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Jul 12, 2013

IRS documents show liberal groups vetted like Tea Party: Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Liberal-leaning “Occupy” groups received similar tax scrutiny from the Internal Revenue Service as conservative “Tea Party” groups, according to documents released on Friday by a Democratic lawmaker, who said the IRS had been subjected to one-sided attacks.

Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released documents from 2010 and 2012 used by IRS staff reviewing tax-exempt applications that suggest the key word “Occupy” was in the same category for added review as Tea Party applications.

Jul 12, 2013

U.S. IRS documents show liberal groups vetted like Tea Party -Democrats

WASHINGTON, July 12 (Reuters) – Liberal-leaning “Occupy”
groups received similar tax scrutiny from the Internal Revenue
Service as conservative “Tea Party” groups, according to
documents released on Friday by a Democratic lawmaker, who said
the IRS had been subjected to one-sided attacks.

Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the
House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform
Committee, released documents from 2010 and 2012 used by IRS
staff reviewing tax-exempt applications that suggest the key
word “Occupy” was in the same category for added review as Tea
Party applications.

Jul 10, 2013

Anti-tax advocate Norquist backs latest U.S. tax revamp effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Grover Norquist, the influential anti-tax activist, on Wednesday threw his support behind the latest bid by Senate tax writers to overhaul the U.S. tax code. But he added caveats that highlight the challenges lawmakers face in their quest.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Democrat, and the panel’s top Republican, Senator Orrin Hatch, proposed last month to scrap all tax breaks and start fresh in an effort to simplify the code and lower tax rates.

Jul 10, 2013

Immigration overhaul could boost U.S. states’ revenue: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Granting citizenship to 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States could boost state and local government coffers by about $2 billion annually, said a liberal-leaning think tank study released on Wednesday.

The findings come as the House of Representatives debates the move as part of a revamp of immigration law after last month’s U.S. Senate approval of legislation granting a pathway to citizenship.

Jul 9, 2013

Some lawmakers bristle at tax overhaul starting with ‘blank slate’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate’s Republican leader and one of its most liberal members seldom agree on much, but on Tuesday both threw cold water on efforts by senior tax legislators to overhaul the U.S. tax code by starting with a “blank slate.”

Mitch McConnell, the top Senate Republican, and Bernie Sanders, and independent, were both reacting to a framework for tax reform offered last month that would wipe out all tax breaks and force lawmakers to make the case for putting them back in.

Jul 9, 2013

Some U.S. lawmakers bristle at tax overhaul starting with “blank slate”

WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate’s Republican
leader and one of its most liberal members seldom agree on much,
but on Tuesday both threw cold water on efforts by senior tax
legislators to overhaul the U.S. tax code by starting with a
“blank slate.”

Mitch McConnell, the top Senate Republican, and Bernie
Sanders, and independent, were both reacting to a framework for
tax reform offered last month that would wipe out all tax breaks
and force lawmakers to make the case for putting them back in.

Jun 28, 2013

House panel says IRS official waived rights, contempt possible

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An IRS official effectively waived her right not to testify about the tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups, a Republican-led congressional committee concluded on Friday in a vote that cleared the way for Congress to hold her in contempt.

Lois Lerner, former head of the Internal Revenue Service’s tax-exempt division, angered Republicans last month when she invoked her constitutional right not to answer their questions at a hearing.

Jun 27, 2013

U.S. Senate tax-writers give colleagues deadline for tax fixes

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – The Senate’s top Democratic
and Republican tax-writers, undertaking a rewrite of the U.S.
tax code, on Thursday challenged their Senate colleagues to
justify keeping popular tax breaks versus lowering rates.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana
Democrat, and the committee’s top Republican, Orrin Hatch of
Utah, wrote lawmakers in a “dear colleague” letter that they
were starting their bill with a “blank slate.”

Jun 27, 2013

Senate tax-writers aim for code revamp bill by year’s end

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate’s top Democratic and Republican tax-writers, undertaking a rewrite of the U.S. tax code, on Thursday challenged their Senate colleagues to justify keeping popular tax breaks, with the aim of debating legislation after the August recess.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, and the committee’s top Republican, Orrin Hatch of Utah, wrote lawmakers in a “dear colleague” letter that they were starting with a “blank slate.”

Jun 26, 2013

Democrats pressure IRS inspector over scrutiny of liberal groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on Wednesday intensified pressure on Internal Revenue Service Inspector General Russell George, who is becoming entangled in the controversy over the targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny begun by his office.

Last month’s report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), headed by George, set off a furor in Washington, leading President Barack Obama to fire the agency’s chief as the FBI and Congress opened investigations.