Posts tagged IRS

    Opinion: Corruption thrives in a one-party state

    February 16, 2023 // The 2021 annual report of the California Partners Project describes the organization as “partnered with” The Representation Project. The report notes that “partner is a power position” and vows “even closer collaboration with the Office of the First Partner” to “leverage all the resources we can muster….” There was a lot of harnessing and leveraging of the governor’s power to raise money through “behested payments,” a uniquely California form of legalized extortion. Elected officials are allowed to ask individuals, companies, unions or other entities to make a donation for a particular “charitable” or “governmental” purpose. “Behested payments” that total more than $5,000 in a year must be reported, but there is no ceiling on how much an official may request. Reports show that in 2021 and 2022, Gov. Newsom “behested” $1,671,680 for his wife’s California Partners Project.

    How To Empower Millions of Independent Workers

    January 3, 2023 // Given millions of Americans' clear preference for independent work, and given the economic benefits of these arrangements, state and federal legislators should reduce the regulatory and tax burdens on both independent workers and gig platforms.

    Former President of Massachusetts State Police Union and Former Lobbyist Convicted of RICO, Fraud, Obstruction and Tax Charges

    November 17, 2022 // Dana A. Pullman, 60, of Worcester, and Anne M. Lynch, 71, of Hull, were convicted following a 20-day jury trial of one count of racketeering conspiracy, one count of honest services wire fraud, three counts of wire fraud, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. Pullman was also convicted of two additional counts of wire fraud and two counts of aiding and assisting the filing of a false tax return. Lynch was convicted of an additional count of obstruction of justice and four counts of aiding and assisting in the filing of a false tax return. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for March 8, 2023. Pullman and Lynch were arrested and charged in August 2019 and subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury in September 2019.

    Report Shows Corrupt IRS Employees Typically Keep Their Jobs. Some Even Get Promoted.

    August 10, 2022 // But that’s precisely what the Internal Revenue Service did, according to a recent Treasury investigation. Between 2004 and 2013, the agency continued to employ, and even promote, nearly 1,000 employees who willfully lied on or failed to pay their own personal taxes. Unfortunately, there’s no marketplace for tax collection and enforcement, so taxpayers can’t simply take their business elsewhere. IRS employee tax compliance is an important component of the public’s trust in the IRS. That’s why there’s a special provision—Section 1203 of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998—that specifies termination for any IRS employee found guilty of willful violations of tax law. The IRS commissioner, however, has the final say and can “mitigate” violations to a lesser penalty. First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit, non-tax compliance, tax collector,