News Releases for January 2008

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EITC Awareness Kicks Off Today; Free Tax Help Available

IR-2008-13, Jan. 31, 2008 — The Department of Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service and scores of community partners nationwide today kicked off EITC Awareness Day to promote the refundable tax credit for low-wage workers and options for free tax preparation.

IRS Partners Host Free Tax Help for Low-Income, Elderly Taxpayers

IR-2008-12, Jan. 31, 2008 — Nearly 12,000 free tax preparation sites will be open nationwide this year as the Internal Revenue Service continues to expand its partnerships with nonprofit and community organizations performing vital tax preparation services for low-income and elderly taxpayers.

IRS Warns of New E-Mail and Telephone Scams Using the IRS Name; Advance Payment Scams Starting

IR-2008-11, Jan. 30, 2008 — New e-mail and telephone scams pose a risk of identity theft for taxpayers.

Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Members Selected 2008

IR-2008-10, Jan. 22, 2008 — There are 41 new members of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel whose mission is to listen to you and raise concerns and suggestions with the IRS.

Fiscal Year 2007 Enforcement and Services Results

Jan. 17, 2008 — Through a statement and related tables, IRS provides details about last year's increases in enforcement revenue, audits and service to taxpayers.

IRS, Telemundo Host Tax Information Program for Spanish-Speaking Taxpayers 2008

IR-2008-9, Jan. 15, 2008 — Mark your calendars. The IRS and Telemundo are teaming up on Jan. 27 for a one-hour TV special in Spanish.

IRS Names Four New Frivolous Claims to Avoid

IR-2008-08, Jan. 14, 2008 — To help taxpayers avoid penalties and understand the law, the IRS is warning taxpayers not to be taken in by four frivolous anti-tax arguements.

IRS Picks 20 New Advisory Committee Members

IR-2008-7, Jan. 11, 2008 — The IRS announced the selection of 20 new members of the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC), which provides an organized public forum for discussion of relevant tax administration issues between IRS officials and representatives of the public.

Most Taxpayers Eligible to File Their Taxes Online for Free

IR-2008-6, Jan. 10, 2008 — Eligible taxpayers can receive free tax preparation and electronic filing from the IRS and its private-sector partners in the Free File Alliance.

IRS e-file Opens for 2008 Filing Season for Most Taxpayers

IR-2008-5, Jan. 10, 2008 — IRS e-file is ready to accept your tax returns for the 2008 filing season.

National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Report to Congress

IR-2008-4, Jan. 9, 2008 — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her annual report to Congress, focusing particular attention on the consequences of changes to the tax code enacted late in the year and the need for a coordinated IRS approach to combat the cash economy portion of the tax gap.

IRS Accepts Integrated Utility Company Issue for Industry Issue Resolution Program

IR-2008-3, Jan. 3, 2008 — The IRS and the Treasury Department today announced that they will work to publish guidance on a method for integrated utilities to use when calculating the tax deduction for domestic production of electricity and natural gas, as well as other production activities.

Treasury and IRS Give Taxpayers Greater Control over Information Held by Tax Preparers; Propose Marketing Restrictions on RALs

IR-2008-2, Jan. 3, 2008 — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today released final regulations and a related revenue procedure giving taxpayers greater protection and control over their tax return information held by tax return preparers.

Tax Packages Arrive in Mail; IRS Reminds Taxpayers to e-file and Watch for Tax Law Changes

IR-2008-1, Jan. 2, 2008 — As the IRS sends out 16.5 million income tax instruction books, the agency reminds taxpayers of commonly overlooked tax credits and of the utility of IRS e-file.

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