Thursday, September 24, 2009
IRS Severs Ties With, and Files $2m in Liens Against, ACORN
The IRS has severed ties with ACORN, after several of its employees were caught on video giving advice to a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp. (ACORN in the the past has worked with various groups in providing tax assistance to the poor through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).) In addition, the IRS has filed over $2 million in tax liens against the organization.
I am amazed that ACORN had not already severed ties with the IRS as a result of the inclusion of itemized deductions in the calculation of the taxable portion of taxable Social Security benefits, etc.. See section 111(a) of the IRC, Form 1040, and the form for calculating taxable Social Security benefits and answer the following questions.
To what extent does an itemized deduction reduce the taxable portion of Social Security benefits?
To what extent can the inclusion of an itemized deduction recovery increase the taxable portion of Social Security benefits?
Recognizing that an itemized deduction recovery and the addtional taxable Social Security benefits attributable to the recovery are included in gross income, how can IRS instructions be reconciled with section 111(a) of the IRC?
Posted by: WD Kebschull | Sep 24, 2009 11:09:17 AM
How about instead of putting liens against them they ARREST them for NOT PAYING their taxes. If they were an individual and owed 2 million in back taxes not including what should be 10's of thousand of dollars in interest they would be on their way to the pokie!
Posted by: JadedByPolitcs | Sep 24, 2009 5:19:30 AM
With all the phony EIC's, exemptions, and deductions, the IRS could have a field day auditing the ACORN prepared returns - but, they won't. There might be one or two preparer penalties on those.
Now, who is settling these liens? Who Put up the Bonds to release IRS Leins on ACORN!....hmmm?
Posted by: Woody | Sep 24, 2009 12:04:03 PM