Mnuchin says he was unaware of IRS memo on tax returns
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday he has no idea who wrote a confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo that says that tax returns must be given to Congress...
MOUND BAYOU, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Delta town government is seeking private donations to pay off nearly $350,000 in tax debt and penalties.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal jury in Las Vegas has found a former Internal Revenue Service employee guilty of evading taxes for more than 20 years and obstructing tax agents who tried to...
NY, NJ sue IRS for info on nonprofit-donor disclosure shift
NEW YORK (AP) — New York and New Jersey want to know how the Internal Revenue Service decided to stop requiring donor information from certain nonprofit organizations — among them big political...
IRS says Arizona tax preparer filed false tax statements
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service says an Arizona tax preparer has been charged with conspiracy and aiding and assisting in false statements included in tax returns.
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The Satanic Temple says it's been designated a church by the Internal Revenue Service.
The Salem, Massachusetts-based organization provided The Associated Press with a...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for Montana and New Jersey are asking a federal judge to rule on their dark-money lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department without a...
Kansas couple may lose home after lawyer’s embezzlement
EUREKA, Kan. (AP) — When Roger and Marcia Altis' family business didn't quite work out as planned — especially after Roger's first heart attack — they decided to file for bankruptcy.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government attorneys are asking a judge to throw out Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department.
IRS head: Average 2018 tax refund little changed at $2,833
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the IRS, who is overseeing the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code in three decades, says the $2,833 average refund in this year's tax-filing season worked...
MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (AP) — The construction of a $2.8 billion fertilizer plant in southwestern Indiana is still on track following the resolution of a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service, the...
CRAWFORD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi town has agreed to pay tax lien of more than $30,000 because it improperly managed employee retirement funds.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald is urging residents to take added precautions to protect themselves from Internal Revenue Service-related scams this tax...
IRS watchdog: Shutdown caused ‘shocking’ drop in phone help
WASHINGTON (AP) — Disruptions from last month's partial government shutdown caused a "shocking" deterioration in the IRS' telephone help for taxpayers in the first week of the filing season, the agency's watchdog said in a report released Tuesday.
Even with IRS staffers returning, tax refunds may be delayed
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS' workforce will return to full strength under the short-term deal to reopen the government struck Friday by President Donald Trump and congressional leaders. But the disruption from the partial shutdown and the recent absence of a large contingent of recalled IRS employees mean the possibility of delayed tax refunds.
Ogden IRS offices calling more than 1,000 back to work
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Officials say more than 1,000 Internal Revenue Service employees in Ogden are being called back to work to prepare for tax-filing season as the federal government shutdown continues.
The IRS is recalling 46,000 workers to handle tax returns
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the government shutdown — nearly 60 percent of its workforce — to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. The employees won't be paid during the shutdown.
Federal workers in Kentucky protest shutdown
Furloughed IRS workers to rally calling for end to shutdown
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Furloughed Internal Revenue Service workers in Ogden are planning a rally later this week to call for an end to the partial government shutdown.
The Standard-Examiner in Ogden reports that about 5,000 people who work at the IRS office in Ogden are struggling without pay checks during an impasse that is in its third week.
Administration: Government shutdown won’t delay tax refunds
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayers who are owed refunds will be paid on time, despite the government shutdown that has closed many federal agencies, a Trump administration official said Monday as concern mounted over the risk that the payments could be delayed.
Pelosi says House Dems will start seeking Trump tax returns
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House next year will start trying to obtain President Donald Trump's income tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, the likely next speaker said Thursday.
But Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., expected to lead the House when the new Congress starts in January, said she believes the White House will fight the request, "so the question is where do we go from there."
2 hospitalized after suspicious package opened at Austin IRS
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two people were hospitalized after a package containing a suspicious substance was delivered to the offices of the Internal Revenue Service in Texas' capital.
The Austin American Statesman reports that a package delivered to the mailroom of the IRS in south Austin and opened Friday contained a white powder.
Former IRS employee in Georgia sentenced for identity theft
ATLANTA (AP) — A former employee for the Internal Revenue Service in Atlanta has been sentenced to two years in prison after she pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft.
The U.S. Justice Department said in a news release that Stephanie Parker worked as a contact representative between September 2012 and March 2013.
Prosecutors say on at least five occasions, Parker obtained taxpayers' Social Security numbers and addresses and used the information to file fraudulent tax returns.
