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8:31 am, April 27, 2015

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IRS should get spending in order before asking for larger budget, House says

The House Ways and Means Committee released a report taking issue with IRS management on matters previously raised by the Republican leadership in Congress -- tax-delinquent federal employees, paying bonuses to agency employees and use of official time during the workday.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 10:04am EDT

Senators question Treasury's transparency of its IT projects

Two key Senate lawmakers are questioning the Treasury Department's inconsistencies in reporting the health of its major technology projects.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 09:30am EDT

Hawkings: Plenty of good signs in Congress budget discussions

House appropriations committees are trying to balance the 2016 budget by taking a little bit of money from some agencies and giving it to others. The IRS and the Education Department are two agencies that could see some of their funding transferred to places like the departments of Justice and Transportation. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked the money as the House appropriators do some budget math.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:30pm EDT
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5 things to know about Tax Day: For most, it's not that bad

5 things to know about Tax Day: Getting refunds, audits, grappling with health care law

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 06:34am EDT

Fed tax deadbeats. Off with their W-2s!!!

Congress has been making a lot of noise about targeting tax deadbeats in the federal workforce. But what about those tax delinquents in their own ranks or White House staffers? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 03:00am EDT

Taxpayer advocate slams IRS service as 'officially worst' since 2001

Internal Revenue Service faced a tough day on Capitol Hill Wednesday, with a spate of new bills passed and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifying before Congress.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:21pm EDT

For better government, consolidate DoD bases, health care programs

On the road to better, more cost-effective government, Congress will have to consider consolidating military health care and ramping up tax enforcement at the Internal Revenue Service, the comptroller general says.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:35am EDT

IRS Commissioner questions congressional double-edged sword

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said there is a disconnect in Congress as lawmakers continue to give the bureau more responsibility yet reduce its budget. He said he has a plan for the IRS to modernize its online services despite its budget challenges.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:12am EDT

NTEU to Congress: You can't starve the IRS

The National Treasury Employees Union is turning up the heat on Congress to increase IRS funding. The labor union is hearing about the impact of five years of budget cuts now that tax-filing season is in full swing, said NTEU President Colleen Kelley.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 04:09am EDT
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Health law bumps up tax refunds for some; others take hit

New health law having big effect on many tax refunds as some get boost while others take a hit

Monday - 04/06/2015, 02:16pm EDT

Justice Dept.: No contempt charges for former IRS official

The Justice Department won't seek criminal contempt charges against Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 03:02am EDT

IRS declares enough is enough for hiring freezes

The Internal Revenue Service has frozen or severely restricted all new hiring for the past several years in response to budget cuts. But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told senior agency officials to lift the freeze next year.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:35am EDT
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House budget targets federal benefits, seeks smaller civilian workforce

The Fiscal Year 2016 budget the House passed Wednesday calls on federal employees to make greater contributions to their retirement plans, while altering the Thrift Savings Plan's G Fund. The budget also seeks to reduce the civilian workforce by 10 percent over the next 10 years through attrition.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 10:28am EDT

Abolish the IRS. What a great idea

In 18th century Paris, the cry "off with their heads" was directed mainly at aristocrats, many of whom had been living a little too high off the hog. In 21st century Washington, folks nominated for the chop are guilty of one heinous crime. They are taxpayers who also happen to work for the Internal Revenue Service, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 02:00am EDT

House puts 100,000 tax-delinquent feds on notice

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed two bills Wednesday - one that would fire tax-delinquent federal employees and another that prevents agencies from awarding contracts or grants to companies with tax debt. More than 100,000 employees in the federal workforce currently owe a total of $3.54 billion in federal taxes.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 01:58pm EDT

Abolish the IRS? Easy to say, but awfully hard to do

It's a conservative applause line - abolish the IRS! - but impractical for a tax-fueled gov't

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 09:42am EDT

Danny Werfel, Director, Boston Consulting Group

Improper payments from the federal government reached an all-time high last year. They totaled more than $124 billion a $19 billion increase from the previous high of $105 billion. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. White House officials are examining this trend and looking for ways to head improper payments down again. Danny Werfel, a former Controller in the Office of Management and Budget and now a Director with the Boston Consulting Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on how they might to do that.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:21am EDT
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Rep. Chaffetz to try again to fire tax delinquent feds

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is expected to reintroduce a bill to make it easier for agencies to fire or not hire people with "serious" tax debt. But some lawmakers say the process the IRS uses may be a better option than legislation.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 07:26am EDT

No furloughs, but IRS faces hard road ahead

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the agency won't have to shut down for two days this fiscal year, as he earlier had warned employees. The IRS can make its current budget last until September because of other cuts it has made, he said.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:35pm EDT

Fake IRS agents target more than 366,000 in huge tax scam

Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail in the largest scam of its kind in the history of the agency, a federal investigator said Thursday.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 02:52am EDT
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