News Releases for March 2015

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Don’t be Fooled, Phone Scams Continue to Be Serious Threat Nationwide

IR-2015-62, March 31, 2015 — As April 1st approaches, the IRS warns taxpayers not to be fooled by tricks used by scammers to make it look like the IRS is calling.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Recipients Announced 2015

IR-2015-61, March 27, 2015 — The IRS awarded approximately $10.25 million in matching grants to Low Income Taxpayer Clinics for the 2015 grant year.

Webinar for Small Business: Ten Things to Ask Your Accountant

IR-2015-60, March 27, 2015 — The IRS will hold a free webinar next week designed to offer tips to taxpayers, especially small business owners, on working effectively with a paid tax preparer.

IRS Offers Filing Season Tax Tips, Now Also Available in Spanish

IR-2015-59, March 26, 2015 — With millions of taxpayers getting ready to file, the IRS today reminded taxpayers they can take advantage of daily tax tips, e-news subscriptions and e-mail subscription services.

IRS Releases FY 2014 Data Book

IR-2015-58, March 24, 2015 — IRS releases statistics on Fiscal Year 2014 activities in its annual release of the Data Book.

Taxpayers in Increasing Numbers Find Help from

IR-2015-57, March 20, 2015 — More taxpayers are using this year than last; there were15 million new visitors last week.

Webinar Spotlights Payment Options for Individuals and Small Businesses

IR-2015-56, March 19, 2015 — The IRS will hold a free webinar on Wednesday, March 25, to help individuals, small businesses and tax professionals better understand various tax payment alternatives, including options for resolving  complex collection cases.

Many Retirees Face April 1 Deadline to Take Required Retirement Plan Distributions 2015

IR-2015-55, March 19, 2015 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers who turned 70½ during 2014 that in most cases they must start receiving required minimum distributions from Individual Retirement Accounts and workplace retirement plans by Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Taxpayers Receiving Identity Verification Letter Should Use

IR-2015-54, March 18, 2015 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers who receive requests from the IRS to verify their identities that the Identity Verification Service website,, offers the fastest, easiest way to complete the task.

Tax Time Guide: Easy E-Pay and Payment Agreement Options Available to People Who Owe Tax

IR-2015-53, March 18, 2015 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers that it’s easier than ever to pay taxes electronically, and for those who can’t pay on time, quick and easy solutions are available.

IRS and Free File Alliance Reach New Agreement for Free Tax Software

IR-2015-52, March 17, 2015 – The IRS and Free File Inc., also known as the Free File Alliance, today announced a new five-year agreement that guarantees free, federal tax preparation software products for 70 percent of all taxpayers.

Tax Time Guide: Automatic Tax-Filing Extensions Now Available; Use Free File to Get Six More Months to File

IR-2015-51, March 17, 2015 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers who are unable to complete their tax returns on time that it’s easy to get more time to file their return and can even be done online.

Tax Time Guide: Still Time to Contribute to an IRA for 2014

IR-2015-50, March 16, 2015 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers that they still have time to contribute to an IRA for 2014 and, in many cases, qualify for a deduction or even a tax credit.

Interest Rates Remain the Same for the Second Quarter of 2015

IR-2015-49, March 13, 2015 — Interest rates remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning April 1.

Tax Time Guide: Good Records Key to Claiming Gifts to Charity 2015

IR-2015-48, March 13, 2015 ― The IRS today reminded taxpayers planning to claim charitable donations to make sure they have the records they need before filing their 2014 tax returns.

Tax Time Guide: Many Home Based Businesses Can Use Simplified Method for Claiming Home Office Deduction

IR-2015-47, March 12, 2015 — The IRS today reminded people with home-based businesses that they can choose a simplified method for claiming the deduction for business use of a home on their tax return.

Visits to IRS Website Increase as Taxpayers Turn to for Answers During Filing Season

IR-2015-46, March 12, 2015 — Taxpayers use almost 200 million times so far this filing season.

Tax Time Guide: IRS Reminds Taxpayers About “Where’s My Refund?”

IR-2015-45, March 11, 2015 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers that they can quickly check the status of their tax return and refund through “Where’s My Refund?”.

IRS Has Refunds Totaling $1 Billion for People Who Have Not Filed a 2011 Federal Income Tax Return

IR-2015-44, March 11, 2015 — More than one million taxpayers need to file tax year 2011 returns by April 15 to claim their refunds potentially worth $1 billion.

IRS Seeks Volunteers for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel 2015

IR-2015-43, March 10, 2015 — The IRS seeks volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies major taxpayer concerns and makes recommendations for improving IRS service.

Tax Time Guide: Free Tax Return Preparation Available to Qualifying Taxpayers across the Country

IR-2015-42, March 10, 2015 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers who have yet to file their tax return that they may qualify to receive free tax help from IRS-trained volunteers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or the Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs.

Tax Time Guide: Online Tools Help Taxpayers Choose a Qualified Tax Preparer

IR-2015-41, March 9, 2015 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers of options available to them on to get information and tips about selecting qualified tax professionals.

Tax Time Guide: Use Free File for Help with Tax Returns, Extensions and New Health Care Law

IR-2015-40, March 6, 2015 — The IRS today reminded the millions of taxpayers who have yet to file their taxes that Free File remains available.

IRS Releases Tax Time Guide: Get Free Tax Help with Free IRS Online Tools

IR-2015-39, March 5, 2015 — The IRS today encouraged taxpayers working on their 2014 tax returns to take advantage of the numerous online tools and resources available on

IRS Issues Revised Publications this Week, 3 out of 5 Still Need to File

IR-2015-38, March 4, 2015 — With almost 59 million tax returns filed so far, the Internal Revenue Service estimates that three out of five taxpayers have yet to file their tax returns, according to statistics released today.

IRS’s Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions; Part of Ongoing Efforts to Protect Taxpayers, Prevent Refund Fraud

IR-2015-37, March 3, 2015 — Continuing its enforcement push against refund fraud and identity theft, the IRS today announced the top ten identity theft prosecutions for Fiscal Year 2014.

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