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Trump's terrible, awful, horrible, no good, very bad week But at least he's no reptile and his income tax returns weren't hacked

Last week was not a good one for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Terrible | Veterans questions testily answered: Donald J. Trump was forced by persistent inquiries to finally fulfill his promise of distributing donations to veterans' charities for which he held a fundraiser back in January. Show More Summary

Welcoming June with some pre-summer tax moves

June is jam-packed with special days. It kicks off with the official start of the Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico hurricane season, which seems a bit late since we've already seen two storms form this year. Then there's Flag Day, Father's Day and the arrival, here in the Northern Hemisphere, of summer. Show More Summary

A sweet fried salute to our military on Doughnut Day

Happy National Doughnut Day! If you live near a military facility, consider dropping a box of the sweet fried treats off there for the enlisted men and women. Or take some to your local veterans' meeting hall. This isn't, a la some politicians who will remain nameless (but linked to!), a blog version of pandering to patriotism. Show More Summary

IRS' Get Transcript tool slowly coming back online more than a year after being hacked

It's been more than a year since hackers were able to get into the Internal Revenue Service's online database of taxpayer transcripts. The agency initially thought that cyber crooks got data on around 104,000 filers when they broke into the Get Transcript tool. Show More Summary

Already active hurricane season 2016 is finally official 2 systems, a rare January hurricane and a late May tropical storm, arrived early

Mother Nature got a jump on the 2016 storm calendar, creating Hurricane Alex back in January and Tropical Storm Bonnie four days before today's official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. Seasonal forecast for the Atlantic Hurricane...Show More Summary

Trump announces 41 veterans' groups as recipients of $5.6 million raised during January event

Donald Trump, in a combative press conference today (May 31), announced the veterans' groups that received money collected in his Iowa debate alternative event last January. Click image to watch Trump campaign video via Twitter The 41 nonprofits and the amounts they received/will get are: 22Kill -- $200,000 Achilles International Inc. Show More Summary

Remembering fallen military members and helping their families on Memorial Day 2016 (and beyond)

More than 1 million men and women have died during U.S. military service. Memorial Day is when we take special time to remember them and their ultimate sacrifice. To ensure the sacrifices of America's fallen heroes are never forgotten, The National Moment of Remembrance Act was enacted in December 2000. Show More Summary

Wet Memorial Day weekend in advance of official hurricane season. Time to get ready for more storms

The unofficial start of summer 2016 is decidedly soggy. Click image for ideas on how to deal with a rainy day in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Here in Texas, we're still dealing with literally flooding rains. Tragically, the excessive precipitation has been deadly. Show More Summary

Texans enjoy Memorial Day Energy Star sales tax holiday Virginia, Louisiana drop end-of-May hurricane prep tax holidays

If you're staying home this Memorial Day long weekend and home is Texas or a town near the Lone Star State border, you could save some tax dollars on energy efficient appliances. Texas' annual Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday began at 12:01 a.m. Show More Summary

Small businesses are easy state tax scam targets 3 ways entrepreneurs can spot fake tax notices and liens

Tax scams that invoke the Internal Revenue Service get a lot of attention. That's understandable. The tax code is complicated and the IRS is a source of fear for most Americans. That combination makes it easy for crooks pretending to be with the federal tax agency to scare us into paying them to resolve a purported tax bill. Show More Summary

Memorial Day motorists expected to jam highways Low pump prices cited for holiday driving trend, but look out for high state gas taxes & fees

If you're reading this post, thanks. You could be out there on the road, getting a head start on the long Memorial Day weekend. Click image for 20 things you probably didn't know about "National Lampoon's Vacation" The annual three-day weekend at the end of every May is the traditional, although unofficial, start of the summer vacation season. Show More Summary

Trump finally completes $1 million veterans' donation

Just in time for Memorial Day, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump has made good on his promise to donate $1 million of his own money to a veterans' charity. "We got the check yesterday," James Kallstrom, chairman...Show More Summary

Tax collectors also are celebrating National Wine Day

It's Wednesday. Fans of the fourth hour of NBC's Today show with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford also know it as Winesday. In addition to regular Winesday on their own show, Kathie Lee and Hoda shared their vino love with Anderson Cooper on his program. Show More Summary

New telephone tax scam targets students who owe fake 'federal student tax'

Uh oh! The Internal Revenue Service has filed a lawsuit against me for unpaid taxes! Uh no. The call I got today was just another sad attempt to scam me into calling the crooks and giving them personal information or, more likely, sending them a prepaid debit card to cover my fake tax bill. Show More Summary

IRS Commissioner won't attend House Judiciary hearing

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen has decided not to present his side of the story during the House Judiciary's Committee's look tomorrow into how he's doing his job. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has been a regular fixture at Congressional hearings since he took over as head of the tax agency in December 2013. Show More Summary

DEA considering easing federal marijuana law

Federal drug officials are considering removing marijuana's Schedule 1 classification, reports USA Today. A DEA agent carries confiscated marijuana plants to be destroyed. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) decision, which is expected this summer, would make it easier for researchers to work with the plant. Show More Summary

Milwaukee Bucks' tax data stolen in phishing scam

Milwaukee Bucks players' tax information is now in the hands of identity thieves. The Milwaukee Bucks and fans celebrate a win. (Photo by Jeramey Jannene via Flickr Creative Commons) The National Basketball Association team is the latest...Show More Summary

Trump's veterans' fundraiser apparently coming up short

Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominees, skipped the Des Moines, Iowa, debate back in January. The Donald was feuding with Fox News, the debate's host, then and opted instead to hold his own event. Click image for full CNN report and video. Show More Summary

Trump's 1978 & 1979 tax payments: $0

Back in the late 1970s, around the time Donald J. Trump was proclaiming he was worth more than $200 million, two federal tax returns showed his income as -$3.8 million -- yes, that's a minus sign, not a dash -- meaning Trump was in the hole as for his earnings. Show More Summary

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen facing House censure ahead of possible impeachment action

Rep. Jason Chaffetz is hedging his bets on getting John Koskinen kicked out of his Internal Revenue Service office. Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has been seeking the impeachment of the Internal Revenue Service commissioner for almost a year. Show More Summary

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