Category Archives: IRS News

National Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report

National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Focuses on Tax Reform, IRS Funding and Identity Theft IR-2013-3, Jan. 9, 2013 WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2012 annual report to Congress, identifying the need for tax reform as the overriding priority in tax administration. The Advocate also expressed concern […]

Proposed Regulations Issued on Additional Medicare Tax

Courtesy of the IRS A new Additional Medicare Tax goes into effect starting in 2013. The 0.9 percent Additional Medicare Tax applies to an individual’s wages, Railroad Retirement Tax Act compensation, and self-employment income that exceeds a threshold amount based on the individual’s filing status. The threshold amounts are:

What’s Happening in Congress Regarding Our Taxes?

Courtesy of the National Association of Enrolled Agents NAEA’s E@lert’s holiday present to readers and taxpayers  is a one-week reprieve on Taxmageddon. The short version is that negotiations are ongoing and largely behind closed doors. Shifting gears a bit, we have news about the tax writing committees. At the start of the 113th Congress (the […]

IRS Offers Tax Tips for “The Season of Giving”

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service December is traditionally a month for giving generously to charities, friends and family. But it’s also a time that can have a major impact on the tax return you’ll file in the New Year. Here are some “Season of Giving” tips from the IRS covering everything from charity donations […]

IRS Strengthens Integrity of ITIN System

Courtesy of the IRS For more information about the reason the system needs strengthening…read TaxMama’s MarketWatch article. WASHINGTON –– The Internal Revenue Service announced today updated procedures to strengthen the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) program requirements. The new modifications and documentation standards further protect the integrity of the ITIN application and refund processes while helping […]

IRS Steps up Quickly to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

Last week, before Commissioner Doug Shulman left, he made sure that the IRS was in  position to cut red-tape and make life easier for Hurricane Sandy victims. Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Sandy in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York Victims of Hurricane Sandy that began on Oct. 27 in parts of Connecticut, New […]

IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to Hurricane Sandy Relief

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service The Internal Revenue Service today issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Following major disasters, it’s common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social […]

Employer Leave-Based Donation Programs to Aid Victims of Hurricane Sandy

[TaxMama Summary: As long as the employer and employees follow the IRS guidelines, employees will be allowed to donate their sick pay, vacation pay or personal leave payments to the organizations helping victims of Hurricane Sandy. Effect on Employees: The amount donated will not be added to employees’ wages – so they will not have […]

Employers Hiring Veterans by Year’s End May Get Expanded Tax Credit

Employers planning to claim an expanded tax credit for hiring certain veterans should act soon, according to the IRS. Many businesses may qualify to receive thousands of dollars through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, but only if the veteran begins work before the new year. Here are six key facts about the WOTC as expanded […]

Care and Feeding of your PTIN Series – Session 1 – Maintaining Your RTRP

NOTE: All regulations re:RTRPs have been suspended – these rules no longer apply. The IRS established new regulations for tax professionals recently. After nearly 100 years without any form of tax preparer licensing or overview, it’s time for tax preparers to exhibit that they have a fundamental understanding of tax law, tax preparation and ethical […]