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The Internal Revenue Service reminds employers that the due date for filing Forms W-2, the Wage and Tax Statement for their employees for calendar year 2016, is now Jan, 31, 2017.

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IRS gives tax relief to victims of California wildfires; extension filers have until Jan. 31 to file

Victims of wildfires ravaging parts of California now have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments

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IRS issues reminder to taxpayers as scams continue across the nation

The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to remain vigilant to scams as they continue to be reported around the country

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What taxpayers can do now before filing their return in 2018

While taxpayers will not start filing their tax returns for a few months, there are a few things they can do to make the process easier next year

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IRS warns taxpayers, tax pros of new e-services scam

The IRS today warned all e-Services users to beware of a new phishing scam that tries to trick tax professionals into “signing” a new e-Services user agreement

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Tips for business owners who need to reconstruct records after a disaster

After a disaster, many business owners might need to reconstruct records to prove a loss. This may be essential for tax purposes, getting federal assistance, or insurance reimbursement.

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Extension filers should review tax credits before filing

Taxpayers who requested an extension of time to file their federal tax returns have until Oct.16 to double-check their returns for tax benefits that people often overlook

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Tax filing extension expires Oct. 16 for millions of taxpayers; check eligibility for overlooked tax benefits

The Internal Revenue Service urged taxpayers who have a filing extension through Oct. 16 to check their returns for often-overlooked tax benefits

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Tips for individuals who need to reconstruct records after a disaster

Taxpayers who are victims of a disaster might need to reconstruct records to prove their loss

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Taxpayers should be wary of unsolicited calls from the IRS

Taxpayers who get an unexpected or unsolicited phone call from the IRS should be wary – it’s probably a scam

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Extension filers: Deadline is Monday, Oct. 16; prior-year adjusted gross income amount may be needed to file electronically

The Internal Revenue Service has an important reminder for taxpayers who filed for an extension and face an Oct. 16 filing deadline

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Seven reminders for taxpayers filing their 2016 tax returns by Oct. 16

Here are seven reminders for taxpayers who have not yet filed their 2016 taxes

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Drought-stricken farmers and ranchers have more time to replace livestock under IRS relief

Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought in an applicable region now have an additional year to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales

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IRS reminds parents, students to explore education resources on IRS.gov

The Internal Revenue Service today reminded parents and students that there are many tax benefits available to them, and the easiest way to learn more about them is through the education resources available on IRS.gov.

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Tax help available for those who still need to file for 2016

The Internal Revenue Service wants taxpayers, especially those who received tax-filing extensions, to know they can still get the tax help they need to meet the Oct. 16 extension deadline

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Reminder for parents, students: check out college tax benefits

With back-to-school season in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service reminds parents and students about tax benefits that can help with the expense of higher education

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IRS offers help to hurricane victims: A recap of key tax relief provisions available following Harvey, Irma and Maria

The Internal Revenue Service today offered a rundown of key tax relief that has been made available to victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

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All of Georgia now eligible for disaster tax relief

Hurricane Irma victims in the entire state of Georgia now have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments

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IRS provides limited waiver of fuel penalty due to Hurricane Irma; response follows shortage of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel

The Internal Revenue Service today announced it will not impose a penalty on certain uses of certain adulterated fuels that do not comply with applicable EPA regulations, in response to shortages of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel fuel caused by Hurricane Irma.

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Tax-exempt organizations affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma granted tax relief

Tax-exempt organizations in parts of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands may qualify for tax relief from the IRS

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Like Harvey, retirement plans can make loans, hardship distributions to victims of Hurricane Irma

The Internal Revenue Service today announced that 401(k)s and similar employer-sponsored retirement plans can make loans and hardship distributions to victims of Hurricane Irma and members of their families.

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Don’t take the bait, step 10: steps for tax pros with data incidents; tips to help protect clients, taxpayers

The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today reminded tax professionals that if they experience a breach or theft of taxpayer data they should immediately contact the IRS to help protect clients

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IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2017-12: Make a difference, become a community tax volunteer

The IRS is looking for community volunteers to provide free tax preparation and help to their neighbors and other area residents in 2018

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IRS announces five new members for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee

The Internal Revenue Service today announced the selection of five new members for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC). 

