The IRS thinks your security sucks

They probably have a point. IRS Urges Taxpayers to Enable Multi-Factor Authentication.

“Already, nearly two dozen tax practitioner firms have reported data thefts to the IRS this year,” the IRS said. “Use of the multi-factor authentication feature is a free and easy way to protect clients and practitioners’ offices from data thefts.”

But Deb, security is hard. And this guy promised me a chocolate bar if I gave him my banking password, and I was hungry. </sarcasm>

See also Signal. And if you are sending documents to your CPA over regular email, then you deserve everything that happens, since email is NOT secure, UNLESS you are using public key encryption including for the attachments.

The IRS Loses to True The Vote

The IRS was used – under the Obama Administration – to target conservative groups. True the Vote Wins Stunning Court Ruling Against IRS in Lois Lerner Scandal.

The IRS was sued by True The Vote for discrimination based on their political viewpoint. (They weren’t crazy liberals, the folks running the IRS couldn’t stand that.)

The judge awarded True The Vote an enhanced attorneys’ fees payment from the IRS.

Judge Walton also ruled that True the Vote is entitled to a “bad faith enhancement” to its requested attorney’s fees. Judge Walton’s opinion held there is “clear and convincing evidence necessary for a finding of bad faith on the part of [the IRS]” in their discrimination against True the Vote. While the exact amount to be awarded is still pending, True the Vote’s application under the Equal Access to Justice Act requested the recovery of $1.9 million in attorneys’ fees.

“This ruling is a victory for all Americans,” says Engelbrecht. “Government cannot be allowed to run roughshod over the Constitutional rights of American citizens.”

The other interesting thing is that there is absolutely NO MENTION of this story in the Mainstream American Media. Media bias? What media bias?

Cry Me A River – 16 Years At the IRS With NO Emergency Fund

Oh no, she couldn’t weather 35 days without a paycheck. Devastated by one shutdown, IRS worker is dreading a next.

FRESNO, Calif. — The federal government had finally called her back to work after 35 days, but now Vicki Ibarra wondered how she could afford to get there. Her used sedan had been repossessed by the bank a few days earlier. The family minivan had a faulty engine and barely any gas. Her internet connection had been cut off a month into the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, so she used a friend’s to get access her bank account. There was $0.38 in checking and $7.80 in savings, all the 16-year IRS employee had left.

Look I get that she wasn’t making a lot by Fresno standards, but whatever you are making, if you don’t have an emergency fund, if your credit cards are maxed out, if you can’t look at several months without income, you are doing things wrong. Or you have the wrong job.

Ibarra had been told once during an IRS training that about 60 percent of American taxpayers live paycheck to paycheck and that 40 percent are unable to afford a $400 emergency. Her first emergency had been the missed car payment, which forced her lease into default because she was already behind. Next went her cable.

And there it is. Cable. Which I’m sure verges on 100 bucks a month. To watch TV. Now I have had cable and satellite TV in the past, but if you are destitute, living paycheck to paycheck, you should cancel your cable (and your internet connection). You should quit smoking and going out to eat, and you should cut up all but one of your credit cards and pay all of them off. Or at least start to. Then we can talk about your inability to make ends meet. Oh, and there is $190 back charges on her cellphone. (Want to take bets on it being a smart phone?)

This is all a smoke screen. “Orange Man Bad” is the unstated NPC vibe running through the whole thing. I am supposed to feel sorry for a TAX COLLECTOR? Right.

Billions in Tax Money for Illegal Aliens

Of course they get tax refunds. Tax loophole costs billions. From NBC 13 in Indianapolis.

Millions of illegal immigrants are getting a bigger tax refund than you. Eyewitness News shows a massive tax loophole that provides billions of dollars in tax credits to undocumented workers and, in many cases, people who have never stepped foot in the United States. And you are paying for it!

This is completely insane. But then most things the government is doing these days is insane. (Have you been affected by the .gov shutdown? I haven’t.)

Go read the whole thing, it isn’t too long. (Hat tip to Trigger Reset.)

Remember How the IRS Said They Couldn’t Find Those Emails…

You know all those emails that would have shown how they were systematically targeting the conservatives. Turns out they didn’t look very hard. Finally, Suing IRS Over All Those Emails.

On February 26, 2015, the Treasury Inspector General said he is investigating possible criminal activity at the IRS. The most disturbing revelation was that the IRS had not even asked for the backup tapes when the ‘hard drive crash’ excuse was first used.

Should be interesting to watch how this plays out.