Issa tries to ‘clear the air’ with Rep. Cummings
March 6th, 2014
11:42 PM ET
6 months ago

Issa tries to ‘clear the air’ with Rep. Cummings

One day after cutting off his Democratic counterpart's microphone, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa telephoned ranking member Elijah Cummings and apologized.

Issa tweeted Thursday evening, "I just wanted to clear the air with @RepCummings." The tweet included a link to a U-T San Diego article in which Issa says he had personally apologized to Cummings.

"I could have offered to reopen the hearing and allowed (Cummings) to make a second statement," Issa told the California paper. "As chairman, I should have been much more sensitive to the mood of what was going on, and I take responsibility."
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Rep. Issa says IRS's Lois Lerner will testify
March 2nd, 2014
11:32 AM ET
8 months ago

Rep. Issa says IRS's Lois Lerner will testify

Updated 2:39 p.m. ET, 3/2/2014

(CNN) – Lois Lerner, former director of tax exempt organizations for the IRS, will testify this week on Capitol Hill, Rep. Darrell Issa said Sunday.

Issa said he received word from Lerner's attorney that she will provide testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about her role in potentially unfair targeting of certain political groups by the IRS.

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IRS proposes new rules for tax-exempt organizations
November 26th, 2013
03:20 PM ET
11 months ago

IRS proposes new rules for tax-exempt organizations

(CNN) - The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service proposed new rules Tuesday that more specifically define the political activity allowed for tax-exempt organizations.

The proposed rules may affect the way groups that played big roles in the last two election cycles operate in the future. Those groups include the Karl Rove-backed Crossroads GPS, the Koch Brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity and the Democratic group Priorities USA Action.
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Issa issues new IRS subpoena
November 8th, 2013
12:03 PM ET
12 months ago

Issa issues new IRS subpoena

Updated 3:07 p.m. 11/8/2013

Washington (CNN) – House Republicans are returning the spotlight to another Obama administration controversy with the executive branch currently mired in the botched online rollout of HealthCare.gov and broken promises over Obamacare.

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, is again pressing the IRS over its scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. He issued another subpoena late Thursday to the Treasury Department, according to two spokespeople for the committee.
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IRS: Tax season delayed due to shutdown
October 22nd, 2013
04:52 PM ET
12 months ago

IRS: Tax season delayed due to shutdown

(CNNMoney) - You'll have to wait to file your taxes to Uncle Sam this year, thanks to the government shutdown.

The start of the 2014 tax season, which was scheduled for Jan. 21, will be delayed by one to two weeks, the IRS announced Tuesday.

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Key IRS official retires after controversy
September 23rd, 2013
03:29 PM ET
1 year ago

Key IRS official retires after controversy

Washington (CNN) - The woman who first confirmed the Internal Revenue Service had unfairly targeted certain political groups is retiring, the IRS said in a statement Monday.

Lois Lerner, director of tax exempt organizations for the IRS, was placed on administrative leave in May, just weeks after she admitted the IRS was applying extra scrutiny to certain groups between 2010 and 2012.
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Filed under: IRS
September 6th, 2013
03:52 PM ET
1 year ago

IRS spent $10,000 on 'Apprentice' video

(CNN) – The Internal Revenue Service released a new parody video to Congress on Friday, this time in the styling of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice."

The four-minute video was made for a 2011 Small Business/Self-Employed Division conference and cost $10,000 to produce. The IRS this year came under scrutiny for wasteful spending at conferences, including money spent on other training videos.
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Married same-sex couples gain equal tax benefits
August 29th, 2013
02:54 PM ET
1 year ago

Married same-sex couples gain equal tax benefits

New York (CNNMoney) - Two months after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the Treasury Department on Thursday ruled that legally married same-sex couples will be treated as married for federal tax purposes.

The decision has a host of implications, even for couples who now live in states that don't recognize same-sex marriage.

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Filed under: IRS • Same-sex marriage
IRS finalizes penalties for Obamacare "individual mandate"
August 28th, 2013
02:38 AM ET
1 year ago

IRS finalizes penalties for Obamacare "individual mandate"

(CNN) - The Internal Revenue Service has issued finalized rules for the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s healthcare plan.

The individual mandate penalty has long been one of the contentious components of health care reform, with lawsuits questioning the constitutionality of the law reaching the Supreme Court.
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Filed under: Health care • IRS
Democratic congressman sues IRS
August 21st, 2013
10:01 AM ET
1 year ago

Democratic congressman sues IRS

Washington (CNN) – Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Internal Revenue Service over the agency's criteria for tax-exempt social welfare groups.

The lawsuit seeks clarification over a discrepancy in the way federal law defines eligibility requirements for a 501(c)(4) group versus the way the IRS defines such groups.

The difference comes down to two words: 'exclusively' and 'primarily.'
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Filed under: Chris Van Hollen • IRS
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