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New IRS Message to Taxpayers: We’ve Got Your Back

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThe recently installed head of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen, dropped in on members of the media the other day at the National Press Club in Washington. His message: The tax collection agency is out to restore public trust amid accusations the IRS acted inappropriately in reviewing tax-exempt status for certain public welfare groups, known as 501(c)(4) organizations. “Taxpayers need to be confident that the IRS will treat them fairly. It doesn’t make any difference who they are, what …

Need Help from the IRS? Don’t Hold Your Breath

Posted on 01/10/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsHave tax questions or problems? You probably shouldn’t expect much in the way of help from the IRS these days, according to the latest report from the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the agency. Some of the major findings: The IRS no longer helps elderly, disabled and low-income taxpayers prepare their annual returns. Ten years ago it prepared 476,000 such returns. Only 61 percent of calls to the IRS from taxpayers wanting to speak to someone were answered, …

Are We Winning Key Public Health Battles?

Posted on 11/22/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Mile Stobbe, Medical Writer, The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — About three years ago, the nation’s top public health agency picked its battles. Now, it’s issuing its own report card on reaching those goals: Pretty good but needs improvement. The seven “winnable battles” singled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set goals for 2015, such as cutting adult smoking to 17 percent and pushing childhood obesity down to about 15 percent. >> Sign up for the AARP …