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Inspector General: More Than 300,000 Federal Employees & Retirees Owe Back Taxes PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 10 September 2015 06:08

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) -  The U.S. Treasury Department has identified 304,665 federal employees and retirees who owe $3.54 billion in unpaid taxes.

Generally, the IRS is successful at collecting revenue by closing most FERDI cases as fully paid or with an installment agreement.

TIGTA identified two ways in which the FERDI program can be improved.  The first involves the Federal Payment Levy Program (FPLP), one of the key collection tools used for the FERDI program, which allows the IRS to levy up to 15 percent of certain Federal payments, including wages, to delinquent taxpayers.  Federal payments for certain Federal employees are excluded from the FPLP due to legal or policy constraints, e.g., bankruptcy or military service men and women in combat zones, but the IRS excludes certain other Federal payments from the FPLP without a legal or articulated policy basis.  TIGTA forecasts that expanding the FPLP to include more Federal payments could potentially increase revenue by approximately $18.3 million over the next five years.

The second improvement opportunity involves the IRS’s policy to handle many FERDI cases manually.  Besides the FPLP, FERDI cases bypass the IRS’s other Automated Collection System (ACS) tools that can systemically identify taxpayer assets for levy in favor of manual handling.  Moving FERDI cases to the ACS’s systemic levy process if the FPLP levy attempts fail or if the FPLP levy will not fully pay the amount owed could result in potential benefits such as faster case resolutions and smaller manual inventory sizes.

From the report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), which can be found at treasury.gov:



TIGTA recommended that the IRS continue identifying and expanding the use of the FPLP to other Federal payments, including military retirement payments, and consider applying ACS systemic levies to FERDI taxpayers.

In their response to the report, IRS officials agreed with the recommendation to expand the use of the FPLP to other Federal payments and plan to work with the appropriate agencies to make the necessary programming changes to include military retirement payments.

IRS officials disagreed with the recommendation to apply ACS systemic levies to FERDI taxpayers because they believe that the majority of manually worked FERDI cases will be included in the FPLP after the programming changes.

TIGTA believes that the IRS could further reduce ACS manual inventory by moving FERDI cases to the ACS systemic levy process when FPLP levies do not fully resolve the delinquency.

Planned Parenthood Fetal Tissue Sales Program Front & Center For House Committee Hearing PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 05:04

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of unborn baby tissue is the subject of a U.S. House committee hearing Wednesday.

The official House schedule shows a 10:30 a.m. Committe on the Judiciary hearing titled, "Hearing: Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nations Largest Abortion Provider"

The full day's schedule is as follows:


9:00 am     Hearing: Holding EPA Accountable for Polluting Western Waters
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology:

10:00 am     Hearing: Implications of a Nuclear Agreement with Iran Part IV
Committee on Foreign Affairs:

10:00 am     Hearing: Restoring the Trust for Young Americans
Committee On The Budget:

10:00 am     Business Meeting: Oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy

10:15 am     Business Meeting: Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health

10:30 am     Hearing: Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nations Largest Abortion Provider
Committee on the Judiciary:

2:00 pm     Business Meeting: The Future of Air Force Long-Range Strikecapabilities and employment concepts
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

2:00 pm     Hearing: Agricultural Trade with Cuba
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

2:00 pm     Hearing: The Role of Water in Avoiding Conflict and Building Prosperity
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats

4:00 pm     Markup: Full Committee Markup on H.R. 538, H.R. 1541, H.R. 1644, H.R. 1880, H.R. 2130, H.R. 2168, H.R. 2288
Committee on Natural Resources:

Gov. McCrory To Join Tuesday's NC Business & Economic Development Summit In Washington D.C. PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 September 2015 04:49

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory  will travel to the nation's capital Tuesday to be part of a business and economic develpment summit hosted by the state's congressional delegation.

The governor's public schedule shows him in the Cannon House Office Building at 12:45 p.m. The  appearance is open to credentialed press.

North Carolina's congressional delegation is hosting the summit to discuss transportation and job creation issues.

The two-day summit will be held Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington D.C.

The agenda, posted to the website of Rep. Richard Hudson is as follows:

Tuesday, September 8th – NC Focus: Transportation

12:45pm-1:15  Registration & Material Pickup*

1:20 – 1:30      Opening Remarks*

1:30 – 4:10      Presentations by guest speakers*

4:20 – 5:10      Transportation Leadership Panel*

5:15 – 6:00      North Carolina Delegation Congressional Briefing*

6:00 – 6:45      Networking Session

Wednesday, September 9th – NC Focus: Economic Growth and Job Creation

8:00am – 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 – 11:10    Presentations by guest speakers*

11:15 – 11:55  Breakout Sessions*

12:00 – 12:20  Final presentation by guest speaker*

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 September 2015 04:55
U.S. Labor Department: Labor Day Dedicated To Social and Economic Achievement PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 04 September 2015 05:36

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The U.S. Labor Department has posted information about the history and influence of Labor Day on its website.

The site says Labor Day "is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."

The information can be found at dol.gov/laborday/history.htm.


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