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Lifestyles of the tax predator ruling class – IRS chief John Koskinen

11 Jul

Chief IRS prevaricator John Koskinen lives on Redwood Terrace NW in the upper middle class Colonial Village neighborhood, in the North Portal Estates section favored by high level fat ‘crats, in a house Zillow estimates to be worth $1.8 million.  Though he seems to have persuaded the local DC tax authorities to assess him at only $1.3 million.

Back in December last year he hosted an event at his home for Mayor Gray, DC’s incumbent Mayor who lost in the Democratic primary because of an ongoing investigation that he took $700,000 in illegal contributions from a single real estate developer.

Koskinen previously worked in the DC government and as a CEO at Freddie Mac, the government sponsored enterprise implicated in the housing crisis. His wife of 50 years, Patricia Salz Koskinen, is a retired professor of education who taught at and earned her PhD from the University of Maryland.

Protect the Voice of the Nonprofit Sector: Support Bright Lines for the Proposed IRS 501(c)(4) Regulations

23 Feb
Protect the Voice of the Nonprofit Sector: Support Bright Lines for the Proposed IRS 501(c)(4) Regulations

In November 2013, Treasury and the IRS proposed new guidance governing the political activity of 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations and announced a public comment period expiring February 27, 2014.
Independent Sector applauds the IRS for taking an important first step in clarifying the rules for political activity by tax exempt organizations. The proposed guidance, however, contains a number of troubling elements, and the proposal warrants significant revision before it becomes public law.

We urge all tax exempt organizations to make their voice heard on this important issue and prevent the potentially harmful impact of these regulations, which have major implications for all exempt organizations, including 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

Independent Sector will submit comments to the IRS and we invite you to add your organization’s name to this submission.

Add your organization’s name below by COB February 26

 
 
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Gay Liberal Democratic group crows that it gets instant IRS approval of its 501c3 status

28 Oct
Groups critical of the Obama regime get IRS harassment and delays, but those supportive crow they get instant approval.  Here’s Sean Bugg on LinkedIn!

Sean BuggSean Bugg 
nextgeneration.jpgThe Next Generation Leadership Foundation (NGLF) is dedicated to inspiring, nurturing and mentoring LGBT youth and young adults, creating spaces for them to lead in a variety of fields, from business to politics to activism to arts.
NGLF achieves these goals through directly honoring achievements of LGBT people under 30, building a network of Next Generation Award winners to mentor and teach others, and organizing leadership-training events for interested and qualified applicants.

Mr. Bugg is a publisher of the leftist Democratic magazine and website Metroweekly, in which one will have great difficulty finding any significant criticism of any Democrat, or anything other than attacks on anyone from any other political party.  Indeed, if memory serves, if you go through the archives of Mr. Bugg’s own columns you will find him rationalizing, excusing and defending President Obama when he fails to deliver on gay issues.
I attended the awards ceremony for the Foundation last year.  It was a room full of people who work for the government and Democratic Party groups and allied non-profits.  I would suspect about 3 people there were something other than Democrats.  The award winners were diverse by race and sex but all basically worked for the kind of government funded non-profits Democratic campaign workers are parked in to collect a salary in between campaigns.

For instance Ms. Victoria Kirby, a 2011 winner interviewed by Bugg’s own Metroweekly.  Where does she work?  Obama’s Organizing for Action:


Victoria Kirby is also doing her part to support the foundation. This 2011 Next Generation Award winner, now based in Tampa, Fla., as state coordinator of Organizing for Action, has joined on as one of Bugg’s board members.


“I’m really excited about this,” says Kirby. “I think it’s a great idea. When you look at the programs available for people in our community, it’s needed.”


While Kirby grants there are a number of organizations running programs aimed at guiding young LGBT people, she believes the Next Generation Leadership Foundation is unique with its emphasis on mentoring across a range of fields. Similarly, Bugg emphasizes that he wanted to ensure the NGLF mission would not duplicate any work already being done.


