News Releases for June 2017

Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee Issues 2017 Annual Report

IR- 2017-114, June 28, 2017 — The Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) today held its annual public meeting and released its annual report to the IRS and the Congress, which includes numerous recommendations on improving electronic security in the tax system and fighting tax fraud related to identity theft.

Advocate Reviews Filing Season and Identifies Priority Areas and Challenges

IR-2017-113, June 28, 2017 — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her statutorily mandated mid-year report to Congress that presents a review of the 2017 Filing Season, identifies the priority issues the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will address during the upcoming fiscal year, and contains the IRS’s responses to each of the 93 administrative recommendations the Advocate made in her 2016 Annual Report to Congress.

IRS Cautions Taxpayers to Watch for Summertime Scams

IR-2017-112, June 26, 2017 – The Internal Revenue Service today issued a warning that tax-related scams continue across the nation even though the tax filing season has ended for most taxpayers.

Security Summit Warns of New Phishing Email Targeting Tax Pros

IR-2017-111, June 23, 2017 – The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals to beware of phishing emails purporting to be from a tax software education provider and seeking extensive amounts of sensitive preparer data.

IRS Website Provides Tools to Help Small Businesses Understand Employment Taxes

IR-2017-110, June 22, 2017 –The Internal Revenue Service reminds small businesses of the many free products available to help them understand and comply with the law.

IRS Now Accepting Renewal Applications for ITINs Set to Expire by End of 2017

IR-2017-109, June 21, 2017 — The Internal Revenue Service is now accepting renewal applications for the Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) set to expire at the end of 2017.

Orlando IRS Tax Forum Registration Deadline is June 27

IR-2017-108, June 15, 2017 — Tax professionals wishing to attend the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum in Orlando, Fla., can save $115 by registering soon, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Involving Bogus Certified Letters; Reminds People to Remain Vigilant Against Scams, Schemes this Summer

IR-2017-107, June 15, 2017 -– The Internal Revenue Service today warned people to beware of a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. This scam is being reported across the country, so taxpayers should be alert to the details.

IRS Continues to Expand Taxpayer Services Adds New Features to Taxpayers Online Account

IR-2017-106, June 13, 2017 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today the addition of several new features to the online account tool first introduced late last year as part of the IRS’s commitment to improve and expand taxpayer services.

Taxpayers Abroad Must File by June 15; Extensions Available; New Filing Deadline Now Applies to Foreign Account Reports

IR-2017-105, June 12, 2017 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers living and working abroad that they must file their 2016 federal income tax return by Thursday, June 15.

Interest Rates Remain the Same for the Third Quarter of 2017

IR-2017-104, June 9, 2017 ― The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning July 1, 2017.

IRS Approves First Group of Certified Professional Employer Organizations More Expected in Coming Months

IR-2017-103, June 1, 2017 -- The Internal Revenue Service today issued notices of certification to 84 organizations that applied for voluntary certification as a Certified Professional Employer Organization (CPEO).

For Letter Rulings and Similar Requests Electronic Payment of User Fees Starts June 15 Replaces Paying by Check

IR-2017-102, June 1, 2017 — Beginning June 15, taxpayers requesting letter rulings, closing agreements and certain other rulings from the Internal Revenue Service will need to make user fee payments electronically using the federal government’s Pay.gov system.

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