Category Archives: IRS News & Info

Tax Day 2014

It’s April 15th — tax filing deadline day!  From where I sit, there are only a couple more hours left to file your federal income tax return.  Today I should be writing about (and you should be reading about) procrastination, … Continue reading

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Koskinen’s Press Club Speech

The IRS Commissioner typically speaks at a National Press Club luncheon once a year.  It is the perfect venue to learn about the Commissioner, his vision, and everything at the top of his to-do list.  Here are a few things … Continue reading

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IRS Stays Away from Churches

Do you know the difference between a non-profit religious organization and a church?  Perhaps the biggest difference is their tax obligations.  While it is true that neither  is required to pay taxes, a pastor, televangelist, or broadcasting company that is … Continue reading

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IRS Provides Guidance on Tax Treatment of Bitcoin

Its status has been up in the air for some time now, but today the IRS provided guidance on the tax treatment of online currency such as Bitcoin.  The official position is that virtual currency is not to be treated … Continue reading

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IRS Employee Breaks Protocol and it’s Still Considered News

Today the IRS released a statement addressing a situation involving improper use of confidential information by an IRS employee.  One rogue employee took home an unencrypted flash drive containing “employee-related information” that dates back to 2007.  Typically this type of … Continue reading

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TAP Now Accepting Volunteer Applications

Do you live in Alaska and have a spare 200 to 300 hours per year to donate to a good cause?  You may want to think about volunteering as a member of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). TAP is “a … Continue reading

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The Unlikely IRS Phone Scam Victim

Have you heard about those IRS phone scams?  No, it’s not what you’re thinking; not scams sponsored by the IRS.  They are scams perpetrated by individuals posing as IRS personnel, and they have been more prevalent than ever in the … Continue reading

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When the IRS Goes Above and Beyond

Sometimes when I call the IRS with questions about a specific tax account, I want them to scour the entire file, read all the notes, research all the issues, and give me all the pertinent details.  Other times I contact … Continue reading

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2014 Tax Season: Status Check

Today the IRS released some key filing season statistics to show how they are doing compared to last year at this time. So far the IRS has received some 49.6 million tax returns and has processed around 98 percent of … Continue reading

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IRS Tougher on Tax Crimes

Today the Criminal Investigation (CI) division of the IRS announced the release of its annual report which covers fiscal year 2013.  Everything in this report suggests that the IRS is more aggressively pursuing tax criminals.  Here are just a few … Continue reading

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