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Interest Rates Will Remain Unchanged for Q2 of 2015, IRS Says

Set to begin on April 1, the interest rates are computed from the federal short-term rate, determined last January.
Tax

IRS Chief: 2015 Tax-Filing Season ‘Going Well’ Despite Agency Woes

John Koskinen said this week that the fact tax season started on time is a “stunning achievement by our employees.”
Practice

Is Your Number Up? PTIN Rules You May Not Have Known

You know you need a PTIN—but learn little-known details that can save you hassles later.
Tax

IRS Is Allowing Taxpayers to Make Appointments at 10 Walk-in Assistance Centers

The IRS hopes the new appointment-based service approach will help taxpayers avoid long lines this tax season.
Tax

IRS Says 2015 Tax-Filing Season Is Strong Out of the Gate

Of the more than 14 million federal income tax returns the IRS received as of Jan. 31, 95 percent were e-filed.
Tax

A Special Message—and Poll—for Our Readers at Tax Season

Take a look at all we have going for you this time of year—and help us choose a new image.
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As Tax Season Rolls Along, IRS Launches New Return Preparer Online Directory

Need help finding a credentialed tax pro to prepare your Form 1040? Well, the IRS has just the tool for you.
Tax

During Tax Season, Post Office Deadlines Can Mean Everything

Revenue recognition can also be a tax issue: in what year did you really receive that money?
Practice

The 2015 Tax Season Is Going to Suck, According to the Taxpayer Advocate

Essentially, taxpayers can expect the worst level of service in more than a decade. Here are the reasons why.

Don't Try This at Home: Sex Addiction Is no Excuse for Tax Fraud

This CPA was very, very naughty. But you have to give him credit for an imaginative defense.

Bramwell's Lunch Beat: Auditor Responsibilities to Widen Says PCAOB

Apple Pay makes inroads, new faces at PCAOB meeting, Tax Court comes down hard on substantiation, and more.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: FAF/FASB Responds to Chief Accountant Comments

The menu features the IRS preparer program deadline, a European plan to raises taxes on Netflix, and more.
Tax

IRS to Issue EITC Due Diligence Letters Next Month

Starting in October, the IRS will send warning letters to tax return preparers who appear not to be complying with the Earned Income Tax Credit due diligence requirements.
Tax

TIGTA Finds Flaw in IRS Collection Efforts for Unpaid Taxes

In a report released on Monday, the IRS watchdog found that the tax agency may not be completing the required research steps in collecting delinquent taxes before considering the cases “not collectible.”
Tax

IRS Alerts Foreign Banks about a New FATCA-Related Scam

The tax agency on Wednesday warned foreign financial institutions of a "phishing" scam in which fraudsters posing as the IRS are trying to solicit account-holder identity and financial account information under the new US law.
Tax

2014-15 Per Diem Rates for Travel Expenses Set by IRS

The IRS has announced the special per diem rates for substantiating certain business expenses taxpayers incur when traveling away from home in 2014 and 2015. The new per diem rates go into effect Oct. 1.
Tax

IRS Reaches Direct Pay Milestone in 2014

More than 1 million tax payments have been processed, and more than $1.7 billion have been received, so far in 2014 through IRS Direct Pay, a free online payment system that debuted earlier this year, the tax agency announced on Wednesday.
Tax

IRS: Interest Rates Remain Unchanged for Q4 of 2014

The interest rates announced by the IRS on Wednesday are computed from the federal short-term rate, which was determined during July 2014 to take effect Aug. 1, 2014, based on daily compounding.
Practice

IRS Releases Draft Instructions for ACA Employer Mandate

The US Treasury Department and the IRS on August 28 released draft guidance on the reporting requirements for forms 1094-B and 1095-B, as well as forms 1094-C and 1095-C.
Tax

Breaker 1-9: Highway Use Tax Returns Due September 2

The highway use tax applies to highway motor vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more, which generally includes trucks, truck tractors, and buses. The Labor Day holiday pushed the due date for Form 2290 back two days.

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