News Releases for February 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

IR-2017-43, February 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

IR-2017-28, February 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.

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.

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.

IR-2017-25, February 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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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