September 21, 2018

IRS

It’s Official, Finally: Charles Rettig Is the New Commissioner of the IRS

I’m sure the majority of you guys either probably don’t care or have already heard by now, but the Senate finally got around to confirming Charles Rettig as the new IRS commissioner on Sept. 12. The poor guy had been left hanging in the wind since July 19, when the Senate Finance Committee voted 14-13 […]

So Is Charles Rettig Going to Be the Next IRS Commissioner or Not?

Good morning/afternoon, GCers. We hope you had a nice, relaxing Labor Day holiday. Last week, while I was driving to Binny’s Beverage Depot to pick up some Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn IPA to drink over the holiday weekend, I was wondering why things have been quiet lately regarding the confirmation of Charles Rettig as the […]

Charles Rettig Is One Step Closer to Earning His IRS Commissioner Placard

Beverly Hills tax attorney and Academy of Magical Arts member Charles Rettig is on the cusp of becoming the next commissioner of the IRS, after the Senate Finance Committee voted 14-13 on July 19 to send his nomination to the Senate floor. The nomination vote, which fell along party lines, had to be postponed until […]

Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Wrote Majority Opinion in Loving v. IRS

As Politico tax reporter Bernie Becker pointed out today, federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh, who President Trump nominated to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, wrote the majority opinion in Loving v. IRS that the tax agency does not have the legal authority to regulate tax return preparers in […]

IRS Commissioner Nominee Pledges He Will Work for All Taxpayers (Not Just Donald Trump)

Charles Rettig, the Beverly Hills, Calif., tax attorney who was nominated by President Trump to head the IRS and who once wrote that Trump’s lawyers should not advise him to release his tax returns, told senators on June 28 that he would work on behalf of the average Joe taxpayer, not just the rich. The […]

Religious Groups Think New Tax On Churches Is Blasphemous

Religious groups are starting to catch wind of a new tax quietly imposed by Republicans on churches and synagogues—and they are pissed. Yes, you read that correctly: a new tax imposed on churches. Politico reports: [Republicans’] recent tax-code rewrite requires churches, hospitals, colleges, orchestras and other historically tax-exempt organizations to begin paying a 21 percent […]

Man Who Would Have Unenviable Task of Overseeing Implementation of New Tax Law Changes at IRS Will Have Confirmation Hearing This Week

That man is Beverly Hills, Calif., tax attorney and member of the Academy of Magical Arts, Charles “Chuck” Rettig. The Hill reported last Friday that the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing scheduled for June 28 to consider Rettig’s nomination to be the next IRS commissioner. Rettig was nominated by President Trump earlier this […]

The IRS Has the Mother of All Nightmare Legacy Systems

Legacy systems are awful — so awful it’s the first thing I wrote about on Going Concern. To refresh your memory, legacy systems are obsolete software/hardware with so much technological baggage that they make you want to run away screaming, but you can’t for one reason or another. The most significant reason, unfortunately, is that […]

IRS Scammers Coming Right at YOU, Tax Professionals

We've talked before about how unlikely it would be for an accountant to fall for the ol' "This is the IRS and you're about to be arrested unless you pay your overdue taxes" phone trick, but it seems that some enterprising up-and-comer at IRS Scams, Inc. realized that a few tax professionals would download a […]

Some IRS Scammers Trying the Good Cop Routine Now

Figuring they can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, a few IRS crank yankers have switched up their MO: Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, but now the IRS is receiving new reports of scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return […]

IRS Scammers Making Sure We Get the Point

As if the phone calls weren't enough, these clowns seem to be entering the "operation blitzspam" stage of their plan: The IRS said it has seen an increase in reported phishing and malware schemes, including 1,026 incidents reported in January, up from 254 from a year earlier. The trend continued in February, nearly doubling the […]

Would an Accountant Ever Fall for a Phony IRS Call?

