Santa Claus wasn't the only one who was supposed to make a list and check it twice this holiday season. The IRS is riding herd on tax practitioners who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit credit for clients without filing Form 8867.
As part of its regular review process, the IRS has determined that the Multiple Tax Return Listing (MTRL) process used to electronically file Form 1041, US Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts, must be modified.
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.
The Roth 401(k) has failed to gain much traction in the workplace. But a provision in ATRA was designed to grease the skids. Now the IRS has provided valuable guidance on in-plan Roth 401(k) rollovers in Notice 2013-74.
Rathana Ung, the former director and officer of Lim's Income Tax and Lim's Tax, Inc., was sentenced to twelve months and a day imprisonment, one year of supervised release, and ordered to pay $103,736 in restitution to the IRS.
Gary Mach was sentenced to sixteen months in prison, two months of house arrest, and eighteen months of probation and ordered to pay $270,725 in restitution to the IRS after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Due to an underpublicized break for retirement contributions, certain taxpayers may cut their current tax bill while stockpiling funds for the future. The IRS recently reminded taxpayers of the "retirement saver's credit."
The IRS is piloting a program that would allow employees access to work e-mail and other services on their personal smartphones, but according TIGTA, the IRS program should be cost effective and a full cost-benefit analysis is needed.
Three provisions of the ACA may have a major impact on individual taxpayers and certain businesses beginning in 2013. The IRS has just issued voluminous new final regulations clarifying some of the rules.
Some are wondering if federal agencies are seizing private assets on flimsy evidence to beef up their budgets. In 1985, about $27 million assets were seized. That's no small amount, but leap forward to 2012, when the amount skyrocketed to $4 billion.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) concluded in a recent report that the IRS needs to step up its tracking efforts to eliminate weaknesses in the security of systems involving taxpayer data.
The IRS has made significant strides in expanding its virtual environment, but more attention is needed to ensure its virtual server configurations are secure, according to a report released by the TIGTA.