Internal Revenue Service

White House in damage control mode over spying on Americans

White House in damage control mode over spying on Americans

Moving to tamp down a public uproar spurred by the disclosure of two secret surveillance programs, the nation’s top intelligence official is declassifying key details about one of the programs while insisting the efforts were legal, limited in scope and necessary to detect terrorist threats. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in an unusual late-night […]

IRS agents say supervisors directed targeting of conservatives

IRS agents say supervisors directed targeting of conservatives

Two Internal Revenue Service agents working in the agency’s Cincinnati office say higher-ups in Washington directed the targeting of conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status, a contention that directly contradicts claims made by the agency since the scandal erupted last month. The Cincinnati agents didn’t provide proof that senior IRS officials in […]

Misfired email revealed IRS targeting of right-wing groups

Misfired email revealed IRS targeting of right-wing groups

A misfired email from a U.S. Internal Revenue Service employee in Cincinnati alerted a number of Washington IRS officials that extra scrutiny was being placed on conservative groups in July 2010, a year earlier than previously acknowledged, according to interviews with IRS workers by congressional investigators. Transcripts of the interviews, reviewed by Reuters on Thursday, […]

IRS officials living large at taxpayers’ expense?

IRS officials living large at taxpayers’ expense?

Internal Revenue Service officials can expect a grilling when they face lawmakers over the latest controversy to rock the agency: lavish spending at employee conferences. The IRS, however, is planning a robust defense at a congressional hearing Thursday. The agency has already imposed strict regulations to prevent expensive conferences in the future. And on Wednesday, […]

IRS victims testify before Congress

IRS victims testify before Congress

Conservative groups who were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service are getting their say on Capitol Hill just as the details of another IRS controversy are being made public. The leaders of six conservative groups were scheduled to tell lawmakers Tuesday about their mistreatment at the hands of IRS agents. Several of the groups say […]

IRS scandal puts Issa at center stage

IRS scandal puts Issa at center stage

What began as a bipartisan congressional probe into Internal Revenue Service practices is quickly turning into a verbal brawl with U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, no stranger to controversy, under attack from Democrats and even some of his fellow Republicans. Issa, the California congressman who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Sunday said […]

More problems for the IRS

More problems for the IRS

The Internal Revenue Service, already under fire after officials disclosed that the agency targeted conservative groups, faces increased scrutiny because of an inspector general’s report that it spent about $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012. The report by the Treasury Department’s inspector general about conference spending is […]

Political passion takes a holiday

Political passion takes a holiday

Four years after the summer of rage that fueled the tea party movement, the political circuit is much quieter — even in Republican bastions like this. It’s not clear whether conservatives who rallied against President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul during raucous town hall-style meetings are tired, wary, complacent or simply saving their strength for […]

Obama’s second term shrouded in mistakes, controversies

Obama’s second term shrouded in mistakes, controversies

President Barack Obama’s second term, so far, has been a frustrating reminder of the limits of presidential power and the durability of the Washington political apparatus he disdains. Obama has yet to achieve a significant second term legislative victory, a task that will only get harder as the calendar inches closer to next year’s midterm […]

Furlough Fridays: Sorry, nobody’s home at U.S. government

Furlough Fridays: Sorry, nobody’s home at U.S. government

No one answered the tax-help hotline at the IRS on Friday. And you could forget about getting advice on avoiding foreclosures at the 80 Housing and Urban Development field offices nationwide. It was “furlough Friday.” Roughly 5 percent of the federal workforce — 115,000 people at six major agencies — were told not to show […]