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IRS Spoof on Star Trek: The Sequel

Responding to criticism by a high-ranking member of the House's tax-writing committee, the IRS now admits it should have scuttled a quirky video based on the iconic "Star Trek" TV show. But the agency continues to maintain that another video parody, this one based on "Gilligan's Island," should not be cast away.
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IRS Releases 2012 Data Book; Examined 1 Percent of Individual Returns

On March 25, the IRS announced the release of its "2012 Internal Revenue Service Data Book," which provides a snapshot of agency activities.The report includes information about returns filed, taxes collected, enforcement actions, taxpayer assistance, and the IRS budget and workforce, along with other data.
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Ex-Chicago Bear Zorich Up Tax Creek without an Excuse

No excuses for former Chicago Bear Christopher Zorich. He simply told the judge in March that he didn't file his taxes for 2006 to 2009 "in a timely fashion." He pled guilty on four misdemeanor counts of not filing federal income tax on more than $1 million.
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IRS Star Trek Video: Going Where No Agency Has Gone Before

A high-ranking member of the tax-writing committee in Congress is demanding the IRS release copies of two video parodies produced with taxpayer money. The videos, which spoof "Star Trek" and "Gilligan's Island," were shot at the IRS' television studio in Maryland.
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Relief Available to Many Extension Requesters Claiming Tax Benefits

On March 20, 2013, the IRS provided late-payment penalty relief to individuals and businesses requesting a tax-filing extension because they're attaching to their returns any of the forms that couldn’t be filed until after January.
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Mike Tyson Has Heavyweight Tax Problems

When Mike Tyson was named heavyweight champion back in 1986, he was the youngest man ever to win that title. They called him "the baddest man on the planet." Over the course of his career, he made more than $300 million. But in 2003, he declared bankruptcy.
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GAO Takes IRS to Task on Information Security Control Lapses

Although the IRS has continued to make progress in addressing information security control weaknesses, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a March 2013 report that "serious weaknesses remain."
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IRS Warns Tax Preparers to Review Their Safeguards for Client Data

In a March 18 e-mail, the IRS warned tax preparation professionals that the security of taxpayer accounts and personal information should be a top priority, as referenced in Revenue Procedure 2007-40, which outlines the obligations of IRS e-file providers.
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IRS Employees Need More Training in Dealing with Troubled Taxpayers

Many IRS workers don't have sufficient training in dealing with potentially dangerous taxpayers, despite several programs developed to address such situations, according to a report issued March 12 by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
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Crime Watch: March 15, 2013

A federal court has permanently barred Crystal Ireland of Detroit, who does business as Master Mind Preparation, from preparing federal tax returns that claim the earned income tax credit. According to the complaint, Ireland fabricated businesses and reported fake business income on her customers' tax returns in order to claim the maximum credit for them.
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H&R Block Gaffe Affects 600,000 Tax Returns

So you think you've got headaches this tax return season? They're probably nothing compared to the migraines the folks at H&R Block are experiencing after the nation's largest tax preparation firm admitted to botching more than 600,000 returns.
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Need More Time to Submit WOTC Forms? You Got It

More than two months after Congress authorized a retroactive extension of the Worker Opportunity Tax Credit, the IRS has finally issued transitional rules for claiming the credit for recent job hires.
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Crime Watch: March 11, 2013

On March 8, the IRS announced that its Office of Professional Responsibility obtained the disbarment of enrolled agent Lorna M. Walker for stealing a client's tax payments and for preparing tax returns with false deductions for multiple clients.
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IRS Makes 8.7 Percent Sequestration Reductions

On March 4, the IRS announced it has been forced to trim awards paid to whistleblowers, to reduce refundable credits for certain types of tax-exempt bonds, and to reduce the refundable portion of the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit for some small tax-exempt employers – all by 8.7 percent.
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No Fallout at IRS from Sequester . . . Yet

Now that the federal government's "sequester" has taken hold, what will the effect be on federal income tax refunds? None, according to an internal memo from Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller.
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IRS Now Accepting All 2012 Returns for Processing

The IRS announced March 4 it has finished updating all its forms and its tax-processing systems so that all individual and business taxpayers who may have been forced to postpone filing while awaiting revised forms are now able to file their 2012 federal income tax returns.
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Crime Watch: March 4, 2013

Appearing before US District Judge Margaret M. Morrow, a Los Angeles woman was sentenced February 25 to three years in prison for her role in a scheme whereby she used the identities of others to defraud the federal bankruptcy and tax systems.
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IRS Opens Window Longer for Sandy Victims

The IRS is throwing yet another life preserver to taxpayers who were victimized by Hurricane Sandy. Under a new Notice, these taxpayers now have until October 15, 2013, to deduct their disaster-area losses on a 2011 or 2012 return.
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Colleges Gear Up for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Season

College students, eager to get a taste of the accounting profession, are once again turning out to assist low-income taxpayers file their tax returns through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
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IRS Issues 2013 Vehicle Depreciation Deduction Limits

On February 25, the IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2013-21, which reflects inflation adjustments to the depreciation limits and lease rates for cars, trucks, and vans first placed in service in calendar year 2013.

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