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  • Sheriff's office warns St. Helena residents of IRS payment scam

    June 6, 2017 4:48 PM

    ST. HELENA – The St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office is warning residents of an IRS scam after one man was told to pay more than $10,000. On Monday, the sheriff's office responded to a resident receiving a call from someone who identified himself as an investigator with the IRS.... more »
  • Trump targeting IRS rule on churches

    May 4, 2017 8:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order targeting a rarely enforced IRS rule that says religious organizations and other non-profits that endorse political candidates risk losing their tax-exempt status. The order also promises "regulatory relief" for groups with religious objections to the preventive services requirement in... more »
  • Good news, procrastinators: Tax deadline pushed to Tuesday

    April 13, 2017 12:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - Don't freak out if you haven't finished your taxes. The IRS is giving last-minute filers a reprieve until Tuesday. The usual April 15 deadline falls on Saturday this year. That would normally push the deadline to Monday. But Monday is a holiday in the District of Columbia, so... more »
  • IRS revokes white nationalist group's tax-exempt status

    March 14, 2017 1:46 PM

    Prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer says he doesn't have any evidence that his nonprofit organization lost its tax-exempt status for politically motivated reasons. Spencer told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he is confident his group, the National Policy Institute, can regain its tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The... more »
  • Pa. man convicted of not filing taxes over 'mark of the beast'

    March 8, 2017 10:14 AM

    ALLENTOWN - A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of failing to file his income tax returns for 21 years because he considered using a Social Security number akin to using the "mark of the beast" spelled out in the Bible. James Schlosser, who lives in the town of Bird-in-Hand, was... more »
  • Income tax audits plummet as IRS loses agents to budget cuts

    March 5, 2017 12:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - As millions of Americans file their income tax returns, their chances of getting audited by the IRS have rarely been so low. The number of people audited by the IRS in 2016 dropped for the sixth straight year, to just over 1 million. The last time so few... more »
  • Report: Law enforcement raiding Caterpillar Inc. headquarters

    March 2, 2017 12:20 PM

    PEORIA – There is a heavy police presence outside the Caterpillar Inc. headquarters in Peoria, Illinois, local media is reporting. According to WEEK.com, law enforcement are searching the building looking for tax documents. The company’s human resources department is telling employees that law enforcement are executing a search warrant.... more »
  • Republicans block Dem effort to get Trump's tax returns

    February 14, 2017 12:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have blocked an attempt by Democrats to use an obscure law to obtain President Donald Trump's tax returns from the IRS. Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee tried to frame the issue as a matter of national security. They questioned whether Trump has any... more »
  • Democrats use IRS hearing to attack Trump

    September 21, 2016 11:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats are using a House Judiciary Committee hearing on whether to impeach the IRS chief to attack Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. With IRS commissioner John Koskinen at the witness table, New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler asked if people under an IRS audit can release their tax returns.... more »
  • House vote on impeaching IRS chief possible next week

    September 7, 2016 11:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House will vote as early as next week on a conservative effort to impeach IRS chief John Koskinen. After House Republicans met privately today for the first time since Congress returned from summer recess, leaders said GOP lawmakers will meet again next week to discuss their next... more »
  • IRS to grant access to retirement accounts for flood relief

    August 30, 2016 3:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday that it will grant the regulatory waiver requested by Sen. Bill Cassidy that will allow those impacted by the flood early access to retirement funds without penalty. “This hardship waiver will be critical for helping Louisianans get back on their feet... more »
  • Tax filing deadline approaches

    April 18, 2016 8:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Millions of taxpayers are expected to file for their tax returns or ask for a six-month extension on Monday. The deadline was extended from Friday, April 15 to Monday, April 18th because Emancipation Day was observed in the District of Columbia. The D.C. legal holiday commemorated... more »
  • More than 5M tax returns expected Monday as deadline nears

    April 17, 2016 3:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - Millions of taxpayers face a midnight deadline Monday to file their tax returns, while millions of others will ask for more time -a six-month extension. There was a three-day delay beyond the traditional April 15 deadline Friday was a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. It was... more »
  • Tea party activists hail federal appeals court ruling vs IRS

    March 27, 2016 2:48 PM

    CINCINNATI - Tea party activists are heartened by a federal appeals court ruling that strengthens their legal push against the Internal Revenue Service for alleged targeting in past election cycles. A three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals chastised government foot-dragging while ordering the agency to... more »
  • IRS resolves computer problems after outage

