News Releases for March 2011

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Treasury Dept. and IRS Extend the Deadline for Filing Form 8939 Beyond the Previously Set April 18; Guidance to Follow with a New Deadline

IR-2011-33, March 31, 2011 — The Treasury Department and the IRS announced that Form 8939 is not due on April 18, 2011, and should not be filed with the final Form 1040 of persons who died in 2010. New guidance will be issued.

IRS Expands and Makes Permanent Its Compliance Assurance Process (CAP) for Large Corporate Taxpayers

IR-2011-32, March 31, 2011 — IRS officials announced that the six-year-old Compliance Assurance Process (CAP) pilot program for large corporate taxpayers is being expanded and made permanent.

IRS Issues Interim Guidance on Informational Reporting of Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage

IR-2011-31, March 29, 2011 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued interim guidance to employers on informational reporting on each employee's annual Form W-2 of the cost of the health insurance coverage they sponsor for employees.

Taxpayers Abroad Can Choose IRS Free File; Don’t Forget to Report Foreign Accounts

IR-2011-30, March 25, 2011 — Taxpayers abroad can now use IRS Free File to prepare and electronically file their returns for free, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS Seeks Volunteers for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel 2011

IR-2011-29, March 23, 2011 — The IRS seeks volunteers for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a federal advisory committee that represents taxpayers.

IRS Holds Saturday Open House on March 26 to Help Taxpayers

IR-2011-28, March 23, 2011 — Nearly 100 IRS offices open on Saturday, March 26 to help taxpayers. Filing season statistics for the weeks ending March 11 and March 18 are included.

IRS Releases 2010 Data Book

IR-2011-27, March 14, 2011 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the release of the 2010 IRS Data Book, an annual snapshot of agency activities for the fiscal year.

More Tax Refunds Paid, IRS Reminds Filers About Savings Bond Option

IR-2011-26, March 14, 2011 — Taxpayers have more options on how they can receive their refunds this year, including more savings bond options. Filing season statistics for the week ending March 4 are included.

IRS Issues Information on 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative in Eight Foreign Languages

IR-2011-25, March 8, 2011 — The IRS today announced that it has made available information in eight foreign languages about the 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (OVDI) for those taxpayers with undisclosed offshore accounts. The agency took this step to reach taxpayers whose primary language may not be English.

More Taxpayers Are Filing From Home in 2011, Free File Options Abound

IR-2011-24, March 4, 2011— More taxpayers have filed from home computers so far this year. IRS reminds filers that they can e-File for free through the Free File program. Filing season statistics for week ending Feb. 25 are included.

IRS Debunks Frivolous Tax Arguments

IR-2011-23, March 4, 2011 — The IRS released the 2011 version of The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments, a discussion and rebuttal of many of the more common frivolous arguments made by individuals and groups that oppose compliance with federal tax laws.

March IRS Live Webinar Focuses on Requirements for Federal Tax Return Preparers

IR-2011-22, March 4, 2011 — The Internal Revenue Service’s next IRS Live webinar, “Requirements for Federal Tax Return Preparers” is Wednesday, March 30, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

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