Paul Kiel

Paul Kiel

Paul Kiel covers consumer finance for ProPublica, with a focus on debt collection and high-cost lending. His work in 2013 was honored as a finalist for both a Gerald Loeb Award and a Best in Business award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. His work on the foreclosure crisis was featured in The Best Business Writing 2013. It also won SABEW Best in Business awards in both 2011 and 2012 and a 2011 Scripps Howard Award for business/economics reporting. Kiel has also produced stories for the Washington Post, USA Today, Slate and American Public Media’s Marketplace, among others.

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IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig at the Capitol on May 15, 2019, in Washington. Rettig says increasing audit rates of the wealthy depends on whether the IRS budget grows. (Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 03, 2019
IRS: Sorry, But It’s Just Easier and Cheaper to Audit the Poor
The IRS audits the working poor at about the same rate as the wealthiest 1% . Now, in response to questions from a U.S. senator, the IRS has acknowledged that’s true but professes it can’t change anything unless it is given more money. ProPublica reported the disproportionate audit focus on lower-...
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Saturday, March 28, 2015
Let The Game of Whack-A-Mole Begin: Feds Put Forward New Payday Rules
If there’s any industry that has mastered the art of the loophole, it’s high-cost lending. When faced with unwanted regulation, lenders are well-practiced at finding an opening that will allow them to charge triple-digit interest to their customers. As we have reported , they’ve been playing a...
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