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The Internal Revenue Service’s Processing of 501C3 and 501C4 Applications for Tax-Exempt Status Submitted by “Political Advocacy” Organizations From 2010-2013

Categories: Govt Personnel,Govt Processes/Organization,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Taxes

Results of the investigation into alleged mismanagement by the Internal Revenue Service in weighing claims for tax-exempt status by political advocacy organizations claiming to be social welfare organizations.  From the Senate Finance Committee


Earnings and Employment Data for Workers Covered Under Social Security and Medicare, by State and County, 2012

Categories: Income/Poverty,Medicare/Medicaid,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Taxes

Shows by sex and age the number of workers and self-employed persons, the amount of their taxable earnings, and the amount they paid in Social Security and Medicare contributions.  From the Social Security Administration


Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Retirement/Social Security,Taxes

Extends Fast Track Authority to the president through 2018 for reaching trade agreements.  Constitutes Title 1 of legislation that extends exemptions from tax penalties for early withdrawals from retirement accounts to certain federal workers who have reached age 50.  From


Reduced Budgets and Collection Resources Have Resulted in Declines in Taxpayer Service, Case Closures, and Dollars Collected

Categories: Govt Finance,Statistics,Taxes

Describes the declines in service and tax amounts collected as a result of $1.2 billion in cuts to the IRS budget since 2010.  From the Internal Revenue Service


Comptroller of Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne

Categories: Headlines,Supreme Court/courts,Taxes

5-4 Supreme Court decision that Maryland’s income tax law is unconstitutional.  Maryland was providing a limited tax credit for income taxes paid outside the state, but the credit did not cover taxes paid to cities and counties.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Corporate Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS): An Examination of the Data

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment,Taxes

Examines the magnitude of profit shifting by U.S. corporations to evade taxes and policy options for reducing such shenanigans.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Tax Expenditures: Overview and Analysis

Categories: Govt Finance,Taxes

Tax expenditures, like direct spending, are a way that the federal government shapes the economy, but they receive less scrutiny than direct spending.  This report covers the largest federal tax expenditures, who benefits from them, long-term trends in such expenditures, and the challenge of introducing reforms.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


State Government Tax Collections Summary Report: 2014

Categories: Govt Finance,Statistics,Taxes

State tax collections in 2014 were up 2.2% from those collected in the previous year. 33 states reported increases.  Provides state by state statistics.  For more detailed breakdown of state taxes by type, see  

From the Census Bureau


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