IRS Expands Pre-Filing Agreement Program IR-2004-156 - IRS expands Pre-Filing Agreement Program to resolve issues for the current taxable year and up to four future taxable years. IRS Warns Businesses and Retirement Plans Against Abuses Involving ESOPs and S Corporations IR-2004-155 – The IRS has issued letters to 1,700 businesses and retirement plan sponsors alerting them to new taxes and warning against participation in abusive schemes. Industry Issue Resolution Program to Address Signature Requirements Regarding Employment Tax Returns IR-2004-154 — The National Payroll Reporting Consortium presented the IIR submission requesting that the agency update procedures to recognize electronic filing and other changes. IRS Issues Optional Sales Tax Tables IR-2004-153 — Taxpayers can easily find their potential sales tax deduction amount. IRS and the Treasury Department Amend Circular 230 to Promote Ethical Practice by Tax Professionals IR-2004-152 — IRS and the Treasury Department amend standards of practice for tax professionals. IRS Accepts Settlement Offer on Contingent Liability Tax Shelter IR-2004-151 — Pending dispute with Hercules Incorporated over a listed tax shelter transaction successfully resolved. Treasury, IRS Issue Section 409(p) Regulations IR-2004-150 — A wide variety of issues are addressed, targeting abusive schemes to skirt pension laws. IRS Selects 12 New Members for IRS Advisory Council IR-2004-149 — Appointees join 10 returning members who are in the second year of three-year terms. IRS Selects Nine New Members for Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee IR-2004-148 — Appointees join eight returning members who are in the second year of a three-year term. 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid Sport Utility Vehicle Certified for Clean-Fuel Deduction IR-2004-147— The IRS has certified the 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid as being eligible for the clean-burning fuel deduction. Agreement Identifies U.S. and Swiss Pension Plans for Tax Treaty Benefits IR-2004-146 — Agreement also specifies procedures for claiming treaty benefits and the methods each country uses to grant treaty benefits. HUD and IRS Launch Joint Effort to Help Families IR-2004-145 — Low-income taxpayers to get help with free tax assistance and learning about important tax benefits. No Change in Interest Rates for the First Quarter of 2005 IR-2004-144 — No change in rates for the quarter beginning Jan. 1, 2005. News Release and Fact Sheet Archive Find an archive of news releases and fact sheets from November 2002 and news releases and a listing of fact sheets from 1997.