IRS’s Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions; Part of Ongoing Efforts to Protect Taxpayers, Prevent Refund Fraud
IR-2015-37, March 3, 2015 — Continuing its enforcement push against refund fraud and identity theft, the IRS today announced the top ten identity theft prosecutions for Fiscal Year 2014.
IRS Provides Estimated Tax Penalty Relief to Farmers and Fishermen Receiving Corrected Premium Tax Credit Forms
IR-2015-36, Feb. 27, 2015 ― Farmers and fishermen who miss this year’s March 2 tax deadline because they are receiving corrected premium tax credit forms will have until April 15, 2015, to file their 2014 returns and pay any tax due.
Winter 2015 Statistics of Income Bulletin Now Available
IR-2015-35, Feb. 27, 2015 — The Winter 2015 issue of the Statistics of Income Bulletin is now available; it includes items on sole proprietors, foreign recipients of U.S. income, tax returns filed by dependents and partnership returns.
Tax Refunds Reach Almost $125 Billion Mark; IRS.gov Available for Tax Help
IR-2015-34, Feb. 26, 2015 — Almost 40 million tax refunds worth nearly $125 billion have been issued as of Feb. 20, according to Internal Revenue Service statistics released today.
March 2 Tax Deadline Nears for Many Farmers and Fishermen; New IRS Direct Pay Tool Offers Easiest Way to E-Pay Your Taxes
IR-2015-33, Feb. 25, 2015 ― With next Monday’s tax deadline fast approaching for many farmers and fishermen, the IRS reminds these and other individual filers that the new IRS Direct Pay tool offers taxpayers the fastest and easiest way to pay the taxes they owe.
Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Members Selected
IR-2015-32, Feb. 19, 2015 — The IRS recommended, and the Department of Treasury approved, the selection of 29 new members to serve on the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). The TAP is a federal advisory committee charged with providing taxpayer suggestions to improve IRS customer service.
IRS Warns Tax Preparers to Watch out for New Phishing Scam; Don’t Click on Strange Emails or Links Seeking Updated Information
IR-2015-31, Feb. 18, 2015 — The IRS today warned return preparers and other tax professionals to be on guard against bogus emails making the rounds seeking updated personal or professional information that in reality are phishing schemes.
IRS Begins Limited Test of Providing Appointments at 10 Walk-In Locations; Goal to Increase Efficiency, Help Taxpayers
IR-2015-30, Feb. 18, 2015 — The IRS announced today it was trying out a limited test in 10 of its larger Tax Assistance Centers around the country to see if an appointment-based approach can help reduce taxpayer wait times during a time of severe budget cuts.
IRS Makes it Easier for Small Businesses to Apply Repair Regulations to 2014 and Future Years
IR-2015-29, Feb. 13, 2015 — The IRS has made it easier for small business owners to comply with the final tangible property regulations.
More Taxpayers Using IRS.gov in 2015
IR-2015-28, Feb. 12, 2015 — Taxpayers are using IRS.gov in record numbers; IRS reminds taxpayers of the online tools available. (Filing season statistics comparing the week ending Feb. 6, 2015 with the week ending Feb. 7, 2014 are included.)
IRS Warns of High Volume on Toll-Free Customer Service Phones; Urges Taxpayers to use IRS.gov Tools for Faster Answers
IR-2015-27, Feb. 11, 2015 — Use IRS.gov over the Presidents Day weekend when IRS expects high call volumes on its toll-free telephone lines.
IRS Completes the "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams for 2015
IR-2015-26, Feb. 9, 2015 — The IRS wrapped up the 2015 "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams today with a warning to taxpayers about aggressive telephone scams continuing coast-to-coast during the early weeks of this year's filing season.
IRS Statement on Filing Tax Returns
IRS Statement on Filing Tax Returns
2015 Tax Filing Season Volume Outpacing Prior Year
IR-2015-25, Feb. 6, 2015 — IRS is receiving returns and issuing refunds in greater numbers than at the same time last year (filing season statistics for the week ending Jan. 30, 2015, are included).
Updated IRS Smartphone App IRS2Go Version 5.0 Now Available
IR-2015-24, Feb. 06, 2015 - The IRS today announced the release of IRS2Go 5.0, an update to the only official IRS smartphone application, compatible with both Apple and Android devices.
Frivolous Tax Arguments Completes the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season
IR-2015-23, Feb. 6, 2015 — The IRS today wrapped up its 2015 “Dirty Dozen” tax scams list by warning taxpayers against using frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying their taxes.
IRS Launches Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers; Online Tool Offers New Option to Help Taxpayers
IR-2015-22, Feb. 5, 2015 — The IRS today announced the launch of a new, online public directory of tax return preparers to help taxpayers find a tax professional with credentials and select qualifications to help them prepare their tax returns.
