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 "Fred Wertheimer":

"… s this kind of work into account as they come up with new rules.”  Fred Wertheimer, president of reform group Democracy 21, added in an email to support …"

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

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 "Ohio":

"… behalf of Clergy VOICE, a group of ministers from progressive churches in Ohio.ALEC has attracted attention recently for its model “stand your ground …"

"… enge nonprofits. In 2004 and 2006, they filed complaints against two large Ohio churches alleging they were promoting Republican candidates.They also chal …"

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.

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 "Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation":

"… of the tax system similar to those used by the Treasury Department and the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation to project the likely effects of any change to the tax system — also&nbs …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Herman Cain":

"… nd corporations.Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s proposal for a new flat tax, and Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, offer more radical change.Perry wants to slash taxes on in …"

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 "Kay Hagan":

"… gn Earnings Reinvestment Act, for example, is sponsored by Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona. It would red …"

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 "House subcommittee":

"… Bureau of Investigation, the Treasury Department's inspector general and a House subcommittee. Kaiser's role as a fundraiser for Obama's 2008 campaign — the Tulsa Wo …"

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 "CNN":

"… that from this ad released by MoveOn.org Civic Action. The ad appeared on CNN and MSNBC starting Sept. 22. It was keyed to a White House push to get Con …"

Subsidy methodology

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "fishing":

"… vestigative Journalists acquired data on public aid benefiting the Spanish fishing industry between the years 2000-2010. As the European Union’s most power …"

"… ustry between the years 2000-2010. As the European Union’s most powerful fishing nation, Spain is its largest recipient of fishing subsidies. The World Tra …"

"… Union’s most powerful fishing nation, Spain is its largest recipient of fishing subsidies. The World Trade Organization defines fisheries subsidies as “ …"

"… ut no detailed analysis of real spending has been conducted of the Spanish fishing industry, which is the largest recipient of fishing aid in the European Un …"

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 "Democratic National Committee":

"… onaires” should pay higher taxes. On Sept. 26, Obama said at a Democratic National Committee event in West Hollywood, Calif.:Obama, Sept. 26: "I shouldn’t be pa …"

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

FACT CHECK: Obama's mis-Tweets

By Lori Robertson and FactCheck.Org

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… document results and the impact of its current initiatives, according to a Government Accountability Office report.IRS has limited data on the number of firm or companies promoting t …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… an $750 million in taxes, despite receiving a $24 billion handout from the federal government. An analysis by the Government Accountability Office found that almost 5 p …"

"… l levy program because the stimulus payments were not directly paid by the federal government to recipients that owed taxes. States or contractors were ultimately the o …"

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

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 "attorney":

"… tax cheats said these dire predictions are overblown. Rebecca Wilkins, an attorney with Citizens for Tax Justice, said U.S. banks are using scare tactics to …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… elate with an agency’s use of the Grants.gov system, but a review by the Government Accountability Office found only a moderate correlation between the two.Further complicating Gra …"

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

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

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