Tax news April 2013

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Pace of Tax Return Filings Slower than Last Year

It looks like the last-minute run-up to the April 15 tax deadline has been particularly frantic for accountants, taxpayers, and the IRS this year. According to TIGTA, as of March 9, the IRS had received more than 65 million tax returns, down from the nearly 72 million returns filed during the same period in 2012.
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IRS Releases Draft Form 8957 for FATCA Registration

The IRS continues to work on improvements relating to tax reporting of assets held in foreign banking accounts. Now it has released a new draft of Form 8957 that it expects will lead to increased compliance.
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Crime Watch: April 12, 2013

The United States has filed a civil injunction lawsuit seeking to shut down Mo' Money Taxes of Memphis, Tennessee. The complaint alleges that the estimated tax loss from fraudulent tax return preparation at Mo' Money Taxes in 2011 exceeds $9 million.
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IRS Plans to Cut Back on Big Company Audits This Year

The IRS plans to spend 18 percent less time auditing businesses with assets of $10 million or more in its current fiscal year compared to two years ago, according to a report from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).
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Can the IRS Snoop into Personal E-mail?

It's not likely that taxpayers are "blind copying" the IRS on their e-mails to friends or sharing their posts on social media sites with the IRS. But the IRS may be reading those messages anyway.
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President Obama's Budget Proposal: What's Ahead for the Estate Tax?

In a tough economy, it's not likely that any fiscal changes will be met with cheers, and the $3.78 trillion budget proposed by President Obama on April 10 was no exception. His plan seeks to trim the deficit by $1.8 trillion over the next decade, leaning heavily on high-income earners to fill the gaps.
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NTEU Says Cutting IRS Budget Hurts Taxpayers

The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), the union that represents the IRS workforce, said IRS budget cutting is hurting taxpayers, in particular, senior citizens, small business owners, and the victims of identity theft.
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Obama's New Budget Proposal: $3 Million Cap on IRAs

The new budget plan that President Obama will unveil on April 10 includes an unprecedented tax whammy for retirement savers: A new $3 million cap on IRA assets and other tax-preferred retirement accounts.
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Shakespeare Was a Talented and Artful Tax Dodger

When you hear the name William Shakespeare, you probably think of world-class writing laced with cunning humor and powerful drama. That's the Shakespeare of our collective memory. But is it accurate?
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Tax Protester Wesley Snipes Is Free at Last

Actor and tax protester Wesley Snipes is almost a free man again, at age fifty. He was released from prison April 2, transferred to the New York Community Corrections Office, and will remain on house arrest till July 19.
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New IRS Technology Will Track Online Activity

According to news reports filtering out of Washington, the IRS will begin employing new technology this year that can track a taxpayer's online activities ranging from Facebook and Twitter posts to credit card and PayPal transactions.
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Gone Fishing: IRS Closing Offices for Holidays

Now the sequester is getting really serious! The IRS may shut down its offices completely for a few days surrounding several upcoming holidays in order to accommodate the federal government's budgetary needs.
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Update: Stephen Baldwin's Tax Case Moves On

Just a few months ago in December, actor Stephen Baldwin was arrested on charges of failure to pay state income tax in New York relating to income from 2008, 2009, and 2010. The tax debt, with interest and penalties, came to around $350,000.
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IRS Seeks Applications for Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee

The IRS is requesting nominations for membership to the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC), a federal advisory panel that advises the IRS on various tax administration issues.
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TIGTA Addresses IRS' Trouble Processing Foreign Currency Tax Payments

The IRS is often unable to process tax payments made in foreign currencies on a timely basis or at favorable exchange rates, according to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
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Crime Watch: April 4, 2013

A federal jury in Montgomery, Alabama, found James Timothy Turner, also known as Tim Turner, guilty of multiple tax crimes. He faces a potential maximum prison term of 164 years, a maximum potential fine of $2,350,000, and mandatory restitution.
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Online Sales Tax Court Decision Could Set Stage for Supreme Court Showdown

A court ruling last week that upholds a decision to force online retailers to collect New York State sales tax may force a Supreme Court battle or action by Congress to allow states to claim tax revenues they've lost to online purchases.
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AICPA Comments on IRS Changes in Cancellation of Debt Reporting

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) said it supports the IRS' proposed guidance governing the reporting of the cancellation of debt by lenders, but asks for some changes.
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IRS Asked to Clarify Rules for New Medicare Surtax

Critics are calling for the IRS to clarify certain rules relating to the new 3.8 percent Medicare surtax on net investment income (NII) that kicks in this year. Proposed regulations were issued in December, but advocates of business owners and estates have asked the IRS to shed more light on several murky areas.
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Should You Spend or Save Your Tax Refund?

According to the AICPA's annual survey to determine Americans' top financial concerns and assess their financial well-being, taxpayers say they're likely to use their tax refund conservatively – to build up savings, pay for day-to-day household expenses, or put toward debt.

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