News Releases for February 2017

Winter 2017 Statistics of Income Bulletin Now Available

IR-2017-49, Feb. 28, 2017 — The IRS today announced that the Winter 2017 issue of the Statistics of Income Bulletin is available on IRS.gov.

Tax Time Guide: Use IRS.gov to Find Qualified Tax Professionals

IR-2017-48, Feb. 28, 2017 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers that IRS.gov offers many useful tips and information to find a qualified tax professional.

IRS Criminal Investigation Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report

IR-2017-47, Feb. 27, 2017 — The IRS today announced the release of its IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) annual report, reflecting the significant accomplishments and criminal enforcement actions taken in fiscal year 2016.

IRS Releases 100th eBook; Another Way for Taxpayers to Get Helpful Information throughout the Year

IR-2017-46, Feb. 27, 2017 — The Internal Revenue Service today unveiled its 100th eBook — a milestone in IRS efforts to share information to meet the changing needs of taxpayers.

Tax Time Guide: Use Free File for Help with Tax Returns, Extensions and More

IR-2017-45, Feb. 27, 2017 — The IRS Free File is available online at IRS.gov/FreeFile and through the IRS2Go mobile app for help with tax returns and more.

March 1 Tax Deadline Nears for Many Farmers and Fishermen; IRS Direct Pay Offers an Easy Way to Pay Taxes

IR-2017-44, Feb. 24, 2017 ― The IRS is reminding farmers and fishermen about Wednesday’s deadline to take advantage of special rules that can allow them to forgo making quarterly estimated tax payments.

IRS Reminds International Taxpayers of Tax Obligations; Clarifies Rules for Tax Withholding Agents

IR-2017-43, Feb. 23, 2017 — The IRStoday reminded non-U.S. citizens who may have taxable income, such as international students and scholars who may be working or receiving scholarship funds, that they may have special requirements to file a U.S. tax return.

IRS Releases Tax Time Guide: Use IRS.gov Tools to Answer Tax Questions

IR-2017-42, Feb. 23, 2017 —The IRS today encouraged taxpayers to take advantage of the online tools and resources available on IRS.gov as the IRS expects heavy call volume during the last two weeks of February.

IRS Makes Approved Form 1023EZ Data Available Online

IR-2017-41, Feb. 22, 2017 — The IRS announced today that publicly available information from approved applications for tax exemption using Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption, is now available electronically for the first time.

Avoid Today’s Rush: Use IRS.gov for Faster Service

IR-2017-40, Feb. 21, 2017 — The Tuesday after Presidents Day marks the single busiest day of the year for telephone calls and visits to the Internal IRS.

Security Summit Alert Tax Professionals Warned Of New Scam to Unlock Their Tax Software Accounts

IR-2017-39, February 17, 2017 – The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals to be alert to a new phishing email scam impersonating software providers.

Avoid the Rush: IRS Extends Service Hours to Assist Taxpayers at Presidents Day Peak

IR-2017-38, Feb. 17, 2017 — To help meet the high demand to its toll-free call center that typically comes with the Presidents’ Day holiday, the Internal Revenue Service is extending its customer service hours.

IRS Summarizes "Dirty Dozen" List of Tax Scams for 2017

IR-2017-37, Feb. 17, 2017 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the conclusion of its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams.

Avoid the Rush: EITC and ACTC Refunds Expected to Arrive the Week of Feb. 27

IR-2017-36, Feb. 16, 2017 — As the IRS begins releasing refunds for taxpayers who claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit, the tax agency reminded taxpayers that they should not expect refunds to be available in bank accounts or on debit cards until the week of Feb. 27.

IRS Committed to Stopping Offshore Tax Cheating; Remains on “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2017

IR-2017-35, Feb. 16, 2017 — The IRS today said avoiding taxes by hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts remains on its 2017 list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen.”

Avoid the Rush: Check IRS.gov Before Making IRS Office Appointment

IR-2017-34, Feb. 15, 2017 — February is not only a peak time for calls to the Internal Revenue Service’s call center; it’s also the peak time for visits to IRS offices for face-to-face tax help.

IRS “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams List for 2017 Continues with Warning Against Frivolous Tax Arguments

IR-2017-33, Feb. 15, 2017 — The IRS today continued rolling out its 2017 “Dirty Dozen” tax scams list by warning taxpayers against using frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying taxes.