Democrats eye Trump’s tax returns but expect a long fight
WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting President Donald Trump's tax returns is high on the list of Democratic priorities now that they have won the House.
By law, the leaders of tax-writing committees in the House and Senate can obtain tax returns and related information from the Internal Revenue Service. Democrats will control the House panel next year.
IRS increases contribution limits for retirement accounts
The IRS has increased the contribution limits for various retirement accounts for 2019.
The Internal Revenue Service said Thursday that the contribution limit for employees who participate in a 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans, as well as the federal government's Thrift Savings Plan, is increased from $18,500 to $19,000.
APNewsBreak: ‘Alt-right’ group regains IRS tax-exempt status
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has reinstated the tax-exempt status of a nonprofit operated by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who has been banned from using mainstream online platforms to raise money.
Spencer's Alexandria, Virginia-based National Policy Institute Inc. automatically lost its tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit more than a year ago after it failed to file tax returns for three consecutive years.
- Business WireACI Worldwide’s OfficialPayments.Com to Process Internal Revenue Service Tax Payments for 20th Consecutive YearMarch 26, 2019
- Business WireIntuit Reports Early Season TurboTax Units Results: Helping Consumers Get the Maximum Tax RefundFebruary 21, 2019
- BusinessWireAICPA Calls for Additional Penalty Relief for Taxpayers for 2018 Filing SeasonJanuary 28, 2019
Hawley to speak at university chapel, despite IRS guideline
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley opposes a federal provision that bars religious organizations from political endorsements, and his upcoming appearance at a Baptist university may provide a test case for the future of the measure.
Hawley, the state's attorney general, is scheduled to speak Wednesday during chapel at Hannibal-LaGrange University, a 900-student college in Hannibal, 115 miles north of St. Louis.
Senate OKs Trump choice for IRS head over Democrats’ protest
WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the protests of many Democrats, the Senate on Wednesday evening approved President Donald Trump's choice to become the new head of the IRS. Democrats opposed the nomination because of a new Trump administration policy allowing some groups involved in politics to hide their donors' identities.
IRS to audit University of Louisville Foundation
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service says it will audit the University of Louisville Foundation.
The Courier Journal reports the IRS notified the foundation on Aug. 24 it had been selected for an audit. Agents plan to visit the foundation Sept. 11-13 and have asked for documents related to mismanagement and employee pay.
Concern that IRS rule may hurt private school scholarships
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Advocates of a state-supported private school scholarship program are concerned that donations could drop under proposed new Internal Revenue Service rules by reducing the tax break that donors get.
The program, known as the Alabama Accountability Act, gives donors an income tax break for donations to groups that provide private school scholarships for low-income students. The program provided more than 4,000 scholarships in 2016.
Cuomo: Monday is last day to skirt IRS tax deduction limits
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says time is running out for New Yorkers who want to get around a federal cap on state and local tax deductions by donating to a charitable fund set up by the state.
The Democrat says Monday is the last day for residents to contribute to the Charitable Gifts Trust Fund before new Internal Revenue Service rules take effect.
Phoenix nail salon owner indicted for decade-old tax evasion
PHOENIX (AP) — A businessman who sold nail salons and commercial leases in metropolitan Phoenix has been indicted for tax evasion authorities say was conducted more than a decade ago.
The Internal Revenue Service released an unsealed indictment Tuesday against Cuong Chi Mai, also known as Tony Mai.
Mai faces six counts of making false statements to two IRS agents.
Mormon critics challenge church’s tax-exempt status
HONOLULU (AP) — Mormon critics are asking the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to investigate allegations that the church uses a Hawaii cultural center to commit tax fraud.
Gay-rights activist and Mormon critic Fred Karger delivered a complaint to a Honolulu IRS office Thursday asking for an investigation into possible tax abuses involving the Polynesian Cultural Center, Brigham Young University-Hawaii and a Hawaii land management company.
Montana governor sues over IRS policy on tax-exempt groups
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's governor and the state Department of Revenue filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury Tuesday over a recent decision to end the requirement that some tax-exempt groups disclose the identities of their major donors.
The lawsuit seeks to block policy changes that benefit social welfare, unions and business associations that spend millions of dollars on political ads.
