Ending special tax privileges could save families thousands

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  Iowa, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa — Jeremy Horpedahl knows most people find the tax code to be complicated, boring and hard to understand.
He also knows the tax code is so complicated because it is boring and hard to understand.
“Most people don’t have the time or interest to examine the issues. That make [...]

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Feds have no idea the extent of SNAP fraud, says Iowa official

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is sure the U.S. Department of Agriculture is doing a great job fighting fraud committed by people receiving benefits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Wendy Dishman disagrees.
Dishman is the administrator of the Investigative Division of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, [...]

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Politics let student-visa abusers go unchecked

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  California, Congress, Immigration, Iowa, National, New York, News  /  No Comments

ON 9/11 ANNIVERSARY: Sen. Chuck Grassley wants to tighten up America's loose student-visa program.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Responding to Watchdog.org’s report that the U.S. has lost track of 58,000 foreign students holding expired visas, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley proposed legislation to tighten security.
But, once again, partisan politics stand in the way.
Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced the Student Visa Integrity Act to help reduce fraud and abuse in the Student [...]

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Audit finds $355,000 in improper billing in Iowa public defender office

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

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If all the claims for payment Jennifer Meyer submitted while working for the Office of the State Public Defender are accurate, then she’s the hardest working attorney in Iowa.

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‘It’s not fraud if the agency does it:’ Iowa officials explain unemployment overpayments

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Iowa, News, Unemployment Fraud  /  No Comments

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The only reason Iowa Workforce Development hasn’t been telling the truth about the extra unemployment benefits it paid out in March is because it believes in the honesty of Iowans.

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Iowa agency issues extra unemployment checks; tries to keep it quiet

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

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Iowa Workforce Development may have trouble managing money, but at least its management understands the importance of politeness.

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