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September 1, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The NAACP did not violate the conditions of its tax-exempt status when its chairman gave a speech that criticized President Bush, according to a newly released letter from the Internal Revenue Service to the civil rights group. The IRS notified the Baltimore-based National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People in October 2004 that it was looking into a July 2004 speech by NAACP Chairman Julian Bond that was largely critical of Bush's policies.
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OPINION
August 30, 2006 | Lauren E. Willis, LAUREN E. WILLIS is an associate professor at Loyola Law School.
ONCE UPON a time, the Internal Revenue Service proclaimed that its mission was "to collect the proper amount of tax revenue at the least cost, serve the public by continually improving the quality of our products and services and perform in a manner warranting the highest degree of public confidence in our integrity, efficiency and fairness." Today's mission statement says nothing about cost containment or efficiency.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Two U.S. Senate panels scheduled hearings on executive stock-option grants as Congress sharpened its focus on a scandal that has touched more than 100 companies. Deputy Atty. Gen. Paul McNulty, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Mark Everson and a senior Securities and Exchange Commission official will testify before the Senate Finance Committee on Sept. 6, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), the panel's chairman, said Friday. The Senate Banking Committee also intends to conduct a hearing.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
The chairman of the House committee that oversees the Internal Revenue Service has urged the agency to reconsider its contracts with Computer Sciences Corp. because of the company's failure to update IRS fraud detection systems. Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Bakersfield) wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. complaining that the IRS paid Computer Sciences $18.5 million over two years and still has no functioning system.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
IHOP Corp. said the Internal Revenue Service would let it write down the value of assets more quickly, reducing the company's tax bill for this year. The agreement will result in a $14.7-million increase in cash flow in the third and fourth quarters, although it will have no effect on net income, the Glendale-based restaurant chain said. * Also Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., is raising the price of a one-day, one-park ticket by $4 to $67, the second price increase this year.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2006 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
It may be time for big talkers to start pulling out their phone records. An obscure federal tax on long-distance telephone service, imposed in the late 1800s to fund the Spanish-American War, is finally being phased out because of court challenges. The result: Millions of customers are due refunds for taxes that they've paid in the last three years. "Everybody is going to have an interest in this," said Eric Smith, a spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Services
Stock regulators and the IRS are exploring the idea of requiring companies to publicly release more tax information, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday. SEC Chairman Christopher Cox said he discussed the subject over lunch recently with Mark Everson, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Cox stressed that the idea was not a formal proposal.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2006 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
The Justice Department is accusing an El Segundo tax accountant of claiming a deduction for his oceangoing clients that isn't exactly seaworthy. Martin A. Kapp specializes in handling tax returns for workers in the transportation industry, such as airline pilots and railroad engineers. But it's his self-devised method for claiming meal deductions for merchant sailors and tugboat captains that prompted the government to sue him in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2006 | From Reuters
Bank of America Corp. said Thursday that it violated U.S. tax law in 1998 and 1999 in letting employees transfer money to its pension plan from its 401(k) retirement plan. The Internal Revenue Service issued a December 2005 memorandum indicating that amendments the company made in 1998 to its 401(k) plan to permit the voluntary transfers violated an "anti-cutback" rule in the Internal Revenue Code, the bank said. A spokeswoman said the bank was trying to work out a resolution with the IRS.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2006 | From Associated Press
Businesses and individuals continue to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes each year on some long-distance telephone calls even though three federal courts say the levy is invalid. Companies have convinced the appeals courts that the 3% excise tax on local, long-distance and wireless calls does not apply to some current long-distance billing plans. The tax dates to 1898, when telephones were a luxury and lawmakers needed money to help pay for the Spanish-American War.
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