News Releases for March 2018

Tax Time Guide: ‘Where’s My Refund?’ online tool answers commonly asked question

IR-2018-78, March 29, 2018 — The IRS today said that most tax refunds are issued in less than 21 days, although some may take longer.

IRS releases Data Book for 2017 showing range of tax data, including audits, collection actions and taxpayer service

IR-2018-77, March 29, 2018 — The IRS today released the 2017 IRS Data Book, a snapshot of agency activities for the fiscal year.

Tax Time Guide: Make IRS.gov first stop to get quick answers to tax questions

IR-2018-76, March 27, 2018 — With the April 17 tax deadline fast approaching, taxpayers can find most answers to their tax questions by taking advantage of the wide variety of easy-to-use online tools available on IRS.gov.

Low income taxpayer clinics represented 19,479 taxpayers dealing with an IRS tax controversy; See the latest program report and LITC contact list

IR-2018-75, March 27, 2018 — The IRS’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program Office has issued its annual program report.

IRS seeks applications for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee

IR-2018-74, March 27, 2018 — The IRS is seeking qualified applicants for nomination to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC).

IRS encourages ‘Paycheck Checkup’ for taxpayers to check their withholding; special week focuses on changes

IR-2018-73, March 26, 2018 — Launching a special week of activities, the IRS today continued its effort to encourage taxpayers to do a “paycheck checkup” to make sure they have the right amount of tax taken out of their paychecks for their personal situation.

IRS offers tax tips year-round, also available in Spanish

IR-2018-72, March 23, 2018 — More than 720,000 people get plain-language IRS tax tips sent to their email inbox through a free subscription service available on IRS.gov.

IRS reminds taxpayers to report virtual currency transactions

IR-2018-71, March 23, 2018 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers that income from virtual currency transactions is reportable on their income tax returns.

Tax Time Guide: Request online extension, get 6 more months to file

IR-2018-70, March 22, 2018 — The IRS reminds taxpayers who may have trouble meeting the April 17 tax filing deadline that Free File provides an easy, online option to get more time.

Tax filing deadline postponed until June 29 for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

IR-2018-69, March 22, 2018 –– The IRS is reminding victims of Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that filing and payment activities have been further postponed beyond Jan. 31, 2018.

Summit partners warn tax pros to be on alert; step up security measures

IR-2018-68, March 22, 2018 — The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry warned tax professionals to be alert to taxpayer data theft in the final weeks of the tax filing season.

Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Members Selected for 2018

IR-2018-67, March 21, 2018 — The IRS recommended and the Department of the Treasury has approved the selection of 25 new members to serve on the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel.

IRS wraps up ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams for 2018; Encourages taxpayers to remain vigilant

IR-2018-66, March 21, 2018 — The IRS today concluded its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams with a warning to taxpayers to remain vigilant about these aggressive and evolving schemes throughout the year.

Tax Time Guide: Contribute to an IRA by April 17, claim it for 2017

IR-2018-65, March 20, 2018 —The IRS reminded taxpayers today that it’s not too late to contribute to an IRA and still claim it on a 2017 tax return.

IRS: Offshore tax cheating remains on ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams

IR-2018-64, March 20, 2018 — Avoiding taxes by hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts remains on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2018, the agency said today.

IRS online tool lets taxpayers check their account balance

IR-2018-63, March 19, 2018 — The IRS today urged taxpayers to use a handy online tool to check the status of their federal tax accounts.

IRS 2018 ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams: Abusive tax shelters make the list

IR-2018-62, March 19, 2018 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to be wary of abusive tax shelters, which remain on the "Dirty Dozen” tax scams.

Security Summit urges tax pros to protect their identification numbers: EFINs, PTINs and CAF numbers

IR-2018-61, March 16, 2018 — The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today urged tax practitioners to maintain and monitor their Electronic Filing Identification Numbers and Centralized Authorization File numbers to help safeguard taxpayer data.

Additional time to make refund claims for wrongful incarceration exclusion: File back-year claims by Dec. 17, 2018, at special address

IR-2018-60, March 16, 2018 — The IRS announced that wrongfully incarcerated individuals have additional time to take advantage of the retroactive exclusion from income for any civil damages, restitution or other monetary award received in connection with their incarcerations.

Taxpayers can now e-file returns including four tax benefits related to incentives for energy production and conservation

IR-2018-59, March 16, 2018 --The Internal Revenue Service today said that it is ready to process tax year 2017 returns claiming four additional tax benefits recently renewed retroactively into law.

IRS warns against frivolous tax arguments; Part of ‘Dirty Dozen’ scams list

IR-2018-58, March 16, 2018 — The IRS today continued releasing the 2018 list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams with a warning to taxpayers about using frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying taxes.

Tax Time Guide: Taxpayers who owe taxes have multiple options

IR-2018-57, March 15, 2018 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers that there are several easy options to pay taxes electronically.

