Headline English: Hacking the IRS

Here’s another edition of Headline English, where I talk about some of vocabulary found in American newspapers. Today I talk about the hacking scandal at the Internal Revenue Service.

Note: Slight correction – the actual number of accounts hacked was around 330,000, not half a million, as I say in the video – but still double the initial estimate by the IRS.

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17 Responses to Headline English: Hacking the IRS

  1. peter says:

    Hi chief jeff ,

    Nice to see you again.
    It has been a while.
    I have one question occupying my mind throughout the entire of the video clip.
    Where on earth did get the humongous mug from. Man ,it is huge !!
    U can serve a platoon coffee with it.
    I bet , it takes u forever to drink it up;))
    Talk about washroom frequency after that ;)))

    About the IRS
    Cut them some slack. Half a million is a small number compared to the population of U.S.which is close to 300 millions.right?!
    Besides ,I hear they nip it in the bud. I hear the guilty party is spotted.i don’t know if the culprits are nabbed yet !

    U know journalists
    They usually make a mountain out of a molehill.

    To me ,IRS people catch it before the hacking spins out of control.

    Kudos IRS on the job well done

    Toodel-oo people


  2. Thiago Messias says:

    I love these videos. You are the best teacher ever!! Thanks for everything. Cheers from Brazil.

  3. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Good one, Jeff. Great as always.

  4. Dan says:

    Hello Jeff and thanks for the video.

    Wow that’s a HUGE cup you posses. Americans….they always want it bigger than everyone else….:-)

    I like that the IRS is an agency that many groups and people hate already and now with this scandal is just like adding fuel to the fire.

    Hope you guys will not get mail from the agency that your info were stolen. That would be really annoying.


  5. Jorge Neto says:

    Hi Jeff,

    First of all, I’d like thank you! Because I’ve learned a lot with yours podcasts since 2010 I’ve followed you. I am a teacher also and as I can I recomend your website. I’m still a english student and I recomend you to my teacherar too. Keep doing a good work!!!! the world knows you are!!! And Lucy also.

  6. Esvin from Guatemala says:

    it was a real pleasure to see you for the first time, Dr. Jeff Mcquillan, God bless you, i am a eslpodcastaholic love this site and your work, i can´t afford to get a membership to download learning guides, but i am really happy listening to your podcast, i hope someday i could travel to LA, of course i will go meeting you and give some souvenir from my contry as acknoledgement

  7. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Hello, Esvin. Nice to meet you. I can’t afford going to LA so as to see Jeff. I’m sorry about this. I’d like so much but I can’t do it. Don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk. Did you undersstand?
    Aecio from Brazil.

  8. Dan says:

    Hey Hi!

    Not to downplay the gravity of the scandal or defend the IRS, but reading more about the IRS and what they do, the numbers are mind-blogging.

    According to what I read om Wiki, the agency collects over 2.4 trillion each fiscal year and it processes around 234 million tax returns every year. That’s huge.

    Of course, when it comes to government agencies and especially the ones collecting taxes is easy to criticize and make fun of them, it almost comes naturally, right?

    But, when you are handling a huge monster like that it’s almost inevitable something wrong is going to happen.

    Just thoughts. Thanks.

  9. Dan says:

    Hi! Hey.

    Speaking of taxes, something I would like to see going away is tax exempt
    for the many charities, foundations, religious organizations.

    I don’t know if this is true, once I heard that if all the religious organizations in the US alone pay their fair share of taxes, you have solved the US public debt overnight.

    What do you guys think about that?


  10. emiliano says:

    Tania, I think you have put your finger right on the sensitive points which need to be highlighted.
    A house, a place to live, a work, food to eat every day, that’s the real problems, once we have
    these life necesities covered we cout talk about antoher kind of illusions that are not so important.

    Talking as I did it seems I have not these problems in mind, I am really sorry forgetting all these
    real material things that so many people have not covered in their life.
    Thousands of people are coming to Europe from Africa or Asia without anything lossing their life
    frequently when they cross the sea,
    So yes, you are right, when we have vital necesities covered we use to forget other people
    that have not these kind of life, our kind o life so soft and confortable, sorry again I do think I have
    been very light without any deep solidarity with them, even with people that have not enough to

    May be our great fault it is just to think every one have their vital life solved and this is a
    big mistake, my big mistake writing silly things about illusions.


  11. Tania says:


    Great idea to explain us the grammar punctuation within the Learn English Magazine.
    I can see how many gaps I have. Frankly, I am ashamed.

    Thank you our dear Learn English Magazine team.

  12. Tania says:

    I like the topic “Headline English” with a difficult meaning for many of us.
    I have followed it and on the last number of the Learn English Magazine. I like it.
    New word to me “revenue”.
    To be a hacker seems to be a good job for many unscrupulous people, although many of them go to jail.
    Many of them go on, lead, their criminal activity from the jail.
    Many countries are under cybernetic attack.

    Excellent acting!
    Thank you.

  13. Tania says:


    I have read on the saying “luck of the Irish” in Learn English Magazine.
    I hope to be true and for you dear Jeff , as you and your team work very, very hard.
    When do you rest?

    Like you said, we feel lucky being able to be part of ESLPodcast listeners and blog friends.

    All the best for you,


  14. Tania says:

    Difficult to me: to fling, to cast, to toss.
    A very modern word is “casting”, the choice of actors for roles in a play, in a show.
    We use the same word “casting” with the same pronunciation. I know the word “cast-iron”.
    But all the three verbs with the same meaning… and I have to know how to use them?
    At least I have understood your explanation on video in Learn English Magazine.
    I like very much the topics and the explanations within your video. Of course and the characters.
    Pao is a great artist.
    Thank you.

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  16. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Hi, guys. Come on! Wake up! The day is clear and all blue. There’s something on the air.
    Aecio, from Brazil where there’s no sin.

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