Apr 15, 2015
(image courtesy of Dave Coverly at speedbump.com)
Today of course is April 15, which is the final day for getting your federal taxes done (unless you have applied for an extension.) to “celebrate” (or ease the pain) some establishments are offering deals on free or reduced food, services, and items
. (Our favorite deal might be Sonny’s BBQ offering am “IRS” (Irresistible Rib Special)
where barbeque rib meals are half price. Other merchants include Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Boston Market, and Sonics. A more complete list of deals (including free shredding of up to 5 pounds of documents at Staples (coupon required) and offerings can be found here
Also tonight the Satellite Beach City Council will host a regular meeting starting at 7:00 PM.
The meeting agenda can be found here while the support packet can be found here.
The Council will be passing the utility tax, adding to the tax burden.
There is something to be said for the irony of the City Council second vote to increase taxes on its residents on April 15.
Hope to see you at the meeting.
Oct 9, 2014
Our disdain of Lois Lerner and the investigation into the IRS targeting scandal is known. The pace of the investigation and Lerner’s “lost emails” leave a lot of smoke and heat without a fireman to put out the fire.
That being said, some guy named Jason Mattera of the Daily Surge website ambushed Lerner as she was walking her dogs in her neighborhood. Lerner refused to answer his questions which were horribly biased and loaded to the point where no answers would have shut Mattera up.
Here’s a video of the confrontation:
The name of the video is “Lois Lerner tries busting into neighbor’s home to evade questions” and even that is a distortion by Mattera. Lerner clearly wants to evade the aggressive Mattera but “busting” into someone’s home is over the top and just a lie.
Conservatives have long decried such ambush tactics at people’s homes and here Mattera not only involves Lerner, but some innocent neighbor who have done nothing wrong. Mattera doesn’t get a pass on such tactics despite his ideology.
Mattera is trying to sell a book and we suspect that he is using this stunt to promote the book.
If the book is anything like the actions we see in the video, we think the book will fail as Americans have a sense of right, wrong and decency and Mattera crossed the line. (We know we aren’t going to buy it or read it.)
A tip of the fedora to The Lonely Conservative who notes that a film maker whose film is critical of the Affordable Care Act, or “ObamaCare” has shockingly been notified that he is being audited by the IRS.
The producer of a new movie that criticizes Obamacare has reportedly become the latest prominent conservative slapped with an IRS audit.
Sep 4, 2014
With all the pressing things to do on their plate, the IRS has decided to go after the food on employee’s plates – specifically those companies who provide meals for employees.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
Staffers at technology companies such as Google Inc., Facebook Inc., and Twitter Inc.. long have enjoyed free gourmet meals, courtesy of their employers. The groaning buffets, in-house pizza joints, and kitchens stocked with organic produce are an intrinsic part of the culture in much of Silicon Valley, encouraging both collaboration and longer work hours.
The IRS, arguing that these freebies are
a taxable fringe benefit, has given new attention to the issue in recent months during routine audits of some companies, tax lawyers said. When employers haven’t been withholding taxes related to the meals, the IRS increasingly has sought back taxes that can amount to 30% of the meals’ fair-market value, the lawyers said.
What the IRS is really saying is that companies that try and make their workplace better and their employees happier need to pay the government.
Maybe what the companies should do is let the employees pay for the meals and then tell them to talk about their work. After all, business lunches are tax deductible.
Another part of this issue goes back to “one set of rules for people and one set of rules for the government.”
In 2013, the IRS was called onto the Congressional carpet for a 2010 conference held in California. To use the parlance of today, the IRS “made it rain.”
Aug 27, 2014
Well, this is interesting.
The IRS filing in federal Judge Emmet Sullivan’s court reveals shocking new information. The IRS destroyed Lerner’s Blackberry AFTER it knew her computer had crashed and after a Congressional inquiry was well underway. As an IRS official declared under the penalty of perjury, the destroyed Blackberry would have contained the same emails (both sent and received) as Lois Lerner’s hard drive.
We all know by now that Lois Lerner’s hard drive crashed in June 2011 and was
destroyed by IRS. The emails of up to twenty other related IRS officials were missing in remarkably similar “crashes,” leading many to speculate that Lois Lerner’s Blackberry perhaps held the key. Now, the Observer can confirm that a year after the infamous hard drive crash, the IRS destroyed Ms. Lerner’s Blackberry—and without making any effort to retain the emails from it.
