Congress Questions IRS On Efforts To Access Coinbase Customer Data

For months, customers, lawyers, and privacy experts have been voicing concerns about the scope of a “John Doe” summons that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seeks to serve on on Coinbase. Now, Congress has joined the clamor. This week, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch … Read more

IRS Announces National Search To Replace The Commissioner

In response to GOP calls for his resignation, or worse, impeachment, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen has announced that he will step down following tax season. He has, however, one condition: he wants the taxpayers to choose his replacement. Koskinen’s decision, while a bit surprising, is not completely out of character for IRS. … Read more

House Republicans Move To Impeach IRS Commissioner Koskinen

Just days after the Department of Justice announced that there would be no charges in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax exempt scandal, the Republican chair of the House Oversight Committee has decided that’s not enough. Today, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced a resolution to begin impeach proceedings against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. You can … Read more

DOJ Says No Criminal Charges For Lerner, Others In IRS Scandal, Closes Investigation

No criminal charges. That’s the final word from the Department of Justice with respect to its lengthy investigation into whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) improperly targeted the Tea Party and related organizations applying for tax-exempt status. The Department of Justice advised Congress today that it is closing its investigation and confirmed that they will not … Read more

Taxes From A To Z (2015): K Is For Koskinen

It’s my annual “Taxes from A to Z” series! Next up: K Is For Koskinen On December 23, 2013, John Koskinen was sworn in as the 48th Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service (IRS). As Commissioner, he’s in charge of our nation’s tax system. It’s a big job and one that hasn’t gone terribly smoothly over … Read more

IRS Warns Of Delayed Refunds, Long Waits For Taxpayers & Possible Shutdown

With a week to go before tax season opens, taxpayers were already bracing for a potentially “miserable” filing season. It turns out that it could live up to the hype. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Koskinen has advised employees that the budget cuts will result in reduced services to taxpayers. In an email to employees … Read more

IRS Beefs Up Website, Will Launch Tax Preparer Database For Tax Season

There’s no start date yet but the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is already gearing up for what’s certain to be a difficult tax season. Noting that the current Tax Code is “very complex,” made more complicated in 2014 with additional FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) and ACA (Affordable Care Act) provisions, IRS Commissioner John … Read more

House Slashes IRS Budget, Now Up To The Senate

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen was prepared for the worst and that was pretty much what he got from the House. With just weeks remaining before the new tax season opens, the House walloped the embattled agency with $350 million in budget cuts. That’s in addition to earlier slashes to the IRS budget of … Read more

Taxpayers Freaking Out Over Hoax Claiming 2015 IRS Refunds Already Delayed

Earlier this week, a panicked reader shot me the link to an article with this headline: 2014 Federal Tax Refunds To Be Delayed Until October 15. I glanced at the article on my phone and fired off a quick inquiry to the media department at Internal Revenue Service (IRS) questioning whether it was true. A … Read more