2013 Tax Season

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IRS Fine-Tunes e-File System to Prevent Processing Delays

After performance issues to its electronic filing system caused delays in processing tax returns during the 2012 filing season, the IRS has made several enhancements to the system over the past year that are expected to improve the tax-filing process.
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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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Survey Reveals Taxpayers Who Procrastinate Pay 33 Percent More than Early Filers

Taxpayers who procrastinate getting their returns prepared or who file for an extension will pay about one-third more in tax preparation fees than those who filed in January or February.
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Former IRS Commissioner Everson to Practitioners: Buckle Up!

Mark W. Everson, the former Commissioner of the IRS, sees a bumpy road ahead in tax circles due to pending sequester cuts, growing taxpayer identification theft, and looming health care reforms. But Everson has complete faith in the nation's tax collector's ability to rise to the challenges it will be facing.
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Tax Refunds Delayed Due to Problem with Form 8863 Issued Sooner than Expected

On March 27, the IRS announced the expedited processing of some 600,000 tax returns filing Form 8863, Education Credits, that were delayed due to "a problem with a limited number of software company products."
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Xero Survey Reveals Biggest Tax-Time Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

Tax season has a way of highlighting small business owners' financial management lapses. According to a recent survey, the two most frequently cited are (1) failing to keep financial records up to date and (2) not preparing a budget for the year ahead.
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Relief Available to Many Extension Requesters Claiming Tax Benefits

On March 20, 2013, the IRS provided late-payment penalty relief to individuals and businesses requesting a tax-filing extension because they're attaching to their returns any of the forms that couldn’t be filed until after January.
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H&R Block Gaffe Affects 600,000 Tax Returns

So you think you've got headaches this tax return season? They're probably nothing compared to the migraines the folks at H&R Block are experiencing after the nation's largest tax preparation firm admitted to botching more than 600,000 returns.
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No Fallout at IRS from Sequester . . . Yet

Now that the federal government's "sequester" has taken hold, what will the effect be on federal income tax refunds? None, according to an internal memo from Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller.
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IRS Now Accepting All 2012 Returns for Processing

The IRS announced March 4 it has finished updating all its forms and its tax-processing systems so that all individual and business taxpayers who may have been forced to postpone filing while awaiting revised forms are now able to file their 2012 federal income tax returns.
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IRS Opens Window Longer for Sandy Victims

The IRS is throwing yet another life preserver to taxpayers who were victimized by Hurricane Sandy. Under a new Notice, these taxpayers now have until October 15, 2013, to deduct their disaster-area losses on a 2011 or 2012 return.
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IRS Issues 2013 Vehicle Depreciation Deduction Limits

On February 25, the IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2013-21, which reflects inflation adjustments to the depreciation limits and lease rates for cars, trucks, and vans first placed in service in calendar year 2013.
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IRS to 2010 Roth Converters: Pay the Piper!

The other shoe is about to drop for hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who converted from a traditional IRA to a Roth in 2010. And the IRS is likely to catch it. In fact, it has just posted a reminder to 2012 filers.
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AICPA Asks IRS for Tax Leniency

It's not quite as dramatic as the attorney for a death row prisoner requesting a reprieve from the governor, but the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has sent a letter to the IRS asking for relief in the 2012 tax filing season.
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IRS Reports Traffic Delay for Refund Inquiries

In an unusual posting, the IRS has alerted taxpayers and professional practitioners that the Where's My Refund? feature and other related applications may not be available due to the extra-high volume of inquiries.
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IRS Warns of Delays with Schedule 8812 and Form 8867

The IRS is warning tax preparers of possible delays in processing tax returns or issuing refunds for two different forms, Schedule 8812 and Form 8867, because they either have been prepared incorrectly or are incomplete.
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IRS Accepting Returns with Depreciation, Education Credits This Week

The IRS is now accepting tax returns for processing that contain Form 4562, Depreciation and Amortization, and as of February 14, it plans to start processing Form 8863, Education Credits.
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Ten Things To Do as a Tax Return Preparer

Now that we've entered the 2012 tax filing season, the IRS has posted "Ten Tips to Help You Choose a Tax Preparer" on its website. This new online guidance gives taxpayers insights into choosing a qualified professional to prepare their returns.
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IRS Delays Accepting Returns That Include 31 Types of Forms

The IRS announced January 28, 2013, that it won't accept returns for processing that include Form 8863, Education Credits, until mid-February, or two weeks after the 2013 tax filing season begins. It’s one of many forms currently unavailable.
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Education Credit or Deduction? Read between the Lines

The American Taxpayer Relief Act has officially restored and extended several tax breaks relating to higher education. Should your clients claim a higher education tax credit or a tuition deduction for 2012? The answer? It depends.

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