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News Releases for January 2015

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Free Tax Help Available Nationwide 2015

IR-2015-17, Jan. 30, 2015 — More than 12,000 free tax preparation sites, which provide vital tax preparation services for low- to-moderate-income and elderly taxpayers, will be open nationwide this year as the IRS continues to expand its partnerships with nonprofit and community organizations.

Fake Charities Among the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2015

IR-2015-16, Jan. 30, 2015 — 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 2015 filing season.

EITC Awareness Day: Many Workers May Not Know of Significant IRS Benefit

IR-2015-15, Jan. 30, 2015 — The IRS is partnering with community-based organizations across the country to promote Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, an effort to alert millions of low and moderate-income workers who may be missing out on a significant tax credit that can be as much as $6,000.

Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs Co-Host First International Criminal Tax Symposium

IR-2015-14, Jan. 29, 2015 — The IRS Criminal Investigation Division and Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs co-hosted an International Criminal Tax Symposium in Washington, D.C., focusing on offshore tax evasion and international financial crimes. The symposium included delegates from Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Program Reports on Activities 2015

IR-2015-13, Jan. 29, 2015 —The IRS’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program Office has issued its annual program report, which describes how LITCs have assisted thousands of low income taxpayers nationwide with free or low-cost representation, education and advocacy services.

Inflated Refund Claims Remain on the IRS Dirty Dozen List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season

IR-2015-12, Jan. 29, 2015 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous tax return preparers pushing inflated tax refund claims. Taxpayers should be wary of anyone who asks them to sign a blank return, promises a big refund before looking at their records, or charges fees based on a percentage of the refund.

IRS Announces Six New Members for Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee 2015

IR-2015-11, Jan. 28, 2015 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the selection of six new members for the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC).

IRS Announces New Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council Members 2015

IR-2015-10, Jan. 28, 2015 — The IRS today announced the selection of eight new members to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council, which provides an organized public forum for IRS officials and representatives of the public to discuss key tax administration issues.

Hiding Money or Income Offshore Among the “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season

IR-2015-09, Jan. 28, 2015 — The IRS today said avoiding taxes by hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts remains on its annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season.

Return Preparer Fraud Hits IRS Annual “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams to Avoid During the 2015 Filing Season

IR-2015-08, Jan. 27, 2015 — 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 a Major Concern on the IRS Annual “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams to Avoid

IR-2015-07, Jan. 26, 2015 — The IRS today issued a filing season alert warning taxpayers to watch out for identity theft at tax time, one of the year’s “Dirty Dozen” tax scams.

Phishing Remains on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season

IR-2015-06, Jan. 23, 2015 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information.

Phone Scams Continue to be Serious Threat, Remain on IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season

IR-2015-05, Jan. 22, 2015 — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

Free File Launches Today; Helps Taxpayers with New Health Care Law

IR-2015-04, Jan. 16, 2015 – The IRS and the Free File Alliance today announced the launch of Free File, which makes brand-name tax software products and electronic filing available to most taxpayers for free.

IRS Starts 2015 Tax Season; Free File Opens Tomorrow, E-File Tuesday

IR-2015-03, Jan. 15, 2015 — The IRS announced the on-time opening of the 2015 filing season and highlighted a growing array of online services, including features that help taxpayers understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect them at tax time, along with the availability of the Free File program.

National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Focuses on Taxpayer Service and Taxpayer Bill of Rights

IR-2015-02, Jan. 14, 2015 — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2014 annual report to Congress, which expresses concern that taxpayers this year are likely to receive the worst levels of taxpayer service since at least 2001 when the IRS implemented its current performance measures.

IRS Launches International Data Exchange Service FATCA

IR-2015-01, Jan. 12, 2014 — The IRS has opened the International Data Exchange Service (IDES) for enrollment.

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