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Estate planning and powers of attorney

Thomas J. O'Rourke, an attorney from Miles and Stockbridget, P.C., answer your calls and emails about estate planning, and changes in the laws governing powers of attorney.
March 10, 2014

Monday - 03/10/2014, 09:34pm EDT
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Former IRS official refuses to testify at hearing

Former IRS official Lois Lerner refuses to testify at House hearing on tea party targeting

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 01:22am EST

Will IRS budget pleas be ignored in Congress?

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government that budget and staffing reductions are impacting the agency's core missions of customer service and tax collection. The agency projects it will only be able to answer 61 percent of phone calls this year, meaning some 20 million phone calls will go unanswered. Meanwhile, taxpayers attempting to reach IRS offices are facing wait times that stretch past 20 minutes.

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 04:18pm EST

New IRS chief says budget crunch, understaffing taking its toll

John Koskinen, sworn in as IRS commissioner in late December, has been meeting with frontline employees and crunching numbers for the last several weeks. He told Congress Wednesday that every corner of the agency is underfunded, and as a direct result, the Treasury is collecting fewer dollars than it should.

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 03:47am EST
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IRS to pay employee bonuses at lower percentage rate

The Internal Revenue Service and the National Treasury Employees Union reached an agreement that will see the IRS pay frontline employees performance awards starting in the spring. Acting IRS chief Danny Werfel canceled payouts of the awards last July, even though the union said the agency was obligated to pay them.

Monday - 02/03/2014, 06:07pm EST

IRS chief: No furloughs this year

The head of the Internal Revenue Service said the agency isn't planning any employee furloughs this year, even though Congress decided not to restore funding to the agency that had been lost due to the across-the-board sequestration cuts. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the budget crunch, though, would mean taxpayers will see a decline in services.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 05:00pm EST

OMB Controller Werfel leaves federal service

Danny Werfel has resigned from his position of controller of the Office of Management Budget and left the federal government. He had served as controller since October 2009.

Monday - 01/27/2014, 09:57am EST

How the spending bill affects the federal workforce

After a month of negotiations, the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees unveiled a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill this week funding the government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. From federal pay and benefits to a further decline in the Internal Revenue Service's budget, read about three key takeaways of the bill.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:43pm EST

Report: Budget, training cuts put IRS 'at risk'

In an annual report to Congress, the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson, wrote that the IRS faces "unstable and chronic underfunding that puts at risk the IRS's ability to meet its current responsibilities, much less articulate and achieve the necessary transformation to an effective, modern tax agency."

Friday - 01/10/2014, 04:40pm EST

Reduced conference spending could save government $500M each year

Increased oversight and tighter controls have led to a nearly 90 percent drop in conference spending since 2010 at four agencies. The reductions could amount to $500 million in annual savings across the government.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 10:47am EST

Congress OKs new IRS chief, ends turbulent year

A cross Congress ends its year by approving new IRS chief, but with other battles unabated

Saturday - 12/21/2013, 11:00pm EST

IRS Chief of Staff Todd Grams retiring

Todd Grams, the chief of staff of the Internal Revenue Service, announced Friday he's retiring after 34 years of federal service, according to a note to staff obtained by Federal News Radio. Grams was named IRS chief of staff in June at the request of Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel in the wake of a leadership shakeup following revelations the agency had improperly targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 04:35pm EST

IRS vendors owe $589 million in back taxes

The Internal Revenue Service has been doing business with nearly 1,200 vendors that owe back taxes, including one unnamed contractor that owed a whopping $525 million, a new inspector general's report says.

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 08:00pm EST

IRS nominee on track for approval despite acrimony

IRS nominee on track for confirmation despite acrimony among Senate Democrats, Republicans

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 05:45pm EST

IRS nominee Koskinen pledges to turn around employee morale, pushes for budget increase

John Koskinen, President Barack Obama's pick to lead the embattled Internal Revenue Service, pledged to restore public trust in the agency following the recent uproar over revelations of purported political bias by IRS employees. Speaking before the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning, Koskinen also said he'd work to turn around the declining employee morale.

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 02:02pm EST

Agencies eager to understand benefits of cloud credential exchange

The Postal Service will kick off its pilot to provide identity management services in the cloud in early 2014. The IRS and DHS also are pursuing complimentary initiatives to authorize and authenticate users.

Friday - 11/15/2013, 04:01am EST

700 IRS contract workers owe $5.4M in back taxes

Nearly 700 IRS contract workers owe $5.4 million in back taxes; most are not in payment plans

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 10:30pm EDT

DHS CFO Sherry heading to the IRS

Peggy Sherry will become the deputy commissioner for operations support at the IRS as of Nov. 4. She is the fourth executive to come to the IRS since the service's scandal broke earlier this summer.

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 12:30pm EDT

Shutdown causes IRS to delay tax filing season

In a hurry to get your tax refund? Government shutdown causes IRS to delay 2014 tax season

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 08:40am EDT

IRS official at heart of tea party scandal retires

IRS says official at center of tea party scandal retiring; Lois Lerner had been on paid leave

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 03:20am EDT
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