A couple of years ago, Sam Antar shared a recording of his conversation with a fake IRS agent with us. The poor dope on the other end of the line didn't know what hit him. What's been quite amazing is that the calls from fake IRS agents seems to be getting worse since the agency […]

IRS Having One of Those Days

Richard Rubin reports that a "hardware failure" at the IRS has affected several systems and that Ted Cruz's favorite agency is "temporarily unable to process electronically filed tax returns." At least some of the older tax partners out there are enjoying this moment. [WSJ]

Opening Day of Tax Season Less Than a Month Away

Yesterday the IRS released some important dates for the upcoming tax season including the official start date: January 19, 2016. Also worth noting is that for 2016, the most overrated tax deadline of the year is April 18th because the District of Columbia will celebrate Emancipation Day on April 15th. This means auditors will have […]

Coca-Cola Can’t Beat the Feeling That Its Taxes Are Just Fine

Coca-Cola Co. is learning that the IRS side of life includes a challenge to its transfer pricing method: Coca-Cola Co. said it has been notified by the Internal Revenue Service that it owes $3.3 billion in federal income taxes, plus interest, after an audit found the company’s reported income from 2007 to 2009 should have […]

IRS Was Just Kidding When It Said Cyber Criminals Tried to Access Tax Return Information for 225,000 Households

It was quite a few more than that, actually: The IRS reported in May that cyber crooks used stolen Social Security numbers and other data acquired elsewhere to try to gain unauthorized access to prior-year tax return information for about 225,000 U.S. households. That included about 114,000 successful attempts and 111,000 unsuccessful ones. On Monday, […]

IRS Phone Scam Mastermind Given 175 Months to Think About His Life Choices

If you or someone you know have been thinking about getting into the IRS Crank Yanker business, you might want to be aware of the consequences should the authorities come calling: Sahil Patel was sentenced to 175 months in prison and $1 million in forfeiture for his role in organizing the U.S. side of a […]

IRS to Tax Pros: You’re Not Helping

Perhaps you've heard that the IRS is a little shorthanded? You know, that the people they do have are overwhelmed and can't get to the phone as often as they would like? Your suggested work-around is not making things better:      “Each filing season, the e-help desk receives phone calls from taxpayers because their […]

Reminder: Don’t Work at the IRS for Glamour, Good Cocktail Party Chatter

As we've discussed, if you want to dabble in public service or embrace chaos like never before or have a deep appreciation for irony, the IRS may be your employer or choice.   However! You'll want to read Bloomberg's inside look to life as an employee of the IRS before dropping off an application because there are some quirks to […]

A Tax Shelter Board Game Is a Thing That Exists

Thanks to the Internet Jungle known as Reddit, TIL that there is a board game called Stick The IRS — The Tax Shelter Game. YES. Here's the description on Amazon: The players move around the colorful board, landing on opportunities to earn income, spend money on non-deductible expenses and to purchase a variety of tax […]

The IRS Pimped Its Ride But Is Still Driving a Jalopy

When one senator asked how the agency could still be using such old systems when it spends over $2 billion a year on information technology operations, [IRS Commissioner John] Koskinen explained that the money has been going into upgrading its systems, which were customized for the IRS in the 1950s and 1960s. " It's like […]

IRS Commish Is Still Bitching About Budget Cuts, Threatening a Terrible Filing Season Ahead

Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday. About half the people who call the IRS for assistance this filing season won't be able to get through to a person, Koskinen said. Once tax returns are filed, there will be fewer […]

Kids These Days Trust the IRS More Than Olds Do

There are plenty of comparisons between flighty, mysterious Millennials and their generational predecessors, but this is a new one: Milennials (18-24) trust the IRS (73%) to enforce the law fairly more than people over 50 do (54-56%), says new IRS oversight board survey. — Richard Rubin (@RichardRubinDC) December 8, 2014 What do we make of […]

Here’s Your Chance to Own a Yellow Corvette Thanks to the IRS

One taxpayer's loss is your gain! The IRS is offering up for auction a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and a 2005 Chevrolet SSR Pickup, both painted in clean drug test piss yellow. They've also got a 2006 Mercedes Benz CLS 55 AMG, a 27 foot boat, and a snazzy 2007 Chevrolet Silverado with nearly 200,000 […]

Somehow People Are Still Falling for Stupid IRS Scams

You're sitting there minding your business when you see a Washington, DC number ringing your cell. No, it's not me calling (you wish). When you pick up, a scary man who sounds more like a disgruntled Indian call center worker than an IRS agent begins threatening you with jail if you don't pay what you […]

Judge: AICPA Was a Little Melodramatic About IRS’s Voluntary Registration Program