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As Hurricane Irma threatens, IRS urges taxpayers to prepare for hurricanes, floods and other disasters

For September’s National Preparedness Month, the Internal Revenue Service is offering advice to taxpayers who may be affected by storms, fires, floods or other disasters

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IRS provides special relief to encourage leave-based donation programs for victims of Hurricane Harvey

The Internal Revenue Service today announced special relief designed to support leave-based donation programs to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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Retirement plans can make loans, hardship distributions to victims of Hurricane Harvey

The Internal Revenue Service today announced that 401(k)s and similar employer-sponsored retirement plans can make loans and hardship distributions to victims of Hurricane Harvey and members of their families

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Learn about tax benefits for education

The beginning of the school year is a good time for a reminder of the tax benefits for education. These benefits can help offset qualifying education costs.

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IRS waives diesel fuel penalty due to Hurricane Harvey

The Internal Revenue Service, in response to shortages of undyed diesel fuel caused by Hurricane Harvey, will not impose a penalty when dyed diesel fuel is sold for use or used on the highway.

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Beware of fake charity scams relating to Hurricane Harvey

The Internal Revenue Service today issued a warning about possible fake charity scams emerging due to Hurricane Harvey and encouraged taxpayers to seek out recognized charitable groups for their donations.

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IRS gives tax relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey; parts of Texas now eligible; extension filers have until Jan. 31 to file

Hurricane Harvey victims in parts of Texas have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments

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IRS issues urgent warning to beware IRS/FBI-themed ransomware scam

The Internal Revenue Service today warned people to avoid a new phishing scheme that impersonates the IRS and the FBI as part of a ransomware scam to take computer data hostage.

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Job search expenses can be tax deductible

Taxpayers who are looking for a new job that is in the same line of work may be able to deduct some job-hunting expenses on their federal income tax return, even if they don’t get a new job.

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File form 1040X to amend a tax return

Filing an amended tax return corrects information that changes tax calculations

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IRS seeks applications for advisory committee for the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division

The Internal Revenue Service is seeking applications for vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT)

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Know your Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights and the IRS has an obligation to protect them

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Moving expenses may be deductible

Taxpayers may be able to deduct certain expenses of moving to a new home because they started or changed job locations

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Don’t take the bait, step 6: watch out for the W-2 email scam

The W-2 scam – called a business email compromise or BEC – is one of the most dangerous phishing email schemes trending nationwide from a tax administration perspective

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Be alert to scammers who pose as the IRS

Taxpayers need to be cautious of phone calls or automated messages from scammers who claim to be from the IRS

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IRS reminds truckers: for most, Highway use tax return is due Aug. 31; E-file is a convenient filing option

The Internal Revenue Service today reminded truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles that, in most cases, their next federal highway use tax return is due Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

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Starting a business this summer? Here’s five tax tips

If summer plans include starting a business, be sure to visit IRS.gov

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IRS offers self-help tax tools

Want to know how to file a tax return for free or the fastest way to check on a refund?

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IRS begins issuing notices to taxpayers whose ITINs expire by end of 2017

The Internal Revenue Service began mailing letters this month to more than 1 million taxpayers with expiring Individual Taxpayer ‎Identification Numbers and urges recipients to renew them as quickly as possible to avoid tax refund and processing delays.

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Don’t take the bait, step 5: prevent remote access takeover attacks

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today reminded tax professionals that their entire digital network could be at risk for remote takeover by cybercriminals.

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Eight tips to protect taxpayers from identity theft

The IRS continues to work hard to stop identity theft with a strategy of prevention, detection and victim assistance. 

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Security summit alert: tax pros warned of new scam to steal their passwords

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals to be alert to a new phishing email scam impersonating tax software providers and attempting to steal usernames and passwords.

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Helpful tips to know about gambling winnings and losses

Taxpayers must report all gambling winnings as income. They must be able to itemize deductions to claim any gambling losses on their tax return.

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How does the IRS contact taxpayers?

When the IRS needs to contact a taxpayer, the first contact is normally by letter delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.

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Don’t take the bait, step 4: defend against ransomware

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals that ransomware attacks are on the rise worldwide as bad actors here and abroad infiltrate computer systems and hold sensitive data hostage

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Tips to keep in mind on income taxes and selling a home

Homeowners may qualify to exclude from their income all or part of any gain from the sale of their main home.

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Tips to keep in mind for taxpayers traveling for charity

During the summer, some taxpayers may travel because of their involvement with a qualified charity. These traveling taxpayers may be able to lower their taxes.

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How to get tax transcripts and copies of tax returns from the IRS

Taxpayers should keep copies of their tax returns for at least three years. Those who need a copy of their tax return should check with their software provider or tax preparer.

