WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – As the sweeping new U.S.
healthcare law takes hold, the Internal Revenue Service and the
Treasury Department are working on a long list of jobs to help
The IRS is playing a major part in rolling out President
Barack Obama’s new insurance system, meant to help millions of
uninsured Americans obtain adequate healthcare coverage.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday defended its effort to regulate the tax return preparation business for the first time in U.S. history, basing its case largely on a 19th century law dealing with horses lost or killed in the Civil War.
At an appellate court hearing on a challenge brought by libertarian lawyers challenging the administration, Justice Department Tax Division lawyer Gilbert Rothenberg said: “I hate to beat a dead horse, especially one from the Civil War era.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Internal Revenue Service official who was a key figure in the controversy over the tax agency’s scrutiny of conservative groups retired on Monday just as an IRS review board was poised to recommend she be fired.
Lois Lerner was at the center of an uproar that shook the IRS for weeks starting in mid-May after she apologized in public for the tax agency’s treatment of political groups with “Tea Party” and other conservative terms in their names.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s first effort to regulate tens of thousands of tax return preparers will be tested on Tuesday when the Internal Revenue Service squares off in court against a libertarian law firm.
The Institute for Justice, funded by leading conservative activists, will argue that the IRS lacks the legal authority to require return preparers to pass a competency test, and to pay for continuing education classes.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – BB&T Corp lost on Friday a $772 million tax dispute with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in federal court over a transaction the judge called “an economically meaningless tax shelter.”
In a ruling that could affect other U.S. banks with similar disputes, BB&T unit Salem Financial was fighting for a tax refund related to a deal that it said was meant to advance its core business.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – BB&T Corp on Friday lost a multimillion-dollar tax dispute with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in federal court over a transaction the judge called “an economically meaningless tax shelter.”
In a ruling that could affect other U.S. banks with similar disputes, BB&T unit Salem Financial was fighting for a tax refund of $772 million related to a deal that it said was meant to advance its core business.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Computer software provider BMC Software Inc on Wednesday lost a $13 million tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service in a first-of-its-kind U.S. Tax Court decision stemming from 2004′s controversial corporate income tax repatriation holiday.
In a decision that could have implications for other companies in similar disputes with the IRS, the Tax Court said BMC owes taxes on a portion of its foreign profits brought into the United States under the 2004 tax break.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A decline in tax revenue collected by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s enforcement arm over the past two years correlated closely with staff cuts, according to a report on Tuesday that comes as Congress considers further IRS budget reductions.
“Some of these trends are cause for concern, especially given that diminished enforcement could also affect voluntary compliance over time,” said the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), an internal IRS watchdog.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a win for companies ranging from energy utilities to casinos, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Friday released new rules that broaden the kinds of business expenditures that can be treated as deductible asset repairs.
The difference between a deductible repair and a non-deductible improvement to “tangible property” has historically been a point of frequent dispute between the IRS and companies.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The man being nominated by the White House to fill one of the most thankless jobs in Washington – chief of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service – is a 74-year-old lawyer with little tax experience, but a strong reputation as a troubleshooter.
John Koskinen started making the rounds on Capitol Hill this week, meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee, which is expected to set a hearing soon to consider his nomination by President Barack Obama to head the IRS.