“Having programs where people can see role models is very important,” Kirby says of the foundation’s efforts. “It’s important we raise leaders who feel comfortable in their own skin.”

“I’m very proud of Sean for making this jump,” adds Kirby, 26, building up to the pitch that shows she has board-member acumen beyond her years. “I’m excited about the idea, making the camp a reality. I’d encourage readers to give, open their pocketbooks and hearts to young people being trained and empowered to truly become the leaders of the next generation of our community.”

For more about the Next Generation Leadership Foundation, visit nglf.org.

Will you help a starving ‘crat today?

25 Oct
George Packer writes in New York ragazine:
Jenny Brown started working for the Internal Revenue Service right out of high school, in 1985, typing numbers from tax returns into a computer. Her home town, of Ogden, Utah, has not only a large I.R.S. facility but an Air Force base, Hill Field, where Brown’s father worked as a civilian. Her stepfather and her late sister used to work at the base; a brother, a son, and a nephew work there now. Her other son is with the Army in Afghanistan, and two other nephews are in the Air Force. “We’re really just a government family,” Brown said last week, on the second-to-last day of the shutdown. And Ogden is a government town, with twenty-four thousand federal employees. Brown grew up with the belief that a government job was secure, well-paying, and honorable, but, when she told her new doctor recently that she works for the I.R.S., he replied, in all seriousness, “Do you need a prescription for Xanax, or some kind of stress reducer?”
In fact, a lot of Brown’s colleagues, in Ogden and around the country, are taking pills for stress. They haven’t had a raise in three years. Every I.R.S. employee lost three days of pay last summer, owing to furloughs brought on by the blind budget cutting known as sequestration, and during the shutdown ninety per cent of the agency’s employees were sent home without pay. Many of them now live paycheck to paycheck, and some had to turn to food banks during the sixteen days of the shutdown, while the charity at the Ogden local of the National Treasury Employees Union (Brown is the president of Chapter 67) ran low on supplies. Nationally, the agency’s workforce has been cut by almost twenty-five per cent in the past two decades, while the number of individual tax returns filed has grown by an even larger figure.
With the extra workload, face-to-face audits have dropped by half since 1992, as have the odds of being convicted for a tax crime. Frank Clemente, the director of Americans for Tax Fairness, says, “When the I.R.S. doesn’t have the money to do its job, it’s easier for wealthy people and big corporations to cheat the system, especially by hiding profits offshore.” For every dollar added to the I.R.S. budget, the agency is able to collect at least seven dollars in revenue, but in times of austerity that money doesn’t come in—which means that, in recent years, the Treasury has lost billions in taxes, starving government services and increasing the deficit. Another result, Jenny Brown pointed out, is that wait times at the Ogden call center have risen from ten or fifteen minutes a few years ago to an hour or more today. “By the time they get the I.R.S. on the phone, they’re frustrated, and they vent awhile, which takes up more time,” she said.
Worst of all is the hostility that Brown senses toward government employees in general, but especially those at the I.R.S. She’s learned not to mention her job to strangers, sparing herself the rude comebacks. “On Facebook, my colleagues don’t put anything where it asks where you work,” Brown said. Instead, they write, “If you know me, you know where I work”—as if they were employed at a pet crematory, or a strip club. “Morale is horrible. People are looking for a way to get out of the government.” After twenty-eight years on the job, she wouldn’t dream of recommending federal employment to anyone.
The government shutdown is over. National default has been averted, for now. According to an estimate by Standard & Poor’s, the Tea Party’s brinkmanship cost the American economy twenty-four billion dollars—more than half a percentage point of quarterly growth. House Republicans have suffered a huge tactical defeat of their own devising, and their approval ratings are at an all-time low. President Obama and the Democrats in Congress appear strong for refusing to give in to blackmail.
But in a larger sense the Republicans are winning, and have been for the past three years, if not the past thirty. They’re just too blinkered by fantasies of total victory to see it. The shutdown caused havoc for federal workers and the citizens they serve across the country. Parks and museums closed, new cancer patients were locked out of clinical trials, loans to small businesses and rural areas froze, time ran down on implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial-regulation law, trade talks had to be postponed. All this chaos only brings the government into greater disrepute, and, as Jenny Brown’s colleagues dig their way out of the backlog, they’ll be fielding calls from many more enraged taxpayers. It would be naïve to think that intransigent Republicans don’t regard these consequences of their actions with indifference, if not outright pleasure. Ever since Ronald Reagan, in his first inaugural, pronounced government to be the problem, elected Republicans have been doing everything possible to make it true.
These days, Republicans may be losing politically and resorting to increasingly anti-majoritarian means—gerrymandering, filibuster abuse, voter suppression, activist Supreme Court decisions, legislative terrorism—to nullify election results. But on economic-policy matters they are setting the terms. Senator Ted Cruz can be justly described as a demagogic fool, but lately he’s been on the offensive far more than the White House has. The deficit is in fairly precipitous decline, but job growth is anemic, and millions of Americans remain chronically unemployed. Democrats control the White House and the Senate, and last year they won a larger share of the national vote in the House than Republicans did. And yet the dominant argument in Washington is over spending cuts, not over ways to increase economic growth and address acute problems like inequality, poor schools, and infrastructure decay. “The whole debate over the last couple of weeks is playing against a backdrop of how much to increase austerity, not to invest in the economy,” Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress, said last week. “We are living in a time of government withering on the vine.”
While House Republicans go home to sift through the debris of their defeat, the sequester remains in place, with deeper cuts ahead. A hiring freeze at United States Attorneys’ offices will continue and they will have to go on using volunteers. There will be no new agents to fill training classes at the F.B.I. Academy, while the bureau’s concrete headquarters, on Pennsylvania Avenue, crumbles. The loss of government scholarships at the National Health Services Corps will mean fewer doctors in underserved areas. Jenny Brown’s friends and co-workers in Ogden will look for jobs in the private sector. And the talk in Washington will return to deficit reduction. 

