Posts Tagged ‘IRS’

Online Taxes: Searches, Storage, and Sales

Congress is in recess. The Daily Deduction will return to its regular schedule on Monday, September 8. Until then: We’ll see you every Monday morning. Abroad and online: One country brings a knife to a gunfight. Spain has passed a new law: Websites that link to Spanish newspaper association stories will pay a tax for […]

Have We Created a Two-Tiered Tax System—One for the Powerful and One for the Rest of Us?

Unlike the rest of us, many high-income, influential people and organizations have close to a free hand when it comes to their taxes. Already underfunded and understaffed, the IRS seems incapable of stopping many aggressive or even abusive interpretations of the tax laws, often by hedge funds or politically-motivated tax-exempt organizations. Over the past few […]

IRS Help Line Is Out Of Service

The IRS is getting a lot of flak these days about lost emails and alleged politically motivated activity. But last week I ran into a problem that hit much closer to home. It appears that the IRS telephone help line is out of service, at least for my basic tax question. I needed to double-check […]

The Real IRS Flap Is About Dark Money, Not Emails

Don’t get distracted by the political theater over lost IRS emails. There is little new about headline-seeking politicians berating IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. Like most of what happens in Congress these days, these second-rate star chambers do little more than create cable TV sound bites and base-motivating outrage. But get past the shouting and two […]

Tax Credits Help; Tax Cuts Need to Be Paid For

Tax credits are making health care under the Affordable Care Act… affordable. The US Department of Health and Human Services reports that tax subsidies have reduced the cost of the average federal health insurance exchange premium from $346 to $82. About 3.2 million people are paying less than $100 per month and of those, 1.4 […]

IRS Has New Woes in Congress; Taxes in Minnesota Pay Off

House Republicans would slash IRS funding. Their fiscal year 2015 financial services budget includes roughly $11 billion for the IRS. This would cut $341 million from the agency’s current budget, and is $1.5 billion less than the White House request. They are also outraged over lost IRS emails. House Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp and […]

Good And Bad News About The ACA Penalty Tax

An important feature of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the penalty tax imposed on people who do not have health insurance. But newly updated report from the Congressional Budget Office projects that just under 4 million people will pay the penalty in 2016, less than 15 percent of the estimated 30 million people who […]

Tax Extenders, Administration and Reform Are On Deck; State Revenues Are Up

This week: The House will vote on tax extenders. In his June policy memo to House Republicans, Majority Leader Eric Cantor notes that there will be votes on three tax extender bills this week. The bills would make permanent (1) small business expensing of up to $500,000 in qualifying equipment per year, adjusted for inflation […]

Don’t Turn Over IRS Debt Collections to Private Contractors

The latest example of why bipartisanship is not necessarily good: A bill proposed by senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Pat Roberts (R-KN) to require the IRS to hire private debt collectors. The last time Congress made the IRS try this, the agency lost money. It was a terrible idea then and it is a terrible idea now. Schumer and Roberts slipped […]

A Web Tool to Calculate ACA Tax Penalties

The deadline is looming: If you don’t have approved insurance coverage by March 31 (and are not exempt from the requirement), the Affordable Care Act will hit you with a penalty on your 2014 income tax return. It is often said the tax is $95, but for many people it will be much more. A […]