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A dog groomer can do your taxes. Is that wrong?

Out of 79 million individual tax returns prepared by professionals in 2011, more than half were completed by unregulated tax preparers, according to Internal Revenue Service records.

The IRS and Medicare will now recognize same-sex marriages. All of them.

The IRS and Medicare have announced they don't care if a married couple lives in a state that recognizes that marriage. If the marriage is real, it's good enough for them.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 29, 2013

Ted Cruz unintentionally explains why we need the IRS

Even Cruz's flat tax will need someone, somewhere, to enforce it.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jun 3, 2013

The IRS scandal is about targeting conservatives, not scrutinizing 501(c)(4)s

The problem isn't that the IRS asked tea party groups to prove they weren't overly politics. It's that they targeted tea party groups for that scrutiny.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 29, 2013

Scandals usually lead to reform. Maybe not this time.

Unfortunately, for those who would like to see these policy problems being the IRS and DoJ scandals solved, the wrong party is angry about them and the wrong party is complacent.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 24, 2013

Yes, heads should roll at the IRS

It's hard to fire civil servants. But that doesn't mean it can't, or shouldn't, be done.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 22, 2013

The IRS controversy isn’t about taxes. It’s about disclosure.

Even if tea party groups' nonprofit status applications had been denied, there's no way they would have paid real taxes. They just would have had to disclose donors.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 21, 2013

Here’s why the ‘scandals’ aren’t affecting Obama’s poll numbers

If you've been watching the polls, you might think President Obama was having a good week.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 20, 2013

The view from the I.R.S.’s Cincinnati office

We haven't heard much from the actual agents in the Cincinnati I.R.S. office. But Lisa Rein and Dan Zak got some of them to talk.

  • Wonkborg
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  • May 17, 2013

The scandals are falling apart

Absent further revelations, the possible scandals that reach high enough don't seem to include any real wrongdoing, whereas the ones that include real wrongdoing don't reach high enough.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 16, 2013

Before the IRS harassed the Tea Party, it harassed gay rights groups

Here's what the Tea Party and a 1970s radical feminist collective have in common.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • May 15, 2013

The IRS report: Insubordination and incompetence, but not much of a conspiracy

We've read the Inspector General's report on the I.R.S. mess. Here's what we've learned.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 14, 2013

Alan Abramowitz: It’s ridiculous to call these scandals ‘game changers’

"How many 'game changers' did we see during the 2012 campaign, not one of which turned out to be an actual game changer?"

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 14, 2013

How is the IRS supposed to vet 501(c)(4) groups, anyway?

An in-depth look at how the IRS was treating conservative and Tea Party groups — and a look at what it's supposed to do.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • May 14, 2013

Everything you need to know about the IRS scandal in one FAQ

The IRS apologized for being too aggressive in prosecuting 501(c)(4)s. What the heck is a 501(c)(4)?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 14, 2013

Three reasons the White House should be particularly afraid of scandals right now

Political scientist Brendan Nyhan has researched the conditions in which scandals are most likely to take hold. The news is bad for the White House.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 13, 2013

Wonkbook: The good reasons for the IRS’s dumb mistake

The IRS's Cincinnati branch made some terrible and damaging errors. But they were dealing with a real problem.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • May 13, 2013

The IRS was wrong to target the tea party. They should’ve gone after all 501(c)4s.

The problem wasn't that the IRS was skeptical of these tea party groups. It's that it hasn't been skeptical of Organizing for America and Crossroads GPS.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 10, 2013

Why doing your taxes is much harder than it ought to be

How tax preparers and conservatives fight to keep the IRS from making it easier to do your taxes.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Apr 15, 2013

Karl Rove doesn’t care about silly old elections

Let us not lose the capacity to be amazed.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 17, 2012
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