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 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.
Even Cruz's flat tax will need someone, somewhere, to enforce it.
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.
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.
It's hard to fire civil servants. But that doesn't mean it can't, or shouldn't, be done.
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.
If you've been watching the polls, you might think President Obama was having a good week.
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.
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.
Here's what the Tea Party and a 1970s radical feminist collective have in common.
We've read the Inspector General's report on the I.R.S. mess. Here's what we've learned.
"How many 'game changers' did we see during the 2012 campaign, not one of which turned out to be an actual game changer?"
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.
The IRS apologized for being too aggressive in prosecuting 501(c)(4)s. What the heck is a 501(c)(4)?
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.
The IRS's Cincinnati branch made some terrible and damaging errors. But they were dealing with a real problem.
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.
How tax preparers and conservatives fight to keep the IRS from making it easier to do your taxes.
Let us not lose the capacity to be amazed.