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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxpayer Advocate Service Feed

Tax Pros: Don't risk your PTIN expiring by Dec. 31, 2019

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

If you prepare or help prepare federal tax returns for compensation, you must have a valid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) from the IRS. It only takes 15 minutes to renew your Preparer Tax Identification Number or PTIN. Find out how to renew in just a few easy steps. The IRS PTIN system also allows you to update your account information, view your continuing education credits, and mor...

NTA Blog: Volume 2 of NTA Objectives Report Features IRS Responses to Most Serious Problems

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from Acting National Taxpayer Advocate Bridget T. Roberts. Additional blogs can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. Each December, the National Taxpayer Advocate identifies the Most Serious Problems facing taxpayers and makes recommendations for addressing them in the Annual Report to Congress (ARC). Eac...

Success Story: TAS's advocacy helps taxpayer get refund using wire deposit to a foreign bank account

Fri, Sep 06, 2019

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. The mission of TAS is to help taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS and recommend changes to prevent the problems. When constituents c...

Alert: Planning to travel outside of the U.S. this year? Don’t risk a passport revocation - arrange to settle large IRS debts now

Wed, Sep 04, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service is urging taxpayers to resolve their significant tax debts, $50,000 or more, to avoid putting their passports in jeopardy. If you owe $50,000 or more and haven’t made payment arrangements, please contact the IRS now to avoid travel delays later. Why is the State Department allowed to limit or revoke my passport due to unpaid taxes? In December 2015, Congress p...

NTA Blog: IRS Agrees to Temporary Exclusion from the Passport Certification Program for TAS Cases

Tue, Sep 03, 2019

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from Acting National Taxpayer Advocate Bridget T. Roberts. Additional blogs can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. In my first blog as the Acting National Taxpayer Advocate, I’d like to address a topic that has been in the news a good deal over the past year—“passport certification.&rd...

TAS Tax Tip: It’s Time to Check Your Tax Withholding

Tue, Aug 20, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service recently launched the new Tax Withholding Estimator, an expanded, mobile-friendly online tool designed to make it easier to have the right amount of tax withheld during the year. The new Estimator features include: plain language to improve comprehension; ability to move back and forth through the steps and correct previous entries and skip questions that don&rsquo...

Success Story: Taxpayer Advocate Service's Advocacy Helps Taxpayer Keep Housing Subsidy

Thu, Aug 15, 2019

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. TAS received a congressional inquiry where a taxpayer, living in a rural area, was unable to secure a tax account transcript. Without th...

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Thu, Aug 08, 2019

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Tue, Aug 06, 2019

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NTA Blog: NTA Farewell

Wed, Jul 31, 2019

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 Today is the last day of my tenure as the National Taxpayer Advocate. It has been a wild ride over these last 18 years. It will take me years to sort out what has gon...