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A charter trip last summer for U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, from Las Vegas to his home near Kalispell, Montana, cost taxpayers $12,375 and has become one of America's most scrutinized aircraft charters. ... "The American people deserve transparency in how public funds are spent," wrote Cantwell.
Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli‚ who is on trial for kidnapping and has weathered numerous allegations of fraud and corruption‚ was on paid leave‚ earning his full salary and bonuses until he was‚ in January this year‚ relieved of all his duties by “mutual agreement”. The whole debacle has ...

On March 13, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it will end the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) on September 28, 2018. The program, initially introduced in 2009, is designed to allow taxpayers with unreported offshore assets to voluntarily resolve past tax and ...
An ethics organisation in Washington accused US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday of bilking US tax payers by needlessly travelling on ... it appears Secretary Mnuchin considers first and foremost his own comfort and ease, leaving the protection of taxpayer money at the bottom of his list of ...
Since 2009, more than 56,000 taxpayers have fessed up to owning overseas accounts and have forked over $11.1 billion in back taxes, interest and penalties. While there are valid reasons for holding money in other countries, taxpayers are required to let the U.S. government know about those assets.
Eleven MPs and three officials travelled to the United States in February to meet social media executives at a cost of £69,535 to the taxpayer. A further £14,655 was spent broadcasting an evidence session from George Washington University, according to figures released to POLITICO by the Information ...

In 2016, the dairy industry asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a staggering $150 million to buy their excess cheese. A spokesperson ... Surely there are better ways for the government to spend “only” $20 million of taxpayer money than buying cheese Americans don't want and won't buy.
The state is putting in another $30 million of taxpayer dollars next fiscal year just to keep PEIA premiums and out-of-pocket costs from rising. Our teachers, service employees and state workers are right to be anxious about their health insurance. Who among us does not have some level of fear about getting ...
In addition, many of the American nonresidents being taxed are “Accidental Americans,” who have few or no ties to the United States but are U.S. citizens due to an accident of birth. Accidental Americans exist because the U.S. grants citizenship broadly, based on both place of birth and parentage.
Under the law, when a foreign government buys U.S. weapon systems through the Department of Defense those governments are required to reimburse the Department for research, development and other one-time costs for those systems. A recent audit by the Government Accountability Office found the department has ...
After receiving information from Finnish authorities that several Belgian taxpayers had been trading on Finnish crypto exchanges, the STI started looking into the ... Belgian tax authorities will try to use the double taxation treaty between Belgium and the US as a way to get information about possible Belgian ...
The new development finance legislation introduced on Feb. 27, 2018, is exactly what the United States needs to modernize its approach to international private sector development. The Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act would create a full-service U.S. International ...
While a slim majority of Americans now holds a favorable opinion of the Republican legislation, Krugman is here to warn them that they are being taken for a ride. That's because the ... Ultimately, his message to American taxpayers is simple: "If you think you were helped by the tax cut, think again. Donald ...
Taxpayers, You've Been Scammed ... The key thing you need to know is that right now the U.S. government has no business cutting taxes. We need more ... This means that unless we cut back sharply on benefits that middle-class Americans count on, we will need to raise more revenue than in the past.
New tax reform laws have now taken effect, and millions of Americans fully expect to see big savings when they file their 2018 tax returns next year compared to what they've paid in previous tax years. Despite concerns that some will be disappointed, it's still likely that most taxpayers will see at least some ...
Each year, the overwhelming majority of tax filers end up getting a refund, and 2018 should prove to be no exception. If you're among the millions of Americans who expect money back from the IRS this season, you may be inclined to blow that cash on a vacation or luxury purchase rather than use it for ...
Now, after the game is over, everyone should continue to think about a different side of sports: politicians' use of taxpayer money to pay for stadiums. For example, the stadium in which quarterback Nick Foles led the Eagles to victory, U.S. Bank Stadium, which serves as the home field for the Minnesota ...

