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Want to improve the IRS? Here's your chance

The IRS is asking for volunteers for a committee that will provide recommendations to the federal agency.
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Don't worry about federal taxes right now, the nice folks at the IRS are giving tornado victims til July 31 to file returns

The IRS is extending their deadline to July 31, matching the new deadline for Arkansas state taxes for people in tornado-affected areas.

Satanic Temple deemed church by IRS

The Satanic Temple, among those challenging religious statuary on the state Capitol grounds, can now claim discrimination as a church denied a place for its Baphomet statue equivalent to that given the Christian Ten Commandments.

The rich get richer: IRS enforcement

If recent tax cuts overwhelmingly favor the rich (and they do) shouldn't tax law enforcement also favor the rich? It does, says a report from Pro Publica.

Even Arkansas opposes Trump's ban on transgender in military. Also, props to the IRS

A Washington Post analysis of 2016 polling data concludes that a majority of voters in all 50 states and Washington D.C. oppose Donald Trump's ban on military service by transgender people. EVEN ARKANSAS. And a transgender Arkansan reports good news from another federal agency, the IRS.

Report: Liberal groups got more scrutiny from IRS than Tea Party

The story line here is too well-established to be disturbed by something so trivial as facts. Just the same, Think Progress reports, based on FOI requests to the IRS, that the agency targeted progressive groups more often than Tea Party groups for political activity.

The lobbying effort to stop Tax Day from being easier for taxpayers

I wrote last week the fact that the IRS could easily auto-prepare personal income taxes for American taxpayers. Auto-preparation could would save Americans $2 billion in tax preparation fees per year and 225 million hours per year in time spent preparing our taxes. But tax preparers like TurboTax make big profits off of the current hassle and form an unholy lobbying alliance with anti-tax crusaders like Grover Norquist, who want who want taxes to be as annoying as possible so that people will be more likely to oppose taxes. A great piece in ProPublica does some digging on this scandalous lobby's efforts at an astroturf campaign against a simpler filing system, and reports that a lobbying group linked to Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, is involved in trying to encourage community leaders to write Op-eds and letters to Congress (all of them remarkably similar in content and language), claiming that "return-free filing" would hurt the poor.

Tax day should be easier

With the deadline for filing income taxes fast approaching, it's a good time for a reminder that filing individual income taxes could be quick and basically automatic for most Americans. In most cases, the IRS has all the information it needs to do your taxes for you.

The open line: Black helicopters and IRS scrutiny

The Monday night line is open. Final items: * CONSPIRACY WATCH: The latest wackjob alarum, over the White River Blueway, will come before Arkansas legislative committees at 1:30 p.m.

Maybe the Tea Party groups deserved IRS scrutiny for political activities

The IRS imbroglio looks like a winner for the Republican Party. The agency, under the Obama administration, was, at least, disorganized and incompetent in reviewing applications for non-profit status by groups with obvious political orientation.

Sunday morning: IRS, Kochs and movies

Not much new to report this morning. If all goes well, I'm going to catch at least three movies today at the Little Rock Film Festival.

Republicans hit Pryor on IRS union contribution

Easy score. Arkansas Republican Party says U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor should return political contributions he's received from the union that represents Treasury Department employees, which include IRS workers.