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IRS, States, and Tax Industry to Fight Fraud

The IRS has teamed up with state tax offices and private tax industry companies to combat tax fraud and identity theft in preparation for the 2016 filing period. Many changes are anticipated to appear this summer. A coordinated approach will…

Illegal Immigrants Can Get Back Taxes Under Obama Amnesty

John Koskinen, commissioner of the IRS, recently reported that illegal immigrants granted amnesty by the Obama Administration could receive Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) for years that they worked illegally. In a letter to Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican from…

Melissa Gilbert Owes IRS Over $360,000 in Taxes

Little House on the Prairie actress, Melissa Gilbert finds herself in tango with the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service recently accused Gilbert, 51, of failing to pay federal income taxes for 2011, 2012 and 2013. The three year total exceeds…

Judicial Watch moves closer to answers on Lois Lerner

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a Judicial Watch motion and ordered the IRS to report the status of the emails of Lois Lerner that had previously been stated to have been lost. Issues regarding the…

Federal Judge Orders IRS To Release All Lerner’s Emails

On June 4 a federal judge ordered the Internal Revenue Service to provide more comprehensive information in relation to former IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails. The order involves a suit filed by Judicial Watch in the fall of 2013 regarding…

Texas Legislature Keeps Budget Under Control and Cuts Taxes

Since December 2007, Texas has created more jobs than all other U.S. states combined. Further, recently proposed policy changes are expected to help fuel continued economic growth by cutting taxes and associated expenses. The changes will provide an estimated nearly…

Bernie Sanders Looking to Raise Taxes On Top Income Brackets

2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is planning to increase taxes for America’s wealthiest citizens. Speaking with Al Hunt, host of Charlie Rose, Mr. Sanders described a tax package that he and his team have been formulating that hinges on raising…

IRS Facing Proposed Cuts

Republicans in the House have proposed cutting $838 million from the IRS by October 1, which marks the start of the 2016 fiscal year. The cuts would be more than twice what the agency experienced in 2015. Under the proposal,…

The Dilemma of Robust Marijuana Tax Revenues

A Dilemma In “Colorado May Have to Refund As Much As $30 Million In Pot Taxes,” Kristen Wyatt addresses an unusual problem facing state legislators in the Centennial State. When voters legalized the use of marijuana in 2012, they anticipated…

Pittsburgh Tax Payers To Foot Bill For Police Brutality Settlement

A number of court settlements have been awarded to individuals in over 28 cases who were victimized by the Pittsburgh Police Department. The the total amount of the settlements to the victims is about $5 million. Taxes in Pittsburgh are…

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