Treasury and IRS Issue Notice Regarding Improper Deductions for Conservation Easement Donations IR-2004-86 — Taxpayers claiming improper charitable contribution deductions may be subject to accuracy-related penalties. Ingram, Sullivan, Butcher Named to Leadership Positions in IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division IR-2004-85 — Sarah Hall Ingram is new deputy commissioner; Martha Sullivan is director of Exempt Organizations Division; Preston Butcher is director of Government Entities. New Publications Focus on Car Donations IR-2004-84 — IRS releases two new publications dealing with car donations as part of an effort to help taxpayers and charities to avoid potential pitfalls when they vehicles are donated to charities. Pacific Association of Tax Administrators Issues Guidance on the Mutual Agreement Procedure and Bilateral Advance Pricing Arrangement Processes IR-2004-83 — Pacific Association of Tax Administrators has finalized internal operational guidance with respect to mutual agreement procedures (MAP) and bilateral advance pricing arrangements (BAPA). Guidance Relating to July 1st Application of New U.S.-Japan Income Tax Treaty IR-2004-82 — Withholding taxes on dividends, interest and royalties affected. Testimony: Charitable Giving Problems and Best Practices IR-2004-81 — Written statement of IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson before the Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate. IRS Selects Linda Stiff to be Deputy Commissioner for Small Business/Self-Employed Division IR-2004-80 — Executive is a 25-year IRS veteran. IRS Issues Letter on Exempt Organizations IR-2004-79 — IRS issues letter on political activity of exempt organizations. IRS Announces New Procedure for U.S. Tax Certification IR-2004-78 — New form makes it easier for U.S. individuals and businesses to show they are entitled to lower foreign tax rates. IRS and State Partnership Moves Forward to Improve Compliance and Service IR-2004-77 — Partnership with states to target abusive tax avoidance scheme shows promising early results. Interest Rates Drop for the Third Quarter of 2004 IR-2004-76 — One percentage point decline in rates for tax underpayments and overpayments. IRS Warns of Scheme to Steal Identity and Financial Data IR-2004-75 — Non-resident aliens with U.S.-sourced income are targeted by fraudsters using phony IRS correspondence and forms. News Release and Fact Sheet Archive News releases and fact sheets from November 2002 forward and an archive of news releases and fact sheets in PDF format back to 1997.