Earlier this year, the AICPA warned that they would go on a jihad against the IRS if our favorite sovereign tax authority went ahead with a plan to offer voluntary tax preparer registration. Getting really dramatic about things, the AICPA basically complained that the IRS plan conflicted with everything the CPA designation stands for and […]

Treasury Department Tells House Committee to Bug Off Until After Election Day

Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) wrote to Department of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew regarding the Administration’s refusal to produce a key witness for interview prior to the election. The Committee is seeking to speak with Hannah Stott-Bumstead, who was the first Treasury official informed that the IRS had “lost” two years […]

Someone Made a Documentary About Lois Lerner And You Can Watch It Tomorrow*

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop on the movie event of the year: Perhaps unbeknownst to her, former IRS official Lois Lerner will be making her film debut on Oct. 14 in a documentary where she’s one of the villains. The film is called Unfair: Exposing the IRS, and it will screen in 674 theaters […]

Adam Steele is Going to Pry Your $63 PTIN Fee Out Of the IRS’s Cold Dead Hands

Thank God for people like Adam Steele, CPA. Not only has his free-range facial hair been the non-ironic inspiration for the irony of hipsters everywhere, he’s also the frontman for the PTIN class action lawsuit against the IRS because Adam Steele is the kind of guy who isn’t going to put up with the IRS’s […]

Mad Scientist Gets Prison Time for Using His Dog and Cat in a Tax Avoidance Scheme

You know, I often joke that my cats Buck and Cash are interns, assistants, accountants, and CEOs of the fictional company that is my home office. But this guy clearly took that too far when he used his pets to avoid taxes: [Scientist Mathew] Zuckerman's tax-avoidance schemes included naming his dog and cat as directors […]

Columbia Law Professor on That Time He Was Audited by the IRS Just For Practice

Imagine going to your doctor and being told you need surgery for some unknown condition you had no idea you had. Maybe you're like most people who are terrified of the idea of getting cut open, rearranged, maybe edited in the midsection, and sewn back up. As you come back from the anesthesia, you ask […]

Quote of The Day: The IRS Follows the Law, When They Can

Today, IRS Commissioner Koskinen painted a clear picture of how the IRS plans on “overseeing” billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies. When asked by Health Subcommittee Chairman Brady if the IRS would be following the law and collecting taxpayer dollars that went to people who were not eligible, Koskinen simply said, “Wherever we can, we […]

The AICPA Just Sued the IRS Over “Purported” Voluntary Tax Preparer Program

Calling it "an illegitimate exercise of government power," the AICPA has now taken their dislike of the IRS' voluntary tax preparer program to court: The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) today issued the statement below by AICPA President and CEO Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA, regarding the filing of a federal lawsuit in the U.S. […]

IRS To Crack Down on Idiots Who Misuse Refund Direct Deposit

The Journal of Accountancy's unnecessarily dramatic headline — Limit on direct deposit of refunds will go into effect in 2015 — doesn't quite capture what's really going on here. What's really going on here is that the IRS wants to limit those who have lots of refunds put in their account. Presumably, a taxpayer should […]

IRS Goes Ahead With Voluntary Tax Preparer Program Despite AICPA Objection

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Melancon: WASHINGTON —  The Internal Revenue Service announced today that guidance will soon be issued outlining a new voluntary program designed to encourage education and filing season readiness for paid tax return preparers. The program will be in place to help taxpayers during the 2015 filing season. […]

AICPA Ready to Go On a Jihad Against the IRS If This Voluntary Tax Preparer Nonsense Continues

The IRS has heard from the AICPA before on its plan for voluntary tax preparer registration, and that first note wasn't very nice. That first warning was basically a fish head left on the IRS' doorstep, but apparently they didn't get the message. The AICPA is back with an even more strongly-worded letter, this time […]

IRS Can’t Afford to Upgrade to Windows 7 But Can Afford to Pay Microsoft to Use XP

So, this happened on the Hill today: Koskinen said IRS hasn't been able to upgrade yet to Windows 7 because of funding. — Accounting Today (@AccountingToday) June 20, 2014 According to Engadget, over half of IRS computers are still running Windows XP, and the plan is to upgrade to Windows 7 (which, as we all […]

The IRS Reminds You To Kindly Remove That Annoying Circular 230 Disclaimer From Your Emails

The word from NJSCPA: According to a story published on TaxAnalysts.com, the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility will send letters asking practitioners to stop using Circular 230 disclaimers saying the disclaimer is required. Many practitioners continue to use the Circular 230 disclaimer in their emails even though the IRS finalized regulations that remove the covered […]