Obama’s IRS fascists caught in more lies

15 Sep

Emails Show Liar Lerner Targeted ‘Dangerous’ Tea Party

 Posted 09/13/2013 @Investors Business Daily
Too late now to plead the Fifth?

Too late now to plead the Fifth? View Enlarged Image
Politics: New emails show that the woman at the center of the IRS scandal over special scrutiny of conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status targeted tea party applications specifically and directed they be held up.
While a possible “wag the dog” attack on Syria and other “phony” scandals like Benghazi have grabbed the headlines, Congress has continued its investigation into the Obama administration’s targeting of tea party groups that sprang up in opposition to ObamaCare by the agency charged with enforcing it, the Internal Revenue Service.
In case anyone forgot, Lois Lerner, former head of the Exempt Organizations office of the IRS, who invoked her Fifth Amendment rights rather than tell what she did and knew about the targeting of tea party and other conservative groups, is still being paid with your tax dollars while on “administrative leave.”
Yet another reason for her silence has been unearthed by a 2011 email released by the House Ways and Means Committee in which the woman who claimed she had done nothing wrong admitted that the tea party was not only targeted, but targeted at her direction, in response to the Citizens United case that so outraged President Obama because it reaffirmed the free-speech rights of those who oppose him.
In the February 2011 email, Lerner advised her staff — including then-Exempt Organizations Technical Manager Michael Seto and then-Rulings and Agreements director Holly Paz — that a tea party matter is “very dangerous” and something “Counsel and (Lerner adviser) Judy Kindell need to be in on.” Lerner added: “Cincy should probably NOT have these cases.”
It was Paz, a D.C.-based top deputy in the IRS division that handled applications for tax-exempt status, who told congressional investigators she was personally involved in reviewing tea party applications for tax-exempt status as far back as 2010.
On May 22, the day after Paz was interviewed by investigators, Lerner refused to answer questions from lawmakers at a congressional hearing, citing her right not to incriminate herself.
Like the Internet video the Benghazi terrorist attack was blamed on, the only thing phony about the IRS scandal is the administration’s cover story that a couple of rogue agents in the Cincinnati office concocted and executed this most blatant abuse of power by the most powerful and feared agency of government. Lerner’s email further blows out of the water that discredited fiction.
It also confirms a suspected reason for the planned intimidation and hamstringing of conservative opposition to the Obama administration’s policies, saying that those tea party group applications for tax-exempt status could end up being the “vehicle to go to court” to get more clarity on the 2010 Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance rules.

