonymously? That last one is especially important given the news over the last few years that the IRS has been targeting conservatives with audits and denial of tax-free status for nakedly political reasons. Well, if the IRS has their way, this may be a luxury that will soon go the way of the dinosaur. A new rule is proposing that non-profit organizations collect...
  • Democrat senator: Father and adopted son should be allowed to ‘marry’

    11/06/2015 5:27:22 AM PST · by wagglebee · 55 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/5/15 | Father Mark Hodges
    FOX CHAPEL, Pennsylvania, November 5, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Three years ago, Nino Esposito adopted his adult gay lover, Roland Bosee, Jr., as his legal son in order to save money on future inheritance taxes. Now that homosexual "marriage" is legal in Pennsylvania, they went to court to dissolve that legal adoption so as to "wed." Judge Lawrence J. O'Toole, of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, told the men that state law didn't give him the power to dissolve a legal adoption, unless there was fraud involved.  Now Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is asking the Obama administration to...
  • 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. …
  • Apparently, no one at MSNBC pays taxes

    04/22/2015 7:43:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/22/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Democrats are fond of accusing Republicans of being hypocrites on a variety of issues, but particularly when it comes to tax policy. The liberal comedian Bill Maher recently claimed that Republicans expose themselves to this critique when they champion the value of hard work and perseverance while simultaneously opposing the inheritance tax. “If the tough love of cutting off free money for the poor is the right thing to do, how can we stand by and do any less for the Conrad Hiltons of the world? They’ve never known the dignity of work either,” Maher insisted recently. “Shouldn’t we...
  • 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,...
  • IRS knowingly rehired tax cheats, other employees with ‘performance’ issues: Audit

    02/05/2015 8:34:47 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 5, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS rehired hundreds of employees who had prior records of bad performance at the agency, including 141 former workers who had botched their own tax returns and others who had used their positions to peek at private tax information, the agency’s inspector general said in a report released Thursday. Five IRS employees were rehired even though the agency knew they had intentionally failed to file their taxes within the last two years, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George said. Of the employees with prior problems, nearly 20 percent of them had more problems after they were...
  • Argentina uses drones to root out wealthy tax evaders

    09/25/2014 4:57:06 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/25/2014 | Nick Allen
    The Argentine government has used drones to catch out wealthy tax evaders who had not declared mansions and swimming pools. Unmanned aircraft were dispatched over an upper class area of Buenos Aires and discovered 200 homes and 100 pools that had not been detailed on returns. Tax officials said the drones took pictures of luxury houses standing on lots registered as empty. The evasions found by the drones amounted to missing tax payments of more than $2 million and owners of the properties have been waned they now face large fines. Use of drones has been expanding in Argentina and...
  • Backlash In U.S. Against Foreign Worker Visas Growing

    07/06/2014 11:03:16 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 50 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 6 2014 | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and PAUL WISEMAN
    Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for Harley-Davidson's Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plants. The divorced mother of three hoped it was the beginning of a new career with the motorcycle company. The dream didn't last long. Parker claims she was laid off one year later after she trained her replacement, a newly arrived worker from India. Now she has joined a federal lawsuit alleging the global staffing firm that ran Harley-Davidson's tech support discriminated against American workers — in part by replacing them with temporary workers from South Asia. The firm, India-based Infosys...
  • Big Labor Declares A War on Tipping

    06/27/2014 2:01:14 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/27/2014 | Ryan Williams
    Workers like tips. For millions of restaurant servers and bartenders, tips are cash-in-hand that can be spent that day for groceries, bills or entertainment. The money isn’t bad either... Despite these facts, union front groups known as worker centers are leading an aggressive campaign to eliminate tipping from American restaurants. One of the more prominent critics of tipping is labor activist Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC). Jayaraman has attempted to label tipping as sexist, racist and other hot-button terms meant to stir emotion and shame consumers. But the provocative terms used by Jayaraman and other activists...
  • Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It's Still Illegal