Latest Twist in the IRS Scandal Reveals The IRS Had an Awful Email Policy

If you believe the IRS when they said a good chunk of Lois Lerner's emails were vaporized due to a computer crash, you are probably also the type who believes you are the last living heir to a Nigerian prince and the lucky 1,000,000th visitor to a website. Maybe this excuse would seem plausible in […]

The IRS Quietly Tweaked Your Rights as a Taxpayer

You may have noticed some buzz about the recently released Taxpayer Bill of Rights, a list so basic it's a wonder it has to exist at all. But this is the IRS we're talking about so probably better we have it. The most recent version is pretty cut and dry: 1. The Right to Be […]

Now on Day 389, the IRS Scandal Has Reached the Supreme Court of Brazil

Yes, TaxProf is still diligently counting the days: Thiago Sorrentino was kind enough to let me know that the Supreme Court of Brazil (the Supremo Tribunal Federal) has cited my daily roundup on the IRS Scandal in Medida Cautelar NA Susepnsao De Tutela Antecipada (STA/752) 389 days of scandal? It seems like just yesterday we […]

DC Health Inspectors Found Rats at the Connecticut Avenue IRS Office

Darrell Issa and the Fox News crew are going to have an absolute field day with this: Inspectors ordered the Internal Revenue Service snack bar temporally [sic] closed Wednesday for pests and no hot water violations according to District of Columbia health inspection records. The snack bar is located in the agency's headquarters building at […]

IRS Throws Hissy Fit About Not Being Able to Regulate Preparers, Gives Up On Everything

The IRS has decided that, as a result of the recent decision preventing it from regulating unenrolled tax return preparers, disbarment or suspension from practice before the IRS cannot include a ban on tax return preparation or blocking an individual’s preparer tax identification number (PTIN). Therefore, the Service announced that certain tax return preparers who […]

The AICPA Voiced “Deep Concerns” About the IRS’ Voluntary Tax Preparer Proposal

It isn't often the AICPA throws out serious words like "deep concerns," yet they just did in regards to the IRS' proposed voluntary tax preparer program. Those deep concerns are the program itself, how quick the IRS is trying to get it in place and the confusion that might result from stupid taxpayers thinking "regulated" […]

The IRS Has Given Up Its Fight to Regulate Tax Preparers

The IRS decided against continuing a court battle on whether it has the legal authority to mandate testing and continuing education for paid tax return preparers. The agency had until May 12 to file a petition with the US Supreme Court to appeal two lower courts' rulings that it could not regulate the 600,000 to […]

House Republicans Still Keeping Themselves Busy Trying to Ruin Lois Lerner’s Day

House Republicans are taking action on multiple fronts this week against former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, pursuing criminal charges against her for alleged violations that include contempt of Congress and leaks of confidential taxpayer information. Lerner’s attorney, William Taylor, said Wednesday that the referral is “just another attempt by Republicans to vilify Ms. […]

The IRS Has 99 Problems But Obamacare Ain’t One

We no longer run a daily "quote of the day" over here at GC, but if we did, these thoughts from former acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel would certainly be in the running. POLITICO got to pick his brain recently and while he refused to answer any questions about that Lois Lerner chick and how […]

Someone at the IRS Accidentally Brought Home Unsecured Data on 20,000 Fellow Employees

I mean it happens, right? I mix up my "work" and "totally not work and NSFW for that matter" thumb drives all the time. From BBW: The IRS is contacting the current and former employees involved, almost all of whom worked in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. The information dates to 2007, before the IRS […]

People are Getting a Little Worked Up Over Proposed IRS Non-Profit Guidance

YOU SHALL NOT STIFLE MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO BE A PARTISAN GROUP PRETENDING TO BE A SOCIAL WELFARE GROUP! Richard Rubin points out this morning that the topic at hand — Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities (REG-134417-13) — is generating quite the vocal buzz. This should come as no surprise […]

IRS Agents Pack Heat, Rarely Discharge

IRS agents have guns. By that I don't mean huge biceps.1 I mean the things Ted Nugent uses to shoot elk and open beers and unclog toilets. In 2008, when I was about to graduate with my B.S. in accounting, I attended the job fair at Utah Valley State College. No CPA firms were there […]

