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Washington Alert – IRS Commissioner on taxpayers and IRS; Applications for Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC); Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) update

Washington Alert – IRS Commissioner on taxpayers and IRS; Applications for Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC); Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) update

IRS must negotiate a balancing act as it works to enhance taxpayers’ online experience while it also must continuously upgrade and improve its authentication protocols, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said at an April 12 hearing of the Senate Finance Committee. The subject of the hearing was cybersecurity and the protection of taxpayer information. “The reality […]

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Koskinen Highlights IRS’s Filing Season Successes & Stresses Consequences of Underfunding

Koskinen Highlights IRS’s Filing Season Successes & Stresses Consequences of Underfunding

Prepared remarks of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen before the National Press Club (Mar. 24, 2016). In a March 24 speech before the National Press Club, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen touted IRS’s largely behind-the-scene successes in ensuring a smooth filing season, such as improved levels of service and continuing efforts to prevent identity theft. He also […]

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Washington Alert – Republicans vote for impeachment of IRS Commissioner; Cadillac Tax may not be the best policy; TIGTA reports IRS failed to respond to FOIA requests

Washington Alert – Republicans vote for impeachment of IRS Commissioner; Cadillac Tax may not be the best policy; TIGTA reports IRS failed to respond to FOIA requests

The Republican majority on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, following the lead of panel chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), on Oct. 27 voted in favor of a resolution calling for the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. The impeachment resolution contains four articles which allege that Koskinen: engaged in a pattern of conduct that […]

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IRS, states, and tax industry provide update on collaboration to fight identity theft refund fraud

IRS, states, and tax industry provide update on collaboration to fight identity theft refund fraud

IR 2015-117; Fact Sheet 2015-23, October 2015 Click here for IRS Commissioner Koskinen’s Press Remarks on Security Summit (Oct. 20, 2015) The “Security Summit” (the Summit), a group that includes IRS, state tax authorities, and tax industry firms, has issued an update on the progress made by the Summit’s working groups in their collaborative effort […]

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Congressional Republicans seek ouster of U.S. tax agency chief

Congressional Republicans seek ouster of U.S. tax agency chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nineteen Republican conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives called on Tuesday for the impeachment of John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. In the latest confrontation between the tax-collection agency and Congress, Representative Jason Chaffetz slammed Koskinen, who has been a favorite Republican punching bag. “Commissioner Koskinen violated the public […]

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Washington Alert – IRS Commissioner won’t resign; Court threatens IRS with contempt if documents are not produced; GAO Report critical of IRS oversight of individual shared responsibility and the premium tax credit

Washington Alert – IRS Commissioner won’t resign; Court threatens IRS with contempt if documents are not produced; GAO Report critical of IRS oversight of individual shared responsibility and the premium tax credit

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen used a July 29 visit to Capitol Hill to make clear that he has no intention of resigning despite calls from Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for his immediate departure. On July 27, 21 GOP members of the panel sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting […]

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U.S. Republican House panel demands Obama remove IRS commissioner

U.S. Republican House panel demands Obama remove IRS commissioner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of a congressional investigative panel on Monday called for the ouster of the head of the Internal Revenue Service over a scandal involving the targeting of conservative political groups starting in 2013. Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called on President […]

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Washington Alert – Remove IRS Commissioner; GAO report on tax activities that create undue burden

Washington Alert – Remove IRS Commissioner; GAO report on tax activities that create undue burden

Twenty-one Republican representatives sitting on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on July 27 sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he “immediately remove” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen from his position. Pursuant to Code Sec. 7803(a)(1)(D), the IRS commissioner “may be removed at the will of the President.” Basing their request on […]

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IRS Commissioner details how taxpayers handled ACA provisions on their 2014 returns

IRS Commissioner details how taxpayers handled ACA provisions on their 2014 returns

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has written Members of Congress to report on how individual taxpayers handled Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions on their 2014 returns. The provisions at issue are the premium tax credit and advance premium tax credit for certain qualifying individuals, and the individual shared responsibility payment that taxpayers must make if they […]

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Advisory group criticizes IRS plan to limit refunds involving foreign person/FATCA withholding

Advisory group criticizes IRS plan to limit refunds involving foreign person/FATCA withholding