    01/27/2014 2:03:55 PM PST · by Theoria · 90 replies
    NPR ^ | 27 Jan 2014 | Alastair Bland
    Within days after each season premiere and season finale of the Discovery Channel's reality show "Moonshiners," they come — a small but perceptible wave of people — to purchase suspiciously large amounts of corn, sugar and hardy strains of fermenting yeast at Austin Homebrew Supply. "We know what they're up to," says Chris Ellison, the manager of the Texas store.That is, it's obvious they're planning to ferment the sugars from grain or fruit juice into alcohol, then distill the resulting mid-strength beverage into high-alcohol hooch.Making spirits at home with plans to drink it is against federal law. Only with the...
  • Illinois Same-Sex Couples Facing Death Can Marry Early

    12/17/2013 3:06:52 AM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | December 16, 2013 | Tony Merevick
    Starting Monday, Illinois same-sex couples facing terminal illness can marry — nearly six months ahead of the state’s new marriage equality law taking effect, a federal judge in Chicago ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman has ordered the Cook County Clerk’s office to immediately issue marriage licenses to all Illinois same-sex couples who can provide a doctor’s declaration stating that one or both of them has a life-threatening illness that would prevent them from marrying after the marriage equality law takes effect June 1. “When you have a terminal illness, every day is significant,” Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project...
  • Study looks at nonprofit groups with millionaire CEOs

    10/15/2013 9:00:13 AM PDT · by Liz · 5 replies
    NY POST ^ | 10/14/13 | Jeane MacIntosh
    <p>CEOs are on an elite list of 11 tax-exempt charity chiefs who command a staggering seven-figure salary, according to the 2013 “Charity CEO Compensation Study,” which analyzed the 2011 IRS returns of 3,929 US-based charities that rely on public support.Charity Navigator noted that the country’s highest-paid CEOs oversee multi-million dollar operations, with the largest nonprofits having expenses of more than $13.5 million. But it termed some of the salaries “excessive” and “outrageously high.”</p>
  • Drugs For Everyone: Yummy, Yummy!

    08/13/2013 5:38:28 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/13/13 | Friends of Ours
    The drug trade is expanding throughout the world as reported by Holly Ellyatt for CNBC: "according to data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and European crime-fighting agency Europol, the annual global drugs trade is worth around $435 billion a year, with the annual cocaine trade worth $84 billion." The United States has the most junkies per capita but drug consumption in Brazil, Argentina and other emerging markets is approaching America's degenerate levels. Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder and his Justice Department have decided to release more drug dealers from U.S. prisons many of whom no...
  • Tax cheats pony up $5.5 billion in amnesty program

    04/26/2013 5:17:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2013 7:49 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    The Internal Revenue Service has recouped more than $5.5 billion under a series of programs that offered reduced penalties and no jail time to people who voluntarily disclosed assets they were hiding overseas, government investigators said Friday. In all, more than 39,000 tax cheats have come clean under the programs. But there’s more. Government investigators suspect that thousands of other taxpayers have quietly started reporting foreign accounts without paying any penalties or interest. The number of people reporting foreign accounts to the IRS nearly doubled from 2007 to 2010, to 516,000 accounts, a report by the Government Accountability Office said....
  • 40 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $333,000 in back taxes

    03/11/2013 6:52:30 PM PDT · by pacificpundit · 21 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 3/11/13 | Andrew Malcolm
    President Obama has done a lot of talking the last year about Americans paying their fair share of taxes. Apparently he means, Do as I say, not as my staff does. A new report from the Internal Revenue Service has just revealed that 40 of Obama's White House aides owe their employer, the federal government, a total of $333,485 in back taxes. This is the third straight year that the chief executive of the United States has been unable to get his own staff members to keep up with a citizen's legal income tax obligations. to the tune of hundreds...
  • The Men Who Built America - Series Premiere Tue., Oct. 16 at 9/8c History Channel

    09/26/2012 1:13:11 PM PDT · by dennisw · 14 replies
    history channel ^ | Sept 2012
    The Men Who Built America - Series Premiere Tue., Oct. 16 at 9/8c John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and J.P. Morgan rose from obscurity and in the process built modern America. Their names hang on street signs, are etched into buildings and are a part of the fabric of history. These men created the American Dream and were the engine of capitalism as they transformed everything they touched in building the oil, rail, steel, shipping, automobile and finance industries. Their paths crossed repeatedly as they elected presidents, set economic policies and influenced major events of the...
  • House to vote on bill terminating federal workers who don't pay their taxes (100K owe $1 billion)

