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  • Many People are Too Broke for Bankruptcy. A New Report Suggests Some Fixes.

    It’s tax season. That also means it’s bankruptcy season. Every year, bankruptcy filings peak in March and stay elevated in April, as people use their precious tax refunds to finally purchase the thing they couldn’t afford before:...

    • Posted April 15, 2019
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  • How the IRS Was Gutted

    In the summer of 2008, William Pfeil made a startling discovery: Hundreds of foreign companies that operated in the U.S. weren’t paying U.S. taxes, and his employer, the Internal Revenue Service, had no idea. Under U.S. law,...

    • Posted April 1, 2019
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  • Who’s More Likely to Be Audited: A Person Making $20,000 — or $400,000?

    When Natassia Smick, 28, filed her family’s taxes in January, she already had plans for the refund she and her husband expected to receive. Mainly, she wanted to catch up on her credit card debt. And she...

    • Posted April 1, 2019
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  • Senators Urge IRS to Focus on Big-Time Tax Cheats, Citing ProPublica Stories

    In a letter on Friday , a group of prominent senators — including Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., 2020 presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as well as Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Richard Blumenthal,...

    • Posted March 8, 2019
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  • If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours

    Tom Steckel hunched over a laptop in the overheated basement of the state Capitol building in Pierre, South Dakota, early last week, trying to figure out how a newly awarded benefit claims contract will make it easier...

    • Posted January 2, 2019
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  • Who’s More Likely to Be Audited: A Person Making $20,000 — or $400,000?

    When Natassia Smick, 28, filed her family’s taxes in January, she already had plans for the refund she and her husband expected to receive. Mainly, she wanted to catch up on her credit card debt. And she...

    • Posted December 12, 2018
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  • When You Can’t Afford to Go Bankrupt

    A ritual of spring in America is about to begin. Tens of thousands of people will soon get their tax refunds, and when they do, they will finally be able to afford the thing they’ve thought about...

    • Posted March 2, 2018
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  • How to Get Away With Bankruptcy Fraud

    The boxy building that houses JC Foreclosure Service doesn’t look like much. Drive past, and you might miss it among the gas stations and body shops and small homes here in Bell, a working class, Hispanic enclave...

    • Posted December 26, 2017
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  • Dozens of Companies Are Using Facebook to Exclude Older Workers From Job Ads

    A few weeks ago, Verizon placed an ad on Facebook to recruit applicants for a unit focused on financial planning and analysis. The ad showed a smiling, millennial-aged woman seated at a computer and promised that new...

    • Posted December 21, 2017
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  • Memphis City Council Questions Why They Keep People in Debt

    Last month, ProPublica published a deep examination of how struggling black Americans are much less likely to gain lasting relief from bankruptcy than their white peers. The story focused on Memphis, where the racial gaps in the...

    • Posted October 24, 2017
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  • Turns Out Equifax Was Punishing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Filers

    For what appears to be decades, the credit rating agency Equifax has quietly layered three more years of tarnish on the credit histories of hundreds of thousands of people who had filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 13....

    • Posted September 29, 2017
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  • Chicago’s Bankruptcy Boom

    This week we published a deep look at why bankruptcy frequently fails to provide relief to black Americans struggling with debt. The story focused on Memphis, Tennessee — the bankruptcy capital of the nation — where black...

    • Posted September 28, 2017
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  • Department of Education Civil Rights Office Pick – Concerns Raised

    by Annie Waldman ProPublica, April 14, 2017, 11:17 a.m. The new acting head of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights once complained that she experienced discrimination because she is white. As an undergraduate studying...

    • Posted April 17, 2017
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  • Former Lobbyist With For-Profit Colleges Quits Education Department

    by Annie Waldman ProPublica, March 21, 2017, 10:44 a.m. A former lobbyist for an association of for-profit colleges resigned last Friday from the Department of Education, where he had worked for about a month. As ProPublica reported...

    • Posted March 21, 2017
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  • Filing Taxes Could Be Free and Simple. But H&R Block and Intuit Are Still Lobbying Against It.

    by Jessica Huseman ProPublica, March 20, 2017, 1:22 p.m. Here’s how preparing your taxes could work: You sit down, review a prefilled filing from the government. If it’s accurate, you sign it. If it’s not, you fix...

    • Posted March 20, 2017
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