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Don’t take the bait, step 3: security summit safeguards help protect individuals; renew focus on curbing data breaches and business identity theft

The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry have made significant progress in the past two years against tax-related identity theft aimed at individuals but warned business identity theft is on the upswing.

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IRS Office of Appeals pilots virtual service

The Internal Revenue Service Office of Appeals will soon pilot a new web-based virtual conference option for taxpayers and their representatives

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IRS summertime tax tip: check withholding now to avoid surprises at tax time

To prevent a tax-time surprise, the IRS offers a few tips

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Making the most out of miscellaneous deductions

Miscellaneous deductions are tax breaks that generally don’t fit into a particular tax category

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Taxpayers should review their withholding; avoid having too much or too little federal income tax withheld

The Internal Revenue Service encouraged taxpayers to consider checking their tax withholding

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Summer newlyweds should also think about taxes

There is good reason for a new couple to consider how the nuptials may affect their tax situation.

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Don’t take the bait, step 2: be alert to account takeover tactics

The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals that account takeovers by cybercriminals are on the rise and practitioners increasingly are the targets.

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Summertime or anytime: get tax help 24/7 on IRS.gov

Tax help and information is available whenever needed on IRS.gov

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Members of the Armed Forces get special tax benefits

Members of the military may qualify for tax breaks and benefits

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IRS summer tax tip: reduce certain summertime costs with the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

Many parents send their children to summer day camps while they work or look for work. The IRS urges those who do to save their paperwork for the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit.

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Don’t take the bait, step 1: avoid spear phishing emails

Spear phishing emails, often tailored to individual practitioners, result in stolen taxpayer data and fraudulent tax returns filed in the names of individual and business clients

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IRS summertime tax tip: tips on how to handle an IRS letter or notice

The IRS mails millions of letters every year to taxpayers for a variety of reasons, here are some suggestions on how to handle one

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IRS summertime tax tip 2017-01: Tips to know for deducting losses from a disaster

The IRS wants taxpayers to know it stands ready to help in the event of a disaster. If a taxpayer suffers damage to their home or personal property, they may be able to deduct the loss they incur on their federal income tax return. If their area receives a federal disaster designation, they may be able to claim the loss sooner.

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July 11 Marks end of early registration for Dallas IRS tax forum

The IRS announced today that tax professionals interested in attending the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum in Dallas can save $115 by registering by July 11.

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IRS offers tips for teenage taxpayers with summer jobs

Students and teenagers often get summer jobs. This is a great way to earn extra spending money or to save for later. The IRS offers a few tax tips for taxpayers with a summer job.

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IR-2017-65: Tax time guide: Get an automatic six more months to file; free file now available for extensions

The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers today that if they are unable to file their tax returns by this year’s April 18 deadline there is an easy, online option to get more time to complete their return.

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Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee issues 2017 annual report

The Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) held its annual public meeting and released its annual report to the IRS and the Congress, which includes numerous recommendations on improving electronic security in the tax system and fighting tax fraud related to identity theft.

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National Taxpayer Advocate reviews filing season and identifies priority areas and challenges in mid-year report to Congress

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her statutorily mandated mid-year report to Congress

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Security summit warns of new phishing email targeting tax pros

The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals to beware of phishing emails purporting to be from a tax software education provider and seeking extensive amounts of sensitive preparer data.

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IRS website provides tools to help small businesses

The Internal Revenue Service reminds small businesses of the many free products available to help them understand and comply with the law

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IRS now accepting renewal applications for ITINs set to expire by end of 2017

The Internal Revenue Service is now accepting renewal applications for the Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) set to expire at the end of 2017.

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Orlando IRS Tax Forum registration deadline is June 27

The Orlando IRS Nationwide Tax Forum will take place July 11 to 13.

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IRS continues to expand taxpayer services; adds new features to taxpayers online account

The Internal Revenue Service announced today the addition of several new features to the online account tool first introduced late last year as part of the IRS’s commitment to improve and expand taxpayer services.

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Taxpayers abroad must file by June 15; extensions available; new filing deadline now applies to foreign account reports

The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers living and working abroad that they must file their 2016 federal income tax return by Thursday, June 15.

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Interest rates remain the same for the third quarter of 2017

The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning July 1, 2017

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IRS face-to-face help is now by appointment

Taxpayers who need in-person help from an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) need to call to schedule an appointment.

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IRS approves first group of Certified Professional Employer Organizations; more expected in coming months

The Internal Revenue Service today issued notices of certification to 84 organizations that applied for voluntary certification as a Certified Professional Employer Organization (CPEO).