    07/31/2012 2:45:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/30/12 | Pete Kasperowicz, Bernie Becker
    House to vote on bill terminating federal workers who don't pay their taxesBy Pete Kasperowicz and Bernie Becker - 07/30/12 09:27 AM ET The House will vote on legislation as early as Tuesday that would require the federal government to terminate workers with "seriously delinquent" tax debts. The bill, which also would prohibit the government from hiring people who are late on their tax payments, tries to deal with the roughly 100,000 federal workers who are usually behind on their taxes each year. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the bill’s sponsor, has cited IRS data indicating that these workers owed a...
  • Tax cheats given $1.4 billion in stimulus loans

    06/29/2012 9:56:18 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 2 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/27/2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Tax cheats were given $1.4 billion in government-backed mortgage loans under President Obama’s economic stimulus, and the government doled out at least an additional $27 million in tax credits to delinquents who took the first-time-homebuyer tax break, according to a government audit released Wednesday. Under government rules, delinquent taxpayers are supposed to be ineligible for the mortgage insurance program unless they have reached a repayment agreement with the Internal Revenue Service. But the Federal Housing Administration didn’t have the right controls to weed out bad applications, said the Government Accountability Office, Congress‘ chief investigative arm. That meant FHA insured $1.4...
  • Investigating the IRS: Why it gives billions to illegal immigrants (Tax loophole cost billions)

    05/07/2012 2:02:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies ^ | April 26, 2012 |
    Investigating the IRS: Why it gives billions to illegal immigrants INDIANAPOLIS - Why are many illegal immigrants getting a bigger tax refund than you? Blame it on the IRS and a massive tax loophole that's now being exposed by Eyewitness News. 13 Investigates has found the IRS is giving away your tax dollars to illegal workers and people who don't even live in the United States - and the problem is costing billions! We want you to see exactly where your money is going and why the IRS is allowing it to happen. From the homes of illegal workers in...
  • Illegal alien workers getting tax deductions for kids living in Mexico

    05/06/2012 3:29:05 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 21 replies
    RadioVice Online ^ | May 2, 2012 at 7:57 am | Steve M
    Illegal aliens working in the United States are technically required to fill out a tax return and pay their income taxes. We all laugh about claiming a additional deduction here or there for some neighborhood kid who eats the food out of your fridge and hangs out at your house all the time, but many of these workers are claiming deductions for children living in Mexico. Each spring, at tax preparation offices all across the nation, many illegal immigrants are now eagerly filing tax returns to take advantage of a tax loophole, using their ITIN numbers to get huge refunds...
  • This is What Hypocrisy Looks Like

    05/03/2012 2:38:29 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Lasee's Notes ^ | 5-3-12 | WI State Sen. Frank Lasee
    Meet the recallers. They've developed a powerful antibody to shame. Over the next 29 days, state and local governments will pay $17 MILLION because the left didn’t get their way. It's a funny coincidence that some of the people that signed the recall petitions just happen to owe over $17 MILLION in back taxes and that's only part of the recall list! Have you ever had your lawn get away from you for a while? Maybe your kids have a dance recital or you have family coming into town and you just didn’t have the time to mow it? Eventually,...
  • Obama's Foursome

    01/25/2010 8:06:44 AM PST · by opentalk · 396+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 1.25.10 | The Prowler
    MEN OF HONOR Apparently, if you want to cheat on your wife or spurn the mother of your unborn child, cover up and easily settle your institution's criminal efforts to help Americans avoid paying their federal income taxes, or just avoid paying your own fair share, the place to be is on President Barack Obama's economic-recovery advisory board. Because that's where Robert Wolf, chief executive of UBS Group Americas, the U.S. arm of one of Switzerland's largest banks, UBS AG, sits, as do Charles E. Phillips, President of Oracle Corporation, Peter Orszag, the director of the Office of Management of...
  • Lionel Richie, Pamela Anderson among tax scofflaws

