News Releases for February 2004


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Early Returns Reflect More E-filing

IR-2004-25 — Total e-filing up 8%; 23% rise from taxpayers doing their own returns. Filing statistics through Feb. 20.

IRS Names New Director for Electronic Tax Administration

IR-2004-24 — Bert DuMars is an electronic commerce expert and veteran of the information technology industry.

DeNovio Selected as Deputy Chief Counsel (Technical)

IR-2003-23 — Responsible for overseeing published guidance produced by some 600 attorneys working with the Treasury’s Office of Tax Policy.

IRS Gives Investors the Benefit of Pending Technical Corrections on Qualified Dividends

IR-2004-22 — Rules make it easier for dividends to qualify for lower tax rate.

Treasury and IRS Shut Down Abusive Life Insurance Policies in Retirement Plans

IR-2004-21 — Guidance designates certain arrangements as “listed transactions” for tax-shelter reporting purposes.

IRS Launches Web Section on Abusive Tax Shelter Schemes Involving Employee Retirement Plans

IR-2004-20 — Site warns promoters and plan professionals about the consequences of participating in such schemes.

IRS, States Move Forward in Fight Against Abusive Tax Avoidance

IR-2004-19 — IRS shares leads on more than 20,000 involved in abusive tax avoidance with 45 states, DC and NY City. Offshore Voluntary Compliance Initiative results updated.

IRS has $2.5 Billion for Individuals Who Failed to File a 2000 Tax Return

IR-2004-18, Feb. 9, 2004 — Unclaimed refunds await nearly 2 million people if they file their 2000 income tax return before April 15, 2004.

Check Carefully Before Applying for Offers in Compromise

IR-2004-17 — Beware of promoters’ claims that tax debts can be settled for “pennies on the dollar."

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