IRS reminds retirees of April 1 deadline to take required retirement plan distributions

IR-2018-56, March 15, 2018 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers who turned age 70½ during 2017 that, in most cases, they must start receiving required minimum distributions from IRAs and workplace retirement plans by Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Falsified income, fake Forms 1099 part of IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’

IR-2018-55, March 15, 2018 — As part of this year’s “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, the IRS warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for schemes that falsify income, including elaborate ruses involving bogus Forms 1099.

Falsely padding deductions highlighted in IRS 2018 ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams

IR-2018-54, March 14, 2018 — As part of the “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, the IRS today warned taxpayers to avoid falsely inflating deductions or expenses on tax returns.

IRS provides additional details on section 965, transition tax; Deadlines approach for some 2017 filers

IR-2018-53, March 13, 2018 — The Internal Revenue Service today provided additional information to help taxpayers meet their filing and payment requirements for the section 965 transition tax.

IRS to end offshore voluntary disclosure program; Taxpayers with undisclosed foreign assets urged to come forward now

IR-2018-52, March 13, 2018 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced it will begin to ramp down the 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) and close the program on Sept. 28, 2018.

Tax Time Guide: Guard personal, financial, tax information thoroughly

IR-2018-51, March 13, 2018 — The IRS today urged taxpayers to remain vigilant in protecting their personal and tax information.

Winter storm extension: Many businesses have extra time to request a 6-month extension

IR-2018-50, March 13, 2018 — The IRS today granted many businesses affected by severe winter storms additional time to request a six-month extension to file their 2017 federal income tax returns.

IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams for 2018 contains warning to avoid improper claims for business credits

IR-2018-49, March 13, 2018 — The IRS today warned that taxpayers should avoid making improper claims for business credits, a common scam used by unscrupulous tax preparers.

Taxpayers alerted against falsely inflated refunds in ‘Dirty Dozen’ list; Seniors, many others at risk

IR-2018-48, March 12, 2018 — The IRS warned taxpayers today to be alert to unscrupulous return preparers touting inflated tax refunds.

Fake charities make 2018 ‘Dirty Dozen’ list; taxpayers should be alert to scams involving disasters, worthwhile causes

IR-2018-47, March 9, 2018 — The IRS today warned taxpayers against scam groups masquerading as charitable organizations, luring people to make donations to groups or causes that don't actually qualify for a tax deduction.

Tax Time Guide: IRS Publication 17 helps taxpayers with 2017 taxes

IR-2018-46, March 8, 2018 — Taxpayers who are looking for a comprehensive guide of 2017 tax benefits and useful tips to help them with their taxes don’t have to go further than IRS Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax.

Tax Return Preparer Fraud Ranks on 2018 ‘Dirty Dozen’: Taxpayers Urged to Choose Reputable Tax Preparers

IR-2018-45, March 8, 2018 — With more than half of the nation's taxpayers relying on someone else to prepare their tax return, the IRS reminded consumers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous tax preparers looking to make a fast buck from honest people seeking tax assistance.

IRS: Refunds worth one point one billion dollars waiting to be claimed by those who have not filed 2014 federal income tax returns

IR-2018-44, March 8, 2018 ― Unclaimed federal income tax refunds totaling about $1.1 billion may be waiting for an estimated 1 million taxpayers who did not file a 2014 federal income tax return, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Interest Rates Increase for the Second Quarter of 2018

IR-2018-43, March 7, 2018 ― The IRS today announced that interest rates increased for the calendar quarter beginning April 1, 2018.

Despite Major Progress, Identity Theft Still on IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ Tax Scams List

IR-2018-42, Mar. 7, 2018 — Even though reports of tax-related identity theft have declined markedly in recent years, the Internal Revenue Service warns that this practice is still widespread and remains serious enough to earn a spot on the agency’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams.

Tax Time Guide: Use IRS.gov to Find Qualified Tax Professionals

IR-2018-41, Mar. 6, 2018 — With more than half of the nation relying on tax practitioners, the IRS today reminded taxpayers that IRS.gov offers useful information and tips in finding a qualified tax professional.

Phone Scams Pose Serious Threat; Remain on IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams

IR-2018-40, March 6, 2018 — The IRS reminded taxpayers to be careful with continuing aggressive phone scams as criminals pose as IRS agents in hopes of stealing money.

Phishing Schemes Make IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams for 2018; Individuals, Businesses, Tax Pros Urged to Remain Vigilant

IR-2018-39, March 5, 2018 — Following continuing threats to taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service today listed email “phishing” schemes as a top filing season concern and part of the annual listing of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2018.

Tax Time Guide: Try Money-Saving IRS Free File

IR-2018-38, March 1, 2018 — As the filing deadline approaches next month, the IRS today reminds taxpayers that more than 70 percent of them qualify for free tax filing with IRS Free File.

IRS Plans to Issue Regulations Clarifying Limitations on Carried Interest

IR-2018-37, March 1, 2018 — The IRS announced today that S corporations are subject to the extended three year holding period for applicable partnership interests and that regulations will be issued soon.

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