News Releases for April 2003

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Free File and IRS E-File Available through Oct. 15

IR-2003-56 — Taxpayers can still get e-file's benefits at no cost.

IRS Releases Tax-Exempt Governmental Bonds Compliance Guide

IR-2003-55 – Pub. 4079 provides an overview of municipal bond issuances, including filing requirements, arbitrage and rebate concepts and refunding.

IRS Hosts Revamped Nationwide Tax Forums

IR-2003-54 — Three-day sessions educate and serve the tax preparer community.

IRS Issues Winter 2003 Statistics of Income Bulletin

IR-2003-53 — A preliminary look at returns filed for Tax Year 2001; the alternative minimum tax falls 32 percent.

Revised Industry Issue Resolution Program Procedures Published; Next Selections Made from Requests Received by May 15, 2003

IR-2003-52 — Disputed or burdensome business tax issues can be submitted for resolution.

Tax Day Reminder: Treasury, IRS Continue Crackdown on Abusive Tax Shelters

IR-2003-51 — The enforcement web to catch and eliminate tax shelters continues to grow.

Taxpayers Face Several April 15 Deadlines; Time Running Out for Some Unclaimed Refunds, Last Chance To Apply for Offshore Compliance Initiative

IR-2003-50 — It's the last weekend before the deadline, but it's not too late to take advantage of free e-filing or come clean on unreported offshore income.

OBSOLETE — ITIN Applicants Must Use New Form Starting April 15

IR-2003-49 — Only the Dec. 2002 revision of Form W-7 will be accepted for issuance of an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.

IRS and FinCEN Announce Latest Efforts to Crack Down on Tax Avoidance Through Offshore Accounts

IR-2003-48 — Delegated authority helps IRS continue to crack down on unreported overseas accounts.

IRS Offers Tips for Last-Minute Filers

IR-2003-47 – Help for those hurrying to make the April 15th deadline. Filing stats through April 4.

States Back Offshore Compliance Effort; Key States Extend Benefits for Those Who Apply by April 15

IR-2003-46 — 10 states grant special consideration to taxpayers who apply for federal initiative.

IRS Targets Abusive Employee Leasing Arrangements

IR-2003-45 — Participants in offshore schemes may take advantage of Voluntary Compliance Initiative until April 15, 2003.

IRS Implements Fast Track to Settle Tax Disputes

IR-2003-44 — Process made permanent after successful pilot project.

IRS Provides Help to Get Tax Assistance to Military Families; New Web Page Created for U.S. Armed Services

IR-2003-43 — Explains the tax benefits for those serving in combat zones and qualified hazardous duty areas and links to the new Web page.

IRS Offers Options When Tax Day Is “Pay” Day

IR-2003-42 -- Use an electronic withdrawal, credit card, check or money order - or ask for an installment plan if you owe more than you can pay. Filing stats through March 28.

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