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The Takeaway

On Tax Day, Where's the Tax Reform?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

You've either filed, are filing, or are filing an extension, but what if we had a deadline for Congress and the president for a comprehensive tax overhaul? 

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The Takeaway

Does the GOP Really Want to Abolish the IRS?

Monday, February 09, 2015

A dedicated page featured on the Republican Party website reads, "Stand with the GOP and Fight to Abolish the IRS." But few Republicans will come out and say it. 

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The Takeaway

IRS Report: Taxpayer Misery Reaches New Low

Thursday, January 15, 2015

For many, IRS is not just an acronym, but a synonym for the Grim Reaper. And in a new report, the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate says client misery has reached a new low point.

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Studio 360

The Artist vs. The IRS

Friday, October 10, 2014

Susan Crile has paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, but the IRS said her art was just a hobby, so it sued her to reclaim more than $80,000 in back taxes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The IRS: Losing Records

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The IRS recently announced it lost a few years' worth of an employee's emails - someone who was involved with the extra scrutiny given to some right-leaning groups seeking tax exempt status.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Did You File Your Taxes?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's Tax Day. Have you filed yet? How honest were you? Caitlin Kenney, reporter and producer at NPR's Planet Money, talks about how tax collectors in the Philippines, Italy and the UK encourage people to file, and how it's done in the US.

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The Takeaway

Was the I.R.S. Correct to Flag Certain Organizations for Additional Review?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Was the I.R.S. correct to flag certain organizations applying for tax-exempt status for additional review? New analysis from The New York Times finds that in many cases groups singled out by the I.R.S. may in fact have been involved in “improper campaign activities.”  So how, under ordinary circumstances, does the agency go about trying to check-up on organizations that apply for tax-exempt status? As the former director of the I.R.S.’s Exempt Organizations Division, Marcus Owens has a few ideas about what the organization is supposed to do to ordinarily handle these kinds of cases.

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The Takeaway

What's Next in IRS Inquiry?

Friday, May 24, 2013

In Washington, the attention of lawmakers remains focused on a scandal stemming from the IRS and the scrutiny it applied to Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status. Earlier this week, Lois Lerner, who runs the IRS’s division on tax-exempt organizations, told Congress she had broken no laws and committed no wrongdoing.  She also said she would not testify. That of course was not enough of an answer for some GOP lawmakers.

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The Takeaway

The IRS Scandal: The Criminal Investigation

Monday, May 20, 2013

The I.R.S. scandal continues to dominate headlines in Washington. Last week, Congress held the first hearing into the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups for unwarranted scrutiny. But it may be criminal charges that the Agency has to worry about most. Law professor Peter Henning, contributor to our partner The New York Times and author of "The Prosecution and Defense of Public Corruption: The Law & Legal Strategies," explains what criminal charges the I.R.S. might face.

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Second-Term Scandal Trifecta Edition

Saturday, May 18, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss President Obama’s season of scandals and his prospects for second-term governing. Then, they talk in more detail about the Justice Department’s snooping on AP journalists.

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The Takeaway

Congress Holds Hearing on I.R.S. Targeting of Conservative Groups

Friday, May 17, 2013

Congress holds the first hearing today into the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups for unwarranted scrutiny. Over a series of hearings, the House Ways and Means Committee will question current and former officials about the screening of applications for tax-exempt status.

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The Takeaway

The IRS Scandal: Who Gets Tax-Exempt Status?

Friday, May 17, 2013

The IRS scandal continues to plague the Obama Administration. In part because of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the 2010 Citizens United case, applications for tax-exempt status have increased dramatically over the past few years. Ken Gross, election law expert at and former counsel to the Federal Election Commission, explains the qualifications for tax-exempt status, and the political benefits.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Barack Obama is Richard Nixon Gabfest

Friday, May 17, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Obama's second-term scandal trifecta, including the DOJ's snooping on reporters. Plus, the murder conviction of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.

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On The Media

Conservative Bloggers Vindicated, Advice for Leakers, and More

Friday, May 17, 2013

Some vindication for conservative bloggers in the IRS scandal, advice for sources after the AP call-record seizure, the Bloomberg Terminal scandal, and what the people thought the newspaper industry would look like in the future.

On The Media

With IRS Scandal, Conservative Bloggers Feel Vindicated

Friday, May 17, 2013

This week saw the resignation of two prominent IRS officials after it was confirmed that the agency targeted conservative nonprofit political groups during the 2012 election. The departures were at least a partial victory for conservative bloggers. They’ve been covering the story for over a year, and they’ve been mostly alone. The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone tells Bob about the story’s winding path, starting with its origin in the right-wing blogosphere.

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The Takeaway

Obama Administration Juggling Multiple Scandals

Thursday, May 16, 2013

This week, three major scandals have picked up steam in Washington: the I.R.S. unfairly targeting conservative groups, the Department of Justice's subpoena of journalists' phone numbers and last year's attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich shares the latest on the series of firestorms in Washington.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The IRS Scandal, In Context

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The FBI has launched an investigation into IRS agents targeting certain conservative 501(c)(4) groups that had words like "tea party" and "patriot" in their name. Some see a politically-motivated scandal, some see efforts to reign in improper use of the "social welfare" designation. NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley discusses the mounting pressure on the Obama administration and what comes next.

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The Takeaway

Department Audit Reveals I.R.S. Targeted Tea Party Groups

Monday, May 13, 2013

We now know the I.R.S.'s special scrutiny of small-government groups applying for tax-exempt status went far beyond keyword hunts for organizations with “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names. It also included searches for applicants seeking to “make America a better place to live” or “criticize how the country is being run,” according to a draft audit by the inspector general.

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The Takeaway

Local Perspectives on the Affordable Care Act, Historic Elections in Pakistan, Is American Liberalism Dead?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Local Perspectives on the Affordable Care Act | Historic Election Marks Transition in Pakistan | Affordable Care Act: Listeners Respond |The Death of American Liberalism? | Department Audit Reveals I.R.S. Targeted Tea Party Groups | The Human Element of Health Care

WNYC News

Unlike Previous Disasters, Few Tax Breaks After Sandy

Monday, March 04, 2013

It’s tax season and many residents of New York and New Jersey lost homes, property and paperwork, making this season particularly difficult, but after Sandy, residents aren’t getting the kind of tax breaks that victims of previous national disasters have received.

Bloomberg to Offer Own Sandy Buy-Out Plan, with a Twist

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