Actually, the IRS Wants You to Pay Taxes on Any Bodily Fluids or Future Children You Sell

This one has the potential to be a real gamechanger for college students, homeless alcoholics, and non-smoking 21 – 30 year old intelligent Jewish women everywhere: To Nichelle Perez, the $20,000 she received for donating her eggs for fertility treatments was a tax-exempt payment for pain and suffering. Not so, said the U.S. Internal Revenue […]

A Friendly Notice for Celebrities: Your Accountant Is Not Your Mother

Fresh off Rihanna's massive settlement from her former accountant Peter Gounis and his firm Berdon LLP, we have another story of a poor celebrity led wrong by his trust financial advisor. Colin buried it in ANR but here you go: McKnight has filed a lawsuit against Vernon Brown and Company, claiming Brown ruined his life […]

The House Ways and Means Committee Is Still Mad at the IRS

GEEZ you guys, let it go already: [T]he Ways & Means Committee went ahead today and approved H.R. 3865, the STOP Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act.  As its title suggests, this legislation will stop the IRS in its rush to implement these rules.  This allows Congress to continue its investigations, which have […]

Here Is a Short List of People Less Deserving of Bonuses Than IRS Employees

Not sure if you heard the news but the IRS has made friendly with its employee union and will distribute $43 million in bonuses, $32 million short of what the union says employees were owed. Well, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah heard, and he felt this way about it: "It’s hard to think of a […]

What Happens When You Mix a Seedy Strip Club, an Unsophisticated Taxpayer and the Tax Court?

In a better world, the daily fraud perpetuated at a strip club wouldn’t go beyond silicone implants and claims of paying law school tuition. But alas, these are dark times we find ourselves in. Squarely within the seamy underbelly of Jackson, Michigan stood Potter’s Pub, a “gentlemen’s club.” Potter’s derived its business entirely from cash […]

QOTD: Just How Deep Is That Hole, Exactly, Sir?

It's been a looooong time since we've done a Quote of the Day but this one is too good to ignore yet not interesting enough to warrant an entire missive on its true meaning. This is new IRS commissioner John Koskinen to reporters in Washington after his swearing-in this afternoon: “It took a little while […]

Senate Finance Committee Approves Guy for Thankless Job

NEWS: Finance Committee Approves Nominees for IRS Commissioner, Deputy Treasury Secretary, ITC http://t.co/j2UTWpHof2 — Senate Finance Cmte (@SenateFinance) December 13, 2013

Obama’s Pick For Top IRS Guy May Have Saved the World From Disaster Once

TIL: John Koskinen can take credit for the world being exactly the same on January 1, 2000 as it was on December 31, 1999: Twelve years later, the Year 2000 date change panic that riveted the public and government leaders seems like something out of a disaster movie. But in the late 1990s, there were […]

IRS’ Improved e-File System Is a Total Success Except For Two Jerks Who Foiled It

It's a project ten years in the making and in case you didn't get the memo, the Modernized e-File system officially replaced the Legacy e-File system this filing season. What does this mean? Hell if I know. I do know that every single electronic return went through the MeF this filing season, which means they […]

Former GB Packer LeRoy Butler’s Charity May Have Kind of Forgotten To File With the IRS

And just wait until you see the part where he bitches on Twitter about it. First, the story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The IRS is looking into the charity run by former Green Bay Packers player LeRoy Butler. The agency is probing why Butler has been raising money in Wisconsin over the last decade […]

GOP Congressman: Sprawling, Despised Government Agency with a History of Inefficiency That Just So Happens to Be a Convienent Political Target Is Misprioritizing Things Because ObamaCare

That is, Dave Camp doesn't believe the IRS's story that the shutdown is the cause of the delayed tax filing season: “The IRS claims that it will be unable to process tax returns on time, despite being able to do so multiple times in the past when it has been responsible for adopting major changes […]

Furloughed IRS Employee Goes on “Hunger Strike” To Protest Government Shutdown

How admirable of Donna Smith to forgo every single meal since October 7th to protest the government shutdown that is keeping her out of the office. Smith, who has worked for the IRS for 12 years (in what function, we do not know), wants to send a strong message to our nation's lawmakers, to show […]

GOP Senator: Lois Lerner’s Retirement Is Only the Beginning of Us Dragging This Thing Out

