A Treasury inspector general said Thursday the IRS should do more to make sure federal taxpayer information does not fall into the wrong hands when it processes and approves subsidy payments under Obamacare.
Taxes & Budget
Coverage of the national budget and your taxes.
By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
A federal court shot down a tea party group's effort to permanently bar the IRS from targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny, issuing a ruling Thursday that says the tax agency has already taken enough steps to correct the problem. Published October 23, 2014
A judge on Thursday set a trial date in early December in the federal tax case against "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his brother.
This year's Wastebook does not show the $5,210 that the State Department tried to spend on a blowup, human-size foosball field for an embassy in Belize. But the fact that the project isn't in Sen. Tom Coburn's annual report on ridiculous spending choices is probably one of the biggest victories of the report, because it means the State Department canceled the project after the senator's staffers asked about it.
More than a dozen lucky rabbits were given Swedish massages four times a day, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers, as part of a study to figure out whether massage can help recovery times after strenuous exercise — a practice Sen. Tom Coburn says makes a mockery of federal spending.
U.S. Secret Service officials diverted personnel to monitor an employee's neighborhood dispute in 2011 at the expense of presidential protection, according to a new report from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General.
The Internal Revenue Service has replaced a top lawyer in its Office of Professional Responsibility who faces losing her law license over her work on a years-old personal-injury case.
They spoke one after another at a tea party meeting at an upscale pub — conservative voters and activists vowing to derail Republican Thom Tillis' run for U.S. Senate because, as state House speaker, he muscled through a toll road project.
America has spent about $7.6 billion to battle opium growth and trade in Afghanistan over the past 10 years — but it's been largely a moot effort, a new inspector general report found.
President Obama said that while it's difficult for some Democratic candidates running in states he didn't carry to invite him to their states, they are nevertheless loyal allies and backers of his agenda in Congress.
Taxpayers paid the salaries of tens of thousands of federal employees who were put on paid administrative leave for misconduct but weren't fired from their jobs, according to an audit this week that suggests agencies aren't doing a very good job of getting rid of bad workers.
A federal audit released Tuesday found that the Internal Revenue Service should institute greater "management oversight and internal controls" to prevent the disclosure of personal tax information following reports that the tax records of a Republican Senate candidate were illegally accessed in 2010.
State tax incentives for wind energy producers were created when the industry was in its infancy and may need to be re-examined in light of lawmakers' concern over their growing cost, the head of an industry trade group told members of a Senate panel on Tuesday.
United Nations human rights experts have called on Detroit officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with disabilities or chronic illnesses.
The Pentagon this month will terminate a critical task force responsible for combating corruption in Afghanistan as it tries to reach President Obama's target force of 9,800 U.S. troops in the country — adding to concerns about oversight and accountability in a government rife with waste, fraud and abuse.
Recent Opinion Columns
The lame-duck Congress that will meet after the Nov. 4 election could lay a few golden eggs that will hatch into a new flock of crony capitalist ducklings. The gold would actually come from taxpayers. The politically well-connected are especially eager about an $18 billion giveaway to wind farms, a tax credit that benefits mostly millionaires and billionaires.
Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida recently laid out their vision of tax reform. They are right to push for reform. Our burdensome tax code is one of the major obstacles holding the economy back from reaching its potential. In the process, it is denying countless American families the opportunities they deserve.
The U.N.'s health agency secretly passed the world's first ever global tax — an outrageous scheme requiring nearly 180 countries to apply a minimum tax on tobacco products.
A tobacco reduction conference hosted by the World Health Organization, the United Nation's public health agency, took a hostile and alarming turn on Monday when the public was kicked out of the meeting.
If you pay people not to work, what do you think they will do?