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Statement on Health Coverage Information Reporting by Employers
July 24, 2014 — The IRS has issued a statement on draft forms that will be used by employers to report employee health coverage.

National Taxpayer Advocate Identifies Priority Areas and Challenges in Mid-Year Report to Congress
IR-2014-78, July 16, 2014 — The National Taxpayer Advocate today released a mid-year report to Congress that identifies the priority issues the Taxpayer Advocate Service will address during the upcoming fiscal year. These include the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, issuing refunds to victims of return preparer fraud, continuing to make improvements in the Exempt Organizations area and expanding the voluntary return preparer certification program to include competency testing.

New 1023-EZ Form Makes Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status Easier; Most Charities Qualify
IR-2014-77, July 1, 2014 — The IRS today introduced a new, shorter application form to help small charities apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status more easily.

Unused ITINS to Expire After Five Years; New Uniform Policy Eases Burden on Taxpayers, Protects ITIN Integrity
IR-2014-76, June 30, 2014 — Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) will expire if not used on a federal income tax return for any year during a period of five consecutive years, the IRS announced. To give all interested parties time to adjust and allow the IRS to reprogram its systems, the IRS will not begin deactivating ITINs until 2016.

Commissioner Koskinen on the Voluntary Return Preparer Education Program
June 26, 2014 — Commissioner John Koskinen delivers remarks to the press on the new Voluntary Return Preparer Education Program.

New IRS Filing Season Program Unveiled for Tax Return Preparers
IR-2014-75, June 26, 2014 — The IRS announced that guidance will soon be issued outlining a new voluntary program designed to encourage education and filing season readiness for paid tax return preparers.

IRS Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee Delivers Report to Congress
IR-2014-74, June 24, 2014 — The Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) presented its 2014 Annual Report to Congress with recommendations on electronic tax administration.

Statement of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen
June 18, 2014 — Commissioner Koskinen announces a number of changes to the IRS offshore account compliance program that should lead to a significant increase in the number of U.S. taxpayers coming forward to report on undisclosed foreign accounts.

IRS Makes Changes to Offshore Programs; Revisions Ease Burden and Help More Taxpayers Come into Compliance
IR-2014-73, June 18, 2014 — The IRS announced today major changes in its offshore voluntary compliance programs, providing new options to help both taxpayers residing overseas and those residing in the U.S.

IRS Statement
June 14, 2014 — IRS issues a statement on an IRS letter to the Senate Finance Committee.

IRS Adopts "Taxpayer Bill of Rights;" 10 Provisions to be Highlighted on IRS.gov, in Publication 1
IR-2014-72, June 10, 2014 ― The IRS announced the adoption of a "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" that will become a cornerstone document to provide the nation's taxpayers with a better understanding of their rights.

Prepare for Hurricanes, Natural Disasters by Safeguarding Tax Records
IR-2014-71, June 5, 2014 — With the start of hurricane season this week, the IRS encourages individuals and businesses to safeguard their records against natural disasters by taking a few simple steps.

Prepared Remarks of Commissioner John A. Koskinen before the U.S. Council for International Business and OECD International Tax Conference
June 3, 2014 — Commissioner Koskinen speaks before the U.S. Council for International Business-OECD International Tax Conference in Washington, D.C.

Interest Rates Remain the Same for the Third Quarter of 2014
IR-2014-70, June 2, 2014 — The interest rates for the quarter beginning July 1, 2014, remain the same as the prior quarter.

More than 150,000 Individuals Pay Their Taxes with IRS Direct Pay
IR-2014-67, May 22, 2014 — The IRS announced the successful start of its new web-based system, IRS Direct Pay, on IRS.gov. IRS Direct Pay lets taxpayers pay their tax bills or make estimated tax payments directly from checking or savings accounts without any fees or pre-registration.

Penalty Relief Pilot for Small Retirement Plans Begins in June
IR-2014-66, May 22, 2014 — The IRS will begin a one-year pilot program in June 2014 to help small businesses with retirement plans that owe penalties for not filing reporting documents. By filing current and prior-year forms during this pilot program, they can avoid penalties.

IRS Update on the Proposed New Regulation on 501(c)(4) Organizations
May 22, 2014 — The IRS has issued an updated statement on the proposed new regulation governing political activity of section 501(c)(4) organizations.

IRS and Free File Alliance Sign One-Year Renewal of Partnership
IR-2014-64, May 21, 2014 — IRS and the Free File Alliance have signed a one-year extension for their partnership making free tax software available to taxpayers.

IRS Accepting Applications for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grants
IR-2014-63, May 15, 2014 — The IRS announced the opening of the 2015 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic grant application process.

IRS Looks at Realigning Compliance Operations
The IRS is looking at a plan to realign compliance operations inside its two largest business units, Wage and Investment and Small-Business/Self Employed.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Recipients Announced
IR-2014-61, May 5, 2014 — The IRS awarded nearly $10 million in matching grants to Low Income Taxpayer Clinics for the 2014 grant year.

IRS Reiterates Warning of Pervasive Telephone Scam
IR-2014-53, April 14, 2014 — As the 2014 filing season nears an end, the IRS today issued another strong warning for consumers to guard against sophisticated and aggressive phone scams targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, as reported incidents of this crime continue to rise nationwide.

IRS Reminds Those with Foreign Assets of U.S. Tax Obligations
IR-2014-52, April 11, 2014 — The IRS reminds U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including those with dual citizenship who have lived or worked abroad during all or part of 2013, that they may have a U.S. tax liability and a filing requirement in 2014.

IRS Debunks Frivolous Tax Arguments
IR-2014-51, April 11, 2014 — The IRS today released the 2014 version of “The Truth about Frivolous Tax Arguments,” which describes and responds to some of the common frivolous tax arguments made by those who oppose compliance with federal tax laws.

