News Releases for October 2017

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For Tax Year 2016, E-File Closes on Nov. 18; After That, Disaster Victims, Others Need to File on Paper

IR-2017-183, Oct. 31, 2017 —The IRS today reminded people, including those in disaster areas, who want to file a 2016 tax return electronically to do so by Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.

10 Million Taxpayers Face an Estimated Tax Penalty Each Year; Act Now to Reduce or Avoid it for 2017; New Web Page Can Help

IR-2017-182, Oct. 31, 2017 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers assessed an estimated tax penalty for tax year 2016 that they still have time to take steps to reduce or eliminate the penalty for 2017 and future years.

IRS Encourages Taxpayers to Check Their Withholding; Checking Now Helps Avoid Surprises at Tax Time

IR-2017-181, Oct. 30, 2017 — As the end of 2017 approaches, the Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to consider a tax withholding checkup.

2018 PTIN Renewal Period Underway for Tax Professionals

IR-2017-180, Oct. 26, 2017 –– The IRS today reminded the nation’s more than 727,000 federal tax return preparers that they must renew their PTINs for 2018.

Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee Issues Annual Report - 2017

IR-2017-179, Oct. 25, 2017 — The Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee today issued its annual report for 2017, including numerous recommendations to the IRS on new and continuing issues in tax administration.

In 2018, Some Tax Benefits Increase Slightly Due to Inflation Adjustments, Others Unchanged

IR-2017-178, Oct. 19, 2017 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the tax year 2018 annual inflation adjustments for more than 50 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules and other tax changes. Revenue Procedure 2017-58 provides details about these annual adjustments. The tax year 2018 adjustments generally are used on tax returns filed in 2019.

IRS Announces 2018 Pension Plan Limitations; 401(k) Contribution Limit Increases to $18,500 for 2018

IR-2017-177, Oct. 19, 2017 — The IRS today announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2018.

Security Summit Partners Mark Progress in Identity Theft Battle; Prepare for 2018 Tax Season

IR-2017-176, Oct. 17, 2017 — The IRS, state tax agencies and private-sector industry leaders today detailed their continued progress against tax-related identity theft and prepared additional safeguards for the 2018 filing season to curb refund fraud.

Online Seminars from the 2017 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Now Available

IR-2017-175, Oct. 16, 2017 — The IRS today reminded tax professionals that they can earn continuing education credits online through seminars filmed at the 2017 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums.

Reminder: Oct. 24 is Deadline for Foreign Financial Institutions Participating in FATCA to Check Their Renewal Requirement

IR-2017-174, Oct. 13, 2017 — IRS officials today urged foreign financial institutions to quickly renew their Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) agreements if required.

IRS Issues Reminder to Taxpayers as Scams Continue Across the Nation

IR-2017-173, Oct. 13, 2017 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to remain vigilant to scams as they continue to be reported around the country. Phishing, phone scams and identity theft top the list of items normally reported.

IRS Gives Tax Relief to Victims of California Wildfires; Extension Filers Have Until Jan. 31 to File

IR-2017-172, Oct. 13, 2017 –– Victims of wildfires ravaging parts of California now have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

Fake Insurance Tax Form Scam Aims at Stealing Data from Tax Pros, Clients

IR-2017-171, Oct. 12, 2017 — The IRS today alerted tax professionals and their clients to a fake insurance tax form scam that is being used to access annuity and life insurance accounts.

Consumer Alert: IRS Warns Taxpayers, Tax Pros of New e-Services Scam

IR-2017-170, Oct. 11, 2017 — The IRS today warned all e-Services users to beware of a new phishing scam that tries to trick tax professionals into “signing” a new e-Services user agreement.

Tax Filing Extension Expires Oct. 16 for Millions of Taxpayers; Check Eligibility for Overlooked Tax Benefits

IR-2017-169, Oct. 5, 2017 — The IRS today urged taxpayers who have a filing extension through Oct. 16 to check their returns for often-overlooked tax benefits.

IRS Provides Tax Relief to Residents of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

IR-2017-168, Oct. 04, 2017 — The IRS today issued guidance to provide relief to residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who evacuated or couldn’t return because of Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria.

Extension Filers: Deadline is Monday, Oct. 16; Prior-Year Adjusted Gross Income Amount May Be Needed to File Electronically

IR-2017-167, Oct. 3, 2017 — The IRS has an important reminder for taxpayers who filed for an extension and face an Oct. 16 filing deadline: The AGI amount from their 2015 return may be needed to electronically file their 2016 tax return.

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