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The Internal Revenue Service Building in Washington D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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IRS failed to do background checks on contractors

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The IRS failed to do background checks on some private contractors who handled confidential taxpayer information, exposing more than a million taxpayers to an increased risk of fraud and identity theft, a government investigator said Thursday.

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Former IRS official Lois Lerner last May, declining to answer questions during a hearing on the handling of applications for tax exempt status filed by Tea Party and other conservative political groups.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Former IRS official Lois Lerner last May, declining to answer questions during a hearing on the handling of applications for tax exempt status filed by Tea Party and other conservative political groups. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Ex-IRS official called conservatives ‘crazies’

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny.

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The Internal Revenue Service Building in Washington D.C.
The Internal Revenue Service Building in Washington D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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House passes $22B bill cutting IRS tax enforcement

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP-controlled House passed a $2 billion measure Wednesday 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.

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Archivist of the United States David Ferriero testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on missing IRS e-mails.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Archivist of the United States David Ferriero testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on missing IRS e-mails. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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US Archivist: IRS didn’t follow law with lost emails

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report the loss of records belonging to a senior IRS executive, the nation's top archivist told Congress Tuesday.

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IRS Lost Emails by Official in Tea Party Probe

The Internal Revenue Service said Friday it has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy, sparking outrage from congressional investigators who have been probing the agency for more than a year.

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The Internal Revenue Service Building in Washington D.C.
The Internal Revenue Service Building in Washington D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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IRS: Worker Took Home Personal Info on 20k Workers

The Internal Revenue Service is reporting a potential security breach involving personal information about 20,000 IRS workers, former workers and contractors.

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Sequestration Forces Closure Of IRS For The Day
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Former IRS Official Refuses to Testify at Hearing

The former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the controversy over the agency's targeting of conservative groups once again refused to answer questions at a House hearing Wednesday amid signs that a congressional investigation into the affair may be stalling.

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IRS Releases ‘Dirty Dozen’ Tax Scams [AUDIO]

Tax filing season is upon us and so are the scam artists..The IRS has issued a list of a "dirty dozen" schemes to avoid.

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IRS Warns of New Phone Scam [AUDIO]

There's a new scam to be on the lookout for.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said callers are posing as agents from IRS in an attempt to get your money, and anyone can be a target, especially middle and lower income earners and immigrants.

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IRS Collections Slowed by Budget Constraints

Budget cuts are hurting the Internal Revenue Service's ability to go after tax cheats, the agency's inspector general said Tuesday.

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