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Nation Mar 16Government agencies responsible for $125 billion worth of improper payments last year
WASHINGTON — Federal agencies made $125 billion in improper payments last year, including tax credits to people who didn't qualify, Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary and unemployment benefits for people who were actually working, said a…
Nation Mar 14Report: Social security numbers active for 6.5 million people aged 112
Nearly 67,000 of the Social Security numbers were used to report more than $3 billion in wages, tips and self-employment income from 2006 to 2011, according to the report. One Social Security number was used 613 different times.
Nation Mar 12Fake IRS agents target more than 366,000 in huge tax scam
WASHINGTON — Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail as part of a huge nationwide tax scam that has cost taxpayers $15.5 million.
Nation Feb 14Republicans: Obama giving ‘amnesty bonuses’ to immigrants
Millions of immigrants benefiting from President Barack Obama's executive actions could get a windfall from the IRS, a reversal of fortune after years of paying taxes to help fund government programs they were banned from receiving.
Economy Jan 26Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency, CBO says
Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday.
Politics Jan 03From agriculture to energy, GOP intent on pushing back in 2015
Republican senators poised to lead major committees when the GOP takes charge are intent on pushing back many of President Barack Obama's policies, setting up potential showdowns over environmental rules, financial regulations and national security.
Politics Dec 30After guilty plea, N.Y. congressman to resign
NEW YORK — After pleading guilty to tax evasion last week, U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm vowed to stay in Congress as long as he could. The New York Republican now plans to resign, saying he cannot give the job his…
Nation Dec 20Congress passes last-minute tax breaks. What should you know?
WASHINGTON -- In an almost annual ritual, Congress has passed a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks before start of filing season. Congress extends these tax breaks every…
Politics Dec 16Keystone pipeline top priority for Senate in 2015
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell declared Tuesday that approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January, potentially setting up an early veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.
Politics Dec 03House plans to extend tax breaks through December
WASHINGTON — The House is moving Wednesday to extend a massive package of expired tax breaks through the end of the year, adding about $45 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.