    February 4, 2016 6:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS says it has resolved a computer system outage and is again accepting electronically filed tax returns. In a statement on Thursday, the agency says it had resumed processing individual and business tax returns at about 5 p.m. Eastern, a day after a "hardware failure" forced the... more »
  • LDR: State tax filings not affected by IRS system outage

    February 4, 2016 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana tax filings are not being affected by the IRS' hardware failure. In a news release sent out Thursday morning, the Louisiana Department of Revenue said its tax processing systems are not being impacted by the system outage. Earlier this week, the IRS announced that it had stopped... more »
  • IRS computer problems shut down tax return e-file system

    February 3, 2016 7:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS says it has stopped accepting electronically filed tax returns because of problems with some of its computer systems. The outage could affect refunds, but the IRS says it doesn't anticipate "major disruptions." The agency on Wednesday experienced what it is calling a "hardware failure." The e-file... more »
  • Gonzales Police report rash of IRS scam phone calls

    January 21, 2016 11:39 AM

    GONZALES - Police in Gonzales say they have received several reports from area residents about an ongoing phone scam where victims report receiving calls from someone claiming to represent the IRS and stating a lawsuit has been filed against the victim. Investigators say the calls are being made now... more »
  • Residents warned of IRS scam in East Feliciana Parish

    January 15, 2016 8:55 PM

    CLINTON - The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Department is warning residents to be aware of a scam involving callers claiming to be from the IRS or a debt colllector calling on behalf of the IRS. According to deputies, the caller tells them they owe money, and a lawsuit will... more »
  • Plaquemine Parish detectives warn residents about IRS phone scam

    December 23, 2015 3:40 PM

    BELLE CHASSE - Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives warned residents of the area about an ongoing IRS telephone scam that was used on at least one parish citizen this week. A Belle Chasse resident reported they received two automated phone calls Tuesday afternoon within a three hour period on... more »
  • Justice Dept. says no criminal charges for ex-IRS official

    October 23, 2015 3:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is declining to bring charges against Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of a political controversy over the processing of applications for tax-exempt status. Federal prosecutors announced their decision Friday in a letter to members of Congress. A firestorm erupted more than... more »
  • IRS demanding $1.2 million from Pineville

    September 6, 2015 11:55 AM

    PINEVILLE, La. - The IRS is demanding the City of Pineville pay about $1.2 million in back Social Security payments that city officials don't feel should be owed. Mayor Clarence Fields says the city is studying its options to appeal the IRS' determination that the city and its firefighters should... more »
  • IRS: College tax status not at risk over gay marriage

    July 29, 2015 6:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says religious colleges that don't accept gay marriage aren't at immediate risk of losing their tax-exempt status. At a Senate hearing, Utah Republican Mike Lee noted that Bob Jones University lost its tax-exempt status over its racial policies in the 1970s. Lee... more »
  • IRS says thieves stole info from 100,000 taxpayers

    May 26, 2015 4:13 PM

    WASHINGTON- The IRS says thieves used an online service provided by the agency to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers. The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS. The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript." In... more »
  • Hello? 8M phone calls unanswered as IRS cut taxpayer service

    April 22, 2015 11:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS' overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services. For those who weren't disconnected, only 40 percent actually got through to a person. Many of those people had to wait on... more »
  • Federal workers owe more than $3.5 billion in unpaid taxes

    March 24, 2015 2:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS says federal workers and retirees owed more than $3.5 billion in unpaid taxes last year. That's a $200 million increase from the year before. In data released Tuesday, the IRS said almost 305,000 federal workers and retirees owed back taxes, down from 318,000 the year before.... more »
  • IRS warns of tax scams involving health care law

    March 13, 2015 1:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS is warning consumers that unscrupulous tax preparers are using the president's health care law to pocket bogus fines from unsuspecting taxpayers, especially immigrants. In a consumer alert issued Friday, the tax agency tells consumers to beware of tax preparers asking that health law fines due to... more »
  • IRS: Your chances of getting audited lowest in a decade

    February 24, 2015 12:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS says budget cuts forced the agency to reduce the number of tax audits last year to the lowest level in a decade. In 2014, fewer than 1 percent of individual tax returns were audited, the lowest rate since 2004. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the number... more »
  • Tax Season 101 Play Video

    January 20, 2015 8:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue began accepting state individual tax returns today, as did the Internal Revenue Service. This morning on 2une In we were joined by the LDR's Director of Criminal Investigations Barry Kelly who had some tips to survive Tax Season 2015. "You need... more »
  • IRS money woes