Avoid the Rush: Be Prepared to Validate Identity if Calling the IRS

IR-2017-32, Feb. 14, 2017 — The IRS said mid-February marks the agency’s busiest time of the year for telephone calls.

IRS Warns of Abusive Tax Shelters on 2017 “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams

IR-2017-31, Feb. 14, 2017 — For the third consecutive year, the IRS places abusive micro-captive insurance tax shelters on its list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams.

Avoid the Rush; Use IRS.gov for Quick Answers to Questions

IR-2017-30, Feb. 13, 2017 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers that the next couple of weeks, especially around Presidents’ Day, marks the busiest time of year for IRS toll-free phone services.

IRS Includes Falsifying Income Scam in 2017 List of “Dirty Dozen”

IR-2017-29, Feb. 13, 2017 — The IRS today continued issuing its annual list of common tax scams by warning taxpayers to avoid schemes to erroneously claim tax credits. This year’s “Dirty Dozen” includes falsifying income to claim tax credits.

IRS Annual “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams to Avoid Includes Falsely Padding Deductions

IR-2017-28, Feb. 10, 2017 — Avoid the temptation to falsely inflate deductions or expenses on tax returns, the IRS warned today in its 2017 “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams. Doing so may result in paying less than is owed or receiving a larger refund than is due.

Excessive Claims for Business Credits Makes the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams

IR-2017-27, Feb. 9, 2017 — The IRS today warned that taxpayers should watch for improper claims for business credits, which is on the “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2017 filing season.

Falsely Inflating Refund Claims on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2017

IR-2017-26, Feb. 8, 2017 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to be alert to unscrupulous tax return preparers touting inflated tax refunds. This scam remains on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for 2017.

Fake Charities on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2017

IR-2017-25, Feb. 7, 2017 — The IRS today warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, one of the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for the 2017 filing season.

IRS Announces Two New Members for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee

IR-2017-24, Feb. 7, 2017 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the selection of two new members for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC).

IRS “Dirty Dozen” Series of Tax Scams for 2017 Includes Return Preparer Fraud; Choose Reputable Return Preparers

IR-2017-23, Feb. 6, 2017 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous return preparers, one of the most common “Dirty Dozen” tax scams seen during tax season.

Identity Theft Remains on “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams; IRS, States, Tax Industry Urge People to be Vigilant Against Criminals

IR-2017-22, Feb. 3, 2017 — The IRS today issued a filing season alert warning taxpayers and tax professionals to watch out for identity theft at tax time and highlighted the crime as a top scam in the agency’s “Dirty Dozen” series.

Use IRS Free File Software on Smart Phones or Tablets

IR-2017-21, Feb. 2, 2017 — The IRS today announced that taxpayers now may use their smart phones or tablets to electronically prepare and file their federal and state tax returns through IRS Free File.

Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving; Targeting Schools, Restaurants, Hospitals, Tribal Groups and Others

IR-2017-20, Feb. 2, 2017 — The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert today to all employers that the Form W-2 email phishing scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other sectors.

Phone Scams Remain Serious Threat No. 2 on the IRS "Dirty Dozen" List of Tax Scams for 2017

Learn about phone scams and the tell-tale signs of how scammers work. If you think you owe taxes, call the IRS for help.

Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC): IRS Names Seven New Information Reporting Advisory Members

IR-2017-18, Feb. 1, 2017 -- The Internal Revenue Service announced today the selection of seven new members for the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC), which provides a forum for IRS officials and members of the public to address information reporting issues.

IRS Selects New Advisory Council Members 2017

IR-2017-17, Feb. 1, 2017 -- The Internal Revenue Service today announced the selection of five new members to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) and the 2017 IRSAC Chair. IRSAC provides an organized public forum for IRS officials and representatives of the public to discuss key tax administration issues.

IRS Answers Common Early Tax Season Refund Questions and Addresses Surrounding Myths

IR-2017-16, Feb 1, 2017 — As millions of people begin filing their tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers about some basic tips to keep in mind about their refunds.

Phishing Schemes Lead the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2017; Remain Tax-Time Threat

IR-2017-15, Feb. 1, 2017 — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. These “phishing” schemes continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2017 filing season.

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