    04/15/2012 7:04:48 AM PDT · by South40 · 26 replies
    AP (Yahoo News) ^ | 4/14/2012
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pamela Anderson and Lionel Richie owe the government money. California tax authorities said Anderson owes $524,241 in personal income taxes. The Franchise Tax Board included the "Baywatch" star on a list of the state's 500 biggest income-tax delinquents posted Friday.
  • Federal employees owe $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes

    04/14/2012 4:30:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 23 January 2012 | Ed O'Keefe
    Congressional staffers owed about $10.6 million in unpaid taxes in 2010, a slight increase from the previous year and a growing slice of the roughly $1 billion owed by federal and postal workers nationwide. The figures come as Republican efforts to pass legislation allowing federal agencies to fire tax delinquent federal employees have slowed and as the White House continues to crack down on improper payments made by agencies to delinquent government contractors and federal beneficiaries. About 98,000 federal, postal and congressional employees owed $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes at the end of fiscal 2010, according to records provided by...
  • Kennedys at odds over compound

    07/14/2011 1:27:44 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 33 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 14, 2011 | Frank Phillips
    Negotiations are underway to transfer ownership of the main Kennedy home in coming months to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a proposal that has raised concerns among family members who live on adjacent property, according to two associates close to the family who spoke on condition of anonymity. The senator, who died in August 2009, had stated in his will that he ultimately wanted the property to be turned over to the institute, which is now being built next to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library at Columbia Point. He gave the rights to the...
  • BREAKING: Deadbeat ACORN Thugs Owe $163K in Delinquent Taxes

    07/14/2011 8:29:45 AM PDT · by freespirited · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 07/14/11 | Matthew Vadum
    The criminals at ACORN, President Obama 's former employer, never stop ripping off American taxpayers. The massive conglomerate ACORN Housing Corp. and its subsidiaries owe an eye-popping $162,813 in back taxes, according to the Nexis public records database. The money is owed to the IRS, California, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, the city of Philadelphia, and the California counties of Fresno and Santa Clara. (A list of the 106 tax liens may be viewed here.) Like a con artist trying to escape his past, ACORN Housing legally changed its name to Affordable...
  • Shocker: Hollywood Leftists Hid Millions of Dollars from the IRS

    06/22/2011 4:20:29 PM PDT · by Qbert · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | June 22, 2011 | Greg Pollowitz
    Radar Online is reporting that a bunch of Hollywood’s elite are being sued in connection with their participation in high-stakes poker games. The civil complaint alleges that the money won by said Hollywood elite was actually money stolen by a hedge-fund manager from his clients to pay off his enormous gambling debts. According to the report, Toby “Spider-Man” Maguire was the big winner making $1,000,000 a month in winnings. Interesting. Maybe the next time Maguire is in D.C. for a photo-op with President Obama, he can explain to the president why he’s exempt from paying his fair share of taxes...
  • Porkulus: Cash for Tax Cheats

    05/25/2011 5:29:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | May 25, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    When President Obama signed the trillion-dollar stimulus law in 2009, he proclaimed that he was "keeping the American dream alive in our time." The stimulator-in-chief failed to mention that billions would be spent keeping American tax scammers afloat on our dime. At a congressional hearing on Tuesday, federal auditors reported on the latest porkulus spending gone wild. According to a new General Accounting Office audit conducted over the past year, nearly 4,000 stimulus recipients received $24 billion in Recovery Act funds -- while owing more than $750 million in unpaid corporate, payroll and other taxes. Among the tax-cheating federal contractors...
  • Geithner: Debt-Ceiling Debate Is 'Irresponsible'

    04/26/2011 1:09:21 PM PDT · by Baladas · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 26, 2011 | BRADLEY DAVIS
    NEW YORK—New headwinds—most notably oil prices—confront the U.S. march to recovery, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Tuesday. Unemployment, long a weak spot in the economy, remains "very high," and the economy feels "unfairly hard" to most Americans, Mr. Geithner said in comments that weighed on the dollar. He said oil prices at current levels, while challenging, weren't at levels that threaten to derail the recovery. First, though, U.S. lawmakers must agree to increase the debt limit, something some politicians have said they will not do unless there is broad agreement on massive cuts to a bloated federal budget. The...
  • Senate report to reveal mortgage crisis details: WSJ

