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IRS Names Seven New Members to ACT Advisory Panel; ACT will Submit Recommendations at June Meeting
IR-2015-82, May 27, 2015 WASHINGTON— The IRS today announced the appointment of seven new members of the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT), which will present reports and recommendations to senior IRS executives at its next public meeting on June 17.

IRS Statement on the "Get Transcript" Application
May 26, 2015 — The IRS announced that criminals used data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through IRS’ “Get Transcript” application.

Businesses in U.S. Territories Must File Form 8300 with the IRS on Cash Transactions of $10,000 or More
IR-2015-81 May 22, 2015 — Businesses in U.S. possessions and territories must file Form 8300 with the IRS for cash transactions over $10,000.

IRS Marks National Military Appreciation Month; Free Tax Guide Focuses on Tax Benefits for Members of the Military
IR-2015-80, May 15, 2015 — May is National Military Appreciation Month, and the IRS wants members of the military and their families to know about the many tax benefits available to them.

Tax Pros Can Earn CPE Credits at the 2015 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums
IR-2015-79, May 5, 2015 — Tax pros can save money if they register early for the nationwide tax forums, where they can earn CPE credits.

Many Tax-Exempt Organizations Must File with IRS by May 15; Do Not Include Social Security Numbers or Personal Data
IR-2015-78, May 5, 2015 — The IRS reminds tax-exempt organizations that many have a filing deadline for Form 990-series information returns in mid-May. 

IRS Seeks Applicants for Volunteer Tax Assistance Program Grants
IR-2015-77, May 4, 2015 — IRS is accepting applications for TCE and VITA grant programs.

IRS Seeks Applications for the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council
IR-2015-76, May 01, 2015 — The IRS is accepting applications for the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council May 1 – June 26, 2015.

IRS Accepting Applications for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grants
IR-2015-75, May 1, 2015 —The IRS today announced the opening of the 2016 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic grant application process.

Special Penalty Relief Available for Late Returns Filed by June 2 for Certain Small Retirement Plans
IR-2015-74, May 1, 2015 — IRS reminds small businesses that have not timely filed required retirement plan returns that they have until Tuesday, June 2 to take advantage of a special penalty relief program.

For Small Business Week, IRS Features Popular Products for Entrepreneurs
IR-2015-73, April 30, 2015 — During National Small Business Week, the IRS reminds small business owners about educational items on IRS.gov designed for them.

Written Testimony of Commissioner Koskinen before the House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight on the 2015 Tax Filing Season
April 22, 2015 — IRS Commissioner Koskinen provides an update on successes and challenges of the 2015 filing season for the IRS and taxpayers.

Written Testimony of IRS Commissioner Koskinen before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Implementation of the Affordable Care Act
April 15, 2015 — IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies before the Senate on the work that the IRS has done to fulfill its responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act for this filing season.

IRS Seeks Applications for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee
IR-2015-69, April 9, 2015 — The IRS announced today that it will begin accepting applications for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee from April13 through May 22, 2015.

IRS Seeks Applications for Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee
IR 2015-63, April 2, 2015 — The IRS is requesting nominations through May 29 for the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee that advises the IRS on various tax administration issues.

Don’t be Fooled, Phone Scams Continue to Be Serious Threat Nationwide
IR-2015-62, March 31, 2015 — As April 1st approaches, the IRS warns taxpayers not to be fooled by tricks used by scammers to make it look like the IRS is calling.

PREPARED REMARKS OFJOHN A. KOSKINEN COMMISSIONER, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, BEFORE THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB
March 31, 2015 — Commissioner Koskinen speaks before the National Press Club.

Taxpayers Receiving Identity Verification Letter Should Use IDVerify.irs.gov
IR-2015-54, March 18, 2015 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers who receive requests from the IRS to verify their identities that the Identity Verification Service website, idverify.irs.gov, offers the fastest, easiest way to complete the task.

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 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 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.

Statement of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
Feb. 2, 2015 — Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen commented on the proposed budget for the IRS for FY 2016.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 2014 Enforcement and Service Results
The Fiscal Year 2014 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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