Category Archives: IRS News

Determining Your Correct Filing Status

Courtesy of the IRS It’s important to use the correct filing status when filing your income tax return. It can impact the tax benefits you receive, the amount of your standard deduction and the amount of taxes you pay. It may even impact whether you must file a federal income tax return. Are you single, […]

Missing Your W-2? Here’s What to Do

Courtesy of the IRS [TaxMama note: Don’t be in a hurry to file. Wait until you’re sure you have ALL the W-2s, 1099s, etc., including the corrected 1099s your brokerage sends out in March.] It’s a good idea to have all your tax documents together before preparing your 2012 tax return. You will need your […]

IRS Intensifies National Crackdown on Identity Theft

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service [TaxMama note: Did THIS ever happen to you? If you were the victim of tax identity last year, make SURE you get your special Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) from the IRS so no one can steal your refund by pretending to be you.] WASHINGTON — Continuing a year-long enforcement […]

Many Business Tax Filers Can File Next Monday

Courtesy of the IRS Many businesses will be able to file their 2012 federal income tax returns starting Monday, Feb. 4. Filers of forms affected by January tax law changes will need to wait until late February or early March. The Monday opening covers non-1040 series business returns for calendar year 2012, including  Form 1120  […]

Tax Returns with Education Credit on Hold

Courtesy of the IRS [See TaxMama note below] The IRS announced on Monday that taxpayers filing Form 8863, to claim the American Opportunity Tax Credit or the Lifetime Learning Credit can begin filing by the middle of February after the IRS updates its processing systems. The delayed start will have no impact on taxpayers claiming […]

IRS Provides Penalty Relief to Farmers and Fishermen

Courtesy of the IRS [TaxMama Note: NAEA has been pursuing this problem with the IRS all month. They were thrilled to announce this fix about an hour ago. IRS just released these guidelines.] WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it will issue guidance in the near future to provide relief from the […]

List of IRS 1040-Related forms that Are Not Yet Ready

IRS will not have the electronic filing system ready until January 30, 2013 due to the late legislation. The following tax forms will be accepted by the IRS in late February or into March after updating forms and completing programming and testing of its processing systems.  A specific date will be announced in the near […]

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: