News Releases for February 2003


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Free File Tops 1.3 Million Returns

IR-2003-21 -- Free e-file program off to a strong start in its first year. Filing statistics through Feb. 21, 2003.

IRS Reduces Burden For Family Day Care Providers

IR-2003-20 -- Providers may choose a standard rate to claim meal deduction instead of keeping detailed records.

Three Million Use to Check on Refunds

IR-2003-19 -- Check on your refund online 48-72 hours after you've filed your return electronically. Filing stats through Feb. 14, 2003.

IRS Updates the ‘Dirty Dozen’ for 2003: Agency Warns of 12 Common Scams

IR-2003-18 — Offshore transactions and identity theft top this year's list of scams.

Early Tax Returns Reflect E-Filing’s Growing Popularity

IR-2003-17 -- Early filers follow a familiar pattern: more electronic transactions and fewer paper ones. Filing stats through Feb. 7, 2003.

New Post Created to Assist Crackdown on Abusive Transactions; DeNovio Selected as Senior Counsel

IR-2003-16 -- New senior counsel to focus on tax shelters and other abusive tax avoidance transactions.

IRS Again Updates Web Item Debunking Frivolous Tax Arguments

IR-2003-15 — If it sounds too good to be true .... Frivolous and false tax arguments are consistently rejected by the courts and end up being costly for promoters and participants.

Where’s Your Refund? Find Out Online at

IR-2003-14 -- It's quick, easy and safe. Check your refund status anytime on the Internet.

IRS has $2.5 Billion for Individuals Who Failed to File 1999 Returns

IR-2003-13 -- Taxpayers who haven't filed 1999 tax returns stand to lose an estimated $2.5 billion in refunds.

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