Read More At Investor’s Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/091313-671042-lois-lerner-admits-targeting-dangerous-tea-party.htm#ixzz2eukYztCc
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IRS War on Libertarian Women’s Group

13 Aug
Do you think there should be more women in the liberty movement? Yep, us too.

The IRS’s War on Women


A letter from our executive director, Nena Bartlett:


Dear friend of liberty,
My heart dropped when I opened up a letter from the IRS that read “Your organization’s tax-exempt status has been automatically revoked.”

Could it be? We’d spent so much money and energy applying for tax-exemption, I was in disbelief. The letter stated that our non-profit status had actually been revoked in 2012, but without any warning or prior notice and at that time we’d only had our status for a few months. To top it off, this was within days of me giving my month’s notice at my job so that I could work with the Ladies of Liberty Alliance full-time.

Needless to say, I was outraged and wrote the IRS to contest the “automatic” decision. Their response, dated May 13, said there was no appeals process, only that we could reapply. Neither of these letters were signed by anyone, and there was no one listed to call for more information.

Then, on May 14, the IRS’s corrupt practice of targeting certain groups was exposed, and 2 weeks later we received another letter, this one personalized and signed, from the Cincinnati office of the IRS. The letter made no apologies and offered no further information other than that our group had been erroneously placed on the IRS’ automatic revocation list.

We are the only non-profit out with the mission of educating and empowering female leaders within the liberty movement, but losing our non-profit status with the IRS would have made it more difficult to raise money, especially the type of seed money that we need right now for growth. 

Please consider helping us make up for lost time thanks to the IRS and sign up for a recurring donation of $5.14 to celebrate the day that the IRS was exposed as an even worse government agency than we already thought it was. If you can spare it, $5.14 for 12 months adds up to $61.56, enough to provide a scholarship for one liberty-loving woman at our upcoming media training.

Your contribution will be tax-exempt (yay!) and you will be helping to train the women who will spread the message of liberty to more women and help make our movement mainstream.

Visit http://iamlola.org/contribute to make a donation and read more about our story in an op-ed I wrote for The Daily Caller.


Sincerely and for liberty,


Nena Bartlett

Executive Director


 

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New IRS scandal: Private jet-hopping executives spend $9.5 MILLION in travel expenses in just two years

7 Aug

New IRS scandal: Private jet-hopping executives spend $9.5 MILLION in travel expenses in just two years

Top IRS executives spent $9.5 million on travel between 2011 and 2012, including 15 bosses who averaged more than $154,500 each, an official report revealed today. 
Some of them were on the road more days than they worked because they live half a country away from their Washington, D.C. offices and frequently travel on their days off.
One IRS higher-up racked up more than $283,000 in taxpayer-funded travel expenses during those same two years. Another spent $161,000 in 2011 alone. The $9.5 million total over two years reflects the travel expenses of 373 high-level IRS officials.
The report, from Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George, is the latest in a string of black eyes for America’s much-maligned tax-collection service.
A staffer with a Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee told MailOnline that the legislative body would be taking ‘a hard look’ at the report, and ‘you can bet on hearings after the [August] recess.’
Taxpayer airlines: It's not just the plane trips, but also hotel bills and 'per diem' meal expenses that have ballooned the IRS's travel bills

