Beginning this summer, you might need to upload a selfie and a photo ID to a private company, ID.me, if you want to file your taxes online.
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Federal and state governments are turning to a facial recognition company to ensure that people accessing services are who they say they are. The move promises to cut down on fraud, but at what cost?
The government could toss the 1040 in the trash.
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A tax expert explains why the US continues to use such a complex and costly income tax system.
South Africa offers free malaria testing and treatment to anyone entering the country along shared borders.
The South African Malaria Control Programme is one of the few on the continent that is entirely funded by government. The stable source of funding has allowed for steady malaria control interventions.
Enforcing punishments on proven tax cheats could provide benefits beyond improving compliance to tax laws. Once offenders pay up, billions lost to offshore scandals could be recouped and the tax burden more fairly shared among taxpayers.
Research suggests punishing tax cheats can re-establish a sense of justice among the general public, so authorities should use their resources to ensure culpable offenders are held accountable.
Megachurches can be megarich.
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Megachurches and the men who lead them can be superrich. So why don’t the IRS and local authorities see a cent in taxes? A scholar explains.
Malaria infections can still occur outdoors.
This project may help to eradicate malaria by developing new technologies to prevent mosquitoes from biting people when they are outdoors.
U.S. taxpayers spend more than $2 billion annually in tax preparation fees.
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Dozens of prosperous countries save billions of dollars and hours annually by not requiring residents to fill out tax returns, so what is the United States waiting for?
Smart or unethical? What does philosophy say about avoiding taxes?
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Wriggling out of paying taxes may be legal, but is it right? Aristotle, Immanuel Kant – and others – have their say.
The tax code can feel like a labyrinth.
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Congress tends to use the tax code to implement policy, which increases complexity and creates loopholes wealthy taxpayers like Trump can exploit.
Trump has tried to keep his taxes in the dark for years.
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Because the rich often have complicated deductions that dabble in the gray areas of tax law, it’s simply easier to audit the straightforward taxes of the working poor.
Filing taxes during coronavirus times.
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As people file their taxes in a year where many are going through financial hardships brought on by COVID-19, a scholar argues that cheating on one’s taxes would still be morally wrong.
Eight charities will get the Trump Foundation’s remaining assets.
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Under a settlement reached with New York authorities, he must give US$2 million to nonprofits out of his own pocket. And if he wants to start another foundation, Trump must submit to close supervision.
These Iowan supporters of Steve Bullock may hope he’ll make good on promises to get ‘dark money’ out of politics.
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A law professor explains political disclosure laws, how donors get around them – and what to do about it.
Throngs of Santa Barbara News-Press readers, rallying in 2006.
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The health of American democracy could be at stake.
Trump’s tax returns have been a rallying cry for Democrats since the 2016 campaign.
While the Treasury secretary says House Democrats lack a ‘legitimate’ reason for demanding Trump’s tax returns, a former IRS attorney explains that the law says otherwise.
Still a US citizen and still liable for US taxes.
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Taxation is not the only financial burden for overseas Americans.
Congress designed a complicated tax system.
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The IRS already has all the info it needs from 40% of filers, yet lobbying by tax preparers is stymieing efforts to make the filing process simpler.
Tax time can be stressful.
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If tax seasons is stressing you out, a look at the worst things that could happen to you if you mess up – and why they’re so unlikely – may help.
The New York district attorney dropped a financial fraud investigation of Ivanka Trump, left, and her brother, Donald Jr., right.
The investigations into the financial dealings of Donald Trump and his associates join a growing body of evidence pointing to lax enforcement of certain high-level financial crime.
Maria Butina, founder of a Russian gun group, allegedly infiltrated the Republican Party.
The NRA may fund political candidates but only with cash from U.S. donors. The group could face serious consequences if, as news reports allege, it broke laws and rules.