It's Very, Very Easy for Hackers to Steal Your IRS Account

The only thing that sucks worse than doing taxes is a hacker stealing your identity, doing your taxes for you, and then depositing your return in a random bank account, where it can later be transferred to Nigeria. Sound impossible? It's not, according to the story of an unlucky man named Michael Kasper.
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Watch the IRS Defend Its Use of Computers in the 1960s

When the IRS began using computers in the early 60s, there was national outrage: how could a machine be trusted to look after our finances? This 10-minute video, fresh from the archives, was an attempt to convince people that everything would be OK. » 4/17/14 8:00am 4/17/14 8:00am

"New IRS" Lets Americans Tell The US Where Their Tax Dollars Should Go

Happy Tax Day! Do you know where your tax dollars are going? No? Doesn't that seem a little ridiculous? What if you could tell the government exactly how to spend your hard-earned money? Now you can—even if it is hypothetically. » 4/15/14 4:00pm 4/15/14 4:00pm

IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions for Custom Support

The IRS isn't exactly known for playing fast and loose with deadlines—your deadlines, that is. But when it comes to its own, its apparently a lot more willing to take their chances. In this case, that means paying millions of dollars to keep running Windows XP long after the deadline has come and gone. » 4/14/14 10:20am 4/14/14 10:20am

Why the Future of Bitcoin Depends on the Silk Road Trial

Over the weekend, Ross Ulbricht's lawyer, Joshua Dratel, filed a motion asking the court to dismiss all charges against the Silk Road kingpin. It's largely what you'd expect from a bullish defense attorney. But here's the twist: Dratel throws bitcoin under the bus. » 4/01/14 6:14pm 4/01/14 6:14pm

IRS Declares Bitcoin Is Property and Must Be Taxed As Such

With April 15 looming, plenty of bitcoin barons have been wondering how to treat their newfound crypto-fortunes. Does it count as capital gains? Is it taxed like a currency? Is it taxed at all? Well, on Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service announced definitively that Bitcoin is property, and will be taxed as such. » 3/25/14 2:24pm 3/25/14 2:24pm

Taxpayers, the federal government just announced a new online tool that makes filing a wee bit easier: now you can download your past tax return documents directly from the IRS website. One small step. [WhiteHouse.gov via TheVerge] » 1/16/14 1:35pm 1/16/14 1:35pm

The IRS Just Accidentally Published Thousands of SSNs Online

You'd think the IRS would be the one organization it might be safe to trust with your precious Social Security Number. Think again. Thanks to a cock-up, the agency just put tens of thousands of the numbers out on the Internet for anyone and everyone to see. Fantastic. » 7/08/13 12:03pm 7/08/13 12:03pm

Why Amazon Wants To Make You Pay Sales Tax

Our days of sales-taxless, free-love internet revelry may be numbered. Thursday afternoon, the Senate voted to open the floor to a bill that could end tax-free online shopping once and for all. » 4/26/13 3:15pm 4/26/13 3:15pm

How the US Built Its Super-Secret Spy Satellite Program

Ethics aside, espionage is an indispensable part of statecraft. The ISR [Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance] information gathered helps steer national policy decisions for everything from mundane trade negotiations to the blackest of ops. And nowhere is this more evident than in the development of the US… » 4/23/13 4:00pm 4/23/13 4:00pm

New Documents Suggest the IRS Reads Your Emails Without a Warrant

Everyone knows the IRS is our nation's tax collector, but it is also a law enforcement organization tasked with investigating criminal violations of the tax laws. New documents released to the ACLU under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the IRS Criminal Tax Division has long taken the position that the IRS… » 4/11/13 8:24am 4/11/13 8:24am

At Least the IRS's Ridiculous Star Trek Parody Was Also Crazy Expensive

We all have our favorite Star Trek episodes, and the ones we think aren't quite up to snuff. But here's something we can all agree on: the IRS's nearly $60,000 Star Trek-inspired training video from 2010 would be the worst Star Trek episode ever. No contest. » 3/23/13 5:00pm 3/23/13 5:00pm

Everything You Need to Live on the Cheap After the Tax Man Cometh

So you left filing your taxes until the last minute, and it turns out that instead of getting a nice fat check in the mail in the coming months, you owe Uncle Sam quite a bit of coin. » 4/17/12 4:20pm 4/17/12 4:20pm

Japan's Rescue Robot Brigade Takes to Fukushima

In an environment as inhospitable as Japan's wasted Fukushima nuclear plant, there's no feasible way for humans to partake in salvage efforts. Which is why Japan has called on the services of 23 brave rescue robots to enter the heart of darkness. » 4/07/11 9:14am 4/07/11 9:14am

Where's My Taxes App? [Updated]

I'm liking Thirdway.org's proposal that every taxpayer should get a detailed receipt [pdf]. But let's go further: An iPhone app that shows exactly where your tax dollars go. Punch in taxes paid; see where your money has gone. [Via] » 10/01/10 11:20am 10/01/10 11:20am

Obama Wants to Dump Work Cellphone Personal Use Tax

The Obama administration is in favor of repealing a 1989 law that asked to tax people for using their work cellphones for personal calls. A turn of events after last week, when the IRS said they wanted to enforce it. » 6/17/09 12:50pm 6/17/09 12:50pm