Last week, Lois Lerner was "technically still employed," but Bloomberg's Richard Rubin reports that the former director of exempt organizations is out of there effective today. HOWEVAH! If you thought this was the end of political gamesmanship, then you would be sorely mistaken: “Just because Lois Lerner is retiring from the IRS does not mean […]

The IRS Apprentice Video Is Still Better Than Anything Donald Trump Has Ever Done

Yes, it's campy. Yes, it's poor production quality. Yes, it's the IRS. But you CANNOT deny that, compared to Donald Trump's track record, the video is not that bad. [via @WaysandMeansGOP]

IRS to Recognize All Same-sex Marriages, Regardless of Resident State

Married filing jointly is married filing jointly! The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes […]

Judge Not Amused by Nebraska Man’s Dirty Trick to Discourage IRS Agents

There really should be a warning about operating heavy machinery in the presence of Service employees:   An Omaha man has been sentenced to three years’ probation after dumping dirt from a front-end loader truck at the feet of Internal Revenue Service officers who were trying to seize his boss’s dump truck. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken […]

Apparently, Referring to a Taxpayer as ‘Constitutionally Challenged’ Is Frowned Upon

I gotta plead on ignorance on this one; it sounds perfectly PC to me. Some Internal Revenue Service employees continue to use the term “tax protester” to refer to taxpayers despite a 1998 law prohibiting the use of the designation, according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. TIGTA found that […]

The IRS Is Being Difficult

Whether you believe the IRS's targeting of various tax-exempt organizations was some poorly executed enforcement by overwhelmed Service employees or a deliberate plan hatched by political operatives to harass their opponents, is of little consequence. No one — with exception of maybe Darrell Issa — cares.     Scandal or no scandal, what's NOT up […]

Georgia Man Discovers IRS Wasn’t Joking About the Possibility of His Fake Treasury Bond, Fraudulent Tax Return, Bogus Refund Landing Him in Jail

If you are currently thinking about engaging in any tax fraud, you should know that if the IRS is gracious enough to inform you that your actions — like, say, claiming ownership of a treasury bond that it is most likely fake and requesting a large, bogus refund — could result in prison time, calling […]

Oddly, Dem and GOP Leaders Don’t Agree on Next Act in IRS Investigation Circus

Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) shared some new info yesterday about some of the employees in the IRS's Cincinnati office — including a self-described "conservative Republican" — who were all, "Yeah, we kinda sorta used terms like 'Tea Party' to try to determine who was engaging in too much political activity to qualify as a 501(c)(4)": According […]

Strip Club Mogul Slash Tea Partier Sues the IRS For Targeting, Guaranteeing He Will Be Targeted

If you haven't heard of him, Selim "Sam" Zherka is just a regular ole business-owner and Tea Partier in New York who calls himself the "loudest voice" for the Tea Party in New York State. In 2008 he apparently got in trouble after he told a cop at City Hall "I pay your fu**ing salary. […]

Actually, Doug Shulman Had Better Things to Do Than Hang Out at the White House 157 Times

First of all, why is it so weird for the head of the IRS to go to the White House? Even if Doug Shulman did visit 157 times as some foaming-at-the-mouth media outlets are – apparently, incorrectly – reporting, who cares? He works right down the street. He's the guy in charge of getting our […]

Darrell Issa Can Turn This IRS Scandal Into a Circus on His Own Just Fine, Thanks

Congressional Republicans are skeptical the IRS’s treatment of conservative groups warrants a special prosecutor, fearing that step could limit their own investigation into the agency. GOP lawmakers stress that – with just one inspector general's report and three hearings in the rearview mirror – it’s too early to lean on a special counsel, and that calling […]

What the IRS Can Learn From the TSA

Surely you've heard by now that the IRS has some 'splainin to do but despite this, they aren't doing much 'splainin and in fact are getting pretty good at dodging reasonable questions. The GOP witch hunt for the heads of every man, woman and dog responsible for all this drama might be a bit, er, […]

Lois Lerner Knows What You People Are Thinking

"I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations," Lerner, the head of an IRS division overseeing tax-exempt groups that targeted conservative groups, said before the House Oversight Committee. Lerner then said she was following her counsel's advice not to testify. " "I know that […]

