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IRS to Step Up Pressure on Non-Withholders

The IRS plans to announce soon its intention to investigate several businesses that have been publicly proclaiming they do not withhold payroll taxes on wages paid to their employees but instead pay their employees 100% of the wages earned.Several companies participating in this tax boycott have declared their anti-tax position on the Internet, listing their names on various Web site
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Tax Tip: Should You Itemize?

Whether to itemize deductions on your tax return depends on how much you spent on certain expenses last year. Money paid for medical care, mortgage interest, taxes, contributions, casualty losses, and miscellaneous deductions can reduce your taxes. If the total amount spent on those categories is more than the standard deduction, you can usually benefit by itemizing, according to the IRS.The standard deduction amounts are based on your filing status and are subject to inflation adjustments each year.
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Stealth Tax Act Seeks to Curb IRS

Senate bill 286, "Stealth Tax Prevention Act," has been introduced by Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) with the intent of keeping tabs on any attempts of the IRS to increase federal revenues with tax increases.Under the provisions of the act, any IRS regulation that seeks to increase federal revenues over current prices or revenues would be subject to congressional review and disapproval within 60 days after the regulation is issued.Sen.
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IRS Modernization Takes Another Giant Leap Forward

The Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday the completion of a cornerstone in its systems modernization effort by successfully consolidating and upgrading its major computer systems. The IRS consolidated 67 mainframe computers spread across 12 locations to 20 mainframe computers in just 3 locations.
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St. Louis Volunteers Rack Up Record Refunds

St. Louis, MO – February 6, 2001 – Over 300 volunteers worked long hours Saturday, January 27 and Saturday, February 3, 2001, helping 392 families prepare their federal and state tax returns to receive refunds of $495,000. Every dollar of these refunds goes directly to the families.The St. Louis Tax Assistance Program (TAP) helps working families or elderly residents with total incomes below $26,000 per year. January 27, 2001, TAP launched its fourth season of free tax return preparation at three locations in the St.
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Tax Tip: Gratuities and Taxes

Do you work at a hair salon, barber shop, casino, golf course, hotel, restaurant or drive a taxi cab? The tip income you receive as an employee from those services is taxable income, according to the IRS.As taxable income, these tips are subject to federal income tax, Social Security and Medicare taxes, and may be subject to state income tax as well.You must keep a running daily log of all your tip income.
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IRS Moves Forward With Internet Presence

The Internal Revenue Service is looking forward to expanding and improving its presence on the Internet.During the next few months, the IRS will be changing the homepage from the Digital Daily to a more contemporary styled portal page.
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AccountingWEB Editor Authors New TurboTax Book

The Quicken Press, part of Osborne/McGraw-Hill, has recently published TurboTax Deluxe: The Official Guide, a resource for preparation of 2000 tax returns.
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Tax Tip: Free Help From the IRS

Sometimes when you are preparing your federal tax return, you need a little help. The IRS offers free assistance by computer, telephone, fax, and in person. The IRS can assist you with obtaining forms, publications and answers to a wide range of tax questions. If you qualify, IRS can even help you find free tax preparation.How to get help: Personal Computer - With your personal computer and Internet connection, you can access a wealth of free tax information at www.irs.gov.
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Bush Plan Calls for Retroactive Tax Cut

President Bush is wasting no time in promoting his plan for a comprehensive tax cut that would benefit all Americans, slashing the lowest tax rate to 10% and the highest rate to 33%. Recalling the early days of the Reagan era, Bush claims a massive tax cut at this time will stimulate the economy.
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Tax Tip: 1040A Users May Report Mutual Funds Distributions

Some taxpayers with capital gains may now use the shorter Form 1040A. If your only capital gains or losses are capital gains distributions from mutual funds, and you are otherwise eligible to use Form 1040A, you may report these gains on line 10 of the 1040A. If you must use Form 1040 for some other reason, but have no other capital gains or losses, you can skip Schedule D and report your capital gains distributions on line 13 of the 1040, checking the box to indicate that Schedule D was not required.
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H&R Block Launches 'Ask A Tax Advisor'

H & R Block debuted its "Ask a Tax Advisor" service, last week, which enables H & R Block customers instant access to H & R Block tax experts around the country. H&R Block's new "Ask a Tax Advisor" service allows customers quick, customized answers from H&R Block tax professionals for only $19.95 per solution. Using e-mail, live chat or phone, a Block professional will attempt to answer the taxpayer's specific tax questions.
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Revised IRS Form W-9 Available

The IRS form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification and Certification, has been revised effective immediately. The new version of the form is available for downloading on the IRS Web site.The primary change to the W-9 form is a requirement that the person filling out the form identify himself or herself as "U.S. Person," as opposed to a "Foreign Person." The phrase, U.S. Person, includes resident aliens.
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Intuit Offers Free On-line Tax Filing

Now in its fourth year, the Quicken Tax Freedom Project provided by Intuit, the maker of Quicken and TurboTax software, offers free on-line tax filing for all individuals and families with adjusted gross income of under $25,000, a $5,000 increase over previous years.Using the TuboTax for the Web software, Intuit is able to provide an interactive question-and-answer process in which taxpayers can enter information about their tax returns.
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Tax Tip: What is Your Filing Status?

Your filing status on your tax return is a category that identifies you, based on your marital and family situation. It is an important factor in determining whether you must file a return, the amount of your standard deduction and your correct amount of tax. If more than one filing status applies to you, you may choose the one that will give you the lowest tax, according to the IRS.There are five possible filing statuses: Single, Married Filing Jointly, Married Filing Separately, Head of Household and Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Child.
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New Tax Resource for Mexican Business

If you have clients or subsidiaries who do business in Mexico, a new resource is now available to help navigate the waters of corporate tax planning. WorldTrade Executive, Inc., a leader in publications covering international finance, law, tax and cross-border trade, announced today the launch of its newest publication, "Practical Mexican Tax Strategies".
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Have Tax Return, Need Mailing Address

Anyone mailing federal individual tax returns this year should double-check the mailing address before dropping that form in the mail.
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IRS's Digital Daily Bids Farewell

To taxpayers and tax practitioners everywhere:On January 6, 1996, despite a blizzard and a government furlough, the IRS Digital Daily debuted -- on schedule and well within budget. This grass roots effort was the IRS' first Internet presence and developed by a staff of four. We worked hard with one goal in mind: making it easier for people to get the tax information they need.
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Tax Tip: Who Must File A Tax Return?

There are some instances where you may not be required to file a tax return. But the IRS reminds you to keep a few things in mind. First, over 70 percent of all individual filers of federal income tax returns are due a tax refund, and it may be to your advantage to file, even if you are not required to. Next, the law requires you to file a tax return if your income is above a certain level.

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