This week’s FOIA roundup: Detroiters overtaxed millions, the latest in police spyware, and prizes for your best FOIA idea
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Recovering over a billion in unpaid taxes in 2018, IRS Whistleblower’s Office operates on a budget of just over $6 million
In 2016, the Internal Revenue Service reported that unpaid taxes cost the federal government over $400 billion a year. According to documents recently released through FOIA, that same year, the IRS Whistleblower’s Office, which offers compensation to individuals who report on tax evasion, had a budget just over $6 million.
New York City has battled it out among the other 19 finalist cities for #AmazonHQ2, with Governor Andrew Cuomo saying he’s done “everything he can” to win. But the details of that “everything” is being kept from the public.
A recent FOIA release from the Internal Revenue Service show that leading up into the inauguration, the IRS received hundreds of emails asking for the Commissioner to end the audit of President-elect Donald Trump’s tax returns, and report all violations to the Attorney General.
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