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    Why Thousands of Americans Gave Up Their Citizenship Status Last Year

    Americans have always enjoyed the privilege of living abroad without losing citizenship. Think Hemingway and Fitzgerald decamping to write in Europe after World War I, or Gen. MacArthur spending decades in Asia around World War II. Expatriates remain Americans, and have generally been welcomed back to our shores with open … More

    More Than 2,800 IRS Workers With Conduct Issues Received Performance Awards

    As the Internal Revenue Service grapples with budget cuts, a newly reported audit reveals the federal tax collection agency doled out bonuses and other rewards to more than 2,800 workers who had conduct and tax-evasion issues. The audit—issued March 21 by an IRS watchdog agency, Treasury Inspector General for Tax … More

    Here's What We Can Do to Make Next April 15 Less Painful

    Historically speaking, April 15 has never been a day marked by good fortune. The Titanic sank on that day in 1912 (after striking an iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14). Abraham Lincoln died after being mortally wounded the day before. And, of course, there’s Tax Day. “The income tax … More

    Woodward on IRS Scandal: 'There Is Obviously Something Here'

    The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward was skeptical during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” regarding President Obama’s claim that there isn’t “even a smidgen of corruption” at the Internal Revenue Service. “There is obviously something here,” Woodward said of the IRS targeting scandal. “And the question is: Does this [House] … More

    IRS Scandal Continues: An IRS Employee Urged People to Re-Elect Obama

    The latest news from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) about illegal political activities at the IRS will certainly not help the administration’s (and Representative Elijah Cummings’) current narrative that there is not a “smidgen of corruption” at the IRS. OSC is an independent agency that investigates violations of the … More

    Obamas, Bidens Pay About Same in 2013 Income Taxes, Returns Show

    Four days before the April 15 filing deadline, the White House today released 2013 income tax returns for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden showing each man and his wife paid just under $100,000 in tax. The White House blog noted that the president and first lady reported … More

    In Wake of Contempt Vote for IRS's Lerner, House Democrats Lash GOP

    Democrats on a House committee probing improper targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service hit back at today’s 21-12 party-line vote that former IRS official Lois Lerner should be held in contempt of Congress. In twin releases, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) –ranking member of the Committee on Oversight … More

    Latest in the IRS Targeting Saga

    Today the House Oversight and Governmental Reform Committee approved a resolution to hold former senior IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about her involvement in the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. This comes on the heels of Rep. Darrell Issa (R–Calif.), Chairman of … More

    Will IRS Targeting Send Someone to Jail?

    It’s time to talk tough on the IRS—after all, it’s tax season. But the sad reality is, the investigation of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups has gone nowhere. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said this week that “Somebody at the IRS violated the law. Whether it was Lois Lerner … More

    No Barrier to Holding IRS's Lerner in Contempt, House Counsel Says

    A House of Representatives committee has met all legal requirements to schedule a vote on holding former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify in the targeting scandal, a memo from legal counsel finds. Rep. Darrell Issa (R–Calif.), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform … More