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Taxpayer-backed NPR Subtly Spins IRS Data Breach

newsbusters.org — Leave it to taxpayer-subsidized NPR to subtly shade its reporting on a federal government data breach in a way that softens the blow for our ever-so-kindly civil servants bureaucratic overlords at the federal Internal Revenue Service. Holcolme is…

Drop lawsuit against successful Florida scholarship program for low-income children

www.bradenton.com — Last week Leon Circuit Judge George Reynolds dismissed a lawsuit threatening the private school scholarships of nearly 70,000 low-income children in Florida. I was heartened by the decision, as should all Floridians. The judge ruled the teachers union…

IRS changes policies after NH family deals with identity theft

www.wmur.com — The IRS is changing one of its rules after a woman from Strafford became the victim of an income tax scam. While coming to grips with the death of her daughter last year, things got worse for Lori…

June special session could decide fate of Film Tax Incentive

www.clickorlando.com — State Rep. Mike Miller says he is hopeful some form of his film tax incentive bill will get through next week’s special session in Tallahassee halting a feared exodus of hundreds of local film professionals. In an exclusive…

Alaska, Tennessee have highest liquor taxes

tampa.suntimes.com — With Florida’s green light on guzzlers, taxpayers are probably wondering how much they’re paying for the actual beer versus the tax on beer. According to this map, Florida residents aren’t paying nearly the amount that surrounding states like Alabama,…

IRS to Issue New Rules for Political Groups

Last week, the IRS announced that its draft regulations on political non-profit groups could be released by June.  But these rules are unlikely to be effective before the next election in 2016.  Such rules are necessary because at this point,…

Jacksonville identity theft ring busted by IRS

www.news4jax.com — After collecting and cashing treasury checks from the living and the dead, a Jacksonville woman has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for her role in filing fraudulent tax refunds in a 2011 case. According to the…

IRS breach shows folly of using online services

www.usatoday.com — Thieves accessed 100,000 personal records through the IRS website by using its Get Transcriptservice and entering data gathered elsewhere, the agency said Tuesday. Comments from Facebook are edited for clarity and grammar: I don’t understand how the IRS…

IRS’ Get Transcript Service Compromised by Identity Thieves

In a startling development, the IRS has revealed that its online “Get Transcript” service which allows taxpayers to obtain previous copies of their tax submissions, has been hacked by sophisticated identity thieves who stole more than 100,000 records of names and Social…

Birdman Pays Up $2M in Overdue Taxes

Popular hip hop artiste Birdman has paid up his dues to the IRS – almost $2 million.  This comes as a result of two IRS liens totaling $1,942,400.58, one in December last year and the other in February of this year.  But considering…

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