Acting IRS Commissioner Admits That Planting a Question About Reviewing 501(c)(4) Orgs at a Sleepy Tax Conference Wasn’t Such a Great Idea After All

Under less-than friendly questioning from members of the Senate Finance Committee Steven Miller was all, "Yeah, that was my bad." “I will take responsibility for that,” Miller said, expanding on last week’s admission that he knew mid-level manager Lois Lerner had answered a question planted by a member of an IRS advisory council. “Now that we had […]

Tax Panel Was a Real Snoozer Until Lois Lerner Started Talking About the Whole IRS Targeting the Tea Party Thing

I know you'll find it hard to believe that American Bar Association's annual tax meeting was a little boring, but right up to the point when Celia Roady, "a veteran tax lawyer" asked IRS tax-exempt head Lois Lerner for an update on the review of 501(c)(4) organizations, things were downright Lunesta-ish:   Paul Streckfus, the editor […]

Caption Contest Friday: Eagles Lineman Attempts to Read IRS Sign

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Evan Mathis stands in front of a sign for an Internal Revenue Service Building. Contrary to reports, there is no evidence that a call of nature is being answered. [EvanMathis69 via TaxProf]

IRS Scandal Now Encroaching on What Some Employees Hold Most Dear

Last Friday the head of the Tax-Exempt Organization Division of the IRS admitted that some employees had targeted conservative groups. Since then, a lot of things have happened including one resignation, an open criminal investigation, and a lot of GOP masturbation. And now that the President has named an acting commissioner to replace the last […]

Acting IRS Commissioner Is Gonna Take Off Now

Steven Miller figured it was time: May 15, 2013 The internal message to IRS Employees from Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller   Dear Colleagues,   It is with regret that I will be departing from the IRS as my acting assignment ends in early June. This has been an incredibly difficult time for the […]

IRS Can Expect More Than Standard Level of Unwanted Attention for the Immediate Future

In what is the most serious escalation yet of the revelations surrounding the agency, Holder said the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation would examine whether any laws were violated at the IRS, which has acknowledged that it selected groups with the words “tea party” and “patriot” in their names for special audits. “The […]

Here Are Some of Things People Are Saying About the IRS Scandal

As you've probably heard by now, the head of the IRS's tax-exempt organizations divison, Lois Lerner, apologized on Friday that the agency targeted 501(c)4 organizations with "Tea Party" and "patriot" in their names. Lerner said this was not done out of political bias, because, as we all know, those words don't hold any political overtones.  […]

IRS Sorry for Targeting Political Groups for Non-political Reasons

The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday. Organizations were singled out because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status, said Lois Lerner, who heads the […]

David Cay Johnston Would Like To See More News Articles About More IRS

David Cay Johnston is no stranger to this website, though this website is possibly guilty of the crime he complained about in the Columbia Journalism Review yesterday: Last week, we pointed to a piece of news that we have yet to read or hear from most major news organizations: The federal budget deficit is going […]

IRS Employees’ Extra Week of Vacation Has a Few Conditions

Condition 1: They won't be paid; Condition 2: Jesus, does it matter? They won't be paid.   David Cay Johnston has the scoop: The IRS told employees Friday that it will shut down entirely for five days because of the across-the-board spending cuts mandated by Congress.   All IRS employees received an email Friday that cited […]

IRS to Whistleblower: “Thanks for the worthless tip. We Award You No Points.”

The Internal Revenue Service has rejected a reward claim made by a whistleblower, former banker Joseph Insinga, who had sued the agency in a closely watched case. In a letter dated April 15, the IRS told Insinga that he was not entitled to a reward. A copy of the letter was provided to Reuters by his […]

Dear IRS, Please Make More Parody Videos

Everybody can shut the hell up because I love the IRS's Star Trek and Gilligan's Island videos. Don't get me wrong. I regularly benefit from the IRS being a convenient whipping-boy and joke-butt, and these videos suck major donk. But that's why I love them … because the IRS took a risk.

