The IRS inspector general has amassed 2,500 documents detailing its own investigations into whether the tax agency gave the White House private taxpayer information, and the Obama administration agreed this week to release the documents in what an advocacy group called a major win for transparency.
Taxes & Budget
Coverage of the national budget and your taxes.
By Jim McElhatton - The Washington Times
A Virginia-based company with defense and intelligence agency contracts paid a $300,000 fine Tuesday and its former president pleaded guilty to paying bribes to an Army procurement official who was recently sent to prison for taking kickbacks. Published November 25, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he is "looking at everything" to fill a projected $279 million budget deficit for this fiscal year, including the possibility of tweaking the state's income tax policy.
Prisoners continue to claim bogus tax refunds, to a tune of more than $1 billion in 2012, and the IRS has yet to take enough steps to combat it, the agency's inspector general reported Tuesday.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday that Virginia's economy is in a "very perilous" situation with potential federal defense cuts looming and that he's open to eliminating tax relief programs — including one that partially offsets the state's much maligned car tax — to fill a state budget gap.
A Maryland county is offering churches a way out of a state tax that charges them for paved surfaces on their properties: preach on environmentalism instead.
The IRS's inspector general has told Congress that it may have discovered as many as 30,000 of the lost Lois G. Lerner emails, despite the IRS's repeated insistence both in testimony to both Capitol Hill and federal courts that they were beyond recovery, congressional committees said Friday.
Top Senate and House Democrats pressed government contractor KBR on Thursday over new documents they said show that the company has tried to silence whistleblowers who wanted to report on bad practices at the contractor.
The Rev. Al Sharpton came out swinging against a critical New York Times story that found he owed about $4.5 million in taxes, saying the report was politically motivated and that no matter what, he wasn't going anywhere.
Gov. Scott Walker's administration said Thursday that Wisconsin faces a $2.2 billion budget shortfall by mid-2017, a problem that will have to be tackled by the Republican-controlled Legislature next year as Walker builds his resume for a potential presidential run and looks to deliver on a campaign promise to cut taxes.
The Federal Aviation Administration's budget demands continue to grow, even though air traffic has dropped in recent years and the agency's productivity has significantly declined, according to a damning internal audit.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has cut its ties to a politically connected contractor weeks after an investigation found officials for the company, FedBid, plotted to "assassinate" the character of one of the VA's top acquisition officials in 2012.
President Obama announced a new partnership Thursday with an array of organizations to invest $28 million to increase the number of math, science and technology teachers in classrooms across the country, at a White House ceremony where the president presented this year's top national awards for science, technology and innovation.
The Rev. Al Sharpton was cited in a new investigative report about his finances and National Action Network dealings for "regularly" sidestepping obligations and debts — to the tune of more than $4.5 million in taxes.
House Speaker John Boehner said he thinks he's found — finally — the attorney who can compel the courts to rein in President Obama on executive action and overreach. He's hired Jonathan Turley, a George Washington professor with an expert understanding of the Constitution.
A government watchdog found that President Obama spent plenty during his fundraising and personal jaunts over Labor Day weekend — more than $1.5 million of taxpayer dollars in flight costs alone.
The Arlington County Board voted Tuesday to cancel a controversial and expensive streetcar program amid concerns that the divisive fight over the transit project was distracting officials from other pressing issues.
More than half of the current U.S. Senate has used campaign contributions for their own self-enrichment and/or to bolster the family bank accounts, according to a new watchdog report released Tuesday.
The Navy secretary has spent more than a full year of his five-year tenure on overseas travel, racking up more than 930,000 miles on trips that cost taxpayers more than $4.7 million.
House Republicans said yes in a voice vote to a measure that will, in the end, hike permit costs on duck hunters by $120 million — a substantial amount that at least one conservative group is decrying as actually a tax increase.
Government contractor KBR continued charging taxpayers for work on a multimillion-dollar construction project in Afghanistan for nine months after the contract was terminated, according to an internal military report disclosed amid a bitter feud between the company and military auditors.
Social Security paid out $2 billion in bogus disability claims approved by 44 administrative law judges over the last seven years, the agency's internal auditor said in a report Friday that details some of the problems with fraud in the troubled disability program.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers will introduce legislation Thursday to strip suspected Nazi war criminals of their Social Security benefits, insisting American taxpayers should not be underwriting the retirement of anyone who participated in the Third Reich's atrocities.
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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.
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