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Still Haven’t Filed Your Taxes? Then Consider These 10 Tips

Get organized, don't wait until the last minute to prepare your return, and ask questions are among the top tips for taxpayers who haven't yet filed their individual income tax returns, according to the American Institute of CPAs.
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Lois Lerner Steps Up in IRS Scandal

The former IRS manager now faces a withering new House report, which releases embarrassing e-mails.
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IRS Is Handing Out Bigger Refunds This Year

Tax refunds are up, as the IRS computers pull the Service ahead of last year's numbers.
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The Lowdown on Tax Audits

New IRS guidance and various studies explode some myths on the dreaded tax audit and give hints on who gets audited and why.
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IRS Would Receive More Funding in Obama’s 2015 Budget

A proposed fiscal year 2015 budget released by President Obama yesterday would provide the IRS with $12 billion in base funding, up 6.3 percent over the 2014 enacted level. The budget would also allot $165 million to improve IRS customer service.
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Tax Returns Keep Rolling In to the IRS

The IRS noted last Thursday that, as of February 21, it has received nearly 49.6 million individual income tax returns – about one-third of the amount the nation’s tax-collection agency projected before the start of the 2014 filing season on January 31.
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AICPA Sends Array of Legislative Tax Proposals to Congress

In a February 19 letter sent to the top tax legislators in Congress, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) outlined a set of proposals that would simplify or make technical corrections to the nation’s tax code.
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Identity Theft Tops IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Scams for 2014

For the third straight year, identity theft heads the IRS’s list of the top twelve scams taxpayers should be wary of during tax season.
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TIGTA Says IRS Needs to Upgrade Travel Procedures

In a new report released yesterday, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) says some IRS executives have been dodging taxes on travel excursions.
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2014 Tax-Filing Season Off to a Roaring Start

From January 31 – the opening day of the 2014 tax-filing season – until February 7, the IRS received 27.3 million income tax returns, up 2.5 percent from the 26.9 million returns it collected around the same time last year, the agency reported today.
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IRS to Taxpayers: Hang Up the Phone

Typically, Presidents Day week is “prime time” for taxpayers to call the IRS with questions about filing returns and related issues. But because of government budget cutbacks that may result in longer call wait times, the IRS is asking taxpayers to use its website and other online tools instead to find answers to their questions.
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Appeals Court: IRS Lacks Authority to Regulate Preparers

A federal appeals court panel of three judges on February 11 upheld a lower court’s ruling early last year that the IRS does not have the legal right to regulate the estimated 600,000 to 700,000 paid tax return preparers in the United States.
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IRS Releases Version 4.0 of Mobile App

It might take slightly longer for taxpayers to get their tax refunds from the IRS this year, but at least they can do a better job of tracking the progress on their smartphones.
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Report: IRS Criminal Prosecutions Up 23.4% under Obama

A new report from Syracuse University found that the number of referrals for criminal prosecution by the IRS has risen by nearly a quarter under the Obama administration compared to George W. Bush’s years in the White House.
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New Medicare Surtax Form Makes Its Debut

With just a few scant days until the official start of tax-filing season, the IRS approved a final draft of new Form 8960, "Net Investment Income Tax—Individuals, Estates, and Trusts." This form will be used to compute the new 3.8 percent Medicare surtax on net investment income on 2013 federal income tax returns.
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IRS Proposes Regs on Obamacare Penalties for Individuals

At long last, the much-publicized health insurance mandate for individuals went into effect on January 1. Now, less than a month later, the IRS has issued new proposed regulations governing the penalties for noncompliance.
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Ex-IRS Worker Admits to Stealing $1.7 Million in Fake Refunds

Monica Nanette Hernandez, a former IRS data clerk, pleaded guilty on January 21 to one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of filing false income tax returns, and one count of wire fraud. She will be sentenced on April 14.
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Workers’ Comp and S Corp Owners?

Consider an S corporation with a shareholder who owns 2 percent or more of the company. We know if the company pays for their health insurance, that needs to be added to their wages, right? But what about when the owners are covered by their workers’ compensation insurance policies?

IRS Opens Free File Ahead of Tax Season

Tax-filing season doesn’t begin until January 31, but starting today, the estimated 100 million individuals and families with adjusted gross incomes of $58,000 or less for 2013 can prepare, complete, and file their federal tax returns electronically at no cost.
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National Taxpayer Advocate Wants Taxpayer Bill of Rights

It’s not exactly the rallying cry of “no taxation without representation,” but National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson has called on the IRS to adopt a comprehensive new Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

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