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Minimum tax may spur 'fiscal-cliff' action

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- An alternative minimum tax "patch" by U.S. lawmakers may be the key to avoiding the pending "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and spending cuts, observers say.
Taxpayer advocate urges IRS to ease up

Taxpayer advocate urges IRS to ease up

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The Internal Revenue Service may actually be losing revenue by actions against tax delinquents that put their jobs at risk, the IRS ombudswoman said Wednesday.

Identity theft on the rise in tax season

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- Complaints to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission of tax returns potentially affected by identity theft are up 158 percent in the past five years, officials say.

Tax advocate asks for 'apology payments'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The office of the taxpayer advocate said the U.S. Internal Revenue Service should issue "apology payments" to taxpayers for mishandled returns.

Audit says IRS losing millions to fraud

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- A federal audit said the U.S. Internal Revenue Service is losing millions of dollars to fraud as a result of softening its questionable claims program.

Uncle Sam wants you -- to pay your taxes

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. government is looking for ways to trim the $300 billion annual tax gap created by people who fail to ante up.

IRS fine collections rather weak

WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- In the last three years, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service has collected little of the fines it assessed tax preparers for tax law violations.

Audit shows IRS froze 120,000 tax refunds

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- An in-house audit of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service found more than 120,000 income tax refunds were frozen last year without taxpayers being notified.

Taxpayers not told about frozen refunds

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The taxpayer advocate, in an annual report to Congress, said that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service froze thousands of refunds without notifying taxpayers.
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