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Time Is Running Out to Renew or Apply for 2014 PTINs

The IRS is reminding professional tax return preparers to renew their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) if they plan to prepare returns in 2014.
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IRS Sets January 13 as Start Date to 2014 Business Tax Season

January 13, 2014, is the first day the IRS will begin accepting 2013 business tax returns – filed electronically or filed on paper – the agency announced.
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IRS Modifies Multiple Signature Process for Form 1041

As part of its regular review process, the IRS has determined that the Multiple Tax Return Listing (MTRL) process used to electronically file Form 1041, US Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts, must be modified.
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Save the Date: Tax Season to Start on January 31

The 2014 tax-filing season, which was scheduled to begin on January 21 but was delayed because the IRS could not program and test its tax-processing systems during the sixteen-day federal government shutdown in October, will now begin on January 31, according to the agency.
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IRS Issues Guidance on Roth 401(k) Rollovers

The Roth 401(k) has failed to gain much traction in the workplace. But a provision in ATRA was designed to grease the skids. Now the IRS has provided valuable guidance on in-plan Roth 401(k) rollovers in Notice 2013-74.
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Crime Watch: December 13, 2013

Rathana Ung, the former director and officer of Lim's Income Tax and Lim's Tax, Inc., was sentenced to twelve months and a day imprisonment, one year of supervised release, and ordered to pay $103,736 in restitution to the IRS.
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Virginia Married Gay Couples Face Tax Dilemma

The Virginia Department of Taxation says it cannot legally allow same-sex married couples who are residents of Virginia to file their state tax returns using the married/joint status.
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IRS Clarifies Tax Rules for Start-Up Costs of Terminated Partnerships

What are the tax consequences if a partnership technically terminates due to the sale or exchange of its interests? This issue is finally settled under new proposed regulations released by the IRS.
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Standard Mileage Rates Down for 2014

The IRS has issued the optional standard mileage rates for 2014, which are down one-half cent from this year's rates.
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Crime Watch: December 6, 2013

Gary Mach was sentenced to sixteen months in prison, two months of house arrest, and eighteen months of probation and ordered to pay $270,725 in restitution to the IRS after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States.
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Don't Ignore This Tax Credit for Retirement Savings

Due to an underpublicized break for retirement contributions, certain taxpayers may cut their current tax bill while stockpiling funds for the future. The IRS recently reminded taxpayers of the "retirement saver's credit."
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IRS Testing BYOD Policy for Employees

The IRS is piloting a program that would allow employees access to work e-mail and other services on their personal smartphones, but according TIGTA, the IRS program should be cost effective and a full cost-benefit analysis is needed.
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New Final Regulations Clarify Obamacare Tax Rules

Three provisions of the ACA may have a major impact on individual taxpayers and certain businesses beginning in 2013. The IRS has just issued voluminous new final regulations clarifying some of the rules.
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Seizing Private Assets to Enhance Fed Budgets?

Some are wondering if federal agencies are seizing private assets on flimsy evidence to beef up their budgets. In 1985, about $27 million assets were seized. That's no small amount, but leap forward to 2012, when the amount skyrocketed to $4 billion.
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IRS Urged by TIGTA to Fix Weaknesses in Its Systems Security

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) concluded in a recent report that the IRS needs to step up its tracking efforts to eliminate weaknesses in the security of systems involving taxpayer data.
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Tax Recommendations Aplenty in Latest IRSAC Report

The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) made several recommendations on a broad array of issues and concerns regarding tax administration in its annual report released on November 20.
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AICPA Asks IRS to Plan Ahead for Another Shutdown

In a media briefing held on November 8, high-ranking officials of the AICPA urged the IRS to develop and publicize a contingency plan in the event the government shuts down again January 16.
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TIGTA Report: IRS Needs to Make Virtual Servers More Secure

The IRS has made significant strides in expanding its virtual environment, but more attention is needed to ensure its virtual server configurations are secure, according to a report released by the TIGTA.
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Crime Watch: November 18, 2013

Chicago lawyer Gary J. Stern designed at least three tax-fraud schemes that helped hundreds of customers falsely claim over $16 million in improper tax credits and avoid paying income tax on at least $3.4 million.
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IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to Relief of Typhoon Victims

On November 15, the IRS issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

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