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.…

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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…

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In case you didn’t distrust the government enough…

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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…

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Taxpayers beware: IRS data breach larger than first anticipated

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  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…

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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…

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