Watchdog files IRS complaint against Koch-connected 60 Plus Association

By Michael Beckel

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is asking the IRS to investigate the 60 Plus Association.

Unpaid tax debts surprisingly frequent among those with U.S. security clearances

By Alexander Cohen

Being a deadbeat does not mean you cannot read secret documents.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of Personnel Management":

"… tion over clearances, studied that possibility, along with the IRS and the Office of Personnel Management, but the agencies dismissed the idea for “legal and logistical challenge …"

Koch-backed seniors group low-balling election spending?

By Michael Beckel

The 60 Plus Association tells the IRS it barely spends money on politics — despite funding millions in candidate attack ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… astly understated its level of election spending on federal tax filings, a Center for Public Integrity review of documents indicates. The Virginia-based organization told the F …"

"… ich also has flourished since the Citizens United decision. According to a Center for Public Integrity review of federal tax documents and data collected by the Center for Respo …"

"… ler amounts from a handful of other advocacy organizations, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of tax documents maintained by They include neve …"

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 …"

Hobbled IRS can't stem 'dark money' flow

By Julie Patel

Budget and staffing cuts, endless congressional investigations keep IRS from investigating activities of political nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… cycle from next to nothing only a few years before, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Aghast, watchdog groups and politicos filed numerous complaints wit …"

"… cycle, a presidential election year, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.  Millions of dollars more have been spent by social welfare nonprof …"

"… o the FEC. Said Robert Maguire, a political nonprofit investigator at the Center for Responsive Politics: “The amount of 'dark money' this cycle will far eclipse what we saw in …"

IRS says liberal group too political for 'social welfare' status

By Michael Beckel

Tax agency rejects pro-Blanche Lincoln group's application for tax-exempt status, calling it too focused on influencing elections.

IRS chief promises stricter rules for 'dark money' nonprofit groups

By Julie Patel

Agency chief says he'll tackle exactly how political 'social welfare' groups can get.

CPAC activists urged to fight IRS

By Michael Beckel and Julie Patel

Tax agency called a 'cancer' and 'criminal enterprise' at conservative convention.

Excerpts from this story referencing "head":

"… RBOR, Md. – The only antagonist Conservative Political Action Conference headliners are battering more than President Barack Obama and his signature hea …"

"… their internal workings during the application process. Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS’s tax-exempt division, resigned in the wake of the scandal, a …"

"… x News host Bill O’Reilly that the IRS’s actions included “some bone-headed decisions” but did not contain “even a smidgen of corruption.” Su …"

Nonprofits spend money on campaigns despite benefactors' warnings

By Julie Patel

Despite warning, four nonprofits spent money on 2012 elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Horne":

"… g or will investigate a particular organization. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s office “would likely look into it” — if a complaint was made and …"

Nonprofits' failure to report political activity to IRS raises questions

By Julie Patel

Nonprofits are required to report poltical activity to the IRS — Center finds three that did not and one that underreported.

Next up: 'Citizens United v. IRS'?

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative group promises to 'pull out all the stops' to fight proposed nonprofit regulations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… e and U.S. Senate.     …"

Conservative nonprofit seeks to oust IRS official

By Michael Beckel

American Future Fund, which has spent millions on political ads, wants IRS official to go.

IRS rarely denies 'social welfare' applications

By Michael Beckel

Agency approved 6,800 'social welfare' groups' during the past four years, rejected 20.

Do nonprofits' names imply political activity?

By Michael Beckel and Ben Wieder

The names of most social welfare nonprofits don't contain overtly political words.

'Tea party' nonprofits rarely endorsed political candidates

By Michael Beckel

'Tea party'-branded nonprofits at heart of IRS scandal rarely endorsed political candidates.

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… cal candidate, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission filings maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics. The donations w …"

"… ve flourished in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, which lifted restrictions on the types of political adve …"

IRS nonprofit division overloaded, understaffed

By Dave Levinthal

IRS accused of singling out conservative groups; claims of overwork may have merit.

IRS ‘outs’ handful of donors to Republican group

By Paul Abowd

Donors to Republican Governors Association nonprofit include hospital company that backed Obamacare.

Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states

By Paul Abowd

Charity acts as screen for conservative foundations that feed network of state-based think tanks, media outlets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… oard member Rudie Martinson, a former assistant state director for AFP’s North Dakota’s chapter, and Franklin’s vice president of strategic initiatives …"

Non-political nonprofit's spending spikes in election years

By Dave Levinthal

Law says groups like Americans for Job Security cannot make politics its primary purpose.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… ay, too,” said Floyd Williams, a senior tax counsel at Public Strategies Washington and former IRS director of legislative affairs. “In Congress, the libera …"

After big U.S. Supreme Court win, Montana nonprofit suffers string of losses

By Paul Abowd

Democrat Steve Bullock's gubernatorial win a low point for litigious conservative group.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jim Bopp":

"… the only setback for the organization.Though the nonprofit and its lawyer, Jim Bopp, won a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that knocked down …"

Mystery deepens over origins of nonprofit battling Montana spending limits

By Paul Abowd

A secretive foe of campaign finance rules can't explain IRS filing noting $300,000 donation.

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 "Tax":

"… posted a chart with the headline, “The Romney-Ryan plan: Raise Taxes on Middle-Class Seniors.” The chart purports to show how much more in …"

"… enefits by 58 percent. That comes from an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center of “a revenue-neutral individual income Tax change th …"

"… , hasn’t said which Tax exclusions he would eliminate or reduce. So, the Tax Policy Center made some assumptions. Its analysis listed the partial exclu …"

"… president’s speech in Florida: “Biden Has Repeatedly Voted For Higher Taxes On Social Security Benefits,” with a link to the RNC website  …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tax":

"… f its invaluable series on “Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes,” this time covering 2008 and 2009. The CBO’s statistical series now …"

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 "North Dakota":

"… ual filings with the IRS, according to the complaint, but state records in North Dakota show two lobbyists registered to represent the organization in 2008 and 20 …"

FACT CHECK: 'Fat Cats' ad not quite accurate on Buffett Rule

By FactCheck.Org

In advocating for Buffett Rule, gives false impression of tax rates for the ultra-wealthy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican presidential candidate":

"… age — the notable examples being billionaire investor Warren Buffett and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Then again, there are those who pay more.Another Tax Policy C …"

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 "Tax":

"… ddle of the income range in fiscal year 2015, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.The president and vice president have given a series of spee …"

"… uation that — making over a million dollars do the same exact thing."The Tax Policy Center did an analysis of the Paying a Fair Share Ac …"

"… percent — earning between $39,862 and $69,074 in 2011, according to the Tax Policy Center’s analysis.Under current law (which assumes the Bush Tax c …"

"… ssumes the Bush Tax cuts expire as scheduled at the end of this year), the Tax Policy Center estimates the Buffett Rule would raise Taxes for 116,000 hou …"

FedEx fails to deliver for drivers

By Amy Biegelsen

FedEx drivers are part of the ever-blurring line between employees and contractors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney":

"… ree that the number has likely grown since.Denise Drake, a management-side attorney in Kansas City, Mo., says “We absolutely see employers using as many dif …"

"… crease their use of independent contractors,” says Richard Reibstein, an attorney in New York City who helps businesses write independent contractor policie …"

"… ed money and they look at this as revenue,” says William Weissman, a tax attorney in California. “I also think there’s a push in the current administrat …"

"… y is a frequent target for state enforcement. In January, Massachusetts’ attorney general extracted $400,000 in unpaid wages and penalties, and more than $1 …"

ANALYSIS: Health care myths and realities

By Wendell Potter

Insurers love the health plans, consumers not so much

Excerpts from this story referencing "GiveForward":

"… high-deductible plan should be canned for fiscal ineptness.The other, from GiveForward, a Web site where people can create personal fundraising pages, tells of t …"

"… ndings are borne out by the experience of the two young people who founded GiveForward in 2008, Ethan Austin and Desiree Vargas. In the four years since they lau …"

"… Ethan Austin and Desiree Vargas. In the four years since they launched it, GiveForward has helped families raise $10 million for out-of-pocket medical expenses.I …"

"… raise $10 million for out-of-pocket medical expenses.I first learned about GiveForward while I was doing research for my column last month about Sarah Burke, the …"

ANALYSIS: President Santorum would be insurers' best buddy

By Wendell Potter

Former Pennsylvania senator could always be relied upon to back health insurance industry