New IRS policy allows some tax-exempt groups to veil donors
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is lifting requirements that some tax-exempt groups disclose the identities of their donors to federal tax authorities.
The change benefits groups that spend millions of dollars on political ads, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and an organization tied to the billionaire Koch brothers.
KINGSLAND, Ga. (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has filed a lien against a Georgia county agency for more than $1 million.
The Brunswick News reported Monday that the lien against Camden County's Public Service Authority is for $1.5 million and an estimated $500,000 of sales tax money spent on unapproved projects.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Nigerian man who masterminded a conspiracy to obtain millions in refunds from the Internal Revenue Service has been sentenced in Oregon to 15 years in federal prison.
Emmanuel Kazeem, 35, who also lived in Bowie, Maryland, was sentenced Wednesday in Eugene. A jury previously convicted him of fraud, conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former Internal Revenue Service agent in Arkansas has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for identity theft.
Federal court records in Fayetteville indicate that 36-year-old Ryan Payne of Barling pleaded guilty in January to false representation of a Social Security number and aggravated identity theft. Payne was sentenced on Friday to a total of four years and four months in prison.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former Internal Revenue Service agent in Arkansas has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for stealing the identity of a northwest Arkansas business owner.
Court records show 36-year-old Ryan Payne of Barling was sentenced to 52 months on Friday in federal court in Fayetteville.
Payne pleaded guilty in January to false presentation of a Social Security number and aggravated identity theft in exchange for two other charges being dismissed.
Murphy signs workaround of federal tax overhaul into law
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Aiming to cushion the effect of the federal tax overhaul's limit on state and local tax deductions, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed into law a bill letting people deduct their property tax bills as charitable contributions.
This week, the House of Representatives passed a number of bills aimed at reforming the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and updating its antiquated systems and policies. These nine bills are the result of dozens of hearings, roundtables, briefings, and meetings conducted by the Ways and Means Committee, of which I am a member. For too long, the IRS has been plagued by inefficiency, poor customer service, and an utter lack of transparency. Marked by scandal and notorious for system outages, the American public deserves better when they are dealing with the agency charged with collecting their hard earned dollars.
New Mexico congressman in favor of IRS overhaul
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congressman and New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce says he's in favor of overhauling the Internal Revenue Service.
Pearce said Thursday the federal tax-collecting agency is operating under antiquated technologies and processes and that's why he was among those in the U.S. House to support legislation aimed at modernizing the agency.
Tax returns are due today, and the Internal Revenue Service wants taxpayers to go online rather than pick up the phone.
The IRS is expecting more than 5 million tax returns to be filed today ahead of the tax deadline and expects to receive another 14 million requests from taxpayers asking for a six-month extension to file their returns.
So instead of subjecting taxpayers to long waiting periods over the phone, the IRS is directing them to its website, IRS.gov, for any questions or concerns.
As Prince heirs stew, bankers and lawyers cash in on estate
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As the second anniversary of Prince's death approaches, his heirs have yet to collect a dollar of his estimated $200 million estate. But bankers, lawyers and consultants have earned millions from it.
The long saga to settle the estate provides a cautionary tale about dying without a will, as Prince did when he died of an accidental opioid overdose at his suburban Minneapolis studio on April 21, 2016, and the heirs can't quit squabbling. Here's a look at where things stand:
Procrastinating taxpayers get a break: Filing deadline 2 days later than normal
Taxpayers get a two-day reprieve this year from filing their 2017 returns and paying any taxes due.
April 15 is normally the tax deadline.
But the 15th falls on a Sunday this year.
This would generally give taxpayers until the following Monday to file their returns. But April 16 is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in Washington, D.C.
"By law, Washington holidays impact tax deadlines for everyone in the same way federal holidays do," the Internal Revenue Service said in a statement.
Scam artists turn to new tactics to try to fleece victims
Scam artists turn to new tactics to try to fleece victims
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Tax time provides just another avenue of deceit for online and over-the-phone con artists bent on trying to take your money.
But it's always open season for bamboozlers who continue to find new and innovative variations on tried-and-true methods, especially ones that seem to work on senior citizens.
Minnesota, feds still at odds over whether prepaid property tax can be deducted
As Tax Day draws near, Minnesota and federal tax officials continue to play chicken over whether property owners who prepaid 2018 real estate taxes can deduct them from their federal taxes this year.