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Free File Opens Today; Offers Brand-Name Free Federal and Free State Tax Software
IR-2017-05, Jan. 13, 2017 — The IRS and its private-sector partners today announced the 2017 opening of Free File, the free tax software preparation program that gives eligible taxpayers a dozen options for brand-name products.

Who Will Prepare Your Tax Return?
IR-2017-04, Jan. 12, 2017 – As the start of tax filing season approaches, the IRS is reminding taxpayers to start thinking about who will prepare their 2016 federal tax return.

Security Summit Alert: New Two-Stage E-mail Scheme Targets Tax Professionals
IR-2017-03, Jan. 11, 2017 – The IRS, state tax agencies and tax industry leaders today warned tax professionals to be alert to an email scam from cybercriminals posing as clients soliciting their services.

National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Urges IRS Reform and Tax Reform
IR-2017-02, Jan. 10, 2017— National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2016 annual report to Congress, recommending that the IRS revamp its “Future State” plan to adopt a taxpayer-centric focus and urging Congress to emphasize simplification when it considers tax reform later this year.

Prepared Remarks of Commissioner John Koskinen on 2017 Filing Season Kickoff
January 5, 2017 — Commissioner John Koskinen speaks at press briefing on 2017 Filing Season Kickoff and Security Summit.

IRS and Partners Look to Start of 2017 Tax Season; Encourage use of and e-File; Warn of Refund Delays
IR-2017-01, Jan. 5, 2017 — The IRS and partners from the states and tax industry today reminded taxpayers that the nation’s 2017 individual income tax filing season opens Jan. 23.

IRS Offers Free Tax Help
IR-2016-175, Dec. 29, 2016 — As tax filing season approaches, the IRS reminds taxpayers that free tax help is available online, by phone and in-person.

Tax Professionals Provide Insights on IRS Future State; Feedback Efforts Continue in 2017 as Online Account Shows Strong Early Use
IR-2016-174, Dec. 21, 2016 — As part of ongoing efforts to receive feedback from the tax community and partner groups, the IRS today said tax professionals attending the Nationwide Tax Forums this year highlighted a number of areas to help the agency shape Future State efforts to improve taxpayer service.

Many ITINs Expire Jan. 1; Renew Now to Avoid Refund Delays, IRS Says
IR-2016-173, Dec. 21, 2016 — Time is running out for many ITIN holders who need to file a federal income tax return in 2017 and want to avoid a long wait for a refund, according to the IRS.

Tax Preparedness Series: IRS Face-To-Face Help Now By Appointment
IR-2016-172, Dec. 20, 2016 — As the tax filing season approaches, the IRS reminds taxpayers that an appointment is required for in-person tax help at all IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers.

Tax Preparedness Series: Plan Now to Get Full Benefit of Saver’s Credit; Tax Credit Helps Low- and Moderate-Income Workers Save for Retirement
IR-2016-171, Dec. 15, 2016 — As the tax filing season approaches, the IRS reminds low- and moderate-income workers that they can take steps now to save for retirement and earn a special tax credit in 2016 and years ahead.

2017 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Announced
IR-2016-169, Dec.13, 2016 — The IRS today issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Plan now to Use Health Flexible Spending Arrangements in 2017; Contribute up to $2,600; $500 Carryover Option Available to Many
IR-2016-168, Dec. 9, 2016 ― The IRS today reminded eligible employees that now is the time to begin planning to take full advantage of their employer’s health flexible spending arrangement during 2017.

2017 Tax Filing Season Begins Jan. 23 for Nation’s Taxpayers, Tax Returns Due April 18
IR-2016-167, Dec. 9, 2016 ― The IRS announced today that the nation’s tax season will begin Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, and reminded taxpayers claiming certain tax credits to expect a longer wait for refunds.

IRS Warns Taxpayers of Numerous Tax Scams Nationwide; Provides Summary of Most Recent Schemes
IR-2016-164, Dec. 8, 2016 — As tax season approaches, the IRS, states and the tax industry reminded taxpayers to be on the lookout for an array of evolving tax scams related to identity theft and refund fraud.

Tax Preparedness Series: Tax Records — What to Keep
IR-2016-162, Dec. 6, 2016 — As tax filing season approaches, the IRS has information for taxpayers who wonder how long to keep tax returns and other documents.

Interest Rates Remain the Same for the First Quarter of 2017
IR-2016-159, Dec. 5, 2016 — The IRS today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

IRS Launches New Online Tool to Assist Taxpayers with Basic Account Information
IR-2016-155, Dec.1, 2016 — The IRS announced today the launch of an online application that will assist taxpayers with straightforward balance inquiries in a safe, easy and convenient way.

Tax Preparedness Series: Tax Help for Self-Employed and Sharing Economy
IR-2016-153, Nov. 23, 2016 – As tax filing season approaches, the IRS wants taxpayers who are self-employed or involved in the sharing economy to know about free resources that are available to help them with their taxes.

IRS, States, Industry Launch Second Year of Public Awareness Campaign: “Taxes. Security. Together.”
IR-2016-151, Nov. 16, 2016 — The IRS and its Security Summit partners today began the second year of their “Taxes. Security. Together.” campaign aimed at encouraging taxpayers to take stronger measures to protect their financial and tax data.

