88 results for tag: IRS


Senator: Congress’ Obamacare exemption undermines ‘confidence in government’

Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chairman David Vitter (R-La.) is asking President Obama’s IRS Commissioner John Koskinen how it is that Members of Congress and Congressional Staff are able to qualify for a subsidized small-business health-insurance program that requires a business have 50 or fewer employees when Congress clearly has more than 50 employees. The Daily Caller has the story: In a letter written to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen Wednesday, the Louisiana Republican said it appears Congress is “misrepresenting itself to either DC Health Link or the IRS” and questioned whether the ...

President Obama requesting more than 9,000 IRS new-hires

President Obama in his latest budget is proposing the IRS hire more than 9,000 employees, including almost 500 new bureaucrats to work on Obamacare regulations. The Washington Examiner has the story: Only 483 of the 9,245 new hires President Obama is seeking for the IRS in his 2016 budget proposal would be assigned to work on Obamacare programs, according to a budget summary published by the federal tax agency. As the agency tasked with enforcing Obamacare’s individual mandate provision, the IRS must for the first time this year assess a fine against people who were eligible for the government-funded health insurance but declined to enroll....

Editor: IRS ‘clearly run amok during the Obama administration’

U.S. News & World Report Contributing Editor Peter Roff this week criticizes the heavy-handed officials at President Obama’s IRS, including Commissioner John Koskinen who effectively looked the other way as documents ordered preserved for investigation into the agency’s slow-rolling of tax-exempt-status applications for conservative groups were destroyed. Roff also hammers IRS officials for apparently targeting American-based corporations who pay corporate taxes overseas to save money – even rewriting its own rulebook to allow private-sector lawyers clearance to read tax documents of U.S. corporations. U.S. News & World Report has ...

IRS bulks up, audits more when Democrats are in control of Congress, White House

A study of the Internal Revenue Service from present day to 1978 reveals when Democrats control Congress and the White House, the agency targets more Americans. The Washington Examiner has the scoop: What's more, when Democrats run the Senate, as they did during the Obama administration's IRS targeting scandal, the agency is typically given more money to hire more auditors who conduct more audits. "Democratic control of the Senate is correlated with an increased IRS budget and workforce. The president's party has a statistically significant impact on the number of IRS enforcement personnel when both houses of Congress are controlled by ...

Senator says bad IRS customer service result of ‘monopoly,’ lack of ‘competitive environment’

Having trouble contacting the IRS this tax season? That’s no surprise, according to a recent Government Accountability Report that says the agency’s customer service is abysmal – a record some in Congress attribute to the IRS’ rehiring of employees fired for disciplinary reasons. West Virginia’s Bluefield Daily Telegraph has the details: The report prompted denunciations from members of Congress including Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. “This is what happens when you have a monopoly instead of a competitive environment,” he said in an interview. Isakson has already been critical of the ...

IRS could still be targeting Americans for their religious, political beliefs

Those at the Internal Revenue Service may still be unfairly setting their sights on Americans based on religious and political beliefs, say investigators from the Government Accountability Office. The Blaze has the inside scoop: “The control deficiencies increase the risk of selecting organizations for audit in an unfair manner — for example, based on an organization’s religious, educational, political, or other views,” said one of two GAO investigations of the IRS released Wednesday. One of the GAO reports focused on problems in the IRS Wage and Investment Unit, the other on the Small Business and Self-Employed Unit. The House Ways ...

IRS backs off proposed regulation to collect charitable donors’ social security numbers

The Internal Revenue Service, after receiving tens of thousands of comments from concerned citizens, decided against implementing a proposed rule that would have authorized the agency to collect the social security numbers of donors who give $250 or more annually to a nonprofit charitable organization. The Hill has the inside story: “The Treasury Department and the IRS received a substantial number of public comments in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking,” the agency wrote Thursday morning in the Federal Register. “Many of these public comments questioned the need for donee reporting, and many comments expressed significant ...

Victory! Tea Party Patriots helps stop IRS’ proposed heavy-handed regulation

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today in reaction to the IRS decision to withdraw the proposed regulation to collect the Social Security numbers of individuals who donate $250 or more annually to a charity. “This is a huge victory for American democracy, the First Amendment and our grassroots supporters. President Obama’s IRS is abandoning its blatantly heavy-handed regulation to ask charities to disclose the Social Security numbers of donors giving $250 or more annually. Tea Party Patriots activated its grassroots supporters using our website, email and social media ...

Shocker: IRS employees donate to Democrats by margin of 2-1

Internal Revenue Service employees over the last 25 years have donated to Democrats over Republicans by a margin of 2-1. The Daily Caller News Foundation has the details: Donors listing the IRS as their employer have donated roughly $453,800 to Democratic candidates and causes and $221,400 to Republican candidates and causes since 1990. About one in four of the dollars for Democrats, or roughly $117,500, went to President Barack Obama. But IRS employees since 1990 have also donated $203,000 to the National Treasury Employees Union, which in turn has given about 95 percent of its $6 million in political contributions to Democrats over the last ...

Tea Party Patriots Official Comment on IRS Regulation on Non-profit Donors

  Tea Party Patriots, joined by a coalition of conservative organizations, will submit the following letter as an official comment on the proposed IRS regulation regarding donors to non-profit organizations. You can view the regulation here. December 16, 2015 An Open Letter on new IRS Substantiation Requirement for Certain Contributions (REG-138344-13) The IRS recently announced a new proposed regulation that we believe would open the door to require 501(c)3 charitable organizations (and then other nonprofit organizations) to collect the Social Security numbers of donors who contribute more than $250 in a calendar year.  The IRS ...