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For letter rulings and similar requests: Electronic payment of user fees starts June 15; replaces paying by check

Beginning June 15, taxpayers requesting letter rulings, closing agreements and certain other rulings from the Internal Revenue Service will need to make user fee payments electronically using the federal government’s Pay.gov system.

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Spring 2017 Statistics of Income Bulletin now available

The Statistics of Income (SOI) Division produces the online Bulletin quarterly, providing the most recent data available from various tax and information returns filed by U.S. taxpayers.

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IRS offers tips to taxpayers preparing for hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters

With Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 7 to 13, the Internal Revenue Service offered advice to taxpayers who may be affected by these types of storms, as well as other natural disasters.

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Hobby or Business? IRS offers tips to decide

Millions of people enjoy hobbies that are also a source of income. The Internal Revenue Service offers some tips on hobbies.

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Small Business Week reminder: work opportunity tax credit can help employers hiring new workers; key certification requirement applies

During National Small Business Week—April 30 to May 6—the IRS is highlighting tax benefits and resources designed to help new and existing small businesses.

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Tax tips to consider for cash intensive small businesses in the sharing economy

Small business owners that offer goods and services through an online platform may be part of the sharing economy. The IRS has a Sharing Economy Tax Center to help these taxpayers find the information and help they need to meet their tax obligations.

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Employee or independent contractor? Know the rules

The IRS encourages all businesses and business owners to know the rules when it comes to classifying a worker as an employee or an independent contractor.

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IRS promotes specialized online services during Small Business Week

During Small Business Week, the Internal Revenue Service will promote many online products to help small business owners and those who are self-employed understand their tax responsibilities.

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IRS explains how Offer in Compromise works

Taxpayers who have a tax debt they cannot pay may have heard that they can settle their tax debt for less than the full amount owed. It’s called an Offer in Compromise.

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Missed the Tax Return deadline? IRS offers help

The tax deadline for most taxpayers was Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The IRS has some advice for taxpayers who missed the filing deadline.  

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IRS provides tips on determining if it’s really the IRS at your door

IRS provides tips on determining if it’s really the IRS at your door

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What to do when an IRS letter arrives in the mail

The IRS mails millions of pieces of correspondence every year to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. Here are some suggestions on how to best handle a letter or notice from the IRS

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Helpful tips to keep in mind when amending your tax return

Taxpayers can fix mistakes or omissions on their tax return by filing an amended tax return. Those who need to amend will find the following tips helpful.

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IRS offers last-minute tips for those who haven’t filed

IRS offers last-minute tips for those who haven’t filed

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Last-minute IRS tax tips to consider

The IRS urges taxpayers to avoid waiting until April 18 to file their taxes. For those who do wait, the IRS has easy-to-access online resources to help.

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IRS urges taxpayers not to rush; choose return preparers wisely

IRS urges taxpayers not to rush; choose return preparers wisely

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Need an extension of time to file taxes?

This year’s tax-filing deadline is April 18. Taxpayers needing more time to file their taxes can get an automatic six-month extension from the IRS.

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IRS offers free help for last-minute filers

The Internal Revenue Service wants taxpayers who have yet to file their 2016 federal income tax return to know they can still get last-minute free tax help. 

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Top IRS tips to know about the home office deduction

Taxpayers who use their home for business may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of it.

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Avoid common tax-filing errors; IRS encourages e-filing, careful review

As the April 18 income tax filing deadline approaches, millions of taxpayers may be rushing to complete their taxes and many may realize they're going to need more time. 

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IRS Reminder to taxpayers who haven’t filed 2013 returns: Time is running out; Agency has $1 billion in refunds

The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers today that unclaimed federal income tax refunds totaling more than $1 billion may be waiting for an estimated 1 million taxpayers who did not file a 2013 federal income tax return.

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Keep in mind these basic tax tips for the sharing economy

If taxpayers use one of the many online platforms to rent a spare bedroom, provide car rides or a number of other goods or services, they may be involved in the sharing economy. 

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Get credit for retirement savings contributions

Taxpayers who contribute to a retirement plan, like a 401(k) or an IRA, may be able to claim the Saver’s Credit. This credit can help a person save for retirement and reduce taxes at the same time.

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Ten tax-time IRS tips to consider

The tax filing deadline is Tuesday, April 18 this year. This is because April 15 falls on a weekend and the following Monday is a holiday in the District of Columbia. Even with an extra three days, the IRS urges taxpayers to avoid waiting until the last minute to file their taxes.