Tax Preparedness Series: How to Avoid a Refund Delay; Plan Ahead
IR-2016-150, Nov. 16, 2016 – As tax filing season approaches, the IRS is reminding taxpayers about steps they can take now to ensure smooth processing of their 2016 tax return and avoid a delay in getting their tax refund next year.

Registration Now Open for 2017 Advance Monthly Payments of the Health Coverage Tax Credit
IR-2016-148, Nov. 15, 2016 – The IRS has opened the new registration and enrollment process for qualified taxpayers to receive the benefit of the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) on an advance monthly basis during 2017.

Reminder: Employers Face New Jan. 31 W-2 Filing Deadline; Some Refunds Delayed Until Feb. 15
IR-2016-143, Oct. 28, 2016 — The IRS today reminded employers and small businesses of a new Jan. 31 filing deadline for Forms W-2. The IRS must also hold some refunds until Feb. 15.

2017 PTIN Renewal Period Underway for Tax Professionals
IR-2016-142, Oct. 28, 2016 –– The IRS today reminded the nation’s more than 725,000 federal tax return preparers that they must renew their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) for 2017.

IRS Gives Expanded Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Matthew; Parts of Four States Eligible; Extension Filers Have Until March 15 to File
IR-2016-135, Oct. 17, 2016 –– Hurricane Matthew victims in much of North Carolina and parts of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida have until March 15, 2017, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

Drought-Stricken Farmers and Ranchers Have More Time to Replace Livestock; 37 States and Puerto Rico Affected
IR-2016-127, Sept. 30, 2016 — Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, the IRS announced today.

New Private Debt Collection Program to Begin Next Spring; IRS to Contract with Four Agencies; Taxpayer Rights Protected
IR-2016-125, Sept. 26, 2016 — The IRS announced today that it plans to begin private collection of certain overdue federal tax debts next spring and has selected four contractors to implement the new program.

New Procedure Helps People Making IRA and Retirement Plan Rollovers
IR-2016-113, Aug. 24, 2016 — The IRS today provided a self-certification procedure to help recipients of retirement plan distributions who inadvertently miss the 60-day time limit for properly rolling these amounts into another retirement plan or individual retirement arrangement (IRA).

IRS Launches New Sharing Economy Resource Center on, Provides Tips for Emerging Business Area
IR-2016-110, Aug. 22, 2016 — The IRS this week launched a new web page designed to help taxpayers involved in the sharing economy quickly locate the resources they need to help them meet their tax obligations.

IRS Provides Tax Relief to Louisiana Storm Victims; Various Tax Deadlines Extended to Jan. 17
IR-2016-105, Aug. 15, 2016 –– Louisiana storm victims will have until Jan. 17, 2017, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the IRS announced today. All workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization also qualify for relief.

IRS Statement on "Get an IP PIN" Tool
July 19, 2016 — The IRS today announced that the “Get an IP PIN” tool has returned to with a stronger authentication process to help protect taxpayers.

New IRS Special Procedure to Allow Property Owners to Request Return of Property, Funds in Specific Structuring Cases
June 16, 2016 — The IRS has established a special procedure for people whose assets were involved in structuring to request a return of their forfeited property or funds.

IRS Launches More Rigorous e-Authentication Process and Get Transcript Online
IR-2016-85, June 7, 2016 — The IRS today launched a more rigorous e-authentication process for taxpayers that will significantly increase protection against identity thieves impersonating taxpayers to access tax return information through the IRS Get Transcript online service.

IRS Statement on Interim Process for Making Advance Monthly Payments of the HCTC for 2016
The IRS expects to be able to make advance monthly payments of the Health Coverage Tax Credit to some individuals beginning in mid-summer 2016 using a limited interim process.

IRS User Fee Program
May 4, 2016 — Federal law and policy requires agencies, including the IRS, to charge a user fee to recover the cost of providing certain services to the public that confer a special benefit to the recipient.

IRS Statement On “Get Transcript”
Feb. 26, 2016 — Following an incident involving the IRS’s “Get Transcript” application discovered last May, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration conducted a nine-month long investigation looking back to the launch of the application in January 2014 for additional suspicious activity.

Budget in Brief FY 2017
This summarizes how the budget request will enable the agency to meet its strategic goals: improve customer service and enhance enforcement of the tax laws.

Offshore Compliance Programs Generate $8 Billion; IRS Urges People to Take Advantage of Voluntary Disclosure Programs
IR-2015-116, Oct. 16, 2015 — The IRS today reminded U.S. taxpayers with undisclosed offshore accounts that they should strongly consider existing paths established to come into full compliance with their federal tax obligations. More than 54,000 taxpayers have participated in offshore disclosure programs since 2009.

IRS Statement on the Senate Finance Committee Report
Aug. 5, 2015 — The IRS has issued a statement on the Senate Finance Committee report.

Compliance & Enforcement News
A collection of recent news releases, statements and other items related to IRS compliance and enforcement efforts.

IRS Charts a Path Forward with Immediate Actions
The IRS is outlining new actions and next steps to fix problems uncovered with the IRS’ review of tax-exempt applications and improve the wider processes and operations in place at the IRS.

Questions and Answers on 501(c) Organizations
May 15, 2013 — The IRS has received a variety of questions related to the exempt organization issues recently raised. The Q&As answer some basics on the issue.

Fiscal Year 2015 Enforcement and Service Results
The Fiscal Year 2015 Enforcement and Service Results provide the dollars collected from the examination (audit) and collection functions of the IRS. The results also tally the results of various taxpayer assistance programs.

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