The joint department is estimated to save taxpayers more than $522,000 over the course of five years. The plan proposes a ... Lake County homeowners pay the highest median property tax rate in the state and the 21st highest in the nation, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. While the village ...
Look at the anti-American Democratic members of Congress who help only illegals and obstruct anything that would help Americans. It is time to get these people out of office, but you cannot unless you have voter IDs to stop the voter fraud that is allowing felons, illegals and the dead to vote! No, Mr. Knapp ...
If you're among the millions of Americans who expect money back from the IRS this season, you may be inclined to blow that cash on a vacation or luxury ... increased slightly among taxpayers in recent years, the bulk of Americans still have some catching up to do, especially since 39% of U.S. adults admit ...
Fannie Mae said the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees its operations, would pursue $3.7 billion in funding from taxpayers to cover the deficit. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) of the House Financial Services Committee referred to Fannie Mae's proposed taxpayer infusion as a “bailout request.”.
More than half of taxpayers in the U.S. find the tax filing process stressful and 39 percent are using online tax filing software, according to a new survey. The survey, by the tax prep ... In addition, 57 percent of Americans are not confident in their understanding of the U.S. tax code. That will probably be a ...
Nearly half of American taxpayers are somewhat or very dependent on receiving a tax refund from the IRS. The survey of 3,000 Americans and commissioned by H&R Block also found that if a tax refund was delayed, the biggest concern for one in four respondents would be not having enough money to ...
... Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for going on leave ahead of his retirement in March, saying the move means “the American tax payer is stuck paying him for the rest of his life.” “So they will keep him on till then despite all this to make sure the American tax payer is stuck paying him for the rest of his life?
According to one study, current immigration policy imposes as much as $300 billion annually in net fiscal costs on U.S. taxpayers," said one of the graphics ... Since the United States has been running a deficit for years, "by definition, all Americans have a bigger net cost than contribution — first-generation ...
An immigration watchdog says American taxpayers would save millions of dollars a year if refugees are resettled closer to home rather than brought to the United States. Federation for American Immigration Reform or FAIR has released a new study that suggests refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S. ...
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows is slamming the bipartisan budget deal reached in the House and Senate, saying Republican leadership "caved" at the expense of the American taxpayer. "The real problem with this particular one is that our leadership caved. The swamp won.
In testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee last November, I raised some doubts about U.S. military aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). My main concern was that the LAF "is increasingly intertwined with Hezbollah." Now there is another reason to doubt that American military aid to Lebanon ...
We doubt the tariff will have the intended effect and instead will have plenty of unintended consequences—like costing the US taxpayer. Ironically, the US solar industry is against the tariff. The current tariff case was started by two foreign-owned, failed companies. The rest of the US solar industry is largely ...
John Conyers, D-Mich., who resigned, and U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, who announced his retirement and is currently under a House Ethics Committee investigation. To raise public awareness of this misuse of taxpayer dollars, Let Freedom Ring initiated a project called “No Taxes for Hush ...
American taxpayers everywhere have paid heavily, too. The federal government owns most of the coal, oil and gas in the ground here. And it has fostered mining and drilling through a host of subsidies, including tax breaks, cheap leases and low royalties that permit fossil fuel corporations to privatize the ...
Stop sending them the very same sledgehammers that they will then use to pound you, the voter, upside the head. They will do a photo op with you and then go behind closed doors in corporate boardrooms to help their real constituents – the corporate CEOs. All Americans have been groped. We need to ...
We applaud Congress for making progress with U.S. tax reform, and we call upon members to use their momentum to save U.S. taxpayers millions more dollars by shutting down the unfair taxation in Afghanistan. Howard R. Lind is president and executive director of the International Stability Operations ...
