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The US Treasury Department and the IRS on August 28 released draft guidance on the reporting requirements for forms 1094-B and 1095-B, as well as forms 1094-C and 1095-C.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

Lawmaker Lashes Out at IRS Over Latest TIGTA Findings

Representative Diane Black (R-TN) blasted the IRS on Thursday after a new watchdog report found that the agency had not conducted background checks on some contractors who had access to sensitive taxpayer data.
Tax

Telephone Tax Scam Continues to Rear Its Ugly Head

US tax authorities have determined that 1,100 victims have lost an estimated $5 million due to a sophisticated nationwide phone scam, in which the fraudsters claim to be from the IRS and demand money.
Tax

IRS Taxpayer Bill of Rights Now Available in Six Languages

Newly revised versions of Publication 1, "Your Rights as a Taxpayer," are available on the IRS website in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese, the nation's tax agency said on Tuesday.
Tax

Tax-Exempt Groups Owe Millions in Tax Debt: Report

More than 64,200 tax-exempt organizations owed nearly $875 million in back taxes to the federal government, 69 percent of which were payroll taxes and related penalties and interest, as of June 16, 2012, according to a TIGTA report released on Wednesday.
Tax

IRS Gets Pat on the Back for Accurate ACA Eligibility Data

A new TIGTA report found that in nearly all instances, the nation's tax agency correctly provided income and family size information to health insurance exchanges to determine the eligibility of individuals for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Tax

IRS Chief: Criticism of New Form 1023-EZ Is ‘Wrong’

In an interview last week with Tax Analysts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said critics of a new form intended to speed small charities through the application process for tax-exempt status are “wrong for several reasons.”
A&A

Bramwell's Lunch Beat: SEC Turns to Deloitte for Top Accounting Job

The menu for July 31 features bipartisan efforts on tax refund fraud, a possible new chief accountant for the SEC, the battle against bank overdraft fees, and more.
Practice

Don’t Leave Money on the Table When You Suspect IRS Error

The IRS isn't always perfect in its calculations of underpayment interest and refund interest. Two BDO USA professionals, Cathy Stopyra and Todd Simmens, provide advice so you don't walk away from overpayments that are rightfully owed to your company.
Tax

IRS: Assess Changes Now That May Affect Your Premium Tax Credit

Certain “changes in circumstances,” such as in household income or family size, could alter how much eligible taxpayers receive in health insurance premium tax credits, the IRS cautioned on Friday.
Tax

Taxpayer Advocate Wants Exam Added to IRS Voluntary Tax Preparer Program

In her annual midyear report to Congress on Wednesday, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson said she wants the IRS to develop a competency exam for preparers by 2016 as part of the agency's Annual Filing Season Program.
Tax

AICPA Files Lawsuit to Stop IRS Voluntary Preparer Education

The federal lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, said the IRS’s new Annual Filing Season Program is “unlawful” and an attempt to bypass two courts’ rulings that prevent the agency from mandating continuing education and competency testing of unlicensed tax return preparers.
Tax

Ex-CA Tax Preparer Gets 18 Months in Jail for Defrauding the IRS

According to court documents, Rene R. Lopez of Van Nuys, California, prepared and filed at least 85 fraudulent income tax returns with the IRS, claiming $130,797 in false income tax refunds, from 1998 through 2001.

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