Category Archives: IRS News

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 […]

IRPAC Issues Annual Report for 2012

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service WASHINGTON — The Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) today released its 2012 Report, which includes recommendations pertaining to a number of information reporting issues such as cost basis reporting for debt and options, the new Form 1099-K, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, information return corrections and other […]

Don’t Fall for Phony IRS Websites

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service The Internal Revenue Service is issuing a warning about a new tax scam that uses a website that mimics the IRS e-Services online registration page. The actual IRS e-Services page offers web-based products for tax preparers, not the general public. The phony web page looks almost identical to the […]

IRS Announces 2013 Pension Plan Limitations

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for Tax Year 2013.  In general, many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2013 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds […]

Last Minute Tips from the IRS

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers whose tax-filing extension runs out on Oct. 15 to double check their returns for often-overlooked tax benefits and then file their returns electronically using IRS e-file or the Free File system. Many of the more than 11 million taxpayers who […]

IRS Seeks Applications for Advisory Committee for the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division

[TaxMama Note: Instead of complaining about the system – speak up and fix it! This is your opportunity.] WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is seeking applications for vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). The committee provides a venue for public input on relevant areas of tax administration.

IRS Clarifies Temporary ITIN Application Requirements for Noncitizens with Tax Extensions and Many Foreign Students

[TaxMama Note: We’ve been waiting for this.] Effective Oct. 2, 2012, the IRS implemented two separate clarifying changes to its temporary procedures for issuing Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs). First, the IRS will allow individuals studying in the United States under the Student Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP) to get ITINs under a streamlined procedure. SEVP […]

IRS Can Reduce Real-Estate Costs by Increasing Use of Telework

[TaxMama note: The IRS started on this path several years ago. Many of my contacts have been working from home. CPA firms started doing this more than a decade ago. It saved them entire floors in office buildings – cutting costs significantly. Besides, this can cut traffic jams. Excellent idea.] WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue […]