Fix the Debt Coalition lobbies up

By Dave Levinthal

Fix the Debt Coalition hires government affairs professionals to press financial reform agenda.

FACT CHECK: Social Security scare tactics

By FactCheck.Org

Both campaigns make misleading claims about potential changes to Social Security

Excerpts from this story referencing "Social Security":

"… eware: The Obama and Romney campaigns are making false claims about taxing Social Security benefits:Vice President Joe Biden told seniors in Florida that Romney’s …"

"… d seniors in Florida that Romney’s tax plan “would raise taxes on your Social Security.” But that’s not part of Romney’s tax plan. It’s the Oba …"

"… Committee falsely claim that Biden “repeatedly voted for higher taxes on Social Security benefits.” Obama and Biden repeatedly opposed attempts to cut the tax on …"

"… benefits.” Obama and Biden repeatedly opposed attempts to cut the tax on Social Security benefits for higher-income seniors, but that’s not a vote for raising ta …"

'Drastic' defense cuts would set the clock back only to 2006

By Zach Toombs

The Congressional Budget Office suggests that budget sequestration may not gut the defense budget.

DOD has a hand out on April 17

By Aaron Mehta

And where did you think your tax money was going?

Senate committee finds most 'trapped' offshore income is already in U.S.

By John Aloysius Farrell

Senate committee finds most 'trapped' offshore income from Google, Microsoft already in U.S.

FACT CHECK: Rick Perry’s dubious tax promise

By FactCheck.Org

Texas Gov. and presidential contender's flat tax plan isn't quite flat for lower-income taxpayers

How candidates' tax plans would affect one struggling family

By Amy Biegelsen and John Aloysius Farrell

Republican presidential candidates' ambitious tax plans don't help working class

Wealthy corporations with a trillion dollars stashed offshore lobby for a 'holiday' from U.S. taxes

By John Aloysius Farrell and Aaron Mehta

Wealthy corporations are lobbying for a tax holiday for a trillion dollars stashed offshore

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kansas":

"… why firms have once more embraced the goal. According to one University of Kansas study, companies reaped $220 in tax benefits for every $1 spent on lobbyin …"

How an Obama fundraiser turned Oklahoma into a personal tax haven

By Bill Allison

How George Kaiser turned Oklahoma into his personal tax haven

Pentagon's accounting shambles may cost an additional $1 billion

By R. Jeffrey Smith

DOD said its books wouldn't be clean until 2017; Panetta wants to move the deadline up

Top fisheries official says EU is investigating illegalities by Spanish companies

By Kate Willson

Top EU fishing official responds to allegations of misappropriated funds by ICIJ

FACT CHECK: Ad on billionaire's statement misses the facts

By FactCheck.Org

Tax burden is actually more equal than liberal advocacy group portrays in video campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "Warren Buffett":

"… beral group’s TV spot features a working mother who says she’s like “Warren Buffett’s secretary” and pays higher tax rates than “many billionaires and m …"

"… ended to represent a worker in a doctor’s office. They all say, “I’m Warren Buffett’s secretary” — a reference to the billionaire investor’s stat …"

FACT CHECK: Obamas' tax rate not lower than the average teacher's

By FactCheck.Org

From every angle, the Obamas' tax rate was substantially higher than that of a teacher or firefighter

Excerpts from this story referencing "Social Security":

"… is year’s “payroll tax holiday,” which has cut the worker portion of Social Security taxes by 2 percentage points — which is worth $1,000 to workers (includi …"

"… h are taxed at lower rates than ordinary income. It’s also the case that Social Security taxes fall only on wage and salary income, and only up to a limit that is& …"

"… up to a limit that is currently $106,800. So our $50,000 teacher pays Social Security taxes on every dollar of income, while those same payroll taxes fall only …"

"… ”) by the amount on line 22 (“total income”).We calculated Obama’s Social Security taxes on the assumption that he and his employer (the U.S. government) eac …"

Improper EITC payments top $11 billion

By Laurel Adams

A quarter of earned income tax credit payments are improper, amounting to $11 billion to $13 billion in 2009, the Internal Revenue Service r

Tax credits for alternative-fuel vehicles went to prisoners, IRS employees

By Laurel Adams

The IRS allowed $33 million in erroneous tax credits for alternative-fuel motor vehicles last year. A review by the Treasury inspector gene