    04/03/2011 12:17:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 105 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/3/11 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Senate will soon issue findings of a probe of the US mortgage meltdown that fueled the global financial crisis, with Goldman Sachs likely to face fresh embarrassment over its role, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, whose high-profile inquiry commission subpoenaed Goldman's and other executives last year, is due to release its report on the subprime implosion of 2007 and 2008. The paper, citing people familiar with the matter, said the report was expected to release emails from securities firms that developed or sold subprime mortgages and financial vehicles including...
  • 41 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $831,000 in back taxes -- and they're not alone

    09/10/2010 7:26:53 AM PDT · by Qbert · 140 replies · 2+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/10/2010 | Andrew Malcom
    Over the years a lot of suspicion has built up across the country about Washington and its population of opportunistic transients coming to see themselves as a special kind of person, somehow above average working Americans who don't work down in that former swamp. Well, finally, an end to all those undocumented doubts. Thanks to some diligent digging by the Washington Post, those suspicions can at last be put to rest. They're correct. Accurate. Dead-on. Laser-guided. On target. Bingo-bango. As clear as it's always seemed to those Americans who don't feel special entitlements and do meet their government obligations. We...
  • Judge upholds ban on mailing of cigarettes but rejects tax collection

    07/30/2010 12:44:58 PM PDT · by Drango · 19 replies · 2+ views
    buffalo news ^ | 7/30/10 | Phil Fairbanks
    A judge today upheld the federal government's right to ban the mailing of cigarettes by Seneca Nation tobacco businesses, but rejected for the time being the collection of taxes on those cigarettes. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara upholds the crux of a new federal law that Seneca business owners say will cripple their mail-order operations. In short, the judge banned the sale of tobacco products through the mail but allowed for other forms of interstate sales of tax-free cigarettes. Under the law, buyers would still be required to pay the taxes on those cigarettes. The Prevent...
  • Rahm Emanuel: Another Tax Avoiding Obama Appointee

    06/05/2010 10:18:24 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 11 replies · 351+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 06/05/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    I am beginning to think that our tax collecting agencies across the country send out a form letter to everyone that is in arrears with their taxes to immediately apply for a job in Barack "Most Ethical Administration in Decades" Obama's administration. Here we have another Obama lieutenant that didn't pay his taxes until someone began to inquire after them. This time it's Rahm Emanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff, who decided that he was far, far important to be expected to pay his property taxes here in Chicago. Emanuel suddenly remembered to pay his taxes -- three months late --...
  • Obama Administration Plans to Seize 401(k) Retirement Accounts

    05/06/2010 4:55:29 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 107 replies · 4,699+ views
    The New American ^ | 5/6/2010 | Joe Wolverton II
    One aspect of a new and improved federal regulatory scheme is the seizure of 401(k) retirement plans and the subsequent government-administered disbursement of the funds. In Chapter 3 of the Annual Report on the Middle Class released in February by Vice President Biden and the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, the Obama administration calls for enhancing the “retirement options” for the middle class by imposing “new regulations to improve the transparency and adequacy of 401(k) retirement savings.” The plan, as sketched in the 43-page document, calls for the creation of something called “Guaranteed Retirement Accounts” (GRAs). Biden...
  • Justice Department Highlights Tax Enforcement Results (huge list- fines, prison)

    04/29/2010 11:38:08 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 6 replies · 532+ views
    *snip* The Tax Division has assisted the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in tracking down tax cheats who use offshore accounts, combating abusive tax shelters, stopping tax defiers and shutting down tax schemes and scams. *snip* Further success against offshore scheme promoters was achieved in May 2009 and February 2010, in United States v. Liddell and United States v. Bright, respectively, where the Ninth Circuit granted the IRS access to business records identifying customers who used offshore credit cards to shield income.
  • Make Money By Turning In Tax Cheats ( dibs on Charlie Rangel )

    04/08/2010 5:35:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies · 699+ views
    WUSA ^ | 4/7/2010 | Jessica Puchala
  • Meet Your Lords and Masters: Seven Democrats Who Run Your World

    04/06/2010 3:54:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies · 2,560+ views ^ | April 6, 2010 | John Hawkins
    “I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.” -- William F. Buckley At this point, I would go Buckley one better: I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 254 people we could pull out of a minimum security prison rather than the Democrats who are currently in Congress. In all fairness to the Democrats we have in charge now, that change probably wouldn't make Congress any less corrupt (not much more corrupt either), but at least...
  • Tax Cheats Are Abusive Narcissists!

