News Releases for November 2012

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IRS Announces New Members for ETAAC 2012

IR-2012-100, Nov. 30, 2012 — The IRS announced the selection of four new members and a chairperson to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee.

Interest Rates Remain the Same for the First Quarter of 2013

IR-2012-99, Nov. 30, 2012 ― The IRS today announced that interest rates for under- and over-payments will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

IRS Strengthens Integrity of ITIN System; Revised Application Procedures in Effect for Upcoming Filing Season

IR-2012-98, Nov. 29, 2012 –– The IRS announced updated procedures to strengthen the ITIN program requirements. The new modifications and documentation standards further protect the integrity of the ITIN application and refund processes while helping minimize burden for applicants.

IRS Seeks to Return Undelivered Checks to Taxpayers

IRS is looking to return tax refunds that were not delivered earlier this year because of mailing address errors.

Fall 2012 Statistics of Income Bulletin Now Available

IR-2012-97, Nov. 21, 2012 — The IRS announced that the fall 2012 issue of the Statistics of Income Bulletin is available. This issue features individual income tax return data for Tax Year 2010.

IRS Gives Additional Time to Small, Automatically Revoked Tax-Exempt Organizations Affected by Hurricane Sandy

IR-2012-96, Nov. 21, 2012— The IRS is postponing the filing date until Feb. 1, 2013, for some small tax-exempt organizations affected by Hurricane Sandy to take advantage of transitional relief when applying for reinstatement of their exempt status.

2013 Standard Mileage Rates Up 1 Cent per Mile for Business, Medical and Moving

IR-2012-95, Nov. 21, 2012 — Most standard mileage rates for 2013 are up 1 cent from 2012.

Hurricane Sandy Diesel Fuel Penalty Waiver Extended for Some Areas

IR-2012-94, Nov. 20, 2012 — The IRS is extending until Dec. 7 the diesel fuel penalty waiver, due to expire today, for New Jersey and parts of New York.

Retirement Plans Can Make Loans, Hardship Distributions to Sandy Victims

IR-2012-93, Nov. 16, 2012— 401(k)s and similar employer-sponsored retirement plans can make loans and hardship distributions to victims of Hurricane Sandy and members of their families.

IRS Advisory Council Issues 2012 Annual Report

IR-2012-92, Nov. 15, 2012 — One of the Internal Revenue Service’s main advisory panels for tax administration today issued its 2012 annual report, covering a range of key issues affecting taxpayers.

Beware of Hurricane Sandy Scams

IR-2012-91, Nov. 9, 2012 — Taxpayers should watch out for scams in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

IRS Reaches Major IT Milestone

IR-2012-90, Nov. 8, 2012 –– The IRS announced today that its Applications Development group has achieved Capability Maturity Model Integration Level 3. The IRS is the only large civilian U.S. government agency to have achieved this level of process maturity.

Commissioner Doug Shulman Speaks at AICPA Meeting

IR-2012-89, Nov. 7, 2012 — Commissioner Shulman delivers remarks to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Washington, DC

Treasury and IRS Announce Special Relief to Encourage Leave Donation Programs for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

IR-2012-88, Nov. 6, 2012 — Treasury and IRS announced special relief intended to support leave-based donation programs to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy.

IRS Expedites Charity Applications and Urges Use of Existing Charities

IR-2012-87, Nov. 6, 2012 — Treasury and IRS announced an expedited process will be offered for organizations seeking tax-exempt status in order to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Treasury and IRS Expand Availability of Housing for Hurricane Sandy Victims

IR-2012-86, Nov. 4, 2012 — Treasury and the IRS announced that they will waive low-income housing tax credit rules that prohibit owners of low-income housing from providing housing to victims of Sandy who do not qualify as low-income.

IRS Waives Diesel Fuel Penalty Due to Hurricane Sandy

IR-2012-85, Nov. 3, 2012 — The IRS, in response to shortages of clear diesel fuel caused by Hurricane Sandy, will not impose a tax penalty when dyed diesel fuel is sold for use or used on the highway.

Hurricane Sandy Qualified Treatment of Payments

IR-2012-84, Nov. 2, 2012 ― Hurricane Sandy qualified disaster relief payments made to individuals by their employer or any person can be excluded from those individuals’ taxable income.

IRS Provides Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Sandy; Return Filing and Tax Payment Deadline Extended to Feb. 1, 2013

IR-2012-83, Nov. 2, 2012 –– In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Internal Revenue Service announced additional tax relief to affected individuals and businesses.

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