Excessive Claims for Fuel Tax Credits Make the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season
IR-2015-21, Feb. 5, 2015 — The IRS today warned that taxpayers should watch for improper claims for fuel tax credits, one of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2015 filing season.
Falsifying Income to Claim Tax Credits Hits the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season
IR-2015-20, Feb. 4, 2015 — The IRS today warned taxpayers about schemes to erroneously claim tax credits is on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” again for the 2015 filing season.
Abusive Tax Shelters Again on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season
IR-2015-19, Feb. 3, 2015 — The IRS today said using abusive tax shelters and structures to avoid paying taxes continues to be a problem and remains on its annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season.
Filing Fake Documents to Hide Income Is Again on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season
IR-2015-18, Feb. 2, 2015 — Hiding taxable income by filing false Form 1099s or other fake documents is a tax scam, appearing on the 2015 list of "Dirty Dozen" schemes, that taxpayers should always avoid and guard against, the IRS said today.
Free Tax Help Available Nationwide
IR-2015-17, Jan. 30, 2015 — More than 12,000 free tax preparation sites, which provide vital tax preparation services for low- to-moderate-income and elderly taxpayers, will be open nationwide this year as the IRS continues to expand its partnerships with nonprofit and community organizations.
Fake Charities Among the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2015
IR-2015-16, Jan. 30, 2015 — The IRS today warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, one of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2015 filing season.
EITC Awareness Day: Many Workers May Not Know of Significant IRS Benefit
IR-2015-15, Jan. 30, 2015 — The IRS is partnering with community-based organizations across the country to promote Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, an effort to alert millions of low and moderate-income workers who may be missing out on a significant tax credit that can be as much as $6,000.
Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs Co-Host First International Criminal Tax Symposium
IR-2015-14, Jan. 29, 2015 — The IRS Criminal Investigation Division and Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs co-hosted an International Criminal Tax Symposium in Washington, D.C., focusing on offshore tax evasion and international financial crimes. The symposium included delegates from Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the U.S.
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Program Reports on Activities
IR-2015-13, Jan. 29, 2015 —The IRS’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program Office has issued its annual program report, which describes how LITCs have assisted thousands of low income taxpayers nationwide with free or low-cost representation, education and advocacy services.
Inflated Refund Claims Remain on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season
IR-2015-12, Jan. 29, 2015 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous tax return preparers pushing inflated tax refund claims. Taxpayers should be wary of anyone who asks them to sign a blank return, promises a big refund before looking at their records, or charges fees based on a percentage of the refund.
IRS Announces Six New Members for Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee
IR-2015-11, Jan. 28, 2015 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the selection of six new members for the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC).
IRS Announces New Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council Members
IR-2015-10, Jan. 28, 2015 — The IRS today announced the selection of eight new members to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council, which provides an organized public forum for IRS officials and representatives of the public to discuss key tax administration issues.
Hiding Money or Income Offshore Among the “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season
IR-2015-09, Jan. 28, 2015 — The IRS today said avoiding taxes by hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts remains on its annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season.
Return Preparer Fraud Hits IRS Annual “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams to Avoid During the 2015 Filing Season
IR-2015-08, Jan. 27, 2015 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous return preparers, one of the most common “Dirty Dozen” tax scams seen during tax season.
Identity Theft a Major Concern on the IRS Annual “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams to Avoid
IR-2015-07, Jan. 26, 2015 — The IRS today issued a filing season alert warning taxpayers to watch out for identity theft at tax time, one of the year’s “Dirty Dozen” tax scams.
Phishing Remains on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season
IR-2015-06, Jan. 23, 2015 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information.
Phone Scams Continue to be Serious Threat, Remain on IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season
IR-2015-05, Jan. 22, 2015 — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.
Free File Launches Today; Helps Taxpayers with New Health Care Law
IR-2015-04, Jan. 16, 2015 – The IRS and the Free File Alliance today announced the launch of Free File, which makes brand-name tax software products and electronic filing available to most taxpayers for free.
IRS Starts 2015 Tax Season; Free File Opens Tomorrow, E-File Tuesday; Expanded Online Services Enable People to Learn About New Health Care Provisions
IR-2015-03, Jan. 15, 2015 — The IRS announced the on-time opening of the 2015 filing season and highlighted a growing array of online services, including features that help taxpayers understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect them at tax time, along with the availability of the Free File program.
National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Focuses on Taxpayer Service and Taxpayer Bill of Rights
IR-2015-02, Jan. 14, 2015 — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2014 annual report to Congress, which expresses concern that taxpayers this year are likely to receive the worst levels of taxpayer service since at least 2001 when the IRS implemented its current performance measures.
IRS Launches International Data Exchange Service; Supports Reporting under FATCA and Intergovernmental Agreements
IR-2015-01, Jan. 12, 2014 — The IRS has opened the International Data Exchange Service (IDES) for enrollment.
