IRS http://wfpl.org en In Push to Increase Earned Income Tax Credit Use, Free Tax Service Offered to Some Louisvillians http://wfpl.org/post/push-increase-earned-income-tax-credit-use-free-tax-service-offered-some-louisvillians <p>Free tax services will again be offered to qualified&nbsp;Louisvillians in an effort to boost the number of residents who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.</p><p>This year, 27 sites will offer free tax preparation to some Louisvillians, organized by the Louisville Asset Building Coalition and other groups.</p><p>Mayor Greg Fischer says the money can help families and the local economy.</p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 13:03:13 +0000 Joseph Lord 8434 at http://wfpl.org In Push to Increase Earned Income Tax Credit Use, Free Tax Service Offered to Some Louisvillians Senator Mitch McConnell Urges IRS Commissioner to Resist Proposed Changes http://wfpl.org/post/senator-mitch-mcconnell-urges-irs-commissioner-resist-proposed-changes <p>Calling it a war on free speech, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is urging the head of the Internal Revenue Service to resist rule changes regarding politically active groups that are tax-exempt.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/27/266941639/irs-wants-to-tighten-its-rule-on-social-welfare-groups">Obama administration is tightening the tax code for non-profits</a> under section 501(c)4 to curb the influence of "social welfare" groups, which are often involved in political campaigns and activities.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:35:05 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8420 at http://wfpl.org Indiana, School Districts Sue IRS Over Obamacare's Employer Mandate http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-school-districts-sue-irs-over-obamacares-employer-mandate <p>INDIANAPOLIS &mdash; Indiana and 15 public school districts are suing the Internal Revenue Service for allegedly overstepping its authority in imposing &quot;employer mandate&quot; regulations on state and local governments under the federal health care overhaul.</p><p>The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Indianapolis contends the IRS is improperly treating Indiana as a taxable entity under the Affordable Care Act with regulations that impose financial penalties on state and local governments, including school districts.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:04:22 +0000 Rick Callahan | Associated Press 7142 at http://wfpl.org Indiana, School Districts Sue IRS Over Obamacare's Employer Mandate IRS Staffer: 'What I Did Was Not Targeting' http://wfpl.org/post/irs-staffer-what-i-did-was-not-targeting Another interview with a key IRS employee, another oblique connection to Washington, D.C., and yet still no explosive revelations in the scandal surrounding the agency's targeting of Tea Party groups.<p>That, it seems, was precisely the point of Rep. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:50:37 +0000 Tamara Keith 5830 at http://wfpl.org IRS Staffer: 'What I Did Was Not Targeting' Mitch McConnell Campaign Focuses on IRS Scandal in New Web Ad http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-campaign-focuses-irs-scandal-new-web-ad <p>A new online advertisement from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's reelection campaign focuses on the <a href="/term/irs">targeting of conservative groups by the IRS</a>—an issue the campaign says it's not going to let slip out of the public discourse.</p><p>The nearly three minute ad uses speeches from McConnell on the IRS issue before it became a national controversy, as well as media reports and testimony from IRS officials to Congress.&nbsp;</p><p>It also includes a sound bite from former President Richard Nixon speaking in an interview he did on the Watergate scandal during his term as president—a comparison between Nixon and President Barack Obama.</p><p>In an interview, McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton says that &nbsp;neither the senator nor his campaign will allow the IRS targeting to stray too far away from the 24/7 news cycle nationally or in Kentucky.&nbsp;</p><p>"This is very important, that we get answers, that we get to the very bottom of this," Benton says. "And we set a very clear example and clear standard that people of various political backgrounds and stripes can come together and say "we're never going to accept this ever again."</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 17:37:49 +0000 Kenny Colston 5582 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell Campaign Focuses on IRS Scandal in New Web Ad Kentucky Tea Party Groups to Protest IRS Offices http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-tea-party-groups-protest-irs-offices <p>Kentucky Tea Party groups are planning rallies Tuesday to protest the IRS targeting of <a href="/post/mitch-mcconnell-demands-white-house-investigate-irs-targeting-conservative-groups">Tea Party and conservative groups</a> for extra review.</p><p></p><p>Two of Kentucky's largest Tea Party groups will protests outside IRS offices in their respective areas: the Northern Kentucky Tea Party will protest in Cincinnati and Louisville's group will join southern Indiana groups to protest in Louisville.