    January 13, 2015 7:57 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Commissioner of the IRS warned his employees the agency could shut down for two days due to budget cuts. John Koskinen said by email the agency will reduce taxpayer services and conduct fewer audits and some tax refunds could be delayed. Congress cut his budget by $346... more »
  • Tips for filing taxes this year Play Video

    January 6, 2015 6:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It's time to file your taxes this year, and there are some changes you need to know about. This tax season is expected to be the worst in years for both the IRS and taxpayers. The agency's budget is smaller and the tax code is more... more »
  • IRS says tax filing season to start Jan. 20

    December 29, 2014 9:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS says taxpayers can start filing their 2014 tax returns on Jan. 20. The agency says tax season will start on time despite a last-minute tax law passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. Earlier this month, Congress passed a bill extending more than 50... more »
  • Scammers target Baton Rouge residents Play Video

    July 21, 2014 7:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Someone is targeting people in Baton Rouge, stealing thousands of dollars by claiming to be the IRS even though tax season ended months ago. The Better Business Bureau has gotten fifty calls in the past week from people reporting scammers who say they owe money to... more »
  • House passes $22B bill cutting IRS tax enforcement

    July 16, 2014 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The GOP-controlled House has passed a $22 billion measure that would slash budgets for enforcing tax laws and new financial regulations, and a healthy food initiative that's a pet cause of first lady Michelle Obama. The bill passed Wednesday on a nearly party-line 228-195 vote. Companion legislation has... more »
  • IRS head says no laws broken in loss of emails

    June 24, 2014 2:21 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The head of the IRS says he's seen no evidence anyone committed a crime when the agency lost emails that might shed light on the agency's targeting of political groups. Republicans in Congress aren't buying it. On Tuesday, they will hear from a White House official who... more »
  • IRS paid at least $13B in improper tax credits

    May 13, 2014 12:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - A government investigator says the Internal Revenue Service paid more than $13 billion in tax credits last year to people who may not have qualified. The Earned Income Tax Credits were supposed to go to low-income working families. The agency's inspector general issued a report Tuesday saying the... more »
  • U.S to sic IRS on Russian banks

    May 5, 2014 7:15 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Russians ought to be worried about this: the U.S. is using the IRS to make it more expensive for Russian banks to do business here. It's the latest weapon in the arsenal to punish Russia for its incursion into the political affairs of Ukraine. Starting July... more »
  • Regular post office hours for tax day

    April 15, 2014 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Post Offices in Baton Rouge are keeping their regular hours for Tuesday. Tuesday is the deadline to file federal income taxes. Those filing by mail have to have them postmarked by April 15. The IRS says many people don't realize that if you're owed... more »
  • Congress recalls watchdog to explain IRS audit

    July 16, 2013 2:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The investigator who wrote a scathing report about the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative political groups is heading back to Capitol Hill as a key House Democrat says his committee's investigation has found no evidence of political bias at the agency. IRS inspector general J. Russell George is... more »
  • New IRS chief: Inappropriate screening was broader

    June 24, 2013 2:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The head of the Internal Revenue Service says inappropriate screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than was previously disclosed. Danny Werfel told reporters Monday that after becoming acting IRS chief last month, he discovered inappropriate and wide-ranging criteria in lists screeners use to... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Into the Mystic

    June 12, 2013 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tonight, News 2 investigates a Baton Rouge charity run by a self-proclaimed "mystic" and her husband who face serious questions about their finances. John and Cathy Gabel with St. Joseph Helpers have been a thorn in the side of the Catholic Church for years. Cathy has... more »
  • Area congressman wants major changes amid IRS drama

    June 4, 2013 10:45 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge) Tuesday, called for the IRS to be abolished and replaced. "Our privacy and political freedoms should not be sacrificed," Rep. Cassidy said. Cassidy said he is frustrated after it was revealed the IRS may have increased scrutiny on political organizations like... more »
  • Leaders of conservative groups talk of IRS abuse

    June 4, 2013 3:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - Leaders of tea party and other conservative groups have been telling a House panel today about what they say has been years of abuse by the Internal Revenue Service. They say that when they applied for tax-exempt status, the IRS responded by asking them inappropriate questions. The leader... more »
  • IRS replaces official who oversaw targeting

    May 23, 2013 4:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner has been replaced as director the Internal Revenue Service division that oversaw agents who targeted tea party groups. Danny Werfel, the agency's new acting commissioner, told IRS employees in an email Thursday that he... more »
  • Acting IRS chief says it wasn't about politics