Tax Season Opens As Planned Following Extenders Legislation
IR-2014-119, Dec. 29, 2014 — Following the passage of the extenders legislation, the IRS announced it anticipates opening the 2015 filing season as scheduled in January.
Tax-Free Transfers to Charity Renewed For IRA Owners 70½ or Older; Rollovers This Month Can Still Count For 2014
IR-2014-117, Dec. 23, 2014 — Certain owners of individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) have a limited time to make tax-free transfers to eligible charities and have them count for tax-year 2014, the IRS said.
IRS, National Tax Groups Offer Help Selecting a Tax Preparer; Tips, New Web Page Unveiled
IR-2014-116, Dec. 18, 2014 — The IRS joined with national tax organizations to provide people with new options to get information and tips on selecting tax professionals and avoiding unscrupulous preparers.
Post-Appeals Mediation For Offers in Compromise Available Nationwide
IR-2014-115, Dec. 12, 2014 — The IRS released a revenue procedure providing rules for the nationwide rollout of post-Appeals mediation for Offer in Compromise and Trust Fund Recovery Penalty cases.
New Standard Mileage Rates Now Available; Business Rate to Rise in 2015
IR-2014-114, Dec. 10, 2014 — The IRS today issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Interest Rates Remain the Same for the First Quarter of 2015
IR-2014-111, Dec. 4, 2014 – The IRS today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning Jan. 1, 2015.
IRS Clarifies Application of One-Per-Year Limit on IRA Rollovers, Allows Owners of Multiple IRAs a Fresh Start in 2015
IR-2014-107, Nov. 10, 2014 — IRS provides guidance on one-per-year rollover limit to owners of multiple IRAs.
IRS To Realign Compliance Operations
The IRS realigned its tax compliance organizations serving individual and small business taxpayers as planned.
Plan Now to Get Full Benefit of Saver’s Credit; Tax Credit Helps Low- and Moderate-Income Workers Save for Retirement
IR-2014-106, Nov. 3, 2014 — Low- and moderate-income workers can take steps now to save for retirement and earn a special tax credit in 2014 and years ahead, according to the IRS.
Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Unveils New Video to Warn Taxpayers
IR-2014-105, Oct. 31, 2014 — As incidents of an aggressive telephone scam continue across the country, the IRS unveiled a new YouTube video with a renewed warning to taxpayers not to be fooled by imposters posing as tax agency representatives.
In 2015, Various Tax Benefits Increase Due to Inflation Adjustments
IR-2014-104, Oct. 30, 2014 — For tax year 2015, the IRS announced today annual inflation adjustments for more than 40 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes.
IRS Announces Tax Guidance Related to Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone
IR-2014-102, Oct. 29, 2014 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued two items of guidance in response to the need for charitable and other relief due to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
IRS Provides Information about the Affordable Care Act in Spanish
IR-2014-101, Oct. 28, 2014 — The IRS has several options for Spanish speakers to get information about the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
IRS Announces 2015 Pension Plan Limitations; Taxpayers May Contribute up to $18,000 to their 401(k) plans in 2015
IR-2014-99, Oct. 23, 2014 — The IRS today announced cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2015.
IRS Simplifies Procedures for Favorable Tax Treatment on Canadian Retirement Plans and Annual Reporting Requirements
IR-2014-97, Oct. 7, 2014 ― The IRS made it easier for taxpayers who hold interests in either of two popular Canadian retirement plans to get favorable U.S. tax treatment and took additional steps to simplify procedures for U.S. taxpayers with these plans.
IRS Warns Financial Institutions of Scams Designed to Steal FATCA-Related Account Data
IR-2014-92, Sept. 24, 2014 — The IRS today issued a fraud alert for international financial institutions complying with FATCA about scammers posing as the IRS who solicit financial institutions seeking account holder identity and financial account information.
Notice 2014-52, Rules Regarding Inversions and Related Transactions
Notice 2014-52 describes regulations that the IRS and Treasury Department intend to issue with respect to inversion transactions.
New YouTube Video Discusses Taxpayer Bill of Rights
IR-2014-91, Sept. 15, 2014 ― The IRS released a new YouTube video encouraging taxpayers to learn about the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
Tax Relief for Victims of Terrorist Attacks
The Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief Act of 2001 provides tax relief for victims and survivors of terrorist attacks. To benefit, taxpayers must use the following guidelines and time frames set by law.
New YouTube Videos Provide Tips on Health Care, Tax Returns
IR-2014-87, Sept. 8, 2014 - the IRS announced the availability of several new YouTube videos to help taxpayers get important information about the Affordable Care Act and tax return filing.
IRS "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" Now Available in 6 Languages; 10 Key Rights Outlined in Updated Publication 1
IR-2014-80, Aug. 12, 2014 ― The IRS announced today that its cornerstone "Taxpayer Bill of Rights“ document is now available in six languages.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.