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IRS can’t protect our private data…

Posted by taxguru on June 9, 2016

It’s not a good feeling  to realize that we are all forced, at the point of a gun, to reveal every single bit of our financial information to our overlords at the IRS, who can’t seem to do a very good job of protecting that information from the (other) bad guys who want to steal our money and our identities.  And, as if that isn’t bad enough, when the top dogs at IRS are confronted with these facts, they lie about how extensive their security lapses are.  This lack of honesty isn’t actually very surprising, considering the IRS Commissioner’s penchance for committing perjury in his own congressional testimony.

IRS computer hack was worse than agency admitted

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IRS Persecution Targets

Posted by taxguru on June 6, 2016

IRS finally reveals list of tea party groups targeted for extra scrutiny

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Bogus IRS Scams

Posted by taxguru on May 31, 2016

Good News – Some Scamsters Arrested:

5 Arrested, Accused of Scam Posing as IRS Agents

 

Bad News – A New Variation:

IRS Warns of Latest Scam Variation Involving Bogus “Federal Student Tax”

 

A reminder never to answer any phone calls or send money to anyone claiming to be with the IRS without checking with your own professional tax advisor. 

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Impeaching the IRS Commissioner?

Posted by taxguru on May 25, 2016

This takes guts by the Congressmen to pursue because all of them can be sure that they will soon be facing serious IRS backlash in the form of “anal probe” style audits.

The IRS boss is just begging to be impeached – New York Post

Top House Republicans make case to impeach IRS boss – Fox News


Update
: The Commissioner has posted this response to Congress on the IRS website:

Written Statement of John A. Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service, Provided for the House Judiciary Committee on May 24, 2016

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More lies from IRS Commissioner

Posted by taxguru on May 23, 2016

IRS chief: I’ve never spoken to Lois Lerner

Knowing that nothing serious will happen to him, he’s “too busy” to appear before Congress to defend himself against impeachment.  This level of arrogance after being caught committing perjury on several occasions is mind boggling, but not out of character for members of the bHo Regime.

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Charging for required tasks…

Posted by taxguru on May 7, 2016

Something about this press release from IRS, describing the rationale for their special user fees, strikes me as bordering on insane.

IRS User Fee Program

They try to make the case that people and entities that get special services from IRS should reimburse the government for the costs for IRS to provide those special services. 

What goes unsaid is the fact that the only reason people need to request these “special services” are the facts that IRS requires us all to do all of these complicated things and, with the assistance of our Rulers in DC, have done everything they can to make everything as confusing as possible.  Charging victims of our convoluted tax system special extra fees in order to explain how to comply with the rules is crazy.

Similarly, as in the news release, is the issue of PTINs for us tax pros.  It’s as if it’s some kind of luxury benefit that we receive by having a PTIN, so we should pay IRS for the “benefit” of literally being forced to reapply for a renewal of our PTIN every single year.  I’m sure other tax pros would agree with me that we liked it better under the old rules, where we obtained a PTIN in order to protect the privacy of our SSNs and then we just used that same number from that point on, without having to pay a new fee every year.  What’s next?  An annual application and fee for every American to renew our Social Security numbers?

 

TaxCoach Software: Are you giving your clients what they really want?

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Tax Season Recap

Posted by taxguru on May 3, 2016

For those who believe it’s our patriotic duty to pay in as much as possible to our overlords in DC, Jodi Miller of NewsBusted has a quick analysis of this most recent Tax Season

 

Excerpted from the 5/3/16 episode of NewsBusted.

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Our IRS Masters

Posted by taxguru on April 13, 2016

This time of year, as we all slave away to stay in the good graces of our overlords at the IRS, a little dose of their character should be enlightening.  These are the people we are forced to reveal all of our secrets to or face prison time.

ID Fraud

It’s bad enough that so many freelance crooks are scamming innocent people to steal their identities and tax refunds.  Now, it appears that IRS is assisting in these crimes. 

IRS chief: Agency encourages illegal immigrant theft of SSNs to file tax returns

Since Commissioner Koskinen’s perjury to Congress last year about the Lois Lerner crimes wasn’t enough to remove him as head tax collector for the country, this news should hopefully do the job.  If only we had some political representatives in DC who understood the need to oppose the bHo Regime’s crimes and destructive actions. 

 

Making fun of Lois Lerner’s Crimes

The Capitol Steps, a group that performs political parody songs that usually have a slight leftist tilt, has posted an MP3 version of their song about the IRS attacks on Tea Party organizations.

When I.R.S. Guys Are Smiling

While slightly amusing, it is also a bit sad that such abusive use of government powers against political critics is now accepted as standard practice in this country.

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Coverville’s Tax Day Tribute

Posted by taxguru on April 11, 2016

For a number of years, I have been a big fan of and subscriber to Brian Ibbott’s Coverville music channel on iTunes and website, where he assembles eclectic mixes of cover versions of songs on a particular theme or by certain artists. 

This is the first year that I can recall him doing a full show based on our American Tax Day.  It’s 85 minutes long, with 18 cover versions of songs about taxes and money.  It should be no surprise that it begins with a new version of the song I have been featuring for the past 40 years, George Harrison’s ageless “TaxMan.”

You can listen to the full 85 minute show, download it as one big (97.3 mb) MP3, as well as purchase the songs individually from the Coverville website.

Coincidentally, this is Coverville Episode Number 1120.  While it is labeled as a tribute to the 1040, I don’t know if Brian Ibbott is aware of the fact that American corporations report their income on Form 1120.

While clicking around on the Coverville page for this show, I came across a link to a list of 11 different cover versions of “TaxMan.”  I have some of these already, but others are new to me, as they may very well be for other fellow collectors of this song. 

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Another Fiscal Rape Victim Refuses to Prolong the Suffering

Posted by taxguru on April 11, 2016

I love stories like this, where those our rulers consider to have too much money decide that “enough is enough” and move to locations where they are allowed to keep more of their own things. 

Billionaire’s move puts New Jersey tax rates in spotlight

It would be such a great real world lesson to the spend-crazy rulers in State capitols around the country if they were to watch more of their Golden Geese fly away to lower tax locales. 

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