TREASURY INSPECTION FINDS HALF OF BIG WIND AND SOLAR COMPANIES EXAMINED ARE ILLEGALLY DOUBLE-DIPPING TAXPAYER FUNDS
By Miriam Raftery
More troubling issues are coming to light regarding renewable energy developers and their projects. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration inspected records for 16 big renewable energy companies--and found that half had been double dipping.
The IRS says that many more wind and solar development owners may be taking money they are not entitled to, Rewire Magazine reports. Projects subsidized by the federal stimulus program are not eligible to also pocket wind power tax credits. The IRS says it doesn’t have way to check – but believes that over half the stimulus grant recipients should have audits to take a closer look.
By Miriam Raftery
March 20, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--The U.S. Treasury Inspector General has issued a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from people claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) but in reality these are scamsters seeking to defraud taxpayers.
“This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. He said the agency has received reports of over 20,000 contacts and has become aware of thousands of victims who have collectively paid over $1 million as a result of the scam.
October 11, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
- San Diego’s Bilbray-Peters race reflects new reality in politics (Los Angeles Times)
- Gas stations close as California gas prices skyrocket (KPBS)
- Edison releases restart plan for unit 2 at San Onofre (KPBS)
- Mayoral debate at Politifest: Videos (Voice of San Diego)
- The Starting Line: UT San Diego’s Soviet-style political coverage. Are air-brushed photos next? (San Diego Free Press)
- The Starting Life: DeMaio’s second calendar: private meetings with developers don’t count (San Diego Free Press)
- Filner’s shaky public safety claim (Voice of San Diego)
- Neighbors (in Lakeside) still shaken by deputies’ shootout with suspect (UT San Diego)
- Pastors to send IRS message on political speech (UT San Diego
- Skyline pastor tells flock he will vote for Romney (UT San Diego)
- Proposal to double city funding on arts moves toward City Council (KPBS)
- A guide to the media attention on Poway’s billion dollar bond (Voice of San Diego)
- North County Times lays off one-third of staff (Sacramento Bee)
- Brown acts to reduce gas prices (Los Angeles Times)
- Proposition 34: Repealing the death penalty (Sacramento Bee)
- Report: recycling fraud costs California millions (Sacramento Bee)
- UCAN demands $474K from ex-boss (UT San Diego)
- California’s new migrants following the work (UT San Diego)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
By Charlotte Reed
- Brown Bag “Lunch and Learn” on GUHSD boundary changes Feb. 25
- Is the grass greener?
- Scam alert
March 20, 2011 (San Diego)--The San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers about a new identity theft scam involving phony e-mails supposedly from the federal government’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The phishing e-mails are requesting personal information from a W-2 form that are prepared by employers.
May 17th deadline looms for non-profits to file returns
May 11, 2010 (San Diego) Congressman Bob Filner (D-San Diego) advises charities in San Diego and Imperial Counties that they could be threatened by a rule requiring organizations to file a yearly return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to keep their non-profit status. Organizations that go three years without filing an annual return will automatically lose tax-exempt status.
East County Magazine found that 1,525 nonprofits in San Diego County are listed as “at risk” of losing their tax-exempt status, including many in East County. The list includes youth sports booster clubs, service clubs, faith-based organizations, groups helping seniors or the disabled, and even such stalwart long-time organizations as a local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter. To view those at risk in our area, see: http://nccsdataweb.urban.org/PubApps/990search.php.