IRS Warns of New Email Phishing Scheme Falsely Claiming to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service
IR-2014-39, March 28, 2014 —The IRS today warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number.
Many Retirees Face April 1 Deadline To Take Required Retirement Plan Distributions
IR-2014-38, March 27, 2014 — The IRS reminds taxpayers who turned 70½ during 2013 that in most cases they must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
IRS Reminds Taxpayers about Direct Deposit and Split Refunds
IR-2014-37, March 27, 2014 — Millions of taxpayers get their refunds through direct deposits. Filing season stats for March 21, 2014.
IRS Virtual Currency Guidance : Virtual Currency Is Treated as Property for U.S. Federal Tax Purposes; General Rules for Property Transactions Apply
IR-2014-36, March. 25, 2014 — Virtual currency is treated as property for U.S. Federal tax purposes; general rules for property transactions apply.
IRS Gives Colorado Flood Victims More Time To Decide When To Claim Losses
IR-2014-35, March 25, 2014 — The IRS today provided taxpayers an extension until Oct. 15, 2014, to decide when to claim disaster losses arising from last September’s flooding.
IRS Releases FY 2013 Data Book
IR-2014-34, March 21, 2014 — The IRS 2013 Data Book provides details on the agency's activities during fiscal year 2013.
Winter 2014 Statistics of Income Bulletin Now Available
IR-2014-33, March 20, 2014 — IRS winter 2014 Bulletin provides information on individual income tax returns filed for tax year 2012 and other topics.
More than Half of all Income Tax Returns Have Been Received. IRS Issues Publication on Business Expenses
IR-2014-32, March 20, 2014 — The IRS has received more than half of all the individual income tax returns it expects this year; issues business expense publication.
IRS Bars Appraisers from Valuing Facade Easements for Federal Tax Purposes for Five Years
IR-2014-31, March 19, 2014 — The IRS announced its Office of Professional Responsibility has entered into a settlement agreement with a group of appraisers from the same firm accused of aiding in the understatement of federal tax liabilities by overvaluing facade easements for charitable donation purposes.
IRS Has $760 Million for People Who Have Not Filed a 2010 Income Tax Return
IR-2014-30, March 19, 2014 — Taxpayers who did not file returns for tax year 2010 have until April 15 to claim their tax refunds.
IRS Statement on Data Security Employee Issue
March 18, 2014 — The IRS today issued a statement on a data security employee issue.
Interest Rates Remain the Same for the Second Quarter of 2014
IR-2014-29, March 14, 2014 — For the second quarter of 2014, interest rates remain the same.
More Taxpayers Filing from Home Computers in 2014, Many Taxpayers Eligible to Use Free File
IR-2014-28, March 13, 2014 — More taxpayers are e-filing from home computers in 2014 according to IRS filing season statistics.
IRS Encourages Small Employers to Check Out Small Business Health Care Tax Credit; Helpful Resources, Tax Tips Available on IRS.gov
IR-2014-27, March 10, 2014 — With business tax-filing deadlines fast approaching, the IRS encouraged small employers that provide health insurance coverage to their employees to check out the small business health care tax credit and claim it if they qualify.
IRS Seeks Volunteers for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel
IR-2014-26, March 10, 2014 — The IRS is seeking volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies taxpayer concerns, and makes recommendations for improving services.
IRS Seeks Applications for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee
IR-2014-25 March 7, 2014 — The IRS is opening the nomination and application process for membership on the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC). The deadline for submitting applications is April 21, 2014.
2014 Refunds Ahead of Last Year
IR-2014-23, March 6, 2014 — The IRS has issued more than 48 million refunds so far this year.
New IRS Video Helps Same-Sex Couples; Joins Extensive IRS Library Of Online Tax Tips
IR-2014-22, March 6, 2014 — The IRS released a new YouTube video designed to provide useful tax tips to married same-sex couples.
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Program Reports on Activities
IR-2014-21, March 5, 2014 — The IRS’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program Office issued its second annual program report on how LITCs assist thousands of low income taxpayers nationwide with pro bono representation, education, and advocacy services.
Statement by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on The Fiscal Year 2015 Budget
IRS Commissioner's statement on the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget proposal.
IRS Continues Smooth Start to Filing Season
IR-2014-20, Feb. 27, 2014 — The IRS has issued almost 40 million refunds so far this tax filing season.
IRS Offers Health Care Tax Tips to Help Individuals Understand Tax Provisions in the Affordable Care Act
IR-2014-19, Feb. 25, 2014 - IRS is offering educational Health Care Tax Tips to help individuals understand how the Affordable Care Act may affect their taxes.