Lerner’s Blackberry became a source of speculation because of her inquiry into prosecuting Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley for an invitation he had received from an event organizer that was somehow sent to Lois Lerner.
Lerner’s inquiries were sent from her Blackberry. People had wondered what other emails were on the government issued Blackberry.
Jun 22, 2014
Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) has introduced a new bill that would give taxpayers the right to use the same excuses the IRS has used in failing to turn over some of emails.
The resolution may be cited as the “Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Resolution.”
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must allow taxpayers the same lame excuses for missing documentation that the IRS itself is currently proffering
Whereas, the IRS claims that convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction is sufficient justification not to produce specific, critical documentation; and,
Whereas, fairness and Due Process demand that the American taxpayer be granted no less latitude than we afford the bureaucrats employed presently at the IRS;
Now, therefore, be it resolved that it is the sense of the House of Representatives that unless and until the Internal Revenue Service produces all documentation demanded by subpoena or otherwise by the House of Representatives, or produces an excuse that passes the red face test,
All taxpayers shall be given the benefit of the doubt when not producing critical documentation, so long as the taxpayer’s excuse therefore falls into one of the following categories:
Jun 18, 2014
This past Sunday, we mentioned that on Friday, the IRS had notified the House of Representatives that over two years of emails from IRS supervisor Lois Lerner were “missing” after a supposed crash of her computer.
As we noted then, when IRS Commisioner John Koskinen was asked about the emails in February, Koskinen assured a House committee that the emails would be forthcoming and that the IRS backed up emails daily.
When the IRS reported they could not supply the emails, red flags went up everywhere.
Those flags included whether Koskinen had lied to or was lying to Congress now, as well as red flags from IT professionals who don’t buy that the emails were magically “lost.”
(How email exchanges, servers and data redundancy is discussed in an article on the Blaze.com entitled “Veteran IT Professional Gives Six Reasons Why the IRS’ Claim That It ‘Lost’ Two Years of Lois Lerner’s Emails Is ‘Simply Not Feasible.‘”)
While the dog must have eaten Lerner’s emails, yesterday it was announced that other emails from the same time period have been eaten by a roving band of feral cats or something like that.
The IRS recently informed Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp and subcommittee chairman Charles Boustany that computer crashes resulted in additional lost e-mails, including from Nikole Flax, the chief of staff to former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who was fired in the wake of the targeting scandal.
Jun 15, 2014
Okay, so the Lois Lerner emails are missing and the IRS says they cannot find them.
WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service says it has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency’s tea party controversy.
The IRS told congressional investigators Friday it cannot locate many of Lois Lerner’s emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed that year. Lerner headed the IRS division that processed applications for tax-exempt status.
The IRS acknowledged last year that agents had improperly scrutinized applications for tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups.
“Her” computer crashing is not something that makes a lot of sense as the emails would be kept on a server as well as her system, but let’s put aside that false idea for a moment.
In 2014 during a hearing, Representative Jason Chaffetz asked IRS Commissioner John Koskinen about the status of a Congressional subpoena for the Lerner emails.
“They get taken off and stored on servers and you’ve got 90,000 employees…” (2:17 in the video below.)
Koskinen’s answer sets up the question of whether he was lying when he answered Congress, or is the IRS lying when they say the emails were lost because of a computer crash in 2011?
Both cannot be true.
Wasn’t this supposed to be the “most transparent administration ever?”
Apr 24, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.
More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes, said a report by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The bonuses were awarded from October 2010 through December 2012.
Well, at least it was something “minor” like not paying taxes instead of something more serious……
Other examples of misconduct by workers getting bonuses included misusing government credit cards for travel, drug use, violent threats and fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits.
If these are some of the people that received bonuses, doesn’t it make you wonder what kind of employee didn’t receive a bonus?
Oh well. All is not lost.
The IRS said it has developed a new policy linking conduct and performance bonuses for executives and senior level employees.
“Even without a formal policy in place over the past four years, the IRS has not issued awards to any executives that were subject to a disciplinary action,” the IRS said in a statement. “We are also considering a similar policy for the entire IRS workforce, which would be subject to negotiations with the National Treasury Employees Union.”
In response to the report and to boost their image, the IRS announced has announced a new “officially licensed” product – the IRS teddy bear.
Gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling, doesn’t it?