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John Koskinen waits to testify before his confirmation hearing at the Senate Finance Committee in Dirksen Building on his nomination to be commissioner of Internal Revenue Service.

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John Koskinen waits to testify before his confirmation hearing at the Senate Finance Committee in Dirksen Building on his nomination to be commissioner of Internal Revenue Service.

IRS Boneheaded or Political? — House Welcomes Commissioner

Boneheaded actions or political targeting? That’s the question that has loomed over the Internal Revenue Service for nine months — and it consumed Commissioner John Koskinen’s first appearance before the House Ways and Means Committee today. Republicans, including Reps. Dave...

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) at a news conference on the 50th anniversary of the start of the War on Poverty on Jan. 8, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) at a news conference on the 50th anniversary of the start of the War on Poverty on Jan. 8, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Camp Challenges IRS Rules Changes for Nonprofits

Dave Camp is still displeased with the Internal Revenue Service. The Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee requested a pile of documents from the U.S. tax agency today as he tries to stop rules that...

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President Barack Obama speaks with then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida on Casino Beach in Pensacola, Fl. in this June 15, 2010 file photo.  Crist later switched parties and appeared on stage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention promoting Obama's re-election.

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President Barack Obama speaks with then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida on Casino Beach in Pensacola, Fl. in this June 15, 2010 file photo. Crist later switched parties and appeared on stage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention promoting Obama's re-election.

Crist Holds Lead Over Gov. Scott — Floridians Don’t See Second Term

Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott has spent the past week unveiling his 2014 budget piece-by-piece, traveling around the state to announce $600 million in new tax cuts and boosts in spending for popular programs and social services. The public relations...

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President Barack Obama is delivering his State of the Union address tonight. He was pictured at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC,on Jan. 17, 2014.

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President Barack Obama is delivering his State of the Union address tonight. He was pictured at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC,on Jan. 17, 2014.

Obama’s ‘Action’ State of the Union: Pre-Show

Updated at 6:49 through 8:38 pm EST “Let’s make this a year of action,” President Barack Obama is saying in his State of the Union address tonight. “That’s what most Americans want – for all of us in this chamber...

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Steven Miller, who was forced out as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, right, pauses while speaking during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing with J. Russell George, U.S. Treasury inspector general for tax administration, left, in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 2013.

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Steven Miller, who was forced out as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, right, pauses while speaking during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing with J. Russell George, U.S. Treasury inspector general for tax administration, left, in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 2013.

IRS Documents Conflict With Prior Statements About Political Reviews

Internal Revenue Service training materials released today contradict agency executives’ prior statements about their tests for determining when nonprofit groups are engaged in too much political activity. Last year, then-acting commissioner Steven Miller told lawmakers that the agency had never...

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Representative Dave Camp, a Republican from Michigan and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, left, during a hearing with Representative Sander Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29, 2013.

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Representative Dave Camp, a Republican from Michigan and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, left, during a hearing with Representative Sander Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29, 2013.

Camp: Pause IRS Regs on NonProfits

The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee wants to press the pause button on Internal Revenue Service regulations that will shape how nonprofit groups can engage in politics. Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan proposed a bill that...

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington, D.C.

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington, D.C.

IRS Spending Versus Revenue

The Internal Revenue Service warns that budget cuts would impair its ability to enforce the tax code and prevent cheating. The top House Republican overseeing the agency’s budget disagrees. Rep. Ander Crenshaw of Florida told reporters today that he doesn’t...

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Representative Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, left, questions J. Russell George, U.S. Treasury inspector general for tax administration during a committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 2013.

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Representative Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, left, questions J. Russell George, U.S. Treasury inspector general for tax administration during a committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 2013.

Camp Plans Life After Ways and Means — in the House

Rep. Dave Camp, who has one more year remaining as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, says he plans to run for another term this year. The Michigan Republican told reporters in the Capitol today that he wasn’t...

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John Koskinen, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Internal Revenue Service, prepares to testify on Capitol Hill on Dec. 10, 2013, before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination.

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John Koskinen, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Internal Revenue Service, prepares to testify on Capitol Hill on Dec. 10, 2013, before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination.

Koskinen Sworn in as IRS Commissioner

It’s out with the acting, in with the new at the Internal Revenue Service. John Koskinen was sworn in today as IRS commissioner, ending the longest gap between confirmed commissioners since Congress created the tax agency in 1862. He was confirmed...

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