IRS Commissioner John Koskinen outlined a number of changes to the agency's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program on Wednesday, which he believes will lead to a surge in US taxpayers coming forward to report on undisclosed foreign accounts.
The IRS can hold back tax refunds of taxpayers for up to six months while it examines their tax returns from other years. It can then use the refund to offset the tax liability. And the program may expand further.
Recent court rulings that now prevent the IRS from regulating paid preparers have resulted in some suspended or disbarred tax practitioners being able to obtain or renew PTINs and prepare federal tax returns again for compensation.
In a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday, AICPA officials wrote that the agency's proposed voluntary certification program would cause confusion among the tax administration and tax preparation community.
The agency decided not to file a petition with the US Supreme Court by the May 12 deadline to continue a court battle on whether it has the legal authority to mandate testing and continuing education of paid tax return preparers.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that 22 to 26 percent of all EITC payments were issued improperly by the IRS last year, costing taxpayers between $13.3 billion to $15.6 billion.
An article posted yesterday by the website Tax Analysts questions whether the House panel broke the law when it publicly disclosed confidential taxpayer information in a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder last month.
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.