IRS chief: Blame rotten customer service and data hacks on Obamacare – Washington Examiner

Both cybersecurity and customer service at the Internal Revenue Service have suffered because of Obamacare, the agency’s head said in remarks to Congress on Thursday. “Congress, as I noted in my testimony, has underfunded … the Affordable Care Act,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a panel of the House Appropriations Committee. “That does not remove […]

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Judge Tells IRS It Can’t Hide White House Emails – The Daily Caller

White House emails to the IRS about individual tax returns cannot be exempted by the embattled agency under the Freedom of Information Act, a federal judge ruled Friday. United States District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Section 6103 of the tax code does not justify the IRS from […]

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Obama denies IRS deliberately targeted Tea Party – The American Thinker

The man who called reports that the IRS targeted conservatives “outrageous” and intolerable” now says it never happened. Appearing on The Daily Show, the president told John Stewart that it was the Republican’s fault that the IRS tried to implement a poorly written and “vague” law and that the real scandal was a lack of […]

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IRS deadline extended for ObamaCare customers sent the wrong tax form | TheHill

ObamaCare customers who received the wrong tax form from the federal government this spring will not face penalties if they miss the April 15 deadline, officials announced Friday. Anyone who have not yet been sent corrected tax forms and are “unable to file an accurate tax return” now have until Oct. 15 to file — […]

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IRS offers extra tax refunds to illegal immigrants granted amnesty by Obama – Washington Times

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen confirmed Tuesday that illegal immigrants granted amnesty from deportation under President Obama’s new policies would be able to get extra refunds from the IRS for money they earned while working illegally, as long as they filed returns during those years. Illegal immigrants who are granted the amnesty will be given official […]

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IRS Finds 30,000 Lois Lerner Emails | The Daily Caller

Nearly 30,000 of Lois Lerner’s missing emails were recovered, the Treasury Department inspector general informed congressional staffers Friday. The emails, found on backup disaster recovery tapes, were permanently lost. The IRS will continue searching backup tapes for more lost emails from Lerner and her underlings that might still exist. “Though it is unclear whether TIGTA […]

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Tax Revenues Set Record for October; Feds Still Run Monthly Deficit of $1,050 Per Household | CNS News

(CNSNews.com) – The federal government has started fiscal 2015 by setting yet another record for inflation-adjusted tax revenue, while running a monthly deficit of $121.7 billion, which works out to $1050.78 in deficit spending per household in the United States. For each $1.00 the Treasury brought in during October as it set the new record […]

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Report: Election-Eve Bombshell Memo Embroils Jeanne Shaheen in IRS Targeting Scandal

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Conservative groups here are outraged at a memo that surfaced hours before the polls open—a memo that suggests that incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) personally coordinated with the IRS’s Lois Lerner to use the tax agency’s power to target conservative groups. Conservatives in New Hampshire—and in other states with Democratic […]

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$2.66T: Tax Revenues for FY14 Hit Record Through August; Gov’t Still Runs $589B Deficit | CNS News

(CNSNews.com) – Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $2,663,426,000,000 for the first 11 months of the fiscal year this August, but the federal government still ran a $589,185,000,000 deficit during that time, according to the latest Monthly Treasury Statement. Each month, the Treasury publishes the government’s “total receipts,” including all revenue from individual income taxes, corporate […]

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Email Reveals Lerner Ignored Union Political Expenditures | The Daily Caller

The official at the center of the Internal Revenue Service tea party scandal once dismissed complaints that labor unions were not reporting millions of dollars in political activities on their tax forms, according to an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. In 2007, Lerner responded directly to a complaint that some major labor […]

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IRS Commissioner: I Can’t Remember Who Told Me About Lerner’s Crucial Email Crash – Katie Pavlich

Testifying in front of the House Oversight Committee Monday night, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was asked for details surrounding the alleged “computer crash” and “lost” emails belonging to former head of tax exempt organizations Lois Lerner and six other IRS officials. When asked who told him about the “crash” in April, Koskinen says he doesn’t […]

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American Thinker: Bombshell: IRS cancelled email backup contract just weeks after Lois Lerner’s computer ‘crashed’

Nothing suspicious here, at least to Democrats and mainstream media types. But it would be interesting to see the paperwork leading to this contract termination, since the IRS is required by law to backup its communications. (via Patrick Howley of the Daily Caller): The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) cancelled its longtime relationship with an email-storage contractor just […]

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American Thinker: The Lost IRS E-mails Exist!

