WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several death threats have been made against a former U.S. Internal Revenue Service officer who played a key role in last year’s ‘Tea Party’ scandal at the IRS, the officer’s lawyer said on Wednesday after a brief but dramatic congressional hearing.
Lois Lerner, who refused to testify at the hearing that dissolved in shouting and confusion, has been threatened at least six times since May 2013, when the IRS scandal became known, said her attorney, William Taylor.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A brief congressional hearing ended in shouting and confusion on Wednesday after a former U.S. Internal Revenue Service official refused to answer questions about a 10-month-old controversy involving IRS scrutiny of conservative political groups.
Lois Lerner, who was at the center of last year’s so-called Tea Party targeting scandal, declined to answer questions from Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate’s tax-writing committee will begin work as soon as April on restoring a small package of tax breaks and not try to overhaul the tax code, the committee’s new chairman said on Tuesday.
Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who took over the Senate Finance Committee last month, said tax reform was nearly impossible in the face of a busy political year culminating in congressional elections in November.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate investigators have sharply criticized the implementation of a new Obama administration law meant to fight offshore tax evasion by Americans, saying that “gaping loopholes” in the law could let shell companies skirt it.
The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations included its criticisms in a long report released on Tuesday about how Swiss bank Credit Suisse Group AG allegedly helped Americans dodge taxes over several years.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators lashed out at federal prosecutors on Wednesday for a lack of zeal in going after Swiss banks that helped Americans dodge taxes, blaming both sides for billions of dollars in missed revenues.
The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations this week alleged new misdeeds by Switzerland’s Credit Suisse, citing secret meetings in luxury hotels and hidden elevators one senator said belonged in a spy novel.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators lashed out against federal prosecutors on Wednesday for a lack of zeal in going after Swiss banks that helped Americans dodge taxes, saying that offshore tax avoidance has cost billions of dollars in tax revenues.
The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations this week alleged new misdeeds by Switzerland’s Credit Suisse, citing secret meetings in luxury hotels and hidden elevators, which one senator said belonged in a spy novel.
(Reuters) – Many of the most profitable U.S. corporations paid little or no federal income tax from 2008 to 2012, according to a five-year study issued on Tuesday by a left-leaning tax activist group.
Citizens for Tax Justice looked at 288 profitable Fortune 500 companies and said that 26 of them – including Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) – paid no federal income tax in the five-year period.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department is dragging its feet on prosecuting Swiss banks that helped Americans evade taxes and on collecting billions of dollars likely owed to the U.S. Treasury by tax dodgers, a powerful U.S. Senate panel said on Tuesday.
Five years after Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS AG, admitted to helping U.S. taxpayers hide money from tax authorities and agreed to provide information about its clients, federal officials have gotten only a handful of names from other Swiss banks, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chief of Swiss bank Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research) (CS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) will square off on Wednesday against U.S. Senator Carl Levin as the veteran congressional investigator releases his latest findings on offshore tax evasion.
For more than six years, Levin’s staff and U.S. officials have been probing how Americans dodged taxes by hiding assets in secret Swiss bank accounts, with cash-strapped governments worldwide tightening international tax law enforcement.
WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Credit Suisse Group AG
Chief Executive Brady Dougan is scheduled to
testify on Wednesday at a hearing on “offshore tax evasion,” the
Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said on Monday.
Dougan will be one of four officials of the Swiss bank to
testify, along with U.S. Department of Justice officials, the