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News Releases for January 2013

IRS Kicks Off 2013 Tax Season
IR-2013-14, Jan. 30, 2013 — The IRS opened the 2013 filing season by announcing a variety of enhanced products and services to help taxpayers prepare and file their returns by the April 15 deadline.

IRS Adds Tumblr to Its List of Social Media Platforms
IR-2013-13, Jan. 29, 2013 — The IRS has added Tumblr to its list of social media platforms, giving taxpayers another way of accessing helpful IRS tax tips, videos, podcasts and more.

IRS Announces New Advisory Council Members
IR-2013-12, Jan. 28, 2013 — The IRS announced the selection of six new members to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC).

IRS Announces Eight New Members for Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee
IR-2013-11, Jan. 28, 2013 — The IRS announced the selection of eight new members for IRPAC.

IRS To Accept Returns Claiming Education Credits by Mid-February
IR-2013-10, Jan. 28, 2013 — The IRS announced that the processing of tax returns claiming education credits will begin by the middle of February.

On EITC Awareness Day, IRS and Partners Alert Low- and Moderate-Income Workers of Significant Tax Benefit
IR-2013-9, Jan. 25, 2013— The IRS and partners nationwide launched the Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day outreach campaign aimed at helping millions take advantage of the EITC.

IRS Announces Guidance on the Principal Reduction Alternative Offered in the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP)
IR-2013-8, Jan. 24, 2013 — Guidance to borrowers, mortgage loan holders and loan servicers participating in the Principal Reduction Alternative offered through Treasury's and HUD's Home Affordable Modification Program® (HAMP-PRA®) is available.

IRS Provides Penalty Relief to Farmers and Fishermen
IR-2013-7, Jan. 18, 2013 — The IRS will issue guidance soon to provide relief from the estimated tax penalty for farmers and fishermen unable to file and pay their 2012 taxes by the March 1 deadline due to the delayed start for filing tax returns. 

Tax-Free Transfers to Charity Renewed For IRA Owners 70½ or Older; Rollovers This Month Can Still Count For 2012
IR-2013-6, Jan. 16, 2013 — Certain owners of IRAs have a limited time to make tax-free transfers to eligible charities and have them count for tax-year 2012.

IRS Announces Simplified Option for Claiming Home Office Deduction Starting This Year; Eligible Home-Based Businesses May Deduct up to $1,500; Saves Taxpayers 1.6 Million Hours A Year
IR-2013-5, Jan. 15, 2013 — There's a simplified option that many owners of home-based businesses and some home-based workers may use to figure their deductions for the business use of their homes.

Annual Inflation Adjustments for 2013
IR-2013-4, Jan. 11, 2013 — IRS provides inflation adjustments and other tax changes for tax year 2013.

National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Focuses on Tax Reform, IRS Funding and Identity Theft
IR-2013-3, Jan. 9, 2013 — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2012 annual report to Congress, identifying the need for tax reform as the overriding priority in tax administration.

IRS Plans Jan. 30 Tax Season Opening For 1040 Filers
IR-2013-2, Jan. 8, 2013 — Following the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act, the IRS announced today it plans to open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on Jan. 30.

IRS Provides Updated Withholding Guidance for 2013
IR-2013-1, Jan. 3, 2013 — The IRS released updated income-tax withholding tables for 2013 reflecting this week’s changes by Congress.

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