Following recent disaster declarations for individual assistance issued by the FEMA, the IRS announced November 2, 2012, that affected taxpayers in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York will receive tax relief.
The IRS recently told a CPA to "put his whistle away" because he wasn't entitled to a reward for turning in a fraudulent taxpayer. Now the Tax Court has upheld the IRS' decision in a new case of first impression.
The IRS has issued an important reminder to 730,000 federal tax return preparers around the country: Don't forget to renew your PTIN for 2013. It has also cautioned tax professionals who must meet new competency tests to schedule their exams.
"Benjamin Franklin said, 'In this world, nothing could be said to be certain, except death and taxes.' At least with taxes, they keep changing." Thus starts a new YouTube video entitled "Medicare Investment Income Tax."
The IRS has announced various cost-of-living adjustments for 2013. Although inflation has remained on the low side this year, it was still high enough to move the needle on more than two dozen tax code provisions.
Like clockwork, the SSA announces an increase in the annual Social Security "wage base" practically every October. This year is no exception. Among other changes, the SSA says the wage base will jump to $113,700 in 2013.
On October 10, 2012, the IRS announced that Douglas Shulman, who has led the agency since 2008, is stepping down next month. "It has been an honor to serve the American people during this dynamic time," said Shulman.
A woman in Georgia has been indicted for stealing the identities of the most vulnerable - the homeless and the disabled. The second case involves a tax refund scheme of national scope, wherein at least 180 clients from thirty different states were victimized.
On "Pulpit Freedom Sunday," more than 1,000 pastors participated in a collaborated effort to defy the IRS by endorsing political candidates. Their message was clear: You can't tell us what we can and can't talk about to our congregations.