    May 17, 2013 8:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - The man who's just been forced out as acting chief of the IRS is apologizing for what he calls "the mistakes that we made and the poor service we provided." Steven Miller has been testifying today to the House Ways and Means Committee about the IRS targeting of... more »
  • 2nd IRS official to leave amid tea party scandal

    May 16, 2013 4:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - A second top Internal Revenue Service official has announced plans to leave the agency amid the controversy over the targeting of tea party groups. An internal IRS memo says Joseph Grant, commissioner of the agency's tax exempt and government entities division, will retire June 3. Grant joins Steven... more »
  • Obama: IRS acting commissioner has resigned

    May 15, 2013 4:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steven Miller, has submitted his resignation in the aftermath of an investigation that found the agency improperly targeted conservative groups. Obama says Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew requested Miller's resignation. Obama says he also insists that safeguards... more »
  • Obama to meet with Treasury officials over IRS

    May 15, 2013 1:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will meet with Treasury officials Wednesday to discuss the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for special review. White House press secretary Jay Carney says Obama expects people to be held accountable. The meeting comes in the aftermath of an... more »
  • Justice to investigate IRS targeting of tea party

    May 14, 2013 3:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is investigating the Internal Revenue Service for targeting tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday. Holder said the FBI will investigate to see if any laws were broken. He said he ordered the... more »
  • IRS targeting draws ire from local political groups Play Video

    May 13, 2013 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A report showing agents at the IRS targeted conservative groups who applied for tax exemptions drew the ire of local political groups. The IRS didn't target the Tea Party of Louisiana, but the group still believes it's a violation of their freedom of speech. "When you... more »
  • IRS: Top official first told of targeting in 2012

    May 13, 2013 5:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service says acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller was first informed in May 2012 that tea party groups were inappropriately targeted for scrutiny. A month later he wrote a member of Congress to explain the process of reviewing applications for tax-exempt status without mentioning the... more »
  • President calls IRS targeting of conservative groups "outrageous"

    May 13, 2013 11:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama is calling the IRS focus on conservative groups 'outrageous,' and says people are 'properly concerned' The IRS apologized Friday for scrutininzing the tax-exempt status of groups with conservative titles such as "Tea Party" or "Patriot" in their applications. The Democratic chairman of the... more »
  • Minister under investigation for fraud Play Video

    April 4, 2013 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pastor is under investigation for the way he runs an apartment complex which houses people with mental disabilities. Reginald Stewman faces possible jail time for IRS fraud, the Social Security Administration is looking into his business practices, and now the state is investigating if he's... more »
  • Ex-IRS agent charged with conflict of interest

    March 29, 2013 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A former supervisory agent at the Baton Rouge office of the Internal Revenue Service has been charged in connection with her alleged unauthorized and simultaneous operation of a private tax service. The Advocate reports 61-year-old Jeanne L. Gavin faces one count of conflict of interest and one... more »
  • IRS: Tax glitch to delay some returns

    March 14, 2013 8:35 AM

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.- A tax-preparation glitch affecting about 660,000 tax returns will delay refunds by as long as six weeks, with customers of the nation's largest tax preparer among those affected. The Internal Revenue Service says the problem involved a form used to claim educational credits and occurred between Feb.... more »
  • IRS says quit checking so much

    February 14, 2013 7:26 PM

    The IRS requests taxpayers stop checking its website and phone app every few minutes for updates on when their refunds are going out. It says its "Where's my refund?" feature is being overwhelmed. Instead of checking every five minutes, the IRS says check the site once a day. The agency... more »
  • IRS loses lawsuit in fight against tax preparers

    January 18, 2013 5:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge has ruled that the IRS lacks authority to impose new regulations, including a competency exam, on hundreds of thousands of tax preparers. The ruling Friday from Judge James Boasberg bars the IRS from implementing a host of regulations that would have required tax preparers to... more »
  • Tax filing season starts Jan. 30 for most filers

    January 8, 2013 1:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service says late changes to federal tax laws should mean only a short delay for most taxpayers to file their 2012 returns. The agency said Tuesday that more than 120 million taxpayers - about 80 percent of all filers - should be able to start... more »
  • Deadline approaching for Isaac-delayed taxes

    January 7, 2013 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The IRS reminded people today that this Friday is the deadline for certain tax filings delayed by Hurricane Isaac. After Isaac passed through Louisiana on Sept. 5, the IRS postponed several tax filing and payment deadlines for taxpayers in Louisiana and Mississippi, giving them until Jan.... more »

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