133 results for tag: IRS


Top Republicans calling on DOJ to reopen investigation into former IRS executive Lois Lerner

Two Republican congressmen are demanding authorities at the Department of Justice reopen the investigation into former IRS executive Lois Lerner, who oversaw IRS employees during the height of the scandal surrounding agency targeting of Americans for their political beliefs. The Washington Times has the details: Ms. Lerner was cleared after an investigation by the Obama administration but Reps. Kevin Brady and Peter Roskam, respectively the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and the panel’s tax policy subcommittee, say there are plenty of questions with how that probe was run, and said that a new look by the Trump administration’s ...

Rep. Kevin Brady: IRS commissioner ‘must go’

The IRS commissioner who stonewalled congressional investigation into agency targeting of tea-party groups is still in charge and could remain at the helm of the IRS until November unless the Trump administration takes action before then to fire the commissioner – which is exactly what a group of Republicans is requesting. The Washington Times has the story: Mr. Koskinen’s term is scheduled to expire in November already, but the Republicans said Mr. Trump can’t wait that long to oust him — particularly at a time when Congress is trying to rewrite the tax code. “He has been dishonest with Congress, and the IRS—under his watch—has ...

IRS still hasn’t gotten rid of policy it used to target tea partyers

The same policy that enabled authorities at the IRS to slow-roll the tax-exempt-status applications of tea-party groups remains on the books, according to a watchdog group. The Daily Caller has the story: The federal tax agency’s policy requires IRS officials to stop processing tax-exempt applications that are “likely to attract media or congressional attention,” the Cause of Action Institute said in a report made public Wednesday. The policy also directs IRS officials to prepare “sensitive case reports” for their supervisors and to ignore “the merits of the application” if it involved a newsworthy topic. “Targeting was — ...

Tea Party Patriots: IRS Must Immediately Release All New Documents Potentially Related to Targeting

Atlanta, GA - Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, in response to reports that the IRS found new documents potentially related to the agency's targeting scandal, in which conservatives were targeted for their political beliefs under the Obama Administration. "Years after the Obama Justice Department refused to conduct any real investigation of the IRS targeting scandal, in which conservatives were targeted for their political beliefs, and during which former president Obama laughed it off and claimed there was ‘not a smidgen’ of corruption at the IRS, and years after IRS Commissioner Koskinen ...

IRS locates targeting documents … two years after the fact

The Internal Revenue Service two years after conservative watchdog Judicial Watch submitted a Freedom of Information Act request reported to a D.C. judge it has found nearly 7,000 documents pertinent to the agency’s targeting of tea-party groups but at this time refuses to make the documents public. "At this time, the Service is unable to provide an estimate regarding when it will complete its review of the potentially responsive documents," the agency said. "The Service will begin producing any non-exempt, responsive documents by March 10, 2017, and, if necessary, continue to produce non-responsive records on a bi-weekly basis,” reads an IRS ...

Rep. Jordan: ‘John Koskinen needs to be held accountable’

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) announced today he will introduce a resolution on the House floor calling for  the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who has looked the other way as his agency targets conservatives for their political beliefs and even stonewalled congressional investigation into the scandal that continues to slow-roll or flat-out deny conservative groups tax-exempt status. The Washington Examiner has the details: "John Koskinen needs to be held accountable," the Ohio Republican said at a forum hosted by Judicial Watch. "Later today on the House floor, we will make the motion to impeach Mr. Koskinen." Jordan's plan is to ...

IRS denies tea partyers’ longtime requests for tax-exempt status

The IRS has denied tax-exempt status to two tea-party groups, including an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based tea-party group that for seven years was waiting on an answer from the tax-collection agency. The Washington Times has the story: The tax agency, under orders from a federal judge, is belatedly tackling the remaining tea party cases that it delayed for years, and so far the tea party isn’t doing well. Only one of the three groups in the case was approved, and the other two, including Albuquerque, got notices of proposed denials last week. The applicants will have a chance to appeal, but the denials aren’t sitting well with the groups, ...

Daily Signal: ‘No other’ freedom as ‘widely and intensely attacked’ as free speech

Free speech under President Obama’s presidency has faced unprecedented setbacks, especially when considering IRS targeting of Americans for their political beliefs. The Daily Signal has the commentary: The Constitution has long been subject to attacks from individuals hostile to its guarantees of freedom, economic opportunity, and limited government, but in recent days no other provision has been as widely and intensely attacked as the First Amendment… The First Amendment has also been caught in the crosshairs of a battle between the IRS and various conservative organizations. As a result of the IRS inappropriately targeting conservative ...

IRS persists in singling out, delaying tea-party groups’ tax-exempt-status applications

Authorities at the Internal Revenue Service after promising to speed up processing on long-in-limbo tax-exempt-status applications of conservative groups is reversing course and doubling down on their demands for additional documentation. The Washington Times has the scoop: More jarringly, the IRS then publicly released one of the sets of questions it sent to the Texas Patriots Tea Party — a move the group’s lawyer says puts secret taxpayer return information, supposed to be protected, out in the public. Tax experts say the IRS may be on safe legal ground, since the filing was made as part of a court case, and that’s one of the few narrow ...

IRS employees heading to prison for defrauding taxpayers

A number of employees at the Internal Revenue Service will spend time behind bars for accessing personal taxpayer information used to defraud people to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, a report released Wednesday reveals. The Washington Examiner has the details: The office said IRS employee Nakisha Hall used her position to access the personal information of hundreds of taxpayers between 2008 and 2011, creating fraudulent returns on her own computer and receiving more than $550,000 in tax refunds she requested be sent in the form of debit cards. After Hall came up with the idea for the scheme, she asked four people to help her hide ...