128 results for tag: IRS


IRS data: Agency in 2015 rejected tax-exempt-status applications from 57 religious, charitable groups

  The Internal Revenue Service in 2015 turned down tax-exempt-status applications from nearly 60 religious and charitable groups, according to recent agency data. Washington Free Beacon has the details: The IRS rejected a total of 67 applications for tax-exempt status in 2015, and religious groups comprised the majority of denials. There were 92,653 total applications by religious and charitable groups in 2015. Of those applications, 86,915 were approved, 57 were denied, and 5,681 were left in limbo. Attorney Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice, represents a number of conservative and pro-life ...

Las Vegas Review-Journal: The DOJ needs to ‘hold the IRS accountable for its actions’

  A federal court last week ordered the IRS to hand over agency spreadsheets of the groups the IRS is targeting – this after the agency had been stonewalling, arguing the spreadsheets are protected under U.S. code intended to maintain confidentiality of taxpayers’ tax returns. Those at the Las Vegas Review-Journal are crying “foul” and demanding the agency hand over the documents. Read the editorial from the Las Vegas Review-Journal: The IRS hiding behind taxpayer privacy concerns is ridiculous, and the Sixth Circuit should be applauded for its ruling. These conservative groups in question don’t mind if their information becomes ...

Tea Party Patriots Thanks NorCal Tea Party For Their “Relentless Pursuit of the Truth” About IRS Targeting

Tea Party Patriots Thanks NorCal Tea Party For Their “Relentless Pursuit of the Truth” About IRS Targeting Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, reacting to reports about the NorCal Tea Party’s victory over the IRS in federal court on Tuesday. "Tea Party Patriots thanks the NorCal Tea Party for their relentless pursuit of the truth about IRS targeting of Americans for their political views. The Tea Party movement started as a reaction to big government overreach and the IRS program targeting political speech was a chilling episode that should give pause to Americans ...

Federal appeals court lambastes IRS, says agency “compounded” problems that led to targeting scandal

A federal appeals court Tuesday said the IRS, in stonewalling throughout a class-action suit, has “only compounded” the problems that led to agency targeting of Americans for their political beliefs, including IRS officials’ slow-rolling of tax-exempt-status applications. The Washington Post has the details: A unanimous ruling by a three judge panel of the Cincinnati-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit found that the IRS, in its unresponsiveness to the targeting charges, “has only compounded the conduct that gave rise” to them. The case was brought by NorCal Tea Party Patriots, and other groups, in 2013, just after a ...

Six e-filing websites recommended by IRS don’t pass basic muster

An audit of electronic-tax-filing websites recommended by those at the Internal Revenue Service reveals half the suggested websites failed basic cybersecurity tests. Forbes has the details: The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) evaluated 13 “free” e-file tax sites recommended by the IRS against both their own rigorous standards and the IRS’s less stringent security measures. OTA categorized the sites into two groups: Honor Roll or Failed. Six sites, or 46% of those audited, failed OTA’s cybersecurity tests. One of the sites did not even meet the IRS’s own requirements. OTA audited the 13 e-file tax sites shown above between February 2 and ...

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 ...