House Republicans Urge Trump to Fire IRS Chief

Fifteen Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee this week called on President Trump to fire IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for his “numerous shortcomings.” The call for Koskinen’s removal came just as the IRS chief was scheduled to testify about the tax-filing season before the Senate Finance Committee and less than two weeks before… Read more »

Budget-Challenged IRS Lags in Enforcement

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had a 12 percent drop last year in the number of criminal cases it investigated, according to an annual report released by the agency earlier this week. Budget cuts have resulted in a 19 percent drop in the staffing of agents at the IRS who enforce the nation’s tax laws… Read more »

Trump Vows to ‘Destroy’ Johnson Amendment

President Trump vowed earlier today to overturn a law restricting political speech by churches and other 501(c)(3) organizations, fulfilling a promise Trump made on the campaign trail. “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution,” Trump said at… Read more »

Taxpayer Advocate Calls for IRS Reform

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson released a report to Congress this week recommending that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) shift its focus from enforcement to servicing the needs of taxpayers. Olson said the IRS has viewed itself for years as primarily an enforcement agency, and currently allocates 43 percent of its budget to enforcing the… Read more »

Standard Mileage Rates to Drop in 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) this week issued the 2017 standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating a car for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rate for the use of a car for business purposes will be 53.5 cents per mile, down from… Read more »