IRS

IRS
2:31 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

IRS Commissioner: finish investigation, make changes

New IRS Commissioner John Koskinen talks to Cincinnati employees on how to make the 501(c)(4) application process more efficient.
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New IRS Commissioner John Koskinen came to Cincinnati Thursday to find out how the process of applying for 501 (c)(4) status can be more efficient and learn from employees what resources they need and what obstacles they have.

Koskinen is known as a turnaround specialist, having run Freddie Mac in the middle of the financial crisis, and guiding Penn Central Railroad and a teamsters pension fund. He was also President Clinton's Y2K czar in the late 1990s. He now aims to restore confidence in the Internal Revenue Service.

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IRS targeting controversy
3:59 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Groups tell Ohio legislators how they were targeted by IRS

Justin Binik-Thomas explains his surprise at being named in a questionnaire sent to a Tea Party group of which he's not affiliated.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

The Ohio General Assembly's House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee met in Cincinnati Thursday to hear from people who claim they were targeted for extra scrutiny by the IRS.

Those who spoke, talked about how they had to answer pages of confusing questions that, at times, sounded like political research on their groups.

Timothy Savaglio is a member of the Liberty Township Tea Party. He says filling out the IRS's many and pointed questionnaires became like a full-time job.

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Tea Party
1:16 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Tea Party rallies against IRS

Tea Party members carry signs and chant outside the Federal Building in downtown Cincinnati.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Several hundred Tea Party members rallied at noon Tuesday on Fountain Square before marching to the John Weld Peck Federal Building. They held signs and chanted slogans like "you work for us" and "the IRS has got to go."

Dave Kern of Liberty Township says he came to protest the "outrageous actions" of the IRS in the recent scandal involving extra scrutiny of conservative groups applying for 501(c)(4) tax exempt status.

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On the Money
1:30 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Tax strategies for individual and businesses

Larry Baker, senior partner at Grant Thornton in Cincinnati, is On the Money with Chris DeSimio to discuss tax strategies for individuals and businesses for the 2012 -2013 tax season.

Crime
12:32 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

ID theft scheme stole information from thousands to obtain tax returns

A federal grand jury has indicted seven people for identity theft.  U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart says six of them are citizens of Zimbabwe who lived in the Cincinnati area at one time. He says they used the stolen identities to obtain millions in fraudulent income tax returns:

"The scheme was so efficient and well planned that they often had the refunds in hand before the actual taxpayers even filed their legitimate tax returns."

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