123 results for tag: IRS


In case you didn’t distrust the government enough…

In a moment of irony, the Internal Revenue Service apparently made itself more susceptible to identity theft—with its own tool designed to fight identity theft. A service on the IRS website intended to assist victims of tax-refund identity theft was suspended on Monday. The agency suspended a service that gave people personalized identification numbers so the IRS could know the actual taxpayer was filing a tax return instead of someone using their stolen name and Social Security number. The Wall Street Journal reports: Most taxpayers with identity-theft-protection numbers received their ID via mail. According to the IRS, about 130,000 of the ...

Taxpayers beware: IRS data breach larger than first anticipated

  Hackers this year were able to access the Internal Revenue Service’s “Get Transcript” program – which houses taxpayer history online – and steal taxpayers’ identities. WOWKTV has the story:   Not even Virginia based tax attorney, Wayne Zell, was protected from hackers who he says stole his identity. "Somebody was trying to claim a refund using my social security number and I knew something was wrong," said Zell. The IRS's data dump is the latest in a series of disclosures. Americans go through enough just to file their taxes – add to that the targeting scandal Americans face at the hands of the agency and the ...

Congressman on IRS commissioner: ‘We will move forward with impeachment’

Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) Thursday while talking to the Military Officers Association of America in Athens, Georgia says he and his colleagues on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are actively pursuing the impeachment of President Obama’s IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who looked the other way as evidence into the IRS’ targeting of Americans was destroyed. Athens Banner-Herald has the details: “We will move forward with impeachment” of Koskinen, Hice said Thursday. Hice joked that his service on the committee, and his other work in Congress since beginning his service last year (he was elected in November 2014, and ...

Senator: ‘We need to fundamentally rethink the way we authenticate taxpayers’

Tax refunds due to thousands of Americans are being stolen by identity thieves and the IRS isn’t doing much to guard against such vulnerability – or so say lawmakers. Politico has the scoop: Lawmakers who fear a repeat of that episode say the IRS is unable to distinguish between taxpayers and crooks seeking to impersonate them online in order to grab illicit tax refunds. Earlier this week, digital crooks using stolen personal data and malware broke into IRS computers and generated 101,000 PINs for electronic filing, but were unable to use them. The problem has grown substantially worse in recent years as data breaches at companies such as ...

Former IRS agent: E-filing tax returns is ‘disconcerting’

Tax experts and even a former IRS revenue agent say the agency too heavily relies on social security numbers for personal identification in e-filing tax returns, making taxpayer data too vulnerable to cyberattacks and identity thieves. Tax Analysts has the scoop: The IRS's reliance on Social Security numbers to authenticate users of its electronic filing personal identification number application endangers the program's integrity, security experts and tax practitioners said in the wake of a major cyberattack on the agency … "I was able to obtain an e-file PIN very easily by providing my name, Social Security number, and filing status," among ...

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 ...