IRS discouraged fraud detection in ID program (Huffington Post):
The Internal Revenue Service has been looking the other way instead of rooting out fraud when people apply for taxpayer identification numbers, Treasury Department investigators said Wednesday, exposing a shortfall with both financial and national security implications.
A member of Congress who sits on the House’s tax-writing committee responded to the report by calling on IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman to resign, claiming the IRS is helping illegal immigrants defraud the government.
He wants the Commissioner to resign for that? Considering that the Commissioner oversees the mailing of $5 billion annually to thieves, that he has terrorized and financially ruined otherwise law abiding Americans for footfault paperwork violations, and that he has, with questionable authority, imposed an expensive and futile preparer regulation scheme, this new outrage needs to take a number.
Instapundit on state film tax credits:
REPEAL THE HOLLYWOOD TAX CUTS! (LOCAL EDITION): La. film tax break program needs limits, budget group says. “Louisiana has spent more than $1 billion over the past decade to attract movie productions to the state, but hasn’t received much in return besides the prestige of hosting big-name Hollywood actors, according to a report released today. The left-leaning Louisiana Budget Project suggests state lawmakers should put tighter limits on the generous film tax break program, lessening the credits offered and capping the amount of money it can cost the state each year.” Actually, it should be abolished, as should similar programs in almost every other state. And this is something state Tea Party groups might even make common cause with lefties on.
A sadder-but-wiser Iowa repealed its version of the film credits this year after it collapsed in scandal and disgrace and the State Auditor reported that 80% of the credits were issued improperly or lacked documentation. But in defense of the program, two filmmakers are moving to Iowa for up to ten years thanks to the film tax credit!
It’s time to register for this year’s ISU Center for Agricultural law and Taxation Farm Tax Schools! I will be on the Day 1 panel at all eight sessions, starting with the October 29 school in Mason City.
We’re vacationing in the mountains this year, kids. The Plot Thickens for Swiss Bankers Involved In U.S. Evasion: (Jack Townsend):
Swiss bankers whose names were delivered to the United States in April as part of the crackdown on US tax evaders face the risk of arrest while travelling in some European countries, not just on US soil.
Well, the Alps are nice…
Stupidity is no crime: Were Reid’s Remarks About Romney’s Returns Unlawful? (TaxGrrrl)
We’re just getting started! Have We Reached the Nadir of Tax Policy Discourse? (Going Concern)
“Bipartisan” means they’re ganging up on us: Wind energy tax breaks are bipartisan in Iowa (Ames Tribune)
Kay Bell has a new Carnival of Taxes for State Fair week!