I have been listening all week to TV pundits lamenting that Lois Lerner’s hard drive has been destroyed, and therefore her e-mails are lost.  This is simply not the case.  I never cease to be amazed at the lack of understanding of how the e-mail system works. When you write an e-mail, it goes to […]

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White House Learned of Lerner’s Crashed Hard Drive 6 Weeks Before Congress | CNS News

(CNSNews.com) – In sworn testimony Friday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen admitted that the IRS told the Obama administration about Lois Lerner’s missing emails in April, six weeks before telling Congress, even though Congress had subpoenaed Lerner’s emails as part of its investigation into the alleged muzzling of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status before the 2010 […]

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Sources: Lois Lerner’s emails likely gone forever – Rachael Bade – POLITICO.com

Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightening rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources. “We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away,” Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the […]

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The Dog Ate My E-Mails, for Two Years | National Review Online

Who knew that the Obama administration had a penchant for black humor? Earlier this year, in February, President Obama told Bill O’Reilly during an interview on Fox News that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS scandal involving the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups. In July 2103, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew […]

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American Thinker: Documents reveal lies on IRS scandal

Judicial Watch has released more documents indicating that the American public has been lied to about the IRS scandal. The entire “rogue agents in Cincinnati” story was an outright fabrication, and the targeting was specifically of groups critical of the administration in the lead -up to an election. One key email string from July 2012 confirms […]

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House Vote on Former I.R.S. Official Signals Element of G.O.P. Election Strategy – NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to hold Lois Lerner, a former Internal Revenue Service official accused by Republicans of abusing power, in contempt, laying bare the bitter divide over which much of the midterm elections will be fought. It was a moment of high drama, complete with allegations that the White […]

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Lerner was in contact with DOJ about prosecuting tax-exempt groups | The Daily Caller

Former head of the IRS tax-exempt division Lois Lerner communicated with the Justice Department about the possibility of criminally prosecuting certain tax-exempt groups, new documents reveal. According to the conservative government accountability group Judicial Watch, email exchanges between Lerner and Nikole C. Flax, the Chief of Staff to then-Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller, reveal […]

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Committee Votes to Refer Lois Lerner for Possible Criminal Prosecution | CNS News

(CNSNews.com) – The House Ways and Means Committee voted 23 to 14 today to refer former IRS official Lois Lerner to Attorney General Eric Holder for possible criminal prosecution. The vote broke along party lines. Before the vote, in a contentious open-to-the-public hearing that lasted only few minutes, the House Ways and Means Committee voted […]

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Committee report: No progressive groups were targeted by IRS | The Daily Caller

IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency’s political targeting did not apply to progressive groups as Democrats and the media have claimed, according to a bombshell new staff report prepared by the House Oversight Committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa. IRS agents testified before Oversight that ACORN groups were scrutinized because the agency thought they […]

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Lois Lerner fears for her life if she testifies Wednesday | The Daily Caller

Lois Lerner fears for her life if she testifies openly before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday, according to her attorney. House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa announced Sunday that Lerner will testify at Wednesday’s hearing, but Lerner’s attorney Bill Taylor said that Lerner will seek to continue invoking her Fifth Amendment rights […]

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Republicans recall Lois Lerner to testify on IRS targeting | The Daily Caller

Republicans on Capitol Hill are not giving up on getting testimony out of Lois Lerner, the disgraced IRS official at the center of last year’s scandal over the agency’s targeting of conservative groups for special review. In a letter to Lerner’s attorney on Tuesday, House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa said he is recalling her […]

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