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New Protections Coming for Business Returns

New Protections Coming for Business Returns

No doubt individual returns have gotten the bulk of press coverage on identity theft recently. But fraudsters and identity thieves have begun to include businesses and non-profits in their list of targets.
Progress Noted on ID Theft Front in 2017

Progress Noted on ID Theft Front in 2017

For John Koskinen and the members of the Security Summit, it’s been a pretty good year. Koskinen, the commissioner of the IRS, joined the Security Summit this week in praising the advances made in the fight against identity theft, while laying the groundwork for the 2018 filing season.
Tax Relief Extended to California Fire Victims

Tax Relief Extended to California Fire Victims

The Internal Revenue Service has extended its disaster-relief tax measures to victims of the California wildfires. Qualified taxpayers and businesses now have until January 31, 2018 to file certain returns and make some tax payments.
Fake Tax Form Scam Making the Rounds

Fake Tax Form Scam Making Rounds

Tax professionals are being warned to be on the lookout for a scam using a fake insurance tax form in an effort to steal annuity and life insurance accounts.
Phishing Scam Targets e-Services Users

Phishing Scam Targets e-Services Users

The Internal Revenue Service is warning tax professionals that scammers are trying to trick them into “signing” a new e-Services user agreement.
Extension Filers May Need 2015 AGI on October 16

Reconstructing Records for Federal Assistance?

To help hurricane victims in Flordia, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, the Internal Revenue Service this week issued twelve tips for reconstructing records that may have been lost in a natural disaster.
Tax Relief Measures Extended to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Taxpayers

Tax Relief Measures Extended to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Taxpayers

As the extent of hurricane damage to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands unfolds, the Internal Revenue Service is extending additional tax relief to both sets of weather-torn islands.
IRS Action Makes Low-Income Housing Available to Storm Victims

IRS Action Makes Low-Income Housing Available to Storm Victims

Refugees from the recent hurricanes—no matter where in the U.S. they live—now have another option for emergency housing. The Internal Revenue Service has waived certain rules for owners and operators of low-income housing projects so they can provide temporary emergency housing for those displaced by one of the major storms, regardless of their income.
Budget Cuts May Be Hurting IRS Enforcement

Budget Cuts May Be Hurting IRS Enforcement

An audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has found that budget cuts have had a negative impact on tax enforcement by the Internal Revenue Service.
IRS Plans W2 Change to Fight Identity Theft

IRS Plans W2 Change to Fight Identity Theft

The Internal Revenue Service has proposed modifying how a taxpayer’s Social Security Number is displayed on the Form W-2 in an effort to further head off identity theft.

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PTIN Renewal Underway Once Again

PTIN Renewal Underway Once Again
A recent federal court ruling that struck down the Internal Revenue Service’s user fee for issuing or renewing Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) took away the fee, but left the PTIN itself in service. The renewal of PTINs – without charge – is now...

New Scam Targets Tax Professionals

Security Summit Warns of New Email Scam
The Internal Revenue Service today announced a new email scam from cybercriminals that targets tax professionals. Using a two-stage process, this latest phishing scheme attempts to collect private data from tax preparers.

IRS Announces the First Day of Tax Season, Issues Refund Delay Reminder

IRS Announces the First Day of Tax Season, Issues Refund Delay Reminder
Tax professionals across the country are gearing up for tax season, which the Internal Revenue Service today announced will officially begin on January 23, 2017. The press release included yet another reminder about PATH Act-delayed refunds: taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) will not have their refund issued until February 15, 2017.
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