News Releases for October 2003

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IRS Grants Tax Relief for Victims of California Wildfires

IR-2003-126 — Affected taxpayers get extra time for tax payments, may claim losses on 2002 returns for quick refunds.

Millions in Refund and Child Credit Checks Returned to IRS, Taxpayers Urged to Update Addresses by Dec. 5

IR-2003-125 — Taxpayers should act soon if they want their checks this year.

IRS Reminds Taxpayers of Application Fee for Offers in Compromise

IR-2003-124 — Starting November 1, the IRS will charge a $150 application fee to process offers in compromise.

IRS Issues Summer 2003 Statistics of Income Bulletin

IR-2003-123 — The IRS Summer 2003 Statistics of Income Bulletin -almost 300 pages of tax statistics - is now available.

IRS Announces Pension Plan Limitations for 2004

IR-2003-122 — Many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2004.

2004 Standard Mileage Rates Set — 800,000 More Businesses Eligible

IR-2003-121 — Rates for business, charitable, medical and moving expense purposes. Taxpayers using not more than 4 vehicles at the same time may use the standard business mileage rate.

IRS, FTC and State Regulators Urge Care When Seeking Help from Credit Counseling Organizations

IR-2003-120 — The IRS, FTC and state regulators issued a consumer alert for those seeking assistance from a tax-exempt credit counseling organization.

New IRS Fax Guidelines Ease Burden on Taxpayers

IR-2003-119 — The IRS provides FAX guidelines for taxpayers and tax professional to aid correspondence with the agency.

New IRS Material Helps Retirement Plans Stay Compliant

IR-2003-118 — Information available in various formats including CD-ROM and online.

IRS Selects Carl T. Froehlich as Chief of Agency-Wide Shared Services

IR-2003-117 — Carl T. Froehlich will lead the IRS Agency-Wide Shared Services Division.

The U.S. and The Netherlands Develop New Administrative Arrangements for Mutual Agreement Procedure

IR-2003-116 — The two nations agree to new guiding principles.

Klotsche Named Senior Advisor

IR-2003-115 — John C. Klotsche joins IRS to help coordinate the agency's efforts to combat abusive tax shelters.

2004 Toyota Prius Certified for Clean-Burning Fuel Deduction

IR-2003-114 — Certification means taxpayers who buy a new hybrid vehicle may claim a tax deduction of up to $2,000.

Tax Professionals to Send Some Returns to Different IRS Centers Than Last Year

IR-2003-113 — IRS is providing tax professionals with up-to-date information on where to file clients' tax returns because of changes affecting mailings from 10 states.

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