"These adjustments prevent taxpayers from being pushed into higher tax brackets when their incomes rise just enough to keep up with inflation," ... just substitute what everyone agrees is a more accurate measure of inflation for the old measure," says Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum.
American taxpayers reportedly paid $6.6 million in airfare alone this year for President Donald Trump's frequent trips to Mar-a-Lago, his luxury resort in Florida. The figure was revealed in a report on Monday in The Wall Street Journal, which reviewed Department of Air Force records obtained by the ...
6 Ways Interior Secretary Zinke Failed American Public Lands and Taxpayers in 2017 ... for the endorsements of science-denier Myron Ebell; the National Rifle Association; right-wing policy groups such as the Sutherland Institute and Americans For Prosperity; and anti-parks politicians such as Sen.
Economists likely will continue to debate whether the bill favors businesses over private citizens but most agree that a majority of U.S. taxpayers will see ... The GOP rightly is touting the bill for its positive financial impact on families, for what hopefully will be an incentive for American corporations to be more ...
Before the end of the year, many taxpayers want to take advantage of the old rules related to deducting their state and local taxes when filing out their federal ... The Internal Revenue Service reports about 600,000 Americans claimed an alimony deduction on their 2015 tax returns, the most recent year for ...
Most of the Republican tax plan will kick in beginning in January, but taxpayers will not see every change immediately. ... Some taxpayers can make changes before the end of 2017 to put themselves in a better position for next year. Jan. ... Taxpayers will see most of the changes when they file 2018 taxes.
Financial advisers and accountants are working overtime as many U.S. taxpayers scramble to pay the rest of their 2017 taxes before Jan. 1. Starting next year, the proposed ... The average American who itemized his or her tax bill in 2015 claimed more than $27,000 in deductions. While taxpayers have until ...
My recent column for Economics21 provided a factual overview of the worsening crisis in multiemployer pension plan underfunding, and a general explanation of why using taxpayer dollars to bail out these plans is a bad idea. Since then, rumors have swirled that lawmakers may try to jam a massive ...
“Additional financial assurance requirements are unnecessary and would impose an undue burden on this important sector of the American economy and rural ... “The Trump administration simply chose to ignore that data in making its decision to abandon these taxpayer protection regulations for mining.”.
Representative William Keating recently cast a No vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Rep. Keating is encouraged to reassess the bill for its overall benefit for the United States and his 9th District constituency. As he has done previously on issues of national security, he should set aside partisanship and ...
Save taxpayer money and put fewer Iowans in jail. ... Federal figures from 2015 showed more than half the people in local jails in the United States suffer from substance abuse disorders, and nearly half suffer from chronic ... Everywhere, American taxpayers pay an exorbitant price to lock their neighbors up.
As a historic overhaul of the nation's tax code nears the finish line, Connecticut taxpayers have deluged their accountants with questions over its ... Hill supports the plan) say cutting corporate taxes will stimulate growth and bring back jobs that were lost as American companies decided they would pay ...
About 49 million taxpayers, or 28 percent, currently itemize, according to the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. If the bill is approved, it's likely even fewer taxpayers would do so. About 8.8 million Americans used the medical expense deduction in 2015, saving themselves an aggregate $86.9 billion.
President Trump and his Republicans have delivered a Merry Christmas tax package in spades. And it works. For example: The Walton family of Walmart is reported to be worth $130 billion. The Republican's Christmas gift tax bill includes the removal of the inheritance tax. A good thing, because it was 40 ...
At the end of every year, millions of Americans can make strategic moves to shave a few bucks off their April tax bill. Right now, millions more should be able to get into the act, with Congressional Republicans poised to pass a 503-page law that fundamentally restructures the U.S. tax code. If the bill passes, ...
Will Alex Azar use his authority as the Secretary of HHS to protect the interests of U.S. taxpayers and lower drug prices? The requirement in the Bayh-Dole Act is that the prices be “reasonable.” Senators should ask Azar if it is “reasonable” to charge Americans the highest prices in the world for drugs which ...
While the Republican tax overhaul would add up to an overall tax cut for individual taxpayers, at least through 2025, millions could still immediately receive a tax increase. For many, particularly those in Democratic areas who earn $200,000 or more, the increase would come from the repeal of the state and ...


 

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