White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and other senior advisers knew in late April that an impending report was likely to say the IRS had inappropriately targeted conservative groups, President Barack Obama's spokesman disclosed Monday, expanding the circle of top officials who knew of the audit beyond those named earlier. Read More
President Barack Obama picked a senior White House budget official to become the acting head of the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday, the same day another top official announced plans to leave the agency amid the controversy over agents targeting tea party groups. Read More
Hurrying to check a growing controversy, President Barack Obama ousted the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service late Wednesday amid an outcry over revelations that the agency had improperly targeted tea party groups for scrutiny when they filed for tax-exempt status. Read More
A prominent San Francisco tax attorney has been charged with failing to report more than $1.3 million in earnings to the Internal Revenue Service.
James P. Kleier of San Francisco, who has lectured at universities and was the chairman of local and national bar associations for his tax expertise, faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine for failing to pay his taxes from 2008 to 2010, according to Northern California-based U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Read More
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When federal agents descended on the Knoxville headquarters of Pilot Flying J on April 15, it was the first inkling the public and company executives had of an FBI and Internal Revenue Service investigation that began nearly two years ago. Read More
The Internal Revenue Service let undocumented workers collect $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits last year, almost four times as much as the 2005 refunds. A new audit by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration concluded that federal law changes in 2009 made it totally confusing about whether illegal workers qualify for a tax break. And the IRS said it presently lacks the authority to reject these refund claims. Read More
It appears three applicants for 501(C)(4) tax status have been denied by the IRS. The names of the three have not been released - yet.
But the main reason cited by IRS for the denials, according to Election Law Blog, is that the organizations' primary activites are "conducted primarily for the benefit of a political party and for a group of private individuals." Read More
Crossraods GPS, the 501c4 arm of American Crossroads, is spending $20 million over the next two months airing the embedded ad "Shovel Ready", nationwide (the initial $5 million ad buy covered nine swing states Read More
Last week, the GAO released a report, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: IRS Should Expand Its Strategic Approach to Implementation, detailing IRS involvement in the implementation of Obamacare. Read More
The Board of Supervisors Budget Committee was scheduled to vote Wednesday on loaning $150,000 to a struggling nonprofit that provides health services for the LGBT community who are low-income. Read More