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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.
Tax

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.
Tax

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.
Tax

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 But other onerous reporting rules for businesses and landlords scheduled to take effect in 2012 have been repealed.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).
Tax

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.
Tax

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.
Tax

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.
Tax

IRS Kicks Off 2012 Tax Season with Deadline Extended to April 17

On January 4, the IRS announced that taxpayers have until April 17 to file their tax returns. The IRS encourages taxpayers to e-file as it's the best way to ensure accurate tax returns and get faster refunds. The IRS has made a number of improvements to help make tax season easy for taxpayers.
Tax

Pride of the Yankees? Hal Steinbrenner Sued by the IRS

A lawsuit – filed by the IRS on December 27, 2011, in federal court in Tampa, Florida – aims to recover the funds issued to Hal Steinbrenner, managing general partner of the Yankees, on December 28, 2009. The refund resulted from a dispute between the Steinbrenner family and the IRS for the 2001 tax year as well as audits of the team's parent company for the 2001 and 2002 tax years.
Tax

NTEU President: IRS Budget Cuts Will Hinder Service to CPAs, Clients

While the threat of a government shutdown has been put to rest, NTEU president is still warning Americans that reduced funding embodied in the signed omnibus spending agreement will place an enormous strain on the ability of government agencies to fulfill their critical missions – particularly the IRS.
Tax

Payroll Tax Takes Another Holiday

Our nation's lawmakers finally agreed to a compromise extension of the so-called "payroll tax holiday." The new law signed by the president on December 23 – the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 – keeps the payroll tax break alive for another two months.
Tax

IRS Commissioner Talks about International Tax Cheats

On December 15, before an audience at the IRS/George Washington University Twenty-Fourth Annual Institute on Current Issues in International Taxation, IRS Commissioner, Douglas Shulman, talked about tax cheats in the international arena and how the IRS is "turning up the pressure."
Tax

Filing Deadline Extended to March 30 for Some Tax-Exempt Organizations

The IRS announced that tax-exempt organizations with January and February filing due dates have until March 30 to file their returns. The extension is granted because the part of the e-file system that processes electronically filed returns of tax-exempt organizations will be offline January and February.
Tax

IRS Continues to Check Up on Tax Return Preparers

The IRS recently mailed a letter to more than 21,000 tax return preparers who filed returns in 2011 that had a high percentage of attributes typically associated with inaccuracies and misinterpretations of tax law. Door-to-door meetings with 2,100 of those tax return preparers will be scheduled.

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