News Releases for December 2008

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IRS Names Seven New Members to IRPAC

IR-2008-144, Dec. 19, 2008 — The seven new appointees will join 27 returning members of the Information Reporting Advisory Committee.

IRS’ January Tax Talk Today Focuses on Filing Season

IR-2008-143, Dec. 19, 2008 — The Internal Revenue Service’s next Tax Talk Today program, “Getting Ready for Filing Season 2009 — Individual and Business,” will be Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m.

Comprehensive Tax Guide Available for Free at

IR-2008-142, Dec. 17, 2008 — IRS Publication 17, the free comprehensive guide to individual income tax, is available on the IRS web site.

IRS Speeds Lien Relief for Homeowners Trying to Refinance, Sell

IR-2008-141, Dec. 16, 2008 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced an expedited process that will make it easier for financially distressed homeowners to avoid having a federal tax lien block refinancing of mortgages or the sale of a home.

Retirement Plans for Public Schools and Exempt Organizations Get Extension on Time to Complete Written Plans

IR-2008-140, Dec. 11, 2008 — Certain retirement plans eligible from relief from the deadline for adopting a written plan.

Interest Rates Drop for the First Quarter of 2009

IR-2008-139, Dec. 10, 2008 – The IRS announced in Revenue Ruling 2008-54 that interest rates for the calendar quarter beginning Jan. 1, 2009 will drop by one percentage point.

IRS Offers Tips for Year-End Donations 2008

IR-2008-138, Dec. 9, 2008 — Individuals and businesses making contributions to charity should keep in mind several important tax law provisions that have taken effect in recent years.

Remarks of Commissioner Douglas Shulman before the 21st Annual George Washington University International Tax Conference

IR-2008-137, Dec. 8, 2008 — Prepared Remarks of Douglas Shulman, Commissioner of Internal Revenue, before the 21st Annual George Washington University International Tax Conference

Curtis G. Wilson Named Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries)

IR-2008-136, Dec. 5, 2008 — The Internal Revenue Service announced the appointment of Curtis G. Wilson to the position of Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries).

IRS Announces Two New Appeals Programs

IR-2008-135, Dec.1, 2008 — IRS announces two year tests of two appeals programs.

Plan Now to Get Full Benefit of Saver’s Credit; Tax Break Helps Low and Moderate Income Workers Save for Retirement 1

IR-2008-134, Dec. 1, 2008 — Low- and moderate-income workers can take steps now to save for retirement and earn a special tax credit in 2008 and the years ahead, according to the IRS.

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