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‘Alt-right’ group regains IRS tax-exempt status

The Internal Revenue Service has reinstated the tax-exempt status of a nonprofit operated by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who has been banned from using mainstream online platforms to raise money.


Where they stand: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown on taxes, trade deals and the budget

The largest piece of legislation passed by this Congress was last year’s federal tax bill, which made sweeping changes to both individual and corporate filers. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says …


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 4:23 p.m.

California man gets 4 years in prison over local energy credit scam

A California man was sentenced to more than four years in prison Friday after he previously pleaded guilty to defrauding millions of dollars from the government through the sale of …


IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before tax deadline

The Internal Revenue Service’s electronic system that allows Americans to submit their tax returns online has partly failed Tuesday, complicating filing for the millions of taxpayers attempting to meet the …


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

IRS head sees huge task ahead to administer new tax law

The acting head of the IRS says the current tax-filing season has gone well, while acknowledging the tough challenge the cash-strapped agency faces of administering the new tax law that …


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Feds seizing Backpage.com, websites in enforcement action

The website Backpage.com was taken down Friday and seized by federal law enforcement authorities, according to a notice posted online.


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 11:47 a.m.

Tax-Aide volunteers save taxpayers time, money and headaches through free service

Since 1968, Tax-Aide has been taking some of the pain out of tax season. The free tax preparation program targets low- and moderate-income people age 50 and older, but anyone …


Shawn Vestal: If you think tax cuts are unleashing the economy, wait till you see the pot numbers

The new federal tax cuts should add a jolt to the state’s economy, a new revenue forecast says. Not a huge jolt. Not a marijuana-sized jolt.


Government shutdown: What’s closed, who’s affected

Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they’ll be able to return to work and how long they’ll have to go without being paid …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 11:06 p.m.

Identity theft scam netted Nigerians $11 million, and prison

A Nigerian man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for his role in the bilking of over $11 million via an identity-theft scheme from the Internal Revenue …


Trump names Treasury official to be acting IRS commissioner

The White House named a Treasury official to serve as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday, succeeding an IRS commissioner who has drawn the ire of congressional …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

U.S. agrees to pay tea party groups in suits over IRS scrutiny

The Trump administration has agreed to a “very substantial” payout and is apologizing to tea party groups to settle lawsuits over the extra, often burdensome IRS scrutiny they received when …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 5:40 p.m.

Nerd Wallet: Surprise! Four things you didn’t know were taxable

Tax season begins in just a few months, which means there’s precious little time left to prevent unwelcome tax surprises next April. For many people, the blow comes when they …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 7:16 p.m.

Under pressure from Congress, IRS suspends Equifax contract

The IRS suspended a $7.25 million contract with the credit reporting company Equifax Friday after members of Congress complained the tax agency had awarded a no-bid contract to a company …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 12:05 p.m.

Senators bewildered by Equifax contract with IRS after hack

Senators are expressing bewilderment that credit reporting company Equifax has received a $7.25 million contract with the IRS to provide taxpayer and personal identity verification services.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 4:40 p.m.

Scandal-plagued Equifax wins $7.25 million contract from IRS

The company at the center of the biggest breach of personal information just signed a contract with the federal government to provide, well, personal information.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 10:39 a.m.

WSU professor says IRS is breaking privacy laws by mining social media

People should be aware “that what they say and do online” could be used against them by the IRS, says Kimberly Houser, associate professor of business law at Washington State …


H&R Block taps former Uber exec to serve as CEO

H&R Block Inc. has named a former Uber executive as its new CEO.


Substance sickens at least 10 people at Kansas City IRS site

A fire official says about 10 people were sickened by a suspicious package in the mailroom of a sprawling IRS building in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.


IRS see big drop in identity theft, stolen tax refunds

The IRS says it is seeing a big drop in the number of tax refunds being stolen by identity thieves after the agency teamed up with tax preparers to fight …


IRS lien shows Floyd Mayweather owes $22.2 million on 2015 taxes

The IRS says boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. still owes $22.2 million in taxes from 2015, the year he earned his biggest payday with a blockbuster fight against Manny Pacquiao.


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 12:12 p.m.

Man accused of mailing severed finger, fake bomb to IRS

An Olympia man who authorities say mailed one of his fingers to the IRS is now facing federal charges.


Foot Locker stock plunges after blaming tax-refund lag for slowdown

Foot Locker Inc. suffered its worst stock decline in more than eight years after first-quarter results missed analysts’ estimates, an outcome the retailer blamed in part on slow income-tax refunds.


IRS agents: Public testimony would put their lives in danger

IRS officials facing a tea party lawsuit over alleged targeting say their lives would be in danger if they testify publicly.


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

Trump order makes some preachers ecstatic, others cringe

President Donald Trump’s order to ease limits on political activity by religious organizations is being met with both enthusiasm and dread from religious leaders, with some rejoicing in the freedom …


UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 5:47 p.m.

Trump limits IRS action over church political activity

Declaring he was giving churches their “voices back,” President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday aimed at easing an IRS rule limiting political activity for religious organizations – a …


Ex-sergeant pleads guilty in false tax returns case

A former U.S. Army sergeant has pleaded guilty to using hacked information from four University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employees to file false tax returns seeking IRS refunds.


Trump has ‘no intention’ of releasing tax returns, Treasury secretary proclaims

The U.S. treasury secretary says President Donald Trump “has no intention” of releasing his taxes returns to the public.


NY lawmakers: Compel Trump to release state tax returns

New York would release the state tax returns for Donald Trump and other New Yorkers holding high office under state legislation crafted by Democratic lawmakers.


Tom Kelly: Time, tax breaks for moving from unruly neighbors

If the neighbors were the prime mover in your decision to sell the family home, Uncle Sam just might give you a break.