• Does the IRS Need a Bigger Budget?

    By Michael Rainey

    The IRS is receiving an extra $320 million to help cover the costs of implementing the Republican tax overhaul, funds that can be used over the next 18 months to assist taxpayers, revise hundreds of...

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    Spending Bill Includes $320 Million for IRS to Implement Tax Law

    By Michael Rainey

    A frequent target of Republican scorn, the IRS has seen its budget cut significantly in recent years. But the spending deal for 2018 boosts the agency’s budget by $196 million compared to 2017, for a...

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    Who Benefits from ‘Opportunity Zones’?

    By Michael Rainey

    Governors have until today to nominate “opportunity zones” that are intended to bring investment capital and jobs to low-income communities in their states. The GOP tax bill established rules for the...

  • Will Ancient IRS Technology Eat Your Tax Refund?

    By Michael Rainey

    An essential piece of software involved in processing millions of tax returns for the IRS is “old enough to be a grandparent,” reports Nextgov , and officials are worried about what would happen if...

  • Chart of the Day: US Household Income

    By Michael Rainey

    The Congressional Budget Office released a new report Monday on the distribution of income in the U.S. Ignoring means-tested transfers and federal taxes, the average household income in 2014 was $19,...

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