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The IRS Scandal, Day 973

Philip T. Hackney (LSU), Should the IRS Never 'Target' Taxpayers? An Examination of the IRS Tea Party Affair, 49 Val. U. L. Rev. 453 (2015): In 2013, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration faulted the Internal Revenue Service for the appearance of impartiality because it used names and policy...

TIGTA: IRS Should Shift Definition Of Rich From $200k to $600k For Audits

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has released Improvements Are Needed in Resource Allocation and Management Controls for Audits of High-Income Taxpayers (2015-30-078): Given the IRS’s goal of providing higher audit coverage to high-income taxpayers and its reduced operating budget, it is that much more important that the IRS...

Will Taxpayers Sleep Well When They Read This Report?

At the end of last month, the Office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration issued a report on its audit of the IRS project to upgrade its server, desktop, and laptop systems from Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 or 2012. Show More Summary

IRS Improperly Withheld Info from Taxpayers 12.3% of the Time

Yet, no punishment for IRS workers, of course: The Internal Revenue Service improperly withheld information requested by taxpayers 12.3 percent of the time, according to a new government audit. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TITGA) reviewed the IRS’ compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and discovered that disclosure specialists at the […]

TIGTA: IRS Improperly Withheld Information From Taxpayer FOIA Requests 12.3% Of The Time

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has released Fiscal Year 2015 Statutory Review of Compliance With the Freedom of Information Act (2015-30-084): TIGTA is required to conduct periodic audits to determine whether the IRS properly denied written requests for taxpayer information pursuant to FOIA § 552(b)(7) and I.R.C. §...

2015 Tax Season ‘Miserable’ For Many Taxpayers: Will It Get Better In 2016?

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen warned that the 2015 tax filing could be miserable. The most recent report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reviews the numbers. Was it really that bad?

The IRS Scandal, Day 864

CNN, IRS scandal Fast Facts: Here’s some background information about the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal involving the targeting of certain groups. In May 2013, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report indicating the targeting involved delaying the processing of applications by certain conservative groups and requesting...

TIGTA: IRS Could Not Verify 40% Of $15 Billion Of Affordable Care Act Tax Credits Due To Lack Of Data From Health Insurance Exchanges

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration today released Affordable Care Act: Interim Results of the Internal Revenue Service Verification of Premium Tax Credit Claims (2015-43-057): The Affordable Care Act created the refundable Premium Tax Credit (PTC) to assist eligible taxpayers with paying their health insurance premiums. Individuals may elect...

Tax Roundup, 9/1/15: If the taxman takes your car, recode your garage door. And: jobs, $211,111 each.

As if having your car seized by the taxman wasn’t bad enough. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, in a […]

Why IRS Telephone Scamming Works

VideoOne of the strangest phenomena in the tax news of late is the scam in which people are called and persuaded to transfer money to people pretending to represent the IRS.  J. Russel George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, testifying before the Senate Budget Committee gave some details [...]

TIGTA: IRS Office of Appeals May Have Incorrectly Abated Penalties In 83% Of Cases

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has released Additional Documentation Is Needed to Support Office of Appeals Penalty Abatement Decisions (2015-10-059): The Office of Appeals (Appeals) is an independent function within the IRS whose mission is to resolve disputes on a fair and impartial basis without litigation. Appeals has...

Tax Scam Losses Exceed $20 Million

The IRS is warning taxpayers to be vigilant and on high alert in the wake of evolving tax scams. A recent IRS press release notes that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has received reports of roughly 600,000 contacts just since October of 2013. Indeed, TIGTA is aware [...]

The IRS Scandal, Day 788

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Report of Investigation, Exempt Organization Data Loss and Potential Obstruction of Justice: The investigation determined that there were six possible sources to examine in order to potentially recover the missing e-mails. These sources were LERNER's crashed hard drive, the backup or disaster recovery tapes,...

IRS gave tax-owing companies contracts worth $19 million

The Internal Revenue Service hasn't always followed the law when it comes to making business deals. Uh oh. Specifically, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the IRS has violated the federal law that prevents it from doing business with businesses that haven't paid their taxes. Show More Summary

IRS shelled out $18.8 Million to Contractors who didn’t pay Back Taxes

Way to protect American taxpayer dollars, IRS. “The IRS granted 57 contracts worth $18.8 million to corporations with unpaid back taxes from 2012 to 2013, according to a March 26 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report.”

IRS erased backup tapes as Tea Party probe began

TALK RADIO NEWS SERVICE J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, will tell the House Oversight Committee today that IRS employees erased computer backup tapes a month after officials discovered that thousands of emails related to the agency’s Tea Party scandal were lost. Show More Summary

TIGTA: IRS Violated Federal Law By Awarding Millions In Contracts To Businesses With Unpaid Federal Taxes

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration today released Existing Procurement Practices Allowed Corporations With Federal Tax Debt to Obtain Contract Awards (2015-10-011): Beginning with Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, Federal law has prohibited the IRS from using appropriated funds to enter into a contract with a corporation that has certain...

TIGTA: IRS Can’t Verify Qualifications For Obamacare Subsidies

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration yesterday released Affordable Care Act: Assessment of Internal Revenue Service Preparation for Processing Premium Tax Credit Claims (2015-43-043): The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created a refundable tax credit, referred to as the Premium Tax Credit (PTC), to assist individuals with the...

IRS, TIGTA Talk Tech, Identity Theft & Security At Congressional Hearing

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Earlier this week, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen and J. Russell George, The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), testified before members of Congress about the unauthorized access to the "Get Transcript" application on the IRS web site.

The IRS Scandal, Day 737

Wall Street Journal op-ed: How Congress Botched the IRS Probe, by Cleta Mitchell (Foley & Lardner, Washington, D.C.): Two years ago this week, a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Information confirmed what hundreds of tea party, conservative, pro-life and pro-Israel organizations had long known: The Internal Revenue...

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