    03/18/2010 10:19:55 AM PDT · by quintr · 10 replies · 532+ views
    You pay your income taxes, don't you? Well, take a look at all the golden darlings out in Hollywoodland who think they are so special that they are above the law when it comes to paying their taxes: Members of this list may surprise you. I will admit that paying all those maids and gardeners and pool boys, not to mention the pilots of their special jets and the maintenance and hangar fees, may be just too taxing. All these things are necessary, after all, because they advertise their Most Ridiculous Specialness. But refusing to pay legitimate income taxes...
  • Rep. Chaffetz proposes firing federal workers who are tax cheats

    03/03/2010 1:57:19 PM PST · by freespirited · 27 replies · 758+ views
    Wapo ^ | 03/03/10 | Ed O'Keefe
    If you work for Uncle Sam, but you don’t pay him after he pays you, look out for Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R- Utah). “Fire Federal Employees Who Are Not Paying Their Federal Income Taxes.” That’s the headline on a news release Chaffetz issued Wednesday, announcing legislation that would terminate federal workers who have a “seriously delinquent tax debt.” Currently, only IRS staffers can be dismissed if they don’t pay their taxes. “Federal employees have an obvious obligation to pay their federal income taxes,” said Chaffetz. “Because they draw their compensation from the American taxpayers, federal employees owe it to the...
  • President Obama Signs Law Raising Public Debt Limit from $12.4 Trillion to $14.3 Trillion

    02/12/2010 1:33:55 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 603+ views ^ | Feb. 12, 2010 | Jake Tapper
    Behind closed doors and with no cameras present, President Obama signed into law Friday afternoon the bill raising the public debt limit from $12.394 trillion to $14.294 trillion. The current national debt is $12.3 trillion. Check out the National Debt Clock, which tells you your share of that -- roughly $40,000 per citizen, $113,000 per taxpayer.
  • Rangel gift$ to lawyers (Tax-cheat Charlie fends off congressional ethics investigations)

    02/05/2010 3:18:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies · 293+ views
    NY Post ^ | 2/03/10 | S.A. MILLER
    Rangel gift$ to lawyersBy S.A. MILLER Last Updated: 4:07 PM, February 3, 2010 WASHINGTON -- Embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel spent huge amounts of campaign cash in the last quarter of 2009 on lawyers to fend off congressional ethics investigations, campaign-finance reports show. The Harlem Democrat dropped $575,000 on five teams of lawyers since Oct. 1 -- the lion's share of the $687,000 he spent that quarter. It's far more than the $354,694 Rangel's campaign says he raised during that three-month span. For the past year, the House ethics panel has been probing Rangel's use of congressional letterhead to raise money...
  • Obama targets "tax cheats" seeking government work

    01/20/2010 9:02:28 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 53 replies · 1,712+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 20, 2010 | Jeff Mason
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama ordered federal agencies on Wednesday to take measures to prevent companies that are delinquent in paying taxes from obtaining new government contracts. Obama also instructed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to review the accuracy of companies' reports on their tax obligations to be sure they are truthful. "We need to be sure that when a company says it's paying taxes, that company is, in fact, paying taxes," Obama said. The move is the latest in a series of populist-toned events Obama, a Democrat, has emphasized to generate support for his political and legislative...
  • Obama chides banks' "audacity" for fighting fee

    01/16/2010 3:34:14 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 64 replies · 2,046+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 16, 2010 | Alister Bull
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday slammed Wall Street's "audacity" for fighting a bailout fee he wants to slap on financial firms and said his Republican opponents had sided with big banks. With Obama's popularity hovering around 50 percent and congressional elections in November, the White House wants to cast itself alongside ordinary Americans while branding Republicans as the party for the rich. "Like clockwork, the banks and politicians who curry their favor are already trying to stop this fee from going into effect," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. "We're not going to let...
  • IRS Commissioner: ‘I Find the Tax Code Complex, So I Use a Preparer’(Simplify with The Fair Tax!)