IRS’s Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) has sent a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in which it finds fault with, and suggests improvements to, Notice 2015-10. That Notice provided that IRS will be issuing regs, effective for amounts withheld with respect to the 2015 calendar year and thereafter, that limit certain refunds available […]

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IRS Explains Its New Position On Civil Forfeiture In Structuring Cases

IRS Explains Its New Position On Civil Forfeiture In Structuring Cases

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight on Financial Transaction Structuring, has explained IRS’s new policy (first announced in October of 2014) under which it will no longer pursue the seizure and forfeiture of funds associated solely with “legal source” structuring cases (i.e., where the funds […]

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Commissioner Sheds Light On Specific Consequences Of IRS Underfunding

Commissioner Sheds Light On Specific Consequences Of IRS Underfunding

In a panel discussion hosted by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center on April 8, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen highlighted ways in which IRS budget cuts are currently affecting the agency, taxpayers, and the tax system in general. He spoke of the drastically reduced workforce, which is resulting in fewer audit and collection case closures—and less […]

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IRS Commissioner cites successes of “new IRS” and challenges facing cash-strapped agency

IRS Commissioner cites successes of “new IRS” and challenges facing cash-strapped agency

In a March 31 speech before the National Press Club, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen stressed that his agency had learned from its well-publicized mistakes and was committed to a more streamlined and efficient web-based model of interaction with taxpayers. He also laid out the serious challenges IRS faces, principally a tidal wave of retirements, successive […]

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Washington Alert – IRS Commissioner and illegal immigrants; GAO Report on Tax Refund Fraud due to Identity Theft

Washington Alert – IRS Commissioner and illegal immigrants; GAO Report on Tax Refund Fraud due to Identity Theft

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, during Capitol Hill testimony on Feb. 11, backed off statements he made a week earlier regarding the eligibility of illegal immigrants who qualify to remain in the U.S. pursuant to President Obama’s deportation amnesty program to receive three-year’s worth of the earned income tax credit (EITC). Koskinen had previously testified on […]

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U.S. tax chief won’t apologize to Republicans in ‘Tea Party’ probe

U.S. tax chief won’t apologize to Republicans in ‘Tea Party’ probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service refused to apologize on Friday for the loss of emails that Republican investigators want as part of a year-old inquiry into the tax agency’s scrutiny of politically conservative groups. “I don’t think an apology is owed,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Republican Representative Dave […]

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U.S. could lose $3 billion as budget forces fewer tax audits per IRS Commissioner

U.S. could lose $3 billion as budget forces fewer tax audits per IRS Commissioner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. federal government could lose almost $3 billion in revenue during the current fiscal year because budget cuts are forcing the tax-collecting Internal Revenue Service to audit fewer people, the agency’s chief said on Wednesday. Testifying before a congressional panel, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the IRS will audit 100,000 fewer […]

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Commissioner’s testimony includes how IRS would use proposed additional funding

Commissioner’s testimony includes how IRS would use proposed additional funding

Click here for the written testimony of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen before the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government on the FY 2015 IRS Budget, Apr. 30, 2014. In testimony on April 30 before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen discussed the […]

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Prepared Remarks of Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service John Koskinen before the National Press Club

Prepared Remarks of Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service John Koskinen before the National Press Club

WASHINGTON – Thank you for that warm welcome. It’s an honor for me to be here today at the National Press Club for the first time as IRS Commissioner. Now that we’ve turned the calendar to April, I know there are usually two things on peoples’ minds. The first is Spring and the second is […]

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U.S. IRS chief says no delay in tax-dodger law; some have doubts

U.S. IRS chief says no delay in tax-dodger law; some have doubts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chief of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service said on Friday that a new law meant to fight offshore tax dodging by Americans will not be delayed again beyond its July 1 effective date, despite a clamor among banks asking for more time and guidance. “We’re not going to have any delays,” […]

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Washington Alert – Restoration of Public Trust in IRS, Tax Policy Center Report, IRS Referral Process for Examinations

Washington Alert – Restoration of Public Trust in IRS, Tax Policy Center Report, IRS Referral Process for Examinations

The restoration of public trust in IRS, securing sufficient funding from Congress, and combating tax fraud and tax evasion are at the top of his list of priorities for the agency, John Koskinen, the new IRS commissioner, told reporters on Jan. 6. He will also focus on addressing the turmoil regarding the processing of applications […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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