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News Releases for February 2016

March 1 Tax Deadline Nears for Many Farmers and Fishermen; New IRS Direct Pay Tool Offers Easiest Way to E-Pay Taxes
IR-2016-33, Feb. 26, 2016 ― With next Tuesday’s tax deadline fast approaching for many farmers and fishermen, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding these and other individual filers that the new IRS Direct Pay tool offers taxpayers the fastest and easiest way to pay the taxes they owe.

IRS Announces Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Recipients
IR-2016-32, Feb. 26, 2016 — The IRS today announced $10.72 million in matching grants to 129 recipients across the country for development, expansion or continuation of qualified Low Income Taxpayer Clinics for the 2016 grant year.

IRS Accepting Applications for Part-Year Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grants in Identified Underserved Areas Starting March 1
IR-2016-31, Feb. 24, 2016 — The IRS today announced it will accept applications for a part-year Low Income Taxpayer Clinic matching grant from qualified organizations from March 1 to April 1, 2016.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Program Reports on Activities
IR-2016-30, Feb. 23, 2016 — The IRS’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Program Office has issued its fourth annual program report.

IRS Wraps Up the "Dirty Dozen" List of Tax Scams for 2016
IR-2016-29, Feb. 19, 2016 — The IRS today wrapped up its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams with identity theft topping this year's list but with phone scams and phishing schemes also deserving special mention.

Consumers Warned of New Surge in IRS E-mail Schemes during 2016 Tax Season; Tax Industry Also Targeted
IR-2016-28, Feb. 18, 2016 — The IRS renewed a consumer alert for email schemes after seeing an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents so far this tax season.

Frivolous Tax Arguments Completes the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season
IR-2016-27, Feb. 17, 2016 – The IRS today finished its 2016 “Dirty Dozen” tax scams list by warning taxpayers against using frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying their taxes.

National Taxpayer Advocate to Hold Public Forum on February 23 on Taxpayer Service Needs and Preferences
IR-2016-26, Feb. 17, 2016 — The National Taxpayer Advocate will convene the first in a series of public forums on taxpayer service on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 10:00 a.m. at the IRS Headquarters Building in Washington, D.C.

Abusive Tax Shelters Again on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season
IR-2016-25, Feb. 16, 2016 — The IRS today said using abusive tax shelters and structures to avoid paying taxes continues to be a problem and remains on its annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2016 filing season.

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IR-2016-24, Feb. 12, 2016 — Whether you draw a paycheck, are self-employed or own a small business, you can use all available tax forms you need for free with IRS Free File.

Falsifying Income to Claim Tax Credits is on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season
IR-2016-23, Feb. 12, 2016 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to avoid schemes to erroneously claim tax credits on their returns, which is on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” again for the 2016 filing season.

Excessive Claims for Business Credits is on IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season
IR-2016-22, Feb. 11, 2016 — The IRS today warned that taxpayers should watch for improper claims for business credits, which is on the “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2016 filing season.

Falsely Padding Deductions on Returns is on the IRS Annual “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams to Avoid
IR-2016-21, Feb. 10, 2016 — The IRS warns taxpayers to avoid falsely inflating deductions.

Fake Charities Are a Problem and on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2016
IR-2016-20, Feb.9, 2016 -- The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, one of the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2016 filing season.

7 Tips to Avoid Presidents Day Rush, IRS Recommends IRS.gov for Quick Answers
IR-2016-19, Feb. 9, 2016 — The period around Presidents Day marks the peak busy season for IRS toll-free phone service, but there are faster ways to find answers to your questions.

Inflated Refund Claims Again Made the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season
IR-2016-18, Feb. 8, 2016 — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous tax return preparers pushing inflated tax refund claims.

Hiding Money or Income Offshore Resides on the “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season
IR-2016-17, Feb. 5, 2016 --The Internal Revenue Service today said avoiding taxes by hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts remains on its annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season.

Return Preparer Fraud Is on the IRS Annual “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams to Avoid During the 2016 Filing Season
IR-2016-16, Feb. 4, 2016 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous return preparers, one of the most common “Dirty Dozen” tax scams seen during tax season.

Phishing Remains on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season
IR-2016-15, Feb. 3, 2016 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information, also known as “phishing.”

Phone Scams Continue to be a Serious Threat, Remain on IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season
IR-2016-14, Feb. 2, 2016 — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, the IRS announced today.

IRS to Begin Accepting Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreement Requests for India on February 16
IR-2016-13, Feb. 1, 2016 — IRS officials announced today that on February 16, the Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement office (APMA), a representative office of the U.S. competent authority, will begin accepting requests for bilateral advance pricing agreements (bilateral APAs) between the United States and India.

Identity Theft an Ongoing Concern on the IRS Annual "Dirty Dozen" List of Tax Scams to Avoid
IR-2016-12, Feb. 1, 2016 — The IRS today issued a filing season alert warning taxpayers to watch out for identity theft at tax time and highlighted the crime as the first scam in the agency’s “Dirty Dozen” series.

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