IRS Releases the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2014; Identity Theft, Phone Scams Lead List
IR-2014-16, Feb. 19, 2014 — The IRS issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.
IRS Commissioner Addresses Nation's Taxpayers on 2014 Filing Season; YouTube Video Released
IR-2014-12, Feb. 10, 2014 - The Internal Revenue Service released a YouTube video message from Commissioner John Koskinen to the nation's taxpayers providing tips and help for the 2014 filing season.
Updated IRS Smartphone App IRS2Go Version 4.0 Now Available
IR-2014-11, Feb. 4, 2014 — The IRS today announced the release of IRS2Go 4.0, an update to its smartphone application featuring new, added features available in both English and Spanish.
Watch Out for Tax Scams as Filing Season Opening Nears
IR-2014-5, Jan. 23, 2014 — With the start of the 2014 tax season approaching on Jan. 31, the IRS urges taxpayers to be aware that tax-related scams using the IRS name proliferate during this time of year.
IRS Criminal Investigation Combats Identity Theft Refund Fraud
FS-2014-3, January 2014 — The IRS has seen a significant increase in refund fraud that involves identity thieves who file false claims for refunds by stealing and using someone's Social Security number. The investigative work done by Criminal Investigation is a major component of the IRS’s efforts to combat tax-related identity theft.
2014 Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) Pilot
January 2014 — As part of its comprehensive identity theft strategy, the IRS is offering a limited pilot program to help taxpayers who filed their returns last year from Florida, Georgia and the District of Columbia.
Tips for Taxpayers, Victims about Identity Theft and Tax Returns
FS-2014-2, January 2014 — Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes nationwide, and refund fraud caused by identity theft is one of the biggest challenges facing the IRS. In 2014, the IRS continues to take new steps and strong actions to protect taxpayers and help victims of identity theft and refund fraud.
IRS Combats Identity Theft and Refund Fraud on Many Fronts
FS-2014-1, January 2014 — Stopping identity theft and refund fraud is a top priority for the IRS. The agency’s work on identity theft and refund fraud continues to grow, touching nearly every part of the organization. For the 2014 filing season, the IRS has expanded these efforts to better protect taxpayers and help victims.
New Tax Guide Helps People With Their 2013 Taxes
IR-2013-102, Dec. 23, 2013 — Taxpayers can get the most out of various tax benefits and get a jump on preparing their 2013 federal income tax returns by consulting a newly revised comprehensive tax guide now available on IRS.gov.
Some IRS Assistance and Taxpayer Services Shift to Automated Resources
New Services Available for Taxpayers in 2014
IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam
IR-2013-84, Oct. 31, 2013 — The IRS warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants.
IRS Opens Online FATCA Registration System
IR-2013-69, Aug. 19, 2013 — The IRS announced the opening of a new online registration system for financial institutions that need to register with the IRS under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
Report Outlines Changes for IRS To Ensure Accountability, Chart a Path Forward; Immediate Actions, Next Steps Outlined
IR-2013-62, June 24, 2013 ― IRS Principal Deputy Commissioner Werfel issued a report 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.
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.
FAQs on New Payment Card Reporting Requirements
The IRS is providing special transitional relief to banks and other payment settlement entities required to begin reporting payment card and third-party network transactions on new Form 1099-K.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Information Center
Update on the new economic stimulus legislation.
Compliance & Enforcement News
A collection of recent news releases, statements and other items related to IRS compliance and enforcement efforts.
IRS Criminal Investigation Issues Annual Report
IR-2014-18, Feb. 24, 2014 — IRS Criminal Investigation Division today released its annual report.
Reminder To Home-Based Businesses: Simplified Option for Claiming Home Office Deduction Now Available; May Deduct up to $1,500; Saves 1.6 Million Hours A Year
IR-2014-24, March 7, 2014 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded people with home-based businesses that this year for the first time they can choose a new simplified option for claiming the deduction for business use of a home.
Treasury, IRS Will Issue Proposed Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations
IR-2013-92, Nov. 26, 2013 — The Treasury Department and the IRS will issue initial guidance regarding qualification requirements for tax-exemption as a social welfare organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Treasury and IRS Announce That All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized For Federal Tax Purposes; Ruling Provides Certainty, Benefits and Protections Under Federal Tax Law for Same-Sex Married Couples
IR-2013-72, Aug. 29, 2013 — Treasury and the IRS today ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes.
Fiscal Year 2013 Enforcement and Service Results
The Fiscal Year 2013 Enforcement and Service Results provide the dollars collected from the examination (audit) and collection functions of the IRS. The results also tally various taxpayer assistance program results.