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 16:40:58 +0000 Kenny Colston 5469 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Tea Party Groups to Protest IRS Offices Congressman John Yarmuth Troubled by White House's String of Controversies http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-troubled-white-houses-string-controversies <p>Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth says the Internal Revenue Service should examine the tax-exempt status of non-profit groups, but the agency failed to apply the policy evenly.</p><p>The IRS has been scolded over flagging conservative organizations with "tea party" and "patriot" in their name.</p><p>Reports found that at least 300 such groups were put into a "bucket " that received extra scrutiny, which held up applications for months.</p><p>Agency leaders have <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/15/politics/irs-conservative-targeting/">blamed the additional views on two "rogue" employees</a> in their Cincinnati offices.</p><p>Yarmuth says the IRS scandal undermines good government and cannot be excused, but argues looking at those groups should be a role the agency fulfills.</p><p>"That behavior on the part of IRS is totally intolerable and while I actually think the kind of scrutiny that was applied to these groups is appropriate it should be applied to every 501(c)4. The law has to be enforced evenly and fairly, and the IRS has not done that," he says.</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 20:27:56 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5408 at http://wfpl.org Congressman John Yarmuth Troubled by White House's String of Controversies MSNBC's Chris Matthews: Mitch McConnell 'Will Not Have a Serious Opponent' Due to IRS Scandal http://wfpl.org/post/msnbcs-chris-matthews-mitch-mcconnell-will-not-have-serious-opponent-due-irs-scandal <p>MSNBC host Chris Matthews is predicting the scandal involving the <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-demands-white-house-investigate-irs-targeting-conservative-groups">Internal Revenue Service targeting conservatives</a> will benefit Republican Mitch McConnell, and could result in an easy re-election for Kentucky's senior senator.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/10/182867374/irs-apologizes-for-singling-out-tea-party-and-patriot-groups">agency has apologized for flagging political organizations</a> with "tea party" and "patriot" in their name, but Republicans and Democrats have jabbed the Obama administration for not responding forcefully enough.</p><p>McConnell has pounced on the IRS controversy after all but predicting the controversy when he spoke out against the IRS targeting such groups last summer. Speaking from the Senate floor Wednesday, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL7tKBzDUPE&amp;feature=share&amp;list=UUIauYUJw6YVOJ7_6olem62w">McConnell warned the president shouldn't "stonewall" any investigation</a> and dismissed the agency's explanation.</p><p>Speaking <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3036789/ns/msnbc-morning_joe/vp/51888644#51888644">on Morning Joe, Matthews says the scandal will haunt</a> President Obama and the Democratic Party in the 2014 elections, adding it will likely save McConnell from a serious challenge.</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 15:37:23 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5399 at http://wfpl.org MSNBC's Chris Matthews: Mitch McConnell 'Will Not Have a Serious Opponent' Due to IRS Scandal As IRS Scandal Endures, Kentucky Tea Party Activist Split on Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/irs-scandal-endures-kentucky-tea-party-activist-split-mitch-mcconnell <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the scandal <a href="/post/irs-targeted-additional-conservative-groups-probe-shows">surrounding the targeting of tea party groups by the IRS continues,</a> some Kentucky tea party activists are upset with Senator Mitch McConnell's role in the process—even as the state party is asking them to support him.</span></p><p>In Kentucky, only the statewide 9/12 project has come forward to acknowledge that they were targeted and that they were rejecting the IRS' apology on the matter.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 18:57:17 +0000 Kenny Colston 5384 at http://wfpl.org As IRS Scandal Endures, Kentucky Tea Party Activist Split on Mitch McConnell IRS Targeted Additional Conservative Groups, Probe Shows http://wfpl.org/post/irs-targeted-additional-conservative-groups-probe-shows "The Internal Revenue Service's scrutiny of conservative groups went beyond those with 'tea party' or 'patriot' in their names — as the agency admitted Friday — to also include ones worried about government spending, debt or taxes, and even ones that lobbied to 'make America a better place to live,' " <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324715704578478851998004528.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em> reports</a>.<p>Citing "new details of a government probe," the <em>Journal</em> adds that "the investigation also revealed that a hi Mon, 13 May 2013 14:20:33 +0000 Mark Memmott 5365 at http://wfpl.org IRS Targeted Additional Conservative Groups, Probe Shows