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Seeking Good PR, IRS Busted With Wrong Capone Gun

After input from readers, the IRS has gotten its story straight

(Newser) - It was a story the Internal Revenue Service needed to get right, a we-done-good look back at the 1931 conviction of legendary gangster Al Capone for tax evasion—a feat they pulled off when no one else could get him on any other charges. Hoping for some good press, the... More »

The Genius Way People Are Paying Nelly's $2.6M Tax Bill

By streaming 'Hot in Herre' and other Nelly hits about 287.2M times

(Newser) - Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. is in trouble with the taxman, but you may be able to help. You also might be more inclined to lend a hand if you recognize Mr. Haynes by his stage name, Nelly, and realize that it would take just a few minutes on Spotify to... More »

Trump Camp: He's Not Releasing His Taxes

Spokesman again cites audit as Trump himself denies ties to Russia

(Newser) - Rumors swirling that Donald Trump may have teamed up with Vladimir Putin to take down Hillary Clinton are just that—rumors, says the Republican nominee. "I don't know anything about it … It's ridiculous," Trump tells CBS News . "I mean I have nothing to do... More »

Trump: Here's Why I Won't Release My Tax Returns

Presidential candidate talks about the audit thing

(Newser) - Donald Trump is sticking to his new explanation for why he can't yet release copies of his recent tax returns: The IRS is auditing him, as Trump says it has for the past 12 years. "No lawyer would ever allow you to release a tax return while you'... More »

April 15 Comes on April 18 This Year

Little-known holiday gets taxpayers a grace period

(Newser) - Taxpayers nationwide will get a few days' grace this year to file their returns thanks to a little-known holiday in the nation's capital. And the head of the IRS promises 1,000 more customer services representatives will be available to ease waiting times on information lines. IRS Commissioner John... More »

Massive IRS Scam Nearly Claims Ivy League Reporter

Lisa Bennett has written about scams before, but almost fell for this one

(Newser) - When Ivy League-educated journalist Lisa Bennett, who has covered scams among other money-related topics, got a call from the IRS earlier this year, she was told she owed $5,347 in back taxes and that the police were coming to get her. Her first reaction was relatively logical—"That’... More »

Tax Dodgers: Feds Could Soon Snatch Your Passport

If measure passes, 'seriously delinquent' taxes could mean no passport

(Newser) - If lawmakers push a provision through in December, US citizens who owe back taxes will have more to worry about than accumulating debt. As part of a transit and highway funding bill currently being negotiated in Congress, the provision would allow the feds to revoke, deny, or limit a person'... More »

House GOP Trying to Impeach IRS Chief

Move comes after Justice Department wraps up investigation

(Newser) - Now that the Justice Department has decided not to file criminal charges in the IRS scandal over the scrutiny of conservative groups, House Republicans have moved to take action of their own: impeachment. A powerful House committee has advanced a measure to impeach IRS chief John Koskinen, reports the Washington ... More »

Ex-IRS Official Won't Be Charged in Tea Party Scandal

Justice Dept. declines to charge Lois Lerner

(Newser) - The Justice Department is declining to bring charges against Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of a political controversy over the processing of applications for tax-exempt status. Federal prosecutors announced their decision Friday in a letter to members of Congress. A firestorm erupted more than two years... More »

IRS Now Recognizing All Same-Sex Marriages

Treasury Dept. agrees: 'husband,' 'wife' apply to gay couples too

(Newser) - The IRS is making it official: The tax agency says it will now recognize same-sex marriages regardless of where they were performed. The IRS and the Treasury Department also said they will interpret the terms "husband" and "wife" to apply to same-sex spouses as well as opposite-sex spouses.... More »

IRS: We No Longer Accept Checks Over $99,999,999

Super-rich will just have to pay electronically

(Newser) - Owe the tax man $100 million or more? Your check is no good at the IRS. Starting next year, the IRS says it will reject all checks for more than $99,999,999. That's because check-processing equipment at the nation's Federal Reserve banks can't handle checks that... More »

IRS: Oops, That Hack Was a Lot Bigger Than We Thought

Another 220K taxpayers had their info hacked

(Newser) - An IRS breach in which thieves stole tax information from thousands of taxpayers is much bigger than the agency originally disclosed. An additional 220,000 potential victims had information stolen from an IRS website as part of a sophisticated scheme to use stolen identities to claim fraudulent tax refunds, the... More »

IRS: Melissa Gilbert Owes Us $360K

But no worries, her hubby says it's no big deal

(Newser) - The latest celebrity in trouble with the IRS : Melissa Gilbert. The agency says the former Little House on the Prairie star owes $360,551 in federal income taxes. "Like so many people across the nation, the recession hit me hard," the 51-year-old actress tells the Detroit News . "... More »

IRS to 104K Taxpayers: Thieves Stole Your Data on Our Site

Agency shuts down 'Get Transcript' service temporarily

(Newser) - More than 100,000 people are about to get an unpleasant letter from the IRS, but it doesn't involve the word "audit." Instead, think cyber-theft. The agency said today that online criminals tapped into the information of 104,000 people though the IRS' popular "Get Transcript"... More »

No Health Insurance by Feb. 15? Face Wrath of Taxman

Miss that date, get a 2015 ObamaCare penalty in addition to 2014's

(Newser) - With tax time fast approaching, there's a new hoop to jump through: Those without health insurance may be facing ObamaCare penalties for 2014—and for 2015 if they don't nail down coverage by Feb. 15, NPR reports. Those who were uninsured in 2014 may face a tax penalty... More »

IRS Customer Service Will Be Really Bad This Year

Annual report predicts only 43% of callers will have luck

(Newser) - It's not like anyone wants to talk to the IRS, but those who need to talk to the IRS this tax-filing season will probably be out of luck. An annual report issued by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson predicts that only 43% of callers will get through to an... More »

Cops: Drunk IRS Worker Tried to Bribe Us

After knocking out woman at NFL game

(Newser) - Pittsburgh police say an Internal Revenue Service worker tried to bribe officers when they arrested him for being drunk and throwing steel crowd dividers, one of which knocked a woman unconscious, during a Steelers game. Police say 29-year-old Stephen Sapp was screaming and cursing after he was asked to leave... More »

Politically Minded Pastors Dare IRS to Sue Them

Numbers participating in Pulpit Freedom Sunday swell

(Newser) - You can't have your cake and eat it, too—or, in the case of the "rogue" pastors described by Politico , you can't endorse political candidates and still get sweet tax breaks. Although the ministers assert it's within their First Amendment rights to preach their political preferences,... More »

How Feds Grab Bank Accounts, No Crime Needed

IRS confiscates big bucks with 'civil forfeiture' law

(Newser) - Carole Hinders was successfully running a Mexican restaurant in Iowa when IRS agents gave her the bad news: They were seizing her $33,000 checking account. She had committed no crime, but raised suspicions by repeatedly depositing amounts lower than $10,000 in her bank. And Hinders isn't alone,... More »

Paul Ryan Calls IRS Chief a Liar in Heated Exchange

John Koskinen refuses to apologize for lost emails

(Newser) - Things got seriously testy on Capitol Hill today as IRS chief John Koskinen got grilled about the agency's missing emails by Republicans on the House Ways and Means panel. When committee chairman Dave Camp demanded an apology, Koskinen refused, reports Politico . "I don't think an apology is... More »

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