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Free tax help available for the military

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides free tax help to military members and their families. 

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Top ten adoption tax credit facts to consider

Taxpayers who have adopted or tried to adopt a child in 2016 may qualify for a tax credit. Here are ten important things about the adoption credit.

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Make IRS.gov the first stop for tax help

Tax help is available anytime at IRS.gov. The official IRS website offers quick access to information and helpful tax tools.

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Understanding the child and dependent care tax credit

The IRS urges people not to overlook the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. Eligible taxpayers may be able claim it if they paid for someone to care for a child, dependent or spouse last year.

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Five tax tips on unemployment benefits

Taxpayers who received unemployment benefits need to remember that it may be taxable. Here are five key facts about unemployment:

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Medical and dental expenses may impact your taxes

Medical expenses can trim taxes. Keeping good records and knowing what to deduct make all the difference.

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Interest rates remain the same for the second quarter of 2017

The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning April 1, 2017.  

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Nine common filing errors to avoid

The IRS encourages taxpayers to file an accurate tax return. If a taxpayer makes an error on their return, it will likely take longer for the IRS to process it. 

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Six tax tips for the self-employed

Self-employed taxpayers normally earn income by carrying on a trade or business. Here are six important tips from the IRS for the self-employed.

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Use IRS free file software on smart phones or tablets

The Internal Revenue Service announced that taxpayers now may use their smart phones or tablets to electronically prepare and file their federal and state tax returns through IRS Free File.

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Don’t fall for scam calls and emails posing as IRS

Scams continue to use the IRS as a lure. These tax scams take many different forms. The most common scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS. 

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Are Social Security benefits taxable?

If taxpayers receive Social Security benefits, they may have to pay federal income tax on part of those benefits. These IRS tips will help taxpayers determine if they need to do so.

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Five things to know about the Child Tax Credit

The Internal Revenue Service reminds employers that the due date for filing Forms W-2, the Wage and Tax Statement for their employees for calendar year 2016, is now Jan, 31, 2017.

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Choosing the correct filing status

The Internal Revenue Service reminds employers that the due date for filing Forms W-2, the Wage and Tax Statement for their employees for calendar year 2016, is now Jan, 31, 2017.

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Safeguarding taxpayer data: Create strong passwords

The Internal Revenue Service reminds employers that the due date for filing Forms W-2, the Wage and Tax Statement for their employees for calendar year 2016, is now Jan, 31, 2017.

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Reminder: Employers must file forms W-2 by Jan. 31 this year

The Internal Revenue Service reminds employers that the due date for filing Forms W-2, the Wage and Tax Statement for their employees for calendar year 2016, is now Jan, 31, 2017.

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Things to remember when choosing a tax preparer

Taxpayers should choose their tax return preparer wisely – with good reason.

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Special rules help many people with disabilities qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit; Up to 1.5 million fail to claim valuable benefit

The Internal Revenue Service wants taxpayers with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities to be aware of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and correctly claim it if they qualify.

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Seven reasons taxpayers should E-file their taxes in 2017

Taxpayers who still file paper returns may find now is the best time to switch to e-file. Last year over 85 percent of taxpayers filed their taxes electronically. E-file is the fastest and safest way to file.

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Tax preparedness series: Tax records – What to keep

As tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service has information for taxpayers who wonder how long to keep tax returns and other documents.

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Who will prepare your tax return?

As the start of tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers to start thinking about who will prepare their 2016 federal tax return. 

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IRS, Security summit partners remind taxpayers to recognize phishing scams

The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners cautioned taxpayers today to avoid identity theft by watching for phishing scams that can increase around the tax season.

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IRS, Security summit partners, Remind taxpayers to protect themselves online

The Internal Revenue Service, the states and the tax industry today urged taxpayers to take steps to protect themselves online to help in the fight against identity theft.

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IRS, Partners urge strong passwords help protect identities at tax time and beyond

The Internal Revenue Services and its partners, in the fight against identity theft, urge computer users to strengthen their passwords.

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IRS Launches new online tool to assist taxpayers with basic account information

The Internal Revenue Service announced the launch of an online application that will assist taxpayers with straightforward balance inquiries in a safe, easy and convenient way.

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Irs reminds millions about fines for not signing up for obamacare

Even as Republicans in Congress race to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the IRS is reminding millions of Americans they still need to sign up soon for health insurance if they don't want to pay fines.

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8 steps to take if you can’t pay your taxes

What to do if tax prep leaves you battling debt

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