IRS Won’t Be Sorry If You Never Get Around to Claiming Your Refund

The Internal Revenue Service says it has $917 million in unclaimed tax refunds from 2009, and time is running out to claim them. The refunds are owed to nearly 1 million people who failed to file returns for 2009. Taxpayers must file their 2009 returns by April 15 to claim their refunds. After that, the money […]

The IRS Is Wasting Millions on Unused Blackberrys and Aircards Because Of Course It Is

Out of the $11.4 million that the IRS spent on BlackBerrys and Internet aircards in fiscal year 2011, $1.1 million worth of the devices went unused for three months to a year, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. That means that nearly 14,000 aircards and more than 750 BlackBerrys weren’t activated for a […]

Here’s Another Sad Story About a Thief Who Got Dinged By The IRS For Not Reporting Stolen Income

This poor bastard has been sentenced to a year and a day for gyping the IRS out of their chunk of the money he stole from his employer: [Jeffrey] Scher, a certified public accountant, was employed as the chief financial officer at Bodek and Rhodes, a Philadelphia-based T-shirt wholesaler.  Scher received cash receipts from Bodek […]

Oregon Man’s Encounter with IRS Agent Oddly Similar to the Plot of a Bad Porno Movie

Today in bizarre sexual encounters with government employees news, a Fall Creek, Oregon man has filed a lawsuit against an IRS agent for "coerc[ing] him into having sex with her after suggesting that the liaison could keep him out of tax trouble." Dora Abrahamson claims to have known Vincent Burroughs when she called him to inform that […]

Let’s Look Back on Doug Shulman’s Career As IRS Commissioner

Yesterday, the IRS announced that commissioner Doug Shulman's last day at work would be November 9th. For the American people, Shulman's mug served as the face of most beloved government agency that has ever existed in the history of governments. For tax professionals, DS was more like Moses – someone who ventured to dark and […]

IRS Not Overly Concerned About Agents That Are a Little Clumsy with Their Sidearms

The latest treasure dug up by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration: [Criminal Investigation's] firearms training and qualification requirements generally met or exceeded those of other Federal law enforcement agencies. However, TIGTA found that some CI special agents did not meet all firearms training and qualification requirements. Field office management did not always take […]

Audit Finds That IRS Small Business Division Not So Different From That Attractive Person at the Bar Who Seemed Really Interested in You

They say they'll call and meanwhile you sit by the phone like an IDIOT. TIGTA […] found that examiners are trained and monitored to ensure they provide accurate information to taxpayers, but they do not consistently return calls when requested by or promised to taxpayers. TIGTA identified 20 calls during which the taxpayer either requested […]

In Case You Missed It: IRS Whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld Is Fully Aware of His Awesomeness

If you've ever met a whistleblower, or heard one give a speech, you never get the sense that they're too caught up in their 15 minutes, marching around to the beat of their kick ass do-gooderness. Typically, it's more of a matter-of-fact story and less a reflection on the heroic moments that turned an ordinary […]

New IRS Employees Don’t Always Have Someone to Show Them the Ropes

As you know, the primary purpose of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (aka TIGTA) in the enormous fuckshow of our federal bureaucracy is to tell the IRS how awful they are at life. Yep! If there's any chance of IRS the sucking at something, TIGTA has likely investigated and issued a report about it. E-filing isn't […]

Maine Governor Has Had a Chance To Re-Think His ‘Gestapo = IRS’ Comment

As we mentioned earlier, Maine Governor Paul LePage created a bit of a hubbub when he made the following statement about John Roberts' the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the healthcare reform law: "This decision has made America less free. We the people have been told there is no choice. You must buy health insurance […]

Just Admit It, Choosing the IRS to Enforce ObamaCare Was Smart

One of the many beefs that people have with ObamaCare is that the IRS will be tasked with enforcing the penalty assessed to those that choose not to purchase health insurance. Joe Kristan laments: Maybe the most depressing aspect of the [SCOTUS] decision is the way it seems to endorse using the tax law as the […]

IRS to Get Its Act Together on Whistleblower Program

The Service has heard everyone's concerns that whistleblower tips aren't being reviewed in a timely manner, rewards aren't paid, blah blah blah, so just everyone cool it while they sort this out: The IRS will work with “internal and external stakeholders” on a “comprehensive review” of the agency’s guidelines and procedures for handling whistle-blower complaints, Deputy […]

Tax Pros Don’t Need to Sweat the IRS Budget Cuts

This is the first post from our slew of freelancer candidates. The following is by Jeremy Woodward. The House Appropriations Committee has settled on an IRS budget, and it’s not good news for everyone’s favorite group of suits and ties. The $11.8 billion allocation is $1.2 billion below what they requested. Probably not enough for […]