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GAO, TIGTA Warned Of IRS's Lax Computer Security For Years Before Hack Of 100,000 Taxpayer Accounts On IRS Website

Following up on yesterday's post, Hackers Gained Access To Old Tax Returns For 100,000 Taxpayers On IRS Website: USA Today, Audits and Reports Warned of IRS Computer Safety Risks: Government monitors repeatedly warned of IRS computer security risks long before Tuesday's disclosure that identity thieves had stolen tax agency data...

Are Uber Drivers Employees Or Independent Contractors?

Forbes: Florida Says Uber Drivers Are Employees, But FedEx, Other Cases Promise Long Battle, by Robert W. Wood: Uber promises good open-ended pay, flexible hours, even discounts on vehicles. But employee status? No way. Health and dental coverage? Tax withholding? Nope. Darrin McGillis was a driver in Florida who was...

The IRS Scandal, Day 749

The Hill: Two Years Later, IRS Remains Reckless and Corrupt, by Akash Chougule (Americans For Prosperity): This month marks the two-year anniversary of the nation learning that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – the nation’s supposedly nonpartisan tax collection agency – systematically harassed and targeted conservative political groups leading up...

IRS Issues Statement On Unauthorized Access Of Taxpayer Transcripts

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a statement on the unauthorized access of taxpayer accounts using the "Get Transcript" application.

Making Sense of Profit Shifting: Halftime Report, Part II

In this second part of the halftime report for Tax Foundation Forum: Making Sense of Profit Shifting, we discuss the key takeaways from the first half of our series on profit shifting (read part I here). In this post, we’ll cover themes...Show More Summary

The Cadillac Tax is Raising Deductibles

At Vox, Sarah Kliff has a piece about the trend of rising health insurance deductibles. She writes: "Your employer's health insurance costs are going down. But yours are going up. The higher deductibles are part of a larger trend happening...Show More Summary

Italy charges Bulgari luxury jewelry heirs with tax evasion

You've got to give props to Italian tax officials for their persistence. Last fall, Italy's highest court overturned the tax evasion convictions of fashion icons Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, whose luxe label bears their surnames. Show More Summary

Colorado's Marijuana Revenue High and Pending TABOR Refunds

Colorado’s experiment with marijuana legalization is yielding an unexpected high, with state revenues substantially outpacing projections. Under the influence of these and other unanticipated revenues, the state is moving forward with...Show More Summary

Remember When the New York Times Endorsed the Flat Tax?

From a New York Times editorial in 1992: The present tax code is riddled with wasteful contradictions and complexity. For example, profit from corporate investment is taxed twice -- when earned by the corporation and again when distributed to shareholders. Show More Summary

Would Tenure Have Saved Blockbuster?

Inside Higher Ed: What If Blockbuster Had Had Tenure?, by Joshua Kim (Dartmouth): The case of Blockbuster offers one of my favorite thought experiments for higher ed. In 2004 Blockbuster boasted 9,000 stores worldwide, 60,000 employees, and a market capitalization of $5 billion. Today, Blockbuster is gone.... We don’t...

The Trouble with the FairTax

GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee recently got into a spirited debate with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace about Huckabee’s  proposal to replace all federal taxes with a national retail sales tax, called the FairTax by its supporters. ...Show More Summary

The U.S. News Rankings And Transfer Students: A Reform Proposal

Bruce M. Price (San Francisco) & Sara Star (J.D. 2014, San Francisco), The Elephant in the Admissions Office: The Influence of U.S. News & World Report on the Rise of Transfer Students in Law Schools and a Modest Proposal for Reform, 48 U.S.F. L. Rev. 621 (2014): Students who perform...

Papers From The 2014 IRS-TPC Research Conference: Advancing Tax Administration

The IRS has released the papers from the 2014 IRS-TPC Research Conference: Advancing Tax Administration (abstracts of papers here): Session #1: Taxpayer Compliance Costs and Tax Administration Deena Ackerman, Julie-Anne Cronin & Nicholas Turner (Office of Tax Analysis, U.S. Treasury Department), Improving Form 1098T: How a Revised Form Could Increase...

LoPucki: Disciplinary Legal Empiricism

Following up on my previous post, Lynn M. LoPucki (UCLA), Disciplining Legal Scholarship, 95 Tul. L. Rev. ___ (2015): Lynn M. LoPucki (UCLA), Disciplinary Legal Empiricism: Disciplines tend to develop their own empirical methods. This article reports on a study of one hundred and twenty empirical legal studies published in...

The Limits of State Tax Powers: A Modest Reply to Justice Scalia

Should Maryland be able to use its tax system to punish interstate commerce? The U.S. Supreme Court answered that question with a “no” last week in an unusual 5 to 4 split (Alito, Roberts, Kennedy, Breyer, and Sotomayor against Scalia,...Show More Summary

Tax Roundup, 5/27/15: 104,000 taxpayers compromised by IRS transcript app breach. And: EITC is no free lunch!

That took some work. The IRS disclosed yesterday that 104,000 taxpayer accounts have been compromised by identity thieves who did it […]

When Arguing Tax Policy, Don’t Let Simplistic Inaccuracies Overshadow Strong But Complicated Arguments

An image making the rounds on facebook has this to offer about federal taxation:Government Handouts That the Rich Get, But Fox “News” Will Never Mention:1. Mortgage interest deductions for big houses and second homes2. The yacht tax deduction3. Show More Summary

Hackers Gained Access To Old Tax Returns For 100,000 Taxpayers On IRS Web Site

IRS Statement on the "Get Transcript" Application: The IRS announced today that criminals used taxpayer-specific data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through IRS’ “Get Transcript” application. This data included Social Security information, date of birth and street address. Press and...

Memorable Law School Graduation Speeches

3 Recommendations For The Law School Graduating Class of 2015 Commencement Speaker Tells New York Law School Grads To ‘Go Play In Traffic’ ‘Don’t Be Aholes': The Graduation Speech You Must See Mass. AG to Northeastern Law Graduates: Your Education ‘Belongs to our Whole Community’ One of Wall Street's Biggest...

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