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 "Eugene Kiely":

"… t lists six times when Biden voted against repealing the 1993 tax hike.– Eugene Kiely  …"

'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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Microsoft":

"… als and found that 27 of the cash-flush firms, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, had invested almost $250 billion in the United States.“Those foreign ea …"

"… have brought home almost all their “trapped” funds. Apple, Google and Microsoft, for example, have brought back from 76 to 100 percent of their offshore e …"

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 "Curtis S. Dubay":

"… mpanies are already awash in cash, noted Heritage scholars J.D. Foster and Curtis S. Dubay. And “for those rare instances in which outside financing is needed, int …"

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 "Buffett Rule":

"… rom a table supplied by Obama’s Treasury Department in support of his “Buffett Rule” proposal. What this breakdown shows is that the average tax rate for th …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector":

"… by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other government entities.NATIONAL SECURITYA review of …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other government entities.NATIONAL SECURITYThe Federal Emergenc …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Detroit":

"… that they don't miss out on any deductions. But when corporate giants like Detroit-based DTE Energy want to save millions, they turn to Washington, D.C., lob …"

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 "Water":

"… ning over its Waterworks to a private consortium controlled by Thames Water and Vivendi, the city was engulfed in a powerful sewage smell, w …"

"… en when things like monitoring and maintenance are cut to the bone."Thames Water denied staffing levels had anything to do with the incident, claiming that …"

"… hing to do with the incident, claiming that the employment level at United Water, the Australian consortium, is quite high compared to United Kingdom stand …"

"… s environment, quality and sustainability division, told ICIJ. United Water has concurred that it "should have done more" to deal with the events lead …"

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 "Europe":

"… Suez, Vivendi, Thames and Saur have proven to be masters at this skill. In Europe, they ally themselves with city mayors or top managers. In South America a …"

A tale of two cities

By María Teresa Ronderos

Flooded streets and backed up sewers plague Columbian city

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bogotá":

"… ter this company." …"

"… eighborhoods often backed up because the pipes were below the level of the Bogotá River."Many times I could not go to work because I had to stay home and he …"

"… ad no access to tap water and had to collect rainwater in buckets and pans.Bogotá is a fast-growing city of 7 million people spread across a broad plateau, …"

"… wing city of 7 million people spread across a broad plateau, the Sabana de Bogotá, which sweeps up the forested slopes of the Andes, 2,600 meters (8,500 fee …"

The 'aguas' tango

By Daniel Santoro

Cashing in on Buenos Aires' privatization

Excerpts from this story referencing "water services":

"… company defaulted on about $700 million in loans and threatened to reduce water services unless the government guaranteed the loans in U.S. dollars. The government …"

"… shantytowns around Buenos Aires by 1993, only 50 percent were connected to water services, and 65 percent did not have sewer connections.Capital was needed in large …"

"… entinas' president Cassagne threatened in February 2002 to suspend certain water services and all of the company's construction plans unless the Argentine central b …"

Metered to death

By Jacques Pauw

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ronnie Kasrils":

"… of the Municipal Services Project.Despite best intentions, the ANC blundersRonnie Kasrils got the first hint that his government's cost recovery policy was not work …"

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 "Ontario":

"… es and the private companies argued over responsibility. In Hamilton, Ontario, a private company took several years before it agreed to settle fines aft …"

Promoting privatization

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

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