Al Sharpton Denounces Claims He Owes Millions In Taxes To IRS, New York

Al Sharpton agrees with charges that his nonprofit, the National Action Network, owes outstanding taxes to the IRS and the State of New York. He also agrees that he owes personal taxes to the IRS and the State of New York. He doesn’t, however, agree that he owes as much as alleged, charging that the story was intended to call attention to an old story instead of the one he thinks folks should be talking about: Ferguson.

Will Congress Keep The Internet Tax Free?

Chances are, you might be paying Verizon to read this. Or Comcast. Or some other internet provider. But you’re not paying Uncle Sam. And you’re probably not paying your state or municipality. By law, federal, state and local governments may not tax internet access. The Internet Tax Freedom Act (downloads as a pdf), is part of Public Law 105-277, signed into law by President Clinton on October 21, 1998. The final piece of legislation, as published, is 920 pages long and is technically called the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999. It hits a number of issues (agriculture, …

Congress, Ignoring History, Considers Turning Over Tax Debts To Private Collection Agencies

The tax gap in the United States is estimated to be about $385 billion. The tax gap is the difference between what the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expects to collect in taxes and what they actually collect. That sounds like a lot of money. And I agree that it is. But considering that the IRS collects more than $2 trillion in federal taxes each year, it’s actually not as bad as it sounds: it works out to about 84% voluntary compliance. That means that most taxpayers pay their fair share on time. What to do about those that don’t pay …