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The New W-4 Tax Withholding Form Is Coming Soon. But Why Is The IRS Even Bothering?
One day soon, the IRS will release its near-final version of the 2020 Form W-4 that workers are supposed to use to calculate their federal...
July 11, 2019
The IRS Data Book Tells A Story of Shrinking Staff, Fewer Audits, and Less Customer Service.
The IRS published its annual trove of tax statistics Internal Revenue Service Data Book, 2018 on May 20. On its face, the volume is a...
June 7, 2019
Robert A Weinberger
President Trump As Role Model: Avoiding Taxes For Sport
Do you consider not paying taxes “sport?” The President of the United States says he does. And that raises serious concerns about the stability of our volumtary tax system.
May 8, 2019
A Last Look At The 2019 Filing Season
You’ve printed out your returns. You are awaiting your refund…or the IRS cashed your balance due check. Now you finally can put that shoebox full...
April 25, 2019
Neal Will Need More Of Trump's Tax Returns
House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal will need more than six years of President Trump’s income tax returns...
April 5, 2019
Steven M. Rosenthal
Four New Reasons To Question The Federal Tax Exemption Of Non-Profits
In recent weeks, we’ve seen four different stories that raise questions about the state of tax-exempt organizations.
March 29, 2019
The Administration’s IRS Budget Contains The Good, The Bad, And The Uncertain.
Following nearly a decade of cutbacks in the Internal Revenue Service’s funding, many observers are concerned about the agency’s ability to enforce the tax code...
March 26, 2019
To Help Close The Tax Gap The IRS Should Focus On Small Business Compliance, Not EITC Claimants
Although overall IRS audit rates are remarkably low (less than one percent), returns claiming an EITC are twice as likely to be audited as those...
March 14, 2019
Robert A Weinberger
Carolyn Tavenner Has Left the Building: The IRS And Taxpayers Are Worse Off For It
A few weeks back, my colleague Renu Zaretsky wrote about the IRS’s brain drain. As many experienced employees retire or prepare to do so, the...
March 8, 2019
How To Turn Tax Refunds Into Savings
The ongoing flap over tax refunds has once again highlighted a serious issue: Americans use tax withholding from their paychecks as a major savings tool...
February 22, 2019
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