IRS Intensifies Work on Identity Theft and Refund Fraud; Criminal Investigation Enforcement Actions Underway Across the Nation
IR-2014-50, April 10, 2014 — As the April 15 tax deadline approaches, the IRS announced today it has started more than 200 new investigations this filing season into identity theft and refund fraud schemes.

IRS Statement on "Heartbleed" and Filing Season
April 9, 2014 — The IRS has issued a statement on the "Heartbleed" security flaw. Our systems continue operating and are not affected by this bug.

IRS Gives Tax Relief to Washington State Mudslide and Flooding Victims; Return Filing and Tax Payment Deadlines Extended to Oct. 15
IR-2014-45, April 4, 2014––The IRS announced today that victims of last month’s mudslides and flooding in Washington state will have until Oct. 15 to file their returns and pay any taxes due.

IRS Virtual Currency Guidance : Virtual Currency Is Treated as Property for U.S. Federal Tax Purposes; General Rules for Property Transactions Apply
IR-2014-36, March. 25, 2014 — Virtual currency is treated as property for U.S. Federal tax purposes; general rules for property transactions apply.

IRS Gives Colorado Flood Victims More Time To Decide When To Claim Losses
IR-2014-35, March 25, 2014 — The IRS today provided taxpayers an extension until Oct. 15, 2014, to decide when to claim disaster losses arising from last September’s flooding.

IRS Statement on Data Security Employee Issue
March 18, 2014 — The IRS today issued a statement on a data security employee issue.

IRS Encourages Small Employers to Check Out Small Business Health Care Tax Credit; Helpful Resources, Tax Tips Available on IRS.gov
IR-2014-27, March 10, 2014 — With business tax-filing deadlines fast approaching, the IRS encouraged small employers that provide health insurance coverage to their employees to check out the small business health care tax credit and claim it if they qualify.

Statement by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on The Fiscal Year 2015 Budget
IRS Commissioner's statement on the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget proposal.

IRS Offers Health Care Tax Tips to Help Individuals Understand Tax Provisions in the Affordable Care Act
IR-2014-19, Feb. 25, 2014 - IRS is offering educational Health Care Tax Tips to help individuals understand how the Affordable Care Act may affect their taxes.

IRS Criminal Investigation Combats Identity Theft Refund Fraud
FS-2014-3, January 2014 — The IRS has seen a significant increase in refund fraud that involves identity thieves who file false claims for refunds by stealing and using someone's Social Security number. The investigative work done by Criminal Investigation is a major component of the IRS’s efforts to combat tax-related identity theft. 

2014 Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) Pilot
January 2014 — As part of its comprehensive identity theft strategy, the IRS is offering a limited pilot program to help taxpayers who filed their returns last year from Florida, Georgia and the District of Columbia.

Tips for Taxpayers, Victims about Identity Theft and Tax Returns
FS-2014-2, January 2014 — Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes nationwide, and refund fraud caused by identity theft is one of the biggest challenges facing the IRS. In 2014, the IRS continues to take new steps and strong actions to protect taxpayers and help victims of identity theft and refund fraud.

IRS Combats Identity Theft and Refund Fraud on Many Fronts
FS-2014-1, January 2014 — Stopping identity theft and refund fraud is a top priority for the IRS. The agency’s work on identity theft and refund fraud continues to grow, touching nearly every part of the organization. For the 2014 filing season, the IRS has expanded these efforts to better protect taxpayers and help victims.

Some IRS Assistance and Taxpayer Services Shift to Automated Resources
New Services Available for Taxpayers in 2014

IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam
IR-2013-84, Oct. 31, 2013 — The IRS warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants.

IRS Opens Online FATCA Registration System
IR-2013-69, Aug. 19, 2013 — The IRS announced the opening of a new online registration system for financial institutions that need to register with the IRS under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

Report Outlines Changes for IRS To Ensure Accountability, Chart a Path Forward; Immediate Actions, Next Steps Outlined
IR-2013-62, June 24, 2013 ― IRS Principal Deputy Commissioner Werfel issued a report outlining new actions and next steps to fix problems uncovered with the IRS’ review of tax-exempt applications and improve the wider processes and operations in place at the IRS.

IRS Charts a Path Forward with Immediate Actions
The IRS is outlining new actions and next steps to fix problems uncovered with the IRS’ review of tax-exempt applications and improve the wider processes and operations in place at the IRS.

Questions and Answers on 501(c) Organizations
May 15, 2013 — The IRS has received a variety of questions related to the exempt organization issues recently raised. The Q&As answer some basics on the issue.

FAQs on New Payment Card Reporting Requirements
The IRS is providing special transitional relief to banks and other payment settlement entities required to begin reporting payment card and third-party network transactions on new Form 1099-K.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Information Center
Update on the new economic stimulus legislation.

Compliance & Enforcement News
A collection of recent news releases, statements and other items related to IRS compliance and enforcement efforts.

Treasury, IRS Will Issue Proposed Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations
IR-2013-92, Nov. 26, 2013 — The Treasury Department and the IRS will issue initial guidance regarding qualification requirements for tax-exemption as a social welfare organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Treasury and IRS Announce That All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized For Federal Tax Purposes; Ruling Provides Certainty, Benefits and Protections Under Federal Tax Law for Same-Sex Married Couples
IR-2013-72, Aug. 29, 2013 — Treasury and the IRS today ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes.

Fiscal Year 2013 Enforcement and Service Results
The Fiscal Year 2013 Enforcement and Service Results provide the dollars collected from the examination (audit) and collection functions of the IRS. The results also tally various taxpayer assistance program results.

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