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Daily News 2018

Below please find daily updates pertaining to the latest in financial, business, and tax news:

Is it really the IRS calling?

Many taxpayers have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials – in person, over the telephone and via email. Don’t get scammed. We want you to understand how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers and help you determine whether a contact you may have received is truly from an IRS employee.

The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service.

However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or to tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.

To understand how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers and determine if it’s truly the IRS see: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door.

 

Consumer Alerts on Tax Scams

‪Note that the IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

For more information on tax scams, please see Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts. For more information on phishing scams, please see Suspicious e-Mails and Identity Theft.

 

 

 

Are Pennsylvania Lottery prizes taxable?

Updated 08/25/2016 01:19 PM

Yes. Beginning with prizes paid January 1, 2016, Pennsylvania Lottery monetary prizes are taxable income and should be reported by winners when filing federal and state taxes.

Under law, Lottery cash prizes over $5,000 are subject to withholding. This means that the Lottery will withhold 25 percent in federal taxes and 3.07 percent in state taxes before paying the prize.

For all prizes of $600 or more, winners will receive a W-2G form from the Lottery to submit with their tax returns. These forms usually arrive by mail in February for prizes awarded in the preceding calendar year.

A winner's total tax liability on Lottery prizes depends on factors including income, deductions, exemptions and other factors, so please consult a qualified tax professional with any questions before filing a tax return. The Lottery cannot provide tax filing advice to individuals.

For more information about Pennsylvania's Personal Income Tax, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue online at www.revenue.pa.gov. A page specifically pertaining to Lottery winnings is found here:  www.revenue.pa.gov/lotterywinnings

 

Taxpayer Advocate Service Feed

Veterans May Claim Refund on Disability Severance Payments

Fri, Jul 20, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service is advising certain veterans who received disability severance payments after Jan. 17, 1991, and included that payment as income, that they should file an IRS Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to claim a credit or refund of the overpayment attributable to the disability severance payment. This is a result of the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairn...

NTA Blog: The National Taxpayer Advocate Responds to Private Debt Collectors’ Contentions

Wed, Jul 18, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. Last week, I returned from vacation to read a press release from a newly formed organization consisting of private debt collection (PDC) agencies working IRS account...

Low Income Tax Clinic Celebrates 20 Years of Taxpayer Service

Tue, Jul 17, 2018

July 22, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Low Income Tax Clinics (LITC). Low Income Tax Clinics were enacted by Congress on July 22, 1998 as part of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998. The LITC program today consists of 134 clinics in 48 states and the District of Columbia. From 2013 to 2016, LITCs: represented more than 100,000 low income taxpayers with IRS controversies; and educ...

3rd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights Videos Now Available

Tue, Jul 17, 2018

Didn’t make it to the 3rd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights? Catch up on what you missed and enhance your knowledge of taxpayer rights on a global scale. Videos are now available from each panel discussion and presentation conducted during the 3rd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights. Experience conversations held among international tax leaders in their fields throughout...

NTA Blog: Overall the Filing Season at Taxpayer Assistance Centers Ran Smoothly, But Room for Improvement Remains

Wed, Jul 11, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. In my most recent Annual Report to Congress, I focused on Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) as one of the Most Serious Problems facing taxpayers. My concerns about ...

NTA Blog: “Real” vs. “Unreal” Audits and Why This Distinction Matters

Fri, Jul 06, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. Around five months ago, in my 2017 Annual Report to Congress, I identified IRS audit rates and the distinction between “real” and “unreal” au...

Success Story: TAS Advocates for Penalty Abatement

Thu, Jul 05, 2018

Every year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer’s tax issues. All personal details are removed to protect the taxpayer’s privacy. A taxpayer came to TAS for assistance because the IRS assessed a penalty for not reporting income accurately. The taxpayer relied on a t...

NTA Blog: A Few Thoughts About The National Taxpayer Advocate’s Fiscal Year 2019 Objectives Report

Wed, Jun 27, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. In lieu of posting a blog this week I would ask that you check out my June Report to Congress instead. In my preface you will find some extraordinary information, st...

National Taxpayer Advocate releases Fiscal Year 2019 Objectives Report to Congress

Wed, Jun 27, 2018

The National Taxpayer Advocate released her Fiscal Year 2019 Objectives Report to Congress today. In it, she reviews the 2018 filing season, addresses challenges facing the IRS, and identifies TAS’s priority issues for fiscal year (FY) 2019. Taxpayer Service Challenges  In her preface to the report, the NTA focuses on the IRS’s customer service challenges. She states in the cu...

Tax Changes

Wed, Jun 27, 2018

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