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Prepared Remarks of IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman before the AICPA

In a few days' time - November 11 to be precise - my term as the forty-seventh Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service officially comes to a close . . .
Tax

IRS Provides Additional Relief to Hurricane Sandy Victims

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.
Tax

Tax Court: CPA Is Whistling in the Wind

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.
Tax

Money Laundering Is Dirty Business

What do a California CPA and a former Italian prime minister have in common? Chances are they'll soon both be viewing life from behind iron bars for their crimes of money laundering and tax evasion.
Tax

AICPA Asks IRS for Broader Tax Relief

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has asked the IRS to consider broader relief from filing deadlines for individuals and businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Tax

IRS Gives More Time to Taxpayers and Preparers Affected by Sandy

The IRS announced it is granting taxpayers and tax preparers affected by Hurricane Sandy until November 7, 2012, to file returns and accompanying payments normally due October 31.
Practice

Weathering Sandy: Advice, Assistance, Notifications from CPA Societies and Others

Post-Sandy, CPA societies, government offices, and other organizations are providing information and resources to assist those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. We will keep you updated as news comes in.
Tax

Frankenstorm: Post-Hurricane Accounting for Casualty Loss

After Hurricane Sandy and subsequent damage to the Northeast region, taxes are probably the last thing on your mind. However, with disasters comes property damage.
Tax

Crime Watch

Our latest roundup of criminal cases includes a US postal worker who has been indicted for his involvement in stolen identity fraud and embezzlement. If convicted, he faces years of jail time.
Tax

It's Open Enrollment Season for PTINs!

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.
Tax

YouTube Video Features Medicare Surtax

"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."
Tax

IRS Told to Improve Controls over Refundable Tax Credits

The IRS may never recover millions of dollars in refundable tax credits that were given out erroneously, a new Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration audit report contends.
Tax

Highlights of COLAs for '13

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.
Tax

Crime Watch

Here's our latest roundup of tax crime news. Today's cases involve real estate mortgage fraud, tax evasion, an under-the-table payroll scheme, and an underground warehouse banking scheme.
Tax

The 'Hidden' Social Security Tax Change

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.
Tax

Crime Watch

Today's tax crime cases involve tax evasion, charitable organization donation kickbacks, false claims for tax refunds, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, money laundering, and wire fraud.
Tax

IRS Commissioner Shulman to Step Down

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.
Tax

Crime Watch

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.
Watchdog

A Slew of Tax Fraud Crime Stories

Following are six stories we've gathered on some of the latest tax crimes in California. They make for some interesting reading.
Tax

Should Preachers Be Practicing Politics?

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.

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