Tax Roundup, 7/31/2013: Cross-agency co-operation edition. And a new look for the TaxProf!

July 31st, 2013 by Joe Kristan

Nothing to see here, phoney scandal.  E-mails Suggest Collusion Between FEC, IRS to Target Conservative Groups (Eliana Johnson, The Corner):

Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online.  The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group, the American Future Fund, before recommending that the commission prosecute it for violations of campaign-finance law.

Remember, Ms. Lerner used to work at the FEC.


Check out the new look at the TaxProf’s place.  It’s worth the trip for many reasons, including The IRS Scandal, Day 83


Tony Nitti,  President Obama’s Plan For Corporate Tax Reform: A ‘Grand Bargain’ Or Simply Another Name For An Old Proposal?

Howard Gleckman, Obama’s New Corporate Tax Offer is Another Dead End

Richard Morrison, Obama Corporate Tax Proposal Limits Potential Economic Growth (Tax Policy Blog)

TaxGrrrl, Baucus & Camp Talk Reform As Tax Road Show Rolls On

Tax Justice Blog, Best and Worst Ideas for “Blank Slate” Tax Reform

Me, Grand bargains and other mistakes


Clint Stretch,  In the Trade or Business of Generating Capital Gains? (Tax Analysts Blog)

Kay Bell, Werfel makes IRS budget case at Texas tax preparers meeting.   Good luck with that.


David Brunori, Sales Tax Holidays and the Planet of the Apes (Tax Analysts Blog):

Touted as a middle class break for “hard working families,” the holidays only encourage retailers to raise prices. Because rational people change the days they shop during the holiday (rather then spend more), consumers pay more, the government loses revenue, and the retailers get a small windfall. That is why retailers lobby hard for the holiday.   

Trish McIntire,  Kansas Taxes – Even More Changes



Can’t we all just get along? The War Against the Billable Hour Goes Mainstream (Going Concern)



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