How to fix the IRS nonprofit division

By Julie Patel

Employees, reformers offer three recommendations for improving the agency's flagging nonprofit division.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… There is a similar commission in Australia. Streckfus’s hope: President Barack Obama’s next State of the Union address highlights the need for a new regulato …"

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

IRS employees routinely open wallets for Democratic candidates and liberal groups.

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 "Ronald Reagan":

"… on Social Security benefits to the 1983 level, as established by President Ronald Reagan. But that would have cut taxes for higher-income seniors; it would not hav …"

FACT CHECK: Obama’s ‘Boss’ Baloney

By FactCheck.Org

The Obama campaign is up with a "badly misleading

FACT CHECK: Truth about tax rate talking points

By FactCheck.Org

Despite common talking points, tax rates were actually at a 30-year low in 2008-2009 period.

ALEC faces new challenge to tax-exempt status

By John Dunbar

A group of clergy is challenging the tax status of the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chicago":

"… zation in 2008 and 2009: Mark Behrens and Cory Shaecher.ALEC was formed in Chicago by a group of state legislators and the late Paul Weyrich, a pioneering co …"

Nonprofit profile: Ending Spending

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting fiscal conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indiana":

"… n ads critical of Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, who ran — and won — in Indiana's U.S. Senate race against Republican Richard Mourdock.Ending Spending has …"

FACT CHECK: Elizabeth Warren attacks GE's controversial tax practices

By FactCheck.Org

Massachusetts Senate candidate makes sweeping, inaccurate statement about corporate tax loopholes.

FACT CHECK: Warren Buffett's tax rate is an exception, not a rule

By FactCheck.Org

Most high-earning tax payers actually do pay a higher rate than the middle-class.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… s and other federal taxes.) The proposal is expected to come up for a Senate vote during the week of — yes, you guessed it — April 15.But Obam …"

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: GOP candidates misstate taxes and federal government pay

By FactCheck.Org

Republican debate featured mistakes on how many people pay taxes and how much they spend on tax prep

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fox News Sunday":

"… in the private economy instead of the federal government."And in a “Fox News Sunday” interview on Oct. 30, Perry assured host Chris Wallace, “Everybody ge …"

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 "British Virgin Islands":

"… ical office and no full-time employees. Eli Lilly used Switzerland and the British Virgin Islands. Oracle employed an Irish subsidiary. Many firms used the “repatriated …"

How an Obama fundraiser turned Oklahoma into a personal tax haven

By Bill Allison

How George Kaiser turned Oklahoma into his personal tax haven

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Kaiser Family Foundation":

"… ergy technology or green development.)  In addition to Solyndra, the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) has investments worth hundreds of millions in energy firms, most of …"

"… is name. Its most recent Form 990 calls him "a substantial contributor the George Kaiser Family Foundation." What percentage of the foundation's tax deductible gifts he's given is u …"

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 …"

Subsidy methodology

A look behind ICIJ's reporting on their second installment in overfishing coverage

Excerpts from this story referencing "director general":

"… Cataluña and the Canary Islands. ICIJ interviewed Ignacio Gandarias, the director general who oversees subsidy expenditure in Spain, to understand the funding proce …"

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

FACT CHECK: Twists and turns on the U.S. debt ceiling

By FactCheck.Org and Scott Blackburn

Senate GOP leader, senior House Democrat misstate debt ceiling facts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… in tax revenue than it pays in benefits each year.The Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees reported that "Social Security expenditures exceeded th …"

FACT CHECK: Obama's mis-Tweets

By Lori Robertson and FactCheck.Org

President dives into social media - and misses on electric cars and taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nissan":

"… e" if one includes U.S. production for foreign-owned companies LG Chem and Nissan. …"

IRS in the dark about number of tax shelters and avoidance schemes

By Laurel Adams

IRS says 1 million tax returns sought to evade taxes in some way

GAO says at least 3,700 stimulus recipients are delinquent on taxes

By Laurel Adams

Stimulus recipients who got $24 billion owe $750 million in taxes

IRS isn't catching fraudulent and excessive home energy credits

By Laurel Adams

IRS can't verify $6.8 billion in energy tax credits claimed by home owners

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… an $5.8 billion in residential energy credits on 2009 tax returns. But the Internal Revenue Service is unable to verify if individuals claiming credits are actually entitled …"

Bankers, consumer groups clash over IRS plan to crack down on foreign tax cheats

By Michael Hudson

US banks say they shouldn't have to report foreign deposits

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… in force Wednesday at a public hearing in Washington, speaking against an Internal Revenue Service plan that would require U.S. banks to report the interest paid to foreign …"

Grants.gov struggles to track its expenses while managing $500 billion in grants

By Laurel Adams

Grants.gov, created to streamline bureaucracy for grants, is failing

IRS could save millions through e-filing

By Laurel Adams

Electronic filing of tax returns could save the Internal Revenue Service millions of dollars. The IRS currently spends $3.29 to process each

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ng. (DOI Inspector General) …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ayments are improper, amounting to $11 billion to $13 billion in 2009, the Internal Revenue Service reports.The program is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to m …"

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 "Government Accountability Office":

"… rated all of 2009.Following are other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other gover …"

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