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IRS Unveils Fast Track Settlement Program Nationwide

A national program launched by the IRS on November 6 provides a customer-driven approach to resolving tax disputes at the earliest possible stage in the examination process.
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Some IRS Security Program Areas Not Compliant under FISMA

A new TIGTA report stipulated that until the IRS takes steps to fully implement all eleven security program areas covered by FISMA, "taxpayer data will remain vulnerable to inappropriate use, modification, or disclosure – possibly without being detected."
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IRS Relaxes Rules for Health Care FSAs

Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) used for health care expenses just became slightly more flexible. On October 31, the IRS announced that employers can modify the "use-it-or-lose it" rule frequently resulting in a loss of FSA funds.
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TIGTA Says IRS Needs to Improve Emergency Preparedness

As the IRS continues to get back on its feet following the sixteen-day federal government shutdown, a new report released October 30 by the TIGTA concluded the IRS needs to improve certain aspects of its continuity program.
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IRS Warns Taxpayers of Phone Scam

A phone scam in which taxpayers, especially recent immigrants, are told they owe money to the IRS and are threatened with arrest or deportation if they don't pay up has been occurring lately in nearly every state in the country.
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AICPA Says IRS Needs to Issue Additional DOMA Guidance

The AICPA identified seventeen areas in which the IRS should provide additional guidance to taxpayers and tax practitioners as a result of the US Supreme Court's decision that Section 3 of DOMA was unconstitutional.
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Tax Rates, Standard Deduction, Exemptions Increase Due to IRS Inflation Adjustments

For tax year 2014, the IRS announced annual inflation adjustments for more than forty tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes. Revenue Procedure 2013-35 provides details about these annual adjustments.
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IRS Announces 2014 Pension Plan Limitations; Taxpayers May Contribute up to $17,500 to Their 401(k) Plans in 2014

On October 31, 2013, the IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2014.
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IRS Now Processing 2014 PTIN Renewals and Applications

Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) renewals and applications for 2014 are now being accepted and processed by the IRS.
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TIGTA Wants IRS to Take Steps to Prevent Fraudulent Refunds

After reviewing the IRS's primary tool for detecting fraudulent tax returns, the TIGTA recommended the IRS take steps to fix ineffective income and withholding verification processes that are resulting in the agency issuing potentially fraudulent tax refunds.
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TIGTA: IRS Contractor Employees Owe $5.4 Million in Tax Debts

A report released October 23 from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) revealed that hundreds of IRS contractor employees owe millions of dollars in federal tax debt.
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Crime Watch: October 25, 2013

A Los Angeles man was sentenced October 24 to sixty months in federal prison for defrauding professional football player Dwight Freeney in a multimillion dollar fraud scheme.
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Dave Camp Scolds IRS for Delaying Tax-Filing Season

According to Dave Camp (R-MI), the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the IRS' decision to postpone the start of the upcoming tax filing season could adversely affect taxpayers banking on early refunds.
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Shutdown Fallout: IRS Delays 2014 Tax-Filing Season

The 2014 tax-filing season, which was scheduled to begin on January 21, 2014, will be delayed approximately one to two weeks as a result of the recently concluded federal government shutdown, the IRS announced October 22.
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TIGTA Report: The IRS Must Do More to Reduce Improper Payments

The IRS has made no significant improvement in reducing improper Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) payments, according to a report publicly released October 22, 2013, by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
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IRS Is Seeking Applications for Vacancies on the ACT

The IRS is requesting applications for membership to serve on the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). Written applications or nominations must be received on or before November 4, 2013.
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Drought-Stricken Farmers and Ranchers Have More Time to Replace Livestock

Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, the IRS announced October 18.
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Crime Watch: October 18, 2013

Randolph Scott of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, an attorney whose practice included estate and probate matters, was charged by Indictment on October 3, 2013, with defrauding a client's estate of more than $1.7 million.
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Shutdown Forces IRS to Delay PTIN Renewals for 2014

The IRS reported on October 16 that Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) renewals have been delayed for 2014 due to the federal government shutdown.
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Sarah Hall Ingram Defends IRS on Obamacare

How's the rollout of the Affordable Care Act going? Just fine, thank you, according to IRS official Sarah Hall Ingram, who is running the tax collection agency's end of the operation.

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