News Releases for July 2018

Tax Security 101: Security Summit reminds tax professionals to beware of spear phishing emails

IR-2018-157, July 31, 2018 — The IRS and its Security Summit partners today reminded tax professionals that being targeted by spear phishing emails remains the most common way data thieves enter practitioner’s digital networks and steal client information.

IRS offers guidance on recent 529 education savings plan changes

IR-2018-156, July 30, 2018 — The Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury today announced their intent to issue regulations on three recent tax law changes affecting popular 529 education savings plans.

IRS imposes monetary penalty and probationary period on tax practitioner and his debt-relief firm for engaging in false and misleading advertising

IR-2018-155, July 25, 2018 — The IRS today announced its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) reached a settlement agreement including a monetary penalty with a tax practitioner for violating professional rules of conduct set forth in Circular 230.

IRS censures tax practitioner for willfully mishandling conflicts of interest

IR-2018-154, July 25, 2018 – The Internal Revenue Service today announced its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) censured a tax practitioner for violating conflict of interest rules under Circular 230.

IRS reminds truckers: e-file highway use tax return by Aug. 31

IR-2018-153, July 25, 2018 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded owners of most heavy highway vehicles that the time to file Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return, began July 1, 2018.

Registration for Chicago IRS Nationwide Tax Forum closes Aug. 7; Late or on-site registration available, but more costly

IR-2018-152, July 24, 2018 — Tax professionals wishing to attend the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum in Chicago can save $115 by registering by Aug. 7, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Tax Security 101: Tax professionals must use strong passwords, encryption to protect taxpayer data

IR-2018-151, July 24, 2018 – The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners today urged all tax professionals to use strong passwords to protect accounts from cyberthieves and to consider encryption for all sensitive data.

Tax Security 101 – Security Summit outlines ‘Security Six’ basic safeguards for tax professionals’ computers and email

IR-2018-150, July 17, 2018 – The Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners outlined critical steps for tax professionals to protect their computers and email as well as safeguarding sensitive taxpayer data.

IRS offers summer tips for temporary jobs, marriage, deductions and credits

IR-2018-149, July 12, 2018 — Before starting a summer job, taking a vacation or sending the kids off to camp, the IRS wants taxpayers to know that some summertime activities may qualify for tax credits or deductions.

Veterans owed refunds for overpayments attributable to disability severance payments should file amended returns to claim tax refunds

IR-2018-148, July 11, 2018 — The IRS today is advising certain veterans who received disability severance payments after January 17, 1991, and included that payment as income that they should file Form 1040- X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

Tax Security 101 – IRS, Security Summit partners launch new awareness campaign; Urge tax professionals to step up protections for client data

IR-2018-147, July 10, 2018 — The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners today kicked off a summertime security awareness campaign for tax professionals with a new, expanded guide providing critical steps to protect client data and highlighting available resources.

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