IRS not strict enough on fraudulent tax refunds to nonresident aliens

By Laurel Adams

The Internal Revenue Services needs to strengthen its review of tax refunds to nonresident aliens before they are sent out of the country, a

Stimulus tax credit may increase penalties

By Laurel Adams

The “Making Work Pay” tax credit, which increased take—home pay for workers, may result in 13.4 million people actually owing the government

Dave Camp — Ways and Means Committee

By Peter H. Stone

Dave Camp of Michigan, the presumptive new chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, was first elected two decades ago and

Excerpts from this story referencing "Social Security":

"… key issues under the panel’s jurisdiction, such as the huge Medicare and Social Security entitlement programs. During the 111th Congress, Camp voted with his party …"

"… re to “pay as you go” budget rules.A supporter of private accounts for Social Security, Camp played a significant role in passing welfare reform legislation in t …"

Farm subsidies still missing from USDA’s data-rich website

By Jim Morris

The Agriculture Department says it makes farm subsidy data available to anyone who asks, but turning the data into something useful is tedio

Audit rates of rich fall, audits of poor spike

By The Center for Public Integrity

The IRS has upped audits on the working poor while dramatically decreasing audits on corporations and the wealthy

More corporations pay less in taxes

By The Center for Public Integrity

Corporate tax payments accounted for 23 percent of all federal tax revenue in 1960. By 2007 that figure had dropped to just 14 percent

Influencing the IRS

By Elizabeth Brown

Nearly 500 companies lobby the tax agency

Early warning

By Alan Green

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2004 — One year before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, then-Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White informed a trio of top-level

The big pong down under

By Bill Birnbauer

Less than two years after turning control over to a privatized firm, Adelaide took on a certain stench

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… th the contract until 2011. "It's very difficult to unscramble the egg," a spokeswoman in Rann's office lamented."When a corporation wins a highly unpopular cont …"

"… of United Water's performance and financial arrangements remain secret. A spokeswoman for SA Water told ICIJ that contract breaches and penalties were public in …"

Low rates, needed repairs lure 'big water' to Uncle Sam's plumbing

By Erika Hobbs

Low rates, needed repairs lure 'big water' to Uncle Sam's plumbing

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… ways, and a safe and efficient aviation system," added Norida Torriente, a spokeswoman for the American Society of Civil Engineers.But the major private utilitie …"

"… ago while he worked as a business development consultant.Susan Atherton, a spokeswoman for Illinois-American Water Co., said that rates in Pekin and Pe …"

A tale of two cities

By María Teresa Ronderos

Flooded streets and backed up sewers plague Columbian city

The 'aguas' tango

By Daniel Santoro

Cashing in on Buenos Aires' privatization

Excerpts from this story referencing "Water":

"… ated the loan included Minister of Economy Erman Gonzalez and Secretary of Water Affairs Mario Caserta.A decade later, Gonzalez had been indicted for traff …"

"… ned by Suez, had another 12.6 percent. Vivendi had 8 percent while Anglian Water, a British company, held 4.5 percent. The remainder went to Argentine comp …"

"… rs, including Aguas de Buenos Aires, a joint venture headed by Thames Water International Services, which later became a subsidiary of RWE; …"

"… al Argentine venture; and Union Transitoria de Empresas, led by North West Water of the U.K.But from the start, the Soldati-French consortium seemed to hav …"

Metered to death

By Jacques Pauw

How a water experiment in South Africa caused riots and a cholera epidemic

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mozambique":

"… o be reassessing their position in southern Africa.Saur has withdrawn from Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Suez has not appealed the cancellation of its Nkonkobe contr …"

Cholera and the age of the water barons

By Bill Marsden

Cholera turned out to be a chronicle of death foretold by blind ideology

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bechtel":

"… and United Utilities of England working in conjunction with Bechtel of the United States, have also successfully secured major internatio …"

"… Cochabamba, Bolivia. After Aguas del Tunari, a consortium jointly owned by Bechtel and United Utilities, took control of the city's waterworks in 1999 withou …"

"… he Bolivian government claiming losses of a reported $25 million, although Bechtel has stated that it has not put a number on its claim. The suit is before t …"

"… cause it believed it was not financially viable.In an interview with ICIJ, Bechtel spokesman Jeff Berger blamed the Bolivian government for the Cochabamba de …"

Promoting privatization

ICIJ research showed that privatization is playing an ever-increasing role in bank lending policies