News Releases for February 2015

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IRS Provides Estimated Tax Penalty Relief to Farmers and Fishermen Receiving Corrected Premium Tax Credit Forms

IR-2015-36, Feb. 27, 2015 ― Farmers and fishermen who miss this year’s March 2 tax deadline because they are receiving corrected premium tax credit forms will have until April 15, 2015, to file their 2014 returns and pay any tax due.

Winter 2015 Statistics of Income Bulletin Now Available

IR-2015-35, Feb. 27, 2015 — The Winter 2015 issue of the Statistics of Income Bulletin is now available; it includes items on sole proprietors, foreign recipients of U.S. income, tax returns filed by dependents and partnership returns.

Tax Refunds Reach Almost $125 Billion Mark Available for Tax Help

IR-2015-34, Feb. 26, 2015 — Almost 40 million tax refunds worth nearly $125 billion have been issued as of Feb. 20, according to Internal Revenue Service statistics released today.

March 2 Tax Deadline Nears for Many Farmers and Fishermen

IR-2015-33, Feb. 25, 2015 ― With next Monday’s tax deadline fast approaching for many farmers and fishermen, the IRS reminds these and other individual filers that the new IRS Direct Pay tool offers taxpayers the fastest and easiest way to pay the taxes they owe.

Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Members Selected 2015

IR-2015-32, Feb. 19, 2015 — The IRS recommended, and the Department of Treasury approved, the selection of 29 new members to serve on the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). The TAP is a federal advisory committee charged with providing taxpayer suggestions to improve IRS customer service.

IRS Warns Tax Preparers to Watch out for New Phishing Scam

IR-2015-31, Feb. 18, 2015 — The IRS today warned return preparers and other tax professionals to be on guard against bogus emails making the rounds seeking updated personal or professional information that in reality are phishing schemes.

IRS Begins Limited Test of Providing Appointments at 10 Walk In Locations

IR-2015-30, Feb. 18, 2015 — The IRS announced today it was trying out a limited test in 10 of its larger Tax Assistance Centers around the country to see if an appointment-based approach can help reduce taxpayer wait times during a time of severe budget cuts.

IRS Makes it Easier for Small Businesses to Apply Repair Regulations to 2014 and Future Years

IR-2015-29, Feb. 13, 2015 — The IRS has made it easier for small business owners to comply with the final tangible property regulations.

More Taxpayers Using in 2015

IR-2015-28, Feb. 12, 2015 — Taxpayers are using in record numbers; IRS reminds taxpayers of the online tools available. (Filing season statistics comparing the week ending Feb. 6, 2015 with the week ending Feb. 7, 2014 are included.)

IRS Warns of High Volume on Toll-Free Customer Service Phones; Urges Taxpayers to use Tools for Faster Answers

IR-2015-27, Feb. 11, 2015 — Use over the Presidents Day weekend when IRS expects high call volumes on its toll-free telephone lines.

IRS Completes the "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams for 2015

IR-2015-26, Feb. 9, 2015 — The IRS wrapped up the 2015 "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams today with a warning to taxpayers about aggressive telephone scams continuing coast-to-coast during the early weeks of this year's filing season.

2015 Tax Filing Season Volume Outpacing Prior Year

IR-2015-25, Feb. 6, 2015 — IRS is receiving returns and issuing refunds in greater numbers than at the same time last year (filing season statistics for the week ending Jan. 30, 2015, are included).

Updated IRS Smartphone App IRS2Go Version 5 Now Available

IR-2015-24, Feb. 06, 2015 - The IRS today announced the release of IRS2Go 5.0, an update to the only official IRS smartphone application, compatible with both Apple and Android devices.

Frivolous Tax Arguments Completes the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season

IR-2015-23, February 6, 2015 — The IRS today wrapped up its 2015 “Dirty Dozen” tax scams list by warning taxpayers against using frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying their taxes.

IRS Launches Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers; Online Tool Offers New Option to Help Taxpayers

IR-2015-22, Feb. 5, 2015 — The IRS today announced the launch of a new, online public directory of tax return preparers to help taxpayers find a tax professional with credentials and select qualifications to help them prepare their tax returns.

Excessive Claims for Fuel Tax Credits Make the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season

IR-2015-21, Feb. 5, 2015 — The IRS today warned that taxpayers should watch for improper claims for fuel tax credits, one of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2015 filing season.

Falsifying Income to Claim Tax Credits Hits the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season

IR-2015-20, Feb. 4, 2015 — The IRS today warned taxpayers about schemes to erroneously claim tax credits is on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” again for the 2015 filing season.

Abusive Tax Shelters Again on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season

IR-2015-19, Feb. 3, 2015 — The IRS today said using abusive tax shelters and structures to avoid paying taxes continues to be a problem and remains on its annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season.

Filing Fake Documents to Hide Income Is Again on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season

IR-2015-18, Feb. 2, 2015 — Hiding taxable income by filing false Form 1099s or other fake documents is a tax scam, appearing on the 2015 list of "Dirty Dozen" schemes, that taxpayers should always avoid and guard against, the IRS said today.

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