    01/13/2010 3:32:52 AM PST · by Man50D · 24 replies · 885+ views ^ | January 12, 2010 | Nicholas Ballasy
    The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Douglas Shulman, told C-SPAN on Sunday that he uses a tax preparer to do his federal income tax return because he finds the tax code too complex to handle the job himself. “I use a preparer,” Shulman told C-SPAN anchor Steve Scully on the network’s Newsmakers program. "I've used one for years. I find it convenient. I find the tax code complex, so I use a preparer.” Scully followed up by asking Shulman, “How would you make it easier? How would you make it less complex?” Shulman said: "I don't write the tax...
  • Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2009

    12/28/2009 11:50:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 3,114+ views ^ | December 28, 2009 | Judicial Watch
    Washington, DCJudicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.”  The list, in alphabetical order, includes: 1. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT):  This marks two years in a row for Senator Dodd, who made the 2008 “Ten Most Corrupt” list for his corrupt relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for accepting preferential treatment and loan terms from Countrywide Financial, a scandal which still dogs him.  In 2009, the scandals kept coming for the Connecticut Democrat.  In 2009, Judicial Watch filed a Senate ethics complaint against...
  • U.S. offshore tax amnesty yields big response: IRS

    11/17/2009 11:44:24 AM PST · by FatherofFive · 7 replies · 490+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday November 17, 2009 | Kim Dixon
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some 14,700 rich Americans worried about a U.S. government crackdown on offshore tax cheats came forward to participate in a tax amnesty program, the top U.S. tax official said on Tuesday. Participation in the Internal Revenue Service's amnesty program was "unprecedented" and the final number was nearly double the agency's estimate in October, U.S. Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman told reporters in a telephone briefing.
  • Rats! City to Pay for Informing on Tax Cheats (Chicago)

    10/27/2009 8:35:15 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 25 replies · 843+ views
    NBC5 Chicago ^ | 10-27-09 | Andrew Greiner
    You dirty rat. Chicago and Cook County residents aren’t the only ones about to get shocking tax news; the city is debuting a “tax whistle-blower” plan that could turn neighbor against neighbor in Chicago’s business community. The folks at city hall will pay cash bounties to informants who turn in business tax cheats around the city. The reward would amount to some sort of percentage of the tax money that the city recovers. "It's just another way of bringing people into compliance," Revenue Department spokesman Ed Walsh told the Sun-Times. "It would probably be ... a business knowing that a...
  • Tax refugees staging escape from New York

    10/27/2009 6:50:24 AM PDT · by LoneStarGI · 99 replies · 2,695+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 27, 2009 | ANDY SOLTIS
    New Yorkers are fleeing the state and city in alarming numbers -- and costing a fortune in lost tax dollars, a new study shows. More than 1.5 million state residents left for other parts of the United States from 2000 to 2008, according to the report from the Empire Center for New York State Policy. It was the biggest out-of-state migration in the country. The vast majority of the migrants, 1.1 million, were former residents of New York City -- meaning one out of seven city taxpayers moved out. "The Empire State is being drained of an invaluable resource --...
  • Homes in polygamous community in jeopardy because of tax liens

    10/19/2009 7:20:24 PM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 13 replies · 681+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | October 17, 2009 | Brooke Adams
    Unpaid property taxes have put control of more than 150 homes in a polygamous community in jeopardy and more may soon be at risk -- part of a growing financial crisis that has reignited a rift between sect members and a court-appointed overseer. Investment interests in 35 large, communal properties that are part of the United Effort Plan Trust were auctioned in a Mohave County tax lien certificate sale in February. The sale was triggered after about $124,000 of the $1.2 million total tax bill in Colorado City went unpaid in 2007. The move means those who picked up the...