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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The IRS has been embroiled in plenty of turmoil lately, but presumably it has nothing to do with a witch's cauldron or a satanic spell. Nevertheless, an IRS official sitting on the hot seat in Congress was asked to defend herself against mock charges she was demonic.
As if there wasn't enough controversy already swirling around the Affordable Care Act, now the TIGTA reports that the IRS can't account for $67 million stashed in a slush fund intended to help enforce the law.
It must be a pain to be wealthy and famous. Most people who enter a state on business can slip in, do a deal, and go on home without drawing the unwanted attention of the IRS. But for Tom Hanks, it's not so easy.
The National Organization for Marriage filed a lawsuit against the IRS on October 3, claiming it has "irrefutable proof" the agency illegally released the pro-traditional marriage organization's 2008 confidential tax return to the Human Rights Campaign.
A massive case of organized tax and bank fraud culminated September 26 with the unsealing of four federal grand jury indictments accusing fifty-five people of participating in one or more illicit schemes, including the theft of more than 2,000 identities that were used to claim more than $20 million in bogus IRS tax refunds.
The IRS says it's improving procedures for reviewing tax-exempt applications. On September 24, the nation's tax collection agency released a new table showing the progress it has made in following recommendations outlined by the TIGTA.
Because of the federal government shutdown, the IRS will be unable to issue tax refunds until the stalemate in Congress is over, but the agency reiterated that all taxpayers should continue to meet their normal tax obligations.
The IRS has set the special per diem rates for substantiating certain business expenses taxpayers incur when traveling away from home in 2013 and 2014. The per diem rates went into effect October 1, 2013.