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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

NTA Blog: Holiday Greetings

Thu, Dec 20, 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. As we wrap up this year with putting the finishing touches on the National Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report to Congress, we are taking a break this week and n...

TAS Tax Tip: Deduction and Expense Changes; Gear-up now for changes that will affect your 2018 return

Mon, Dec 17, 2018

It’s the holidays and is anyone really thinking about taxes? We hope you are, because there are certain things you will want to know now, and some you may need to act upon before the end of the calendar year.For individuals, the Taxpayer Advocate Service’s Tax Reform Changes website, in both English and Spanish, has information for you about what is changing and what is not for the ...

Help us spread the news about our new Tax Reform Changes website

Thu, Dec 13, 2018

NEW (12/13/2018): The 2018 Form 1040, schedules and instructions are now available. Our Tax Reform Changes website shows where the new tax law items can be found on the 2018 form, in addition to the 2017 form. Promote Our SiteIs your business or association involved in helping others understand federal income taxes and the ramifications of changes to those laws each y...

Nuevo Sitio Web Sobre Cambios en la Reforma de Impuestos que Explica qué está Cambiando y qué no

Thu, Dec 13, 2018

English NUEVO (12/13/2018):El formulario 1040 de 2018, los anexos y las instrucciones ya están disponibles. Nuestro sitio web de Cambios en la Reforma de Impuestos muestra dónde se pueden encontrar los nuevos elementos de la reforma de impuestos legislación fiscal en el formulario de 2018, además del formulario de 2017. 0 de 2018, los an...

New Tax Reform Changes Website Explains What Is Changing and What Is Not

Thu, Dec 13, 2018

En Español NEW (12/13/2018): The 2018 Form 1040, schedules and instructions are now available. Our Tax Reform Changes website shows where the new tax law items can be found on the 2018 form, in addition to the 2017 form. You may know that Congress approved major tax reform in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on Dec. 22, 2017. The IRS is currently working on...

NTA Blog: IRS Fraud Detection: A Process That is Challenging for Taxpayers to Navigate with an Outdated Case Management System Resulting in Significant Delays of Legitimate Refunds Part 2

Wed, Dec 12, 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 last week’s blog, I discussed issues that arose during the 2018 filing season that contributed to the delay of taxpayers’ refunds when those taxpayers...

TAS Tax Tip: Families - Gear-up now for changes that will affect your 2018 return

Tue, Dec 11, 2018

It’s the holidays and is anyone really thinking about taxes? We hope you are, because there are certain things you will need to know now, and some you may need to act upon before the end of the calendar year. For individuals, The Taxpayer Advocate Service’s Tax Reform Changes website, in both English and Spanish, has information for you about what is changing and what is not for the...

NTA Blog: IRS Fraud Detection - A Process That is Challenging for Taxpayers to Navigate with an Outdated Case Management System Resulting in Significant Delays of Legitimate Refunds Part 1

Thu, Dec 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. As we approach the filing season, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss an issue that affects many taxpayer returns, namely the IRS processes for identifying ...

Know how getting married changes your tax situation

Tue, Dec 04, 2018

When you get married, your tax situation changes. Your marital status as of Dec. 31 determines your tax filing options for the entire year. If you’re married at year-end, you have two filing status choices: filing jointly with your new spouse, Married Filing Jointly, or filing separate from your spouse, Married Filing Separately Most married couples file jointly because it is simpler an...

NTA Blog: As the IRS Redesigns Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, Stakeholders Raise Important Questions

Thu, Nov 29, 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. The IRS is redesigning Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. The changes to this form will affect nearly every employee and employer, potenti...