Internal Revenue Service

IRS officials belittled, targeted conservatives, GOP claims

IRS officials belittled, targeted conservatives, GOP claims

Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner’s emails. Newly released emails show the former IRS official referring to some right-wing Republicans as “crazies” and more, a revelation that is fueling GOP claims of a political conspiracy at the tax agency to target conservative groups. Lerner headed the IRS division that […]

Federal probe of IRS now includes missing emails

Federal probe of IRS now includes missing emails

A Justice Department investigation into the Internal Revenue Service has expanded to include an inquiry into the disappearance of emails from a former senior IRS official. Deputy Attorney General James Cole was to update Congress on Thursday about the department’s investigation into whether the agency targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. He also was expected […]

House Republicans slash IRS tax-enforcement funds

House Republicans slash IRS tax-enforcement funds

The GOP-controlled House has slashed the budget for the Internal Revenue Service’s tax enforcement division by $1.2 billion, a 25 percent cut that would mean fewer audits of taxpayers and make it more likely that people who cheat on their taxes will get away with it. The House approved the cuts by voice vote after […]

IRS boss claims no obstruction in IRS targeting of tea party

IRS boss claims no obstruction in IRS targeting of tea party

The head of the IRS brushed aside accusations Monday that the agency has obstructed investigations into the targeting of tea party and other political groups, even as Republican lawmakers questioned his credibility. Commissioner John Koskinen was appearing at a rare evening hearing on Capitol Hill to answer questions about lost emails by a key figure […]

IRS rewards 1,000 employees who owe back taxes

IRS rewards 1,000 employees who owe back taxes

The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday. More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes, said a […]

Crackdown on political activity by tax-exempt groups

Crackdown on political activity by tax-exempt groups

The Obama administration Tuesday launched a bid to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning. The effort is an attempt to reduce the role of loosely regulated big-money political outfits like GOP political guru Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and the pro-Obama Priorities USA. The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department said […]

Former U.S. informant says America abandoned her

Former U.S. informant says America abandoned her

A former confidential informant working for the United States in Colombia claims in a lawsuit that the U.S. government abandoned her when she got into legal trouble for her undercover operations, and she wound up spending three years in a Colombian jail. Astrid Hurtado is seeking $15 million in damages. Hurtado, 52, first worked as […]

Tourists, homebuyers will feel impact of government shutdown

Tourists, homebuyers will feel impact of government shutdown

A government shutdown would have far-reaching consequences for some, but minimal impact on others. The mail would still be delivered and Social Security and Medicare benefits would continue to flow. But vacationers would be turned away from national parks and Smithsonian museums. Low-to-moderate income borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays. Here’s […]

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