127 results for tag: IRS


Federal appeals court says IRS likely still targeting Americans for their political beliefs

Officials at the Internal Revenue Service are continuing to target politically conservative-leaning groups seeking tax-exempt status, a federal appeals court said in a recent ruling that overturned a lower-court decision that tossed out a lawsuit against the agency on the grounds IRS authorities said they’d stop certain targeting practices. The Daily Signal has the story: The IRS insisted “there is no reasonable expectation” that discrimination will reoccur, the ruling noted, because the tax agency has “suspended until further notice” tactics it used to target the applications of tea party and other conservative groups for nonprofit ...

Obama donor major investigator in IRS targeting scandal

Justice Department attorney and Obama campaign donor Barbara Bosserman spent more than 1,500 hours looking into the IRS officials who targeted Americans for their political beliefs, reveals documents obtained by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch via a Freedom of Information Request. LifeZette has the scoop: When Judicial Watch filed its Freedom of Information Act appeal in 2014, it sought to overturn a lower court’s ruling to keep the information sealed. When the Department of Justice failed to respond in a timely fashion to the request, Judicial Watch sued. In 2014, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa ...

House Freedom Caucus moves to force vote on impeaching IRS commissioner

Reps. John Fleming (R-La.) and Tim Huelskamp Wednesday night led the charge as members of the House Freedom Caucus filed a resolution that, if passed, requires President Obama’s IRS Commissioner John Koskinen be impeached. Fox News has the story: Members of the House Freedom Caucus threatened to bypass the House GOP leadership, which has not been receptive to the idea of trying to impeach Koskinen. Congressional Republicans have sought to impeach Koskinen over grounds he intentionally ignored and “lied” to Congress about the agency’s 2010 targeting scandal. The resolution is now expected to linger over the lengthy summer recess into ...

Former IRS exec Lois Learner broke the law in a major way, documents suggest

Disgraced IRS executive Lois Lerner, who resigned after it came to light she was the driving force behind the agency’s targeting of Americans for their political beliefs, may have illegally handed over more than a million pages of Americans’ confidential tax returns. National Review has the scoop: Recently obtained documents raise new questions about Lois Lerner’s role in sending confidential tax returns to the Justice Department. It is likely the largest unauthorized disclosure of tax-return information in history: the transfer of some 1.25 million pages of confidential tax returns from the IRS to the Department of Justice in October of ...

House one step closer to ousting President Obama’s corrupt IRS commissioner

Conservatives on the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday inched closer toward removing IRS Commissioner John Koskinen from the helm of the tax agency after the commissioner repeatedly stonewalled congressional investigation and covered for those involved in agency targeting of Americans for their political beliefs. The Washington Examiner has the scoop: Republicans framed the impeachment resolution as an opportunity to hold the IRS accountable for its alleged cover-up of the politically biased conduct that landed the agency under investigation in 2013. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., argued federal agencies could continue to flout congressional ...

House passes bill preserving free speech thanks to patriots like you!

The House this week passed legislation, introduced by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), titled the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act,” that – if enacted – will rein in the out-of-control bureaucrats at the IRS who have used their power to target Americans whose ideologies differ from those held by the Obama administration. “In an era where President Obama’s IRS has been unleashed to target Americans for their political beliefs, passing this bill into law would be a huge win for the First Amendment. It would protect the identities of donors to charitable organizations from the IRS, eliminating one way the IRS could target ...

Tea Party Patriots joins nearly 100 others in signing support letter for IRS free-speech legislation

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin this week is among nearly 100 conservative leaders who have signed their names to a letter in support of legislation introduced by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) that would eliminate the IRS requirement that nonprofit charities in their annual tax filings – specifically, "Schedule B" – disclose their donors' identities, a flagrant assault on Americans' free-speech rights and a requirement the IRS has used to target Americans for their political beliefs. "Free speech has been under assault in recent years and the IRS has been at the center of the controversy. In several well-documented cases, the ...

Tea Party Patriots to Congress: Stop IRS’ free-speech violations!

Tea Party Patriots this week sent a letter to members of Congress asking they support Rep. Peter Roskam’s (R-Ill.) legislation, which would curb the power of the IRS to force nonprofit charities to disclose donor information “As the head of an organization that was itself targeted, and as the representative of hundreds of tea party and other conservative organizations that were targeted by IRS agents from 2009 to 2013, I understand first-hand the importance of scaling back the easy access IRS agents have to personal and sensitive information that can be (and certainly in the past has been) misused,” Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth ...

IRS releases list of more than 425 organizations targeted for their political beliefs

The Internal Revenue Service after admitting more than three years ago agency officials targeted Americans for their political beliefs has finally released an almost-exhaustive list of the charities it homed in on for extra scrutiny as the agency slow-rolled applications for tax-exempt status. Fox News has the story: The new list shows a total of 426 organizations, far higher than what the Treasury Department’s inspector general believed there to be in May 2013, when he identified 298 groups. The names span the gamut, covering well-known groups like Tea Party Patriots but also lower-profile local outfits like the Louisiana Campaign for ...

Reps. DeSantis, Jordan: ‘Congress has the duty to hold [IRS] Commissioner Koskinen accountable’

Two U.S. House members this week published a joint opinion piece decrying President Obama’s crooked IRS Commissioner John Koskinen – both calling for the commissioner to be impeached after the agency executive looked the other way as evidence critical in the agency targeting scandal and subpoenaed by Congress was destroyed. The Washington Examiner has the details: Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., also said Koskinen hid the fact that evidence was destroyed for four months, even as he promised all the documents would eventually be provided. "Congress has the duty to hold Commissioner Koskinen accountable for failing to live ...