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Technical Computer Issues at IRS Delay Tax Refunds

Early bird tax filers are finding it's taking longer than usual to receive their federal income tax refunds this year. For 2011 returns filed during the first full week of February, it's taking from fifteen to twenty-one days, or even longer in some cases, to receive a refund.
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Maryland Tax Defier Sentenced to Sixty-Five Months in Prison

Andrew Isaac Chance of Maryland was sentenced to sixty-five months in prison for filing false claims for tax refunds and for filing a false retaliatory lien against a federal prosecutor. The sentencing was announced today by the Justice Department, IRS Criminal Investigation, and TIGTA.
Tax

IRS Needs Better Oversight of Repayment by Tax Cheats

According to a new Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report - Procedures Are Needed to Improve the Accounting and Monitoring of Restitution Payments to Prevent Erroneous Refunds - the IRS should beef up its internal controls to make sure that those convicted of tax crimes pay up.
Practice

Treasury Proposes New Rules for Annuity Options in Retirement Plans

The U.S. Treasury and the IRS have proposed a package of regulations and rulings intended to encourage retirees to invest some proceeds of their retirement accounts in annuities. Retirees have shown no interest in this type of investment because they are reluctant to invest their entire retirement account in an annuity.
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Rapper Lil' Kim Owes IRS Big Bucks

Lil' Kim, a famous rap artist who has been working to turn her life around, allegedly owes more than $1 million in state and federal taxes for the years 2002 to 2009. Celebrity news website TMZ reported that her 2009 debt of $86,347 was recently added to the total she already owed, bringing it to $1,026,862.
Practice

IRS Unveils New Version of Smartphone App

The IRS announced the availability of IRS2Go 2.0, an expanded version of its smartphone application designed to provide taxpayers easier access to practical tools and information. The new app is available on the Apple and Android platforms.
A&A

Fixes to Form 1099-R Could Boost Compliance, Inspector General Says

Changes to IRS tax form 1099-R could eliminate taxpayer confusion, improve compliance, and generate "substantial" revenue for the federal government, according to a report released Tuesday by TIGTA - "Opportunities Exist to Identify More Taxpayers Who Underreport Retirement Income."
A&A

IRS Casts Bait to Reel in Taxpayers with Offshore Accounts

The IRS has reopened its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). Similar programs were initiated in 2011 and 2009, from which the IRS has collected more than $4.4 billion. The OVDP is aimed at encouraging taxpayers who have stashed assets offshore to declare their outstanding tax liabilities.
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Paging All Capitol Hill Staffers: Pay Your Taxes!

Mitt Romney isn't the only one in Washington, DC, with his tax returns under the microscope. According to new data released by the IRS, 3 percent of Senate employees and more than 4 percent of House members still owe tax for the 2010 tax year, adding up to approximately $10.6 million in unpaid taxes.
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Most Say It's Wrong to Cheat on Taxes; Some Say It's Okay

Most taxpayers – the vast majority, in fact – say they would never cheat on their taxes and that it's wrong to do so. However, to 8 percent of taxpayers polled, it's okay to cheat "as much as possible."
Technology

Free Spreadsheet-Based Form 1040 Available for 2011 Tax Year

Glenn Reeves of Burlington, Kansas, recently released his fifteenth annual spreadsheet-based version of the U.S. Individual Tax Return, commonly known as Form 1040. Since 1997, Reeves has pursued this "labor of love," which means he allows any taxpayer to download and use the spreadsheet for free.
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The Ins and Outs of New Reporting Rules in 2012

New cost basis reporting rules now apply to Form 1099-B sent to investors and to the IRS. But other onerous reporting rules for businesses and landlords scheduled to take effect in 2012 have been repealed. If you're confused, you're not alone. Here's a brief recap on what is and isn't taking place this year.
A&A

Governments and Private Companies Exploring Benefits of XBRL

Congress is beginning to mandate the use of XBRL to track spending and improve transparency in government reports. Bills that contain language calling for the implementation of data standards, such as XBRL, have not yet passed into law, but the requirement could become part of the final payroll tax cut bill.
Practice Management

KPMG Repair Regulations Survey - Tax Execs Unsure of Business Impact

Tax executives are unsure what impact the IRS’s recently released “Repair Regulations” might have on their businesses, but they expect the new rules to be more difficult to administer or comply with in practice, according to results of a survey conducted by KPMG LLP, the audit, tax, and advisory firm.
Workplace Fitness

IRS Gears Up for Health Care Law Appeals

The IRS is bracing itself for the implementation of the massive new health care legislation. A few select provisions in the Affordable Care Act have already taken effect, but the most controversial sections of the new law are not scheduled to kick in until 2014.
Tax

NTEU Backs National Taxpayer Advocate Report on IRS Budget Cuts

The union leader representing the IRS workforce has long argued that the most serious problem facing taxpayers is insufficient funding at the IRS. This undercuts the agency's ability to fully perform its duties. Now, Colleen M. Kelley, the president of NTEU, has a powerful ally to echo her message.

Is the IRS Being Mean to Lindsay Lohan?

Lindsay Lohan has found herself in compromising positions before, and now she’s landed in another one. A report has surfaced that the twenty-five-year-old actress, who rocketed to fame in the 2004 film Mean Girls, is on the hook for almost $100,000 in back taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
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There's Still Time to Renew Your 2012 PTIN

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is giving procrastinators a second chance. It says it will continue to accept renewals for Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) after the official deadline for 2012 has passed. There's no definitive length of the extension, so it's up to you to act as soon as possible.
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IRS Targets the Super-Rich for More Audits

It's not who you are or what you do, but how much you earn, as far as the IRS is concerned. New data released by the IRS indicates that the chances of being audited increase dramatically if your income reaches into seven figures. On the flip side, taxpayers earning less than $200,000 can rest a little easier.
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IRS Releases "Extra Points" about 2011 Tax Returns

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has kicked off the 2012 tax return season with a series of five new Fact Sheets that were released the first week of January. In them, the IRS discusses recent changes, improvements, free services, and more that are relevant to both taxpayers and practitioners.

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