The federal government spent more than half a million in taxpayer dollars to teach kids how to make video game-style movies that most can learn to create online for free.
Taxes & Budget
Coverage of the national budget and your taxes.
By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times
Digital media companies and Chicagoans will now be slapped with a 9 percent "cloud tax" on streaming services, including popular entertainment outlets such as Netflix, through which city officials aim to generate $12 million. Collections will begin Sept. 1. Published July 5, 2015
The Senate passed a long-sought highway deal Thursday that authorizes projects for six years while paying for only half of it with a patchwork of funding streams, setting up a bid this fall to meld the plan with a roads bill from the House that would rely on tax reform instead.
A federal judge Wednesday rebuked the Obama administration's IRS for refusing to divulge documents, including Lois G. Lerner's emails, and warned that he would hold in contempt those who break his orders.
The IRS sent one of its intrusive scrutiny letters to a nonprofit group in order to throw up a smokescreen and prevent the group from complaining to Congress about poor treatment, according to one of Lois G. Lerner's apparently lost emails, which were recovered by auditors and released by an interest group Tuesday.
Republicans on House Oversight Committee on Monday called on President Obama to oust Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen for obstructing the committees investigation into the tax agency's targeting of conservative groups.
House and Senate leaders refused to blink Monday in a cross-Capitol standoff over highway funding, edging Congress perilously close to a Friday deadline to keep road projects moving before lawmakers skip town for their August recess.
When Ken Robinson ran in 2010 to be a commissioner in Charles County, Maryland, he told the local Realtors' lobby in writing that he wouldn't raise real estate taxes that can increase the purchase price of a home.
Congress won't get its spending bills done in time for the new fiscal year, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday, saying they'll need to pass a short-term stopgap to prevent a government shutdown.
Social Security's disability trust fund will run out of money next year, the program's trustees reported Wednesday -- but a California congressman said there's a short-term fix that would require Republicans to put aside hope of immediate and broader reform.
President Obama defended the IRS Tuesday in an interview with "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, saying the tea party targeting scandal was actually Congress's fault for passing "a crummy law" and that the real problem is the agency doesn't have enough money.
Sen. Ted Cruz and other conservatives told GOP leaders Wednesday not to let Congress revive the federal Export-Import Bank, an agency that financed the sale of U.S. goods overseas for decades but is creeping toward a slow death, after lawmakers failed to renew its charter by the June 30 deadline.
House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan said Friday he still wants to use a fast-track budget process to repeal all or part of Obamacare, although a Supreme Court ruling that didn't go his way has forced Republicans to "retool" their approach.
Sen. Rand Paul hates the tax code so much that he literally burns it.
A bipartisan framework emerged in the Senate Wednesday to overhaul the taxes paid by U.S. firms on foreign profits while potentially providing much-needed funding to repair the nation's roads and bridges.
Congress returned from its July 4 recess Tuesday fumbling for a way to avert a second government shutdown in three years, as GOP majorities forged ahead with spending bills that President Obama has threatened to veto, saying they're insufficient to meet the nation's needs and are beholden to misguided spending caps.
The IRS erased backup takes with Lois G. Lerner's emails even after the messages were subject to a congressional subpoena, but it was an "unbelievable" chain of coincidences rather than a malicious intent to subvert Congress, the tax agency's inspector general said Thursday.
The IRS has been paying millions to tax-cheat contractors who owe millions of dollars in debt to the federal government, the agency's inspector general said in a report Wednesday that said the payments even break federal law.
Obamacare stretches into much of the U.S. economy, and outright repealing it, as Republicans are gearing up to try one last time, would be a tricky proposition, according to the latest estimates from Congress' official scorekeeper.
HBO's "Veep" is leaving Maryland after four years after the series scored $6.5 million in California film tax credits.
Senate Democrats filibustered the annual defense spending bill Thursday, marking the beginning of shutdown summer -- a monthslong battle between Republicans who want to increase government spending by some $40 billion next year and Democrats who say at least twice that is needed.
It was unclear Wednesday night what Hamilton's exact fate would be -- whether he'd remain on a separate series of printings or whether the new bills, designed to be harder to counterfeit, will feature both him and the woman.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, has signed Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge committing to oppose and veto any efforts to raise taxes, the group said Thursday.
The IRS can't weed out bogus Obamacare exchange customers and didn't have critical information on others more than halfway through the tax filing season this year, making it impossible to figure out whether Americans were claiming too much money from the government, the tax agency's auditor said Tuesday.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge to oppose and veto any efforts to increase taxes.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has confirmed to Congress that illegal immigrants granted amnesty under President Obama's new programs could claim back refunds even when they never filed returns to pay their taxes in the first place.
The IRS ignored repeated warnings from its own inspector general that could have made it much harder for the cyberattackers who stole the private taxpayer information of 100,000 Americans earlier this year, the agency's inspector general testified to Congress on Tuesday.
Government watchdogs warned the IRS about security flaws in the agency's computer systems years before hackers stole the personal information of thousands of taxpayers from an IRS website.
Ever since Proposition 13 ignited a nationwide tax revolt in 1978, the California measure has been regarded as politically untouchable -- until now.
Recent Opinion Columns
When politicians insist on "reforming" some program they mismanaged and destroyed, they always turn to the average American and begin explaining the "sacrifice" we have to make in order to save it.
Flawed and cumbersome tax laws afflict taxpayers everywhere, but few are as irksome, as silly and as constitutionally dangerous as Maryland's "stormwater remediation fee," also known as "the rain tax," including whatever penumbras and emanations that followed. Gov.-elect Larry Hogan, a Republican, vowed during his campaign to free taxpayers from the overreaching state law that claims to protect the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways from polluted runoff, flooding and erosion. Together with others, he argues persuasively that it amounts to little more than a weather levy, with accompanying clouds.
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.
If you pay people not to work, what do you think they will do?
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.