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Already IRS Cannot Account for $67 Million From ObamaCare Slush Fund

The ObamaCare debacle hasn’t even been implemented yet, and already: The IRS is unable to account for $67 million spent from a slush fund established for Obamacare implementation, according to a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration...Show More Summary

TIGTA: Chief Counsel's Office Is at Risk of Outside Influence on Letter Rulings

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration yesterday released Chief Counsel Should Take Steps to Minimize the Risk of Outside Influence on Its Letter Rulings (2013-10-081): The IRS issues letter rulings that interpret and apply tax laws to a specific set of facts provided by corporations, individuals, and international entities....

IRS Collections From Enforcement Actions Drop

11 months agoPolitics / US Politics : Swampland

(WASHINGTON) — A Treasury investigator says tax collections from reluctant taxpayers dropped for the second straight year in 2012. The Treasury inspector general for tax administration says budget cuts at the Internal Revenue Service are resulting in lower revenues for the federal government. Show More Summary

TIGTA: Trends in IRS Compliance Activities Through Fiscal Year 2012

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration today released Trends in Compliance Activities Through Fiscal Year 2012 (2013-30-078): This report is a compilation of statistical information reported by the IRS. The data presented in this report provide taxpayers and stakeholders with information about how the IRS focuses its compliance resources...

TIGTA: IRS Must Improve Comprehensiveness, Accuracy, Reliability & Timeliness of Tax Gap Estimate

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration today released The Internal Revenue Service Needs to Improve the Comprehensiveness, Accuracy, Reliability, and Timeliness of the Tax Gap Estimate (2013-IE-R008): Synopsis The Tax Gap is defined as the difference between the true tax liability in any year and the amount of tax...

TIGTA: Implementation of IRS Fraud Prevention System Is Lagging

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration yesterday released Improvements Are Needed to Ensure Successful Development and System Integration for the Return Review Program (2013-20-063): WHY TIGTA DID THE AUDIT The IRS’s current system to detect fraud is the Electronic Fraud Detection System (EFDS). The IRS determined that the EFDS,...

TIGTA: Despite 1998 Law, Some IRS Employees Continue to Refer to 'Tax Protesters'

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration yesterday released Fiscal Year 2013 Statutory Audit of Compliance With Legal Guidelines Prohibiting the Use of Illegal Tax Protester and Similar Designations (2013-30-085): This audit was initiated because TIGTA is required to annually evaluate compliance with the prohibition against using Illegal Tax Protester...

TIGTA: IRS May Be Violating Copyright Law on 89% of its Software

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration yesterday released Desktop and Laptop Software License Management Is Not Being Adequately Performed (2013-20-025): The IRS is not adequately performing software license management and is not adhering to Federal requirements and recommended industry best practices. The IRS does not have enterprisewide or local...

The IRS Scandal, Day 82

Letter From Darrell Issa (Chair, Committee on Oversight & Government Reform) & Jim Jordan (Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs) to J. Russel George (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) (July 29, 2013) Bloomberg: Republican 10-Bill Assault on Waste Is Pretext to Agenda The Hill: Tax-Exempt Groups...

IRS Travelgate: Brass Spent $100K Each On Travel

For the IRS, the hits just keep on coming. The no longer obscure watchdog known as the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has a new bestseller: Analysis of Executive Travel Within the Internal Revenue Service. Ever since the Tea Party scandal, this inspector’s reports are pretty important. Now, he takes on IRS travel. This [...]

TIGTA: IRS Honchos Racked Up Six-Figure Travel Bills

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration yesterday released Analysis of Executive Travel Within the Internal Revenue Service (2013-IE-R007): In FYs 2011 and 2012, there were 351 and 373 executives in the IRS, respectively. In FY 2011, the IRS spent approximately $4.8 million for executive travel. In FY 2012, spending...

IRS Inspector Shellacs Oversight Committee About Tea Party Scandal

Lois Lerner may be steadfastly taking the Fifth, but Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) Russell George appeared to before a key committee and made a few things clear: 1. Lois Lerner fired the first salvo. Speaking at a May 10, 2013 American Bar Association meeting, she said: “Instead of referring to the cases [...]

Inspector General Defends Integrity in IRS Audit

Treasury inspector general for tax administration J. Russell George defended his integrity and objectivity in a hearing today over the IRS tea-party targeting scandal.George oversaw the investigation into the IRS that found evidence of the deliberate targeting of tea-party groups applying for tax-exempt status. Show More Summary

IRS Refunds Millions of Dollars to Illegal Aliens

Fancy that! In an audit report, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) said that in 2011, the IRS made refunds of more than $46 million to 23,994 “unauthorized” (illegal) aliens living in the same address in Atlanta, Georgia. Show More Summary

Enough Time to Test Health-Insurance Exchange?

An official from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration told Congress Wednesday he’s concerned there isn’t enough time to fully test a federal-health insurance marketplace that is being built to allow people to sign up for health insurance on Oct. 1.

IG Finds Improper Access and Disclosure of Private Tax Records

(Jonathan H. Adler) Accounting Today reports: Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is looking into findings from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration that the confidential...Show More Summary

House Holds Hearing Today on The IRS and Small Businesses: Ensuring Fair Treatment

The House Small Business Committee holds a hearing today on The Internal Revenue Service and Small Businesses: Ensuring Fair Treatment: On May 14, 2013, the Department of the Treasury's Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report which found that the IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review...

IRS Disclosed Tax Records of Political Donors, Candidates

The Internal Revenue Service illegally disclosed the confidential tax records of polotical donors or candidates for office on four occasions since 2006, according to the Treasury Department inspector general, but the Department of Justice did not prosecute the cases. Inspector general J. Show More Summary

TIGTA: IRS Does Not Comply With Law in 30% of Seizures of Taxpayers' Property

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration yesterday released Fiscal Year 2013 Review of Compliance With Legal Guidelines When Conducting Seizures of Taxpayers’ Property (2013-30-061): Taking a taxpayer’s property for unpaid tax is commonly referred to as a “seizure.” To ensure that taxpayers’ rights are protected in this process, the...

Inspector General: 'No Indication' IRS Targeted Progressives Like Tea Party

J. Russell George, the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration and author of the May 14 TIGTA report on Tea Party targeting by the IRS, sent a letter dated Wednesday to Congressman Sandy Levin (D-MI) in which he...Show More Summary

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