The IRS has been embroiled in plenty of turmoil lately, but presumably it has nothing to do with a witch's cauldron or a satanic spell. Nevertheless, an IRS official sitting on the hot seat in Congress was asked to defend herself against mock charges she was demonic.
As if there wasn't enough controversy already swirling around the Affordable Care Act, now the TIGTA reports that the IRS can't account for $67 million stashed in a slush fund intended to help enforce the law.
Would you vote for a rapper for president? How about Congress? Don't answer too quickly. Whatever your politics, as the government shutdown wanes on, the rapper who calls himself Nelly is making more sense than any of our elected representatives.
It must be a pain to be wealthy and famous. Most people who enter a state on business can slip in, do a deal, and go on home without drawing the unwanted attention of the IRS. But for Tom Hanks, it's not so easy.
The National Organization for Marriage filed a lawsuit against the IRS on October 3, claiming it has "irrefutable proof" the agency illegally released the pro-traditional marriage organization's 2008 confidential tax return to the Human Rights Campaign.
Due to the federal government shutdown that began last Tuesday, the US Tax Court in Washington, DC, canceled trial sessions scheduled to begin on October 7 and 8 in several cities throughout the country.
A massive case of organized tax and bank fraud culminated September 26 with the unsealing of four federal grand jury indictments accusing fifty-five people of participating in one or more illicit schemes, including the theft of more than 2,000 identities that were used to claim more than $20 million in bogus IRS tax refunds.
The IRS says it's improving procedures for reviewing tax-exempt applications. On September 24, the nation's tax collection agency released a new table showing the progress it has made in following recommendations outlined by the TIGTA.
Because of the federal government shutdown, the IRS will be unable to issue tax refunds until the stalemate in Congress is over, but the agency reiterated that all taxpayers should continue to meet their normal tax obligations.
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has created a questions-and-answers page on the tax section portion of its website to help practitioners working to complete tax returns during the federal government shutdown.
The IRS has set the special per diem rates for substantiating certain business expenses taxpayers incur when traveling away from home in 2013 and 2014. The per diem rates went into effect October 1, 2013.
Despite the federal government shutdown that went into effect October 1, the deadline for many of the more than twelve million taxpayers who requested an automatic six-month extension from the IRS to file their 2012 tax returns and make payments will remain October 15.