Taxpayer airlines: It’s not just the plane trips, but also hotel bills and ‘per diem’ meal expenses that have ballooned the IRS’s travel bills
The Internal Revenue Service's headquarters hosts office space for several top managers who live in other cities, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually

The Internal Revenue Service’s headquarters hosts office space for several top managers who live in other cities, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually
George writes that his office ‘found no misconduct’ among the biggest spenders despite their ‘extremely’ high expenses, but the report admits that their travel bills ‘appear to be excessive when compared to the average travel expenses for IRS executives.’
Some of them are billing taxpayers for what amounts to commuting expenses as they travel regularly from their home bases to work at the IRS’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that some of those senior IRS officials live in Dallas, Minneapolis and Atlanta, but work in the nation’s capital.
 
‘In some cases,’ the report concedes, ‘the travel days exceeded the number of business days due to employees remaining in travel status during the weekends and holidays.’
Three such employees, identified in the report only as ‘Executive A,’ ‘Executive B’ and ‘Executive C,’ spent more than 200 days on the road in 2011 – all with the ‘destination’ of Washington.
Executive A spent 290 days traveling at a cost of $88,951. Executive B billed the government for 238 days of travel costing $115,806. Executive C’s tab came to $105,127 for 213 days of travel.
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington
Internal Revenue Service acting head Daniel Werfel
Under fire: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George (L) and Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel have some explaining to do
Imagine the frequent flyer miles! Some IRS executives were on the road more days than they worked in 2011 and 2012

Imagine the frequent flyer miles! Some IRS executives were on the road more days than they worked in 2011 and 2012
Deputy Inspector General David Holmgren told reporters on Tuesday that ‘there’s nothing improper about staying the weekends and holidays.’ 
‘But when it was to the same location over and over again, it appeared that those individuals might not have the proper or appropriate place of duty.’
Holmgren added that ‘the average IRS executive’ spent ‘between $12,000 and $13,000 per year.’ 
Most IRS executives, according to the watchdog report – 60 percent in all – billed taxpayers for $10,000 or less in travel expenses during 2011 and 2012.
Days before the report’s public release on Tuesday, Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel issued a new directive limiting employees to 75 days of reimbursed travel in any fiscal year. 
‘The IRS has put in place new procedures to stop the practice of allowing executives to routinely leave their home office to travel to another city to conduct their principal work,’ the IRS said in a statement on Tuesday. ‘The previous practice, while allowed under federal rules, is no longer appropriate for this tight fiscal environment.’
Werfel, however, can personally green-light exceptions to this rule.
IRS travel report
Deputy Inspector General David Holmgren
Deputy Inspector General David Holmgren (R) talked to journalists about the report, conceding that several IRS road warriors traveled ‘to the same location over and over again’
More tax nightmares: After the teas party-targeting scandal and a ruckus raised over expensive comedy videos produced for IRS employees, the agency is facing heat over its travel bills

More tax nightmares: After the teas party-targeting scandal and a ruckus raised over expensive comedy videos produced for IRS employees, the agency is facing heat over its travel bills
‘Travel by leadership is critical because the IRS is a national operation, with about 90,000 employees located in 620 locations from coast to coast,’ the IRS insisted in its press release.
‘Face-to-face interaction with employees and managers is critical to ensure that sound practices and proper procedures are being followed both for taxpayer service efforts and tax compliance.’ 
IRS Chief Financial Officer Pamela LaRue said in that statement that that the executives who travel the most have ‘highly specialized’ jobs that ‘demand unique skill sets due to the complexity of the underlying tax law and technology infrastructure. It can take years to build the necessary experience in fields such as information technology and tax enforcement and administration – areas critical to successfully running a tax system that collects $2.5 trillion a year.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2376731/New-IRS-scandal–8-5-MILLION-travel-expenses-just-years-chronicled-watchdog-report-including-executives-traveled-days-worked.html#ixzz2bC2dfvp5
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