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Sep 6, 2014

Democrats say left-leaning groups also targeted by IRS

An inspector general who disclosed the Internal Revenue Service’s extra scrutiny of Tea Party groups ignored the tax agency’s similar focus on groups backing Democrats, according to a report released Friday by Senate Democrats.

Aug 17, 2014

IRS failed to perform checks on contractors

The IRS failed to do background checks on some private contractors who handled confidential taxpayer information, exposing more than a million taxpayers to an increased risk of fraud and identity theft, a government investigator said Thursday.

Jun 19, 2014

Supreme Court just made fighting IRS even harder

What do you dread more than a summons from the IRS? The tax authority is the closest thing to Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor that our democracy allows.

May 13, 2014

IRS paid at least $13B in improper tax credits

The Internal Revenue Service paid more than $13 billion in tax credits last year to people who may not have qualified, a government investigator said Tuesday.

Apr 15, 2014

Union fights push to hire private tax collectors

A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes.

Apr 9, 2014

Filing taxes? Nothing to it, survey says

Struggling to figure out your federal tax return? You're not alone, but you're in the minority.

Mar 5, 2014

Former IRS official refuses to testify at hearing

The former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the agency's tea party scandal once again refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing Wednesday that quickly devolved into political bickering between Democrats and Republicans.

Dec 18, 2013

Shutdown delays tax filing season by 10 days

WASHINGTON — Taxpayers eager to get refunds will have to wait an extra 10 days to file their federal tax returns. The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday the government shutdown has forced it to delay tax filing season until Jan. 31. It had been slated to start Jan. 21. The IRS says the 16-day shutdown […]

Dec 17, 2013

Owe, yes: IRS doing business with vendors delinquent on taxes

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has been doing business with nearly 1,200 vendors that owe back taxes, including one unnamed contractor that owed a whopping $525 million, a new inspector general’s report says. Altogether, 1,168 IRS vendors owed back taxes totaling $589 million as of July 2012, according to the report released Tuesday. Only […]

Dec 10, 2013

IRS nominee on track for approval despite acrimony

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Internal Revenue Service told senators Tuesday he will work to restore public trust in the agency in the wake of the tea party scandal even as the IRS takes on new responsibilities administering the president’s health care law. At the same time, John Koskinen warned that […]

Dec 10, 2013

Franchot announces delay in state tax processing

Due to the federal government’s 16-day shutdown in October, Maryland’s state tax season will also be delayed, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said Tuesday.

Nov 26, 2013

IRS pushes to rein in tax-exempt political groups

WASHINGTON — 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 […]

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