2014 tax-filing season

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IRS Direct Pay Hits the Ground Running

More than 150,000 taxpayers have paid more than $340 million in taxes so far through the new web-based IRS Direct Pay system, the IRS announced on Thursday.
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IRS Readies for Slew of Amended Returns

The agency estimated last week that approximately 5 million taxpayers will amend their federal income tax returns by filing Form 1040X this year. Those who need to amend their returns should do so only after filing the original return.
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Ask and You Shall Receive: E-filing Up This Tax Season

The IRS strongly encouraged taxpayers to file their 2013 federal income tax return electronically versus mailing a paper return to the agency. So far, 88 percent of the returns the IRS received this tax season were e-filed.
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Survey: Work Hours and Resources Not Spared From Tax Preparation

According to a new Accountemps survey, 30 percent of respondents believe it is not unusual for employees to spend time on personal income tax preparation during the workday – and use company resources to do it.
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IRS Ramps Up ID Theft and Refund Fraud Enforcement Efforts

Nearly 300 new identity theft and refund fraud investigations have been launched during this tax-filing season, bringing the number of active cases to almost 1,900, the IRS announced last week.
Practice Management

Help to the Finish Line: How to Manage Your Time as April 15 Approaches

A few rational choices when you're in seemingly irrational situations.
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IRS: Beware of New E-mail Phishing Scam

This latest phishing scheme involves e-mails to taxpayers that appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number. The bogus e-mails direct the recipient to click on links to web pages that solicit personal information.
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Still Haven’t Filed Your Taxes? Then Consider These 10 Tips

Get organized, don't wait until the last minute to prepare your return, and ask questions are among the top tips for taxpayers who haven't yet filed their individual income tax returns, according to the American Institute of CPAs.
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Help to the Finish Line: Complete What You Start

The first in a series of quizzes from Jeff Davidson that help you gauge how well you are managing your personal and professional lives.
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5 Tax Advantages for Small Businesses This Filing Season

There are a myriad of tax benefits and deductions available to small businesses this filing season. Two tax partners with BDO USA LLP shed light on five in particular that business owners should consider.
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IRS Is Handing Out Bigger Refunds This Year

Tax refunds are up, as the IRS computers pull the Service ahead of last year's numbers.
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Tax Returns Keep Rolling In to the IRS

The IRS noted last Thursday that, as of February 21, it has received nearly 49.6 million individual income tax returns – about one-third of the amount the nation’s tax-collection agency projected before the start of the 2014 filing season on January 31.
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2014 Tax-Filing Season Off to a Roaring Start

From January 31 – the opening day of the 2014 tax-filing season – until February 7, the IRS received 27.3 million income tax returns, up 2.5 percent from the 26.9 million returns it collected around the same time last year, the agency reported today.
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IRS to Taxpayers: Hang Up the Phone

Typically, Presidents Day week is “prime time” for taxpayers to call the IRS with questions about filing returns and related issues. But because of government budget cutbacks that may result in longer call wait times, the IRS is asking taxpayers to use its website and other online tools instead to find answers to their questions.

IRS Opens Free File Ahead of Tax Season

Tax-filing season doesn’t begin until January 31, but starting today, the estimated 100 million individuals and families with adjusted gross incomes of $58,000 or less for 2013 can prepare, complete, and file their federal tax returns electronically at no cost.
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IRS Cites High-Tech Changes for Tax Filing Season

Public demand is up and government funding is down. The nation’s tax collection agency says it will be emphasizing online services and automation to help weather the hectic 2014 tax filing season.
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IRS Sets January 13 as Start Date to 2014 Business Tax Season

January 13, 2014, is the first day the IRS will begin accepting 2013 business tax returns – filed electronically or filed on paper – the agency announced.
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Save the Date: Tax Season to Start on January 31

The 2014 tax-filing season, which was scheduled to begin on January 21 but was delayed because the IRS could not program and test its tax-processing systems during the sixteen-day federal government shutdown in October, will now begin on January 31, according to the agency.
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AICPA Asks IRS to Plan Ahead for Another Shutdown

In a media briefing held on November 8, high-ranking officials of the AICPA urged the IRS to develop and publicize a contingency plan in the event the government shuts down again January 16.
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AICPA Briefs Media on Three Pressing Tax Issues

On November 15, the AICPA held a conference call with various members of the media, including AccountingWEB. The briefing focused on three critical areas.

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