News Releases for January 2017

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IRS Releases Updated Form 990-EZ; New Options to Help Exempt Organizations Avoid Errors, File a More Accurate Return

IR-2017-14, January 31, 2017 -- The IRS announced today the release of an updated Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, that will help tax-exempt organizations avoid common mistakes when filing their annual return.

Reminder: Employers Must File Forms W-2 by Jan. 31 This Year

IR-2017-13, Jan. 30, 2017 -- The Internal Revenue Service today reminds employers that the due date for filing Forms W-2, the Wage and Tax Statement for their employees for calendar year 2016, is now Jan, 31, 2017

EITC Awareness Day: Workers May Qualify for Significant Tax Benefit

IR-2017-12, January 27, 2017 — The IRS today joined partners across the country in promoting the Earned Income Tax Credit on EITC Awareness Day, Friday, January 27, 2017.

IRS Encourages Indigenous Communities to Check Out the EITC

IR-2017-11, Jan 26, 2017 — The IRS urges Native American taxpayers to look into the EITC and correctly claim it if they qualify.

IRS, States and Tax Industry Renew Alert about Form W-2 Scam Targeting Payroll, Human Resource Departments

IR-2017-10, January 25, 2017 — The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today renewed their warning about an email scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee Forms W-2 from company payroll or human resources departments.

Working Grandparents May Be Eligible for EITC

IR-2017-09, Jan. 25, 2017 — The IRS wants working grandparents raising grandchildren to be aware of the EITC and correctly claim it if they qualify.

Many People in Rural America Qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit

IR-2017-08, January 24, 2017 — The IRS wants taxpayers living in rural communities to be aware of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and correctly claim it if they qualify.

Special Rules Help Many People With Disabilities Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit; Up to One and a Half Million Fail to Claim Valuable Benefit

IR-2017-07, Jan. 23, 2017 — The IRS wants taxpayers with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities to be aware of the EITC and correctly claim it if they qualify.

2017 Tax Filing Season Opens Today

IR-2017-06, January 23, 2017 — The IRS said today that it successfully started accepting and processing 2016 federal individual income tax returns on schedule.

Free File Opens Today; Offers Brand-Name Free Federal and Free State Tax Software

IR-2017-05, Jan. 13, 2017 — The IRS and its private-sector partners today announced the 2017 opening of Free File, the free tax software preparation program that gives eligible taxpayers a dozen options for brand-name products.

Who Will Prepare Your Tax Return?

IR-2017-04, Jan. 12, 2017 – As the start of tax filing season approaches, the IRS is reminding taxpayers to start thinking about who will prepare their 2016 federal tax return.

Security Summit Alert: New Two-Stage Email Scheme Targets Tax Professionals

IR-2017-03, Jan. 11, 2017 – The IRS, state tax agencies and tax industry leaders today warned tax professionals to be alert to an email scam from cybercriminals posing as clients soliciting their services.

National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Urges IRS Reform and Tax Reform

IR-2017-02, Jan. 10, 2017— National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2016 annual report to Congress, recommending that the IRS revamp its “Future State” plan to adopt a taxpayer-centric focus and urging Congress to emphasize simplification when it considers tax reform later this year.

IRS and Partners Look to Start of 2017 Tax Season; Encourage use of and e-File; Warn of Refund Delays

IR-2017-01, Jan. 5, 2017 — The IRS and partners from the states and tax industry today reminded taxpayers that the nation’s 2017 individual income tax filing season opens Jan. 23.

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