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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 11:35 a.m.

IRS extends relief for Washington farmers and ranchers affected by drought

The Internal Revenue Service has extended tax relief for farmers and ranchers who were forced to sell livestock because of drought, flooding or other severe weather in recent years.


IRS proposes update to Form W-4 to increase accuracy

The IRS has proposed an update to the Form W-4 that it says will increase its accuracy and reduce its complexity. But experts caution that it will feel different to …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 10:49 a.m.

Mnuchin: Draft IRS memo doesn’t undermine rationale to block release of Trump’s tax returns

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that a confidential IRS memo does not undermine the agency’s justification for denying lawmakers’ request for President Donald Trump’s tax returns.


FBI, IRS agents search Baltimore mayor’s homes, City Hall

Federal agents raided the homes and offices of Baltimore’s embattled mayor on Thursday amid widening probes to determine whether she used sales of her children’s books to disguise government kickbacks.


Lawrence H. Summers: IRS should release Trump’s tax returns

For the treasury secretary to seek to decide whether to pass on the president’s tax return to Congress would surely be inappropriate and probably illegal.


Mulvaney says Democrats will ‘never’ see Trump’s tax returns

President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff said Sunday that Democrats will “never” see the president’s tax returns, abandoning Trump’s long-held position that he would someday release the documents for …


Fewer than half of 26,000 recalled IRS staff report to work

Fewer than half of 26,000 furloughed IRS employees who have been recalled to work during the government shutdown to handle tax returns and taxpayers’ questions have returned to their jobs …


The Latest: Congress set to act quickly to reopen government

Congress is expected to quickly pass legislation that would temporarily reopen the government after President Donald Trump announced a deal to end the record 35-day partial federal shutdown. Here’s a …


Hundreds of IRS workers skip work, citing hardship

Hundreds of Internal Revenue Service employees have received permission to skip work during the partial government shutdown due to financial hardship, and union leaders said Tuesday they expect that number …


White House rules it can issue tax refunds during shutdown, plans to bring back some IRS employees

The Internal Revenue Service plans to pay tax refunds in the coming weeks, administration officials say, after the White House decided Monday it was legally permissible to process tax returns …


‘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 …