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National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Focuses on Taxpayer Bill of Rights and IRS Funding
IR-2014-3, Jan. 9, 2014 — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson released her annual report to Congress, urging the IRS to adopt a comprehensive Taxpayer Bill of Rights and expressing concern that the IRS is not adequately funded to serve taxpayers.

IRS Criminal Investigation Combats Identity Theft Refund Fraud
FS-2014-3, January 2014 — The IRS has seen a significant increase in refund fraud that involves identity thieves who file false claims for refunds by stealing and using someone's Social Security number. The investigative work done by Criminal Investigation is a major component of the IRS’s efforts to combat tax-related identity theft. 

Tips for Taxpayers, Victims about Identity Theft and Tax Returns
FS-2014-2, January 2014 — Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes nationwide, and refund fraud caused by identity theft is one of the biggest challenges facing the IRS. In 2014, the IRS continues to take new steps and strong actions to protect taxpayers and help victims of identity theft and refund fraud.

IRS Combats Identity Theft and Refund Fraud on Many Fronts
FS-2014-1, January 2014 — Stopping identity theft and refund fraud is a top priority for the IRS. The agency’s work on identity theft and refund fraud continues to grow, touching nearly every part of the organization. For the 2014 filing season, the IRS has expanded these efforts to better protect taxpayers and help victims.

Fall 2013 Statistics of Income Bulletin Now Available
IR-2014-2, Jan. 3, 2014 — Individual income tax returns, tax returns of partnerships and the contributions and distributions of IRA participants are detailed in the fall 2013 Statistics of Income report.

IRS Offers Videos to Help Taxpayers Preparing to File in 2014
IR-2014-1, Jan. 3, 2014 — The IRS is offering taxpayers a number of YouTube videos to help prepare their taxes for the upcoming filing season, which begins on Jan. 31.

New Tax Guide Helps People With Their 2013 Taxes
IR-2013-102, Dec. 23, 2013 — Taxpayers can get the most out of various tax benefits and get a jump on preparing their 2013 federal income tax returns by consulting a newly revised comprehensive tax guide now available on

Tax Preparers Must Renew Their PTINs for 2014
IR-2013-101, Dec. 23, 2013 — The IRS reminded tax return preparers to renew their PTINs if they plan to prepare returns in 2014. Current PTINs expire Dec. 31, 2013.

Some IRS Assistance and Taxpayer Services Shift to Automated Resources
New Services Available for Taxpayers in 2014

Starting Jan. 13, 2014, Business Tax Filers Can File 2013 Returns
The IRS will begin accepting 2013 business tax returns on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. This start date applies to both electronically-filed and paper-filed returns.

2014 Tax Season to Open Jan. 31; e-file and Free File Can Speed Refunds
IR-2013-100, Dec. 18, 2013 — The IRS today announced plans to open the 2014 filing season on Jan. 31 and encouraged taxpayers to use e-file or Free File as the fastest way to receive refunds.

Interest Rates Remain the Same for the First Quarter of 2014
IR-2013-96, Dec. 9, 2013 ― Interest rates remain unchanged for the first quarter of 2014.

2014 Standard Mileage Rates
IR-2013-95, Dec. 6, 2013 — Standard Mileage Rates for 2014 announced today.

More than 122 million Returns e-Filed in 2013
IR-2013-94, Dec. 4, 2013 — Record 122 million e-file in 2013.

Plan Now to Get Full Benefit of Saver’s Credit; Tax Credit Helps Low- and Moderate-Income Workers Save for Retirement
IR-2013-93, Dec. 4, 2013 — Low- and moderate-income workers can take steps now to save for retirement and earn a special tax credit.

Treasury, IRS Will Issue Proposed Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations
IR-2013-92, Nov. 26, 2013 — The Treasury Department and the IRS will issue initial guidance regarding qualification requirements for tax-exemption as a social welfare organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Seminars from the 2013 Forums Now Available at IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online
IR-2013-89, Nov. 8, 2013 ― Seminars filmed at the 2013 Nationwide Tax Forums are available online for continuing professional education credit.

Fast Track Settlement Program Now Available Nationwide; Time-Saving Option Helps Small Businesses Under Audit
IR-2013-88, Nov. 6, 2013 — The IRS announced the nationwide Fast Track Settlement streamlined program, designed to enable small businesses under audit to more quickly settle their differences with the IRS.

In 2014, Various Tax Benefits Increase Due to Inflation Adjustments
IR-2013-87, Oct. 31, 2013 — IRS announces inflation-adjusted items for tax year 2014.

IRS Announces 2014 Pension Plan Limitations; Taxpayers May Contribute up to $17,500 to their 401(k) plans in 2014
IR-2013-86, Oct. 31, 2013 — The IRS announced the dollar limits for pension plans for tax year 2014.

IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam
IR-2013-84, Oct. 31, 2013 — The IRS warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants.

2014 Tax Season to Start Later Following Government Closure; IRS Sees Heavy Demand As Operations Resume
IR-2013-82, Oct. 22, 2013  — The IRS announced a delay to the start of the 2014 filing season to allow adequate time to program and test tax processing systems. 

Form 990 Availability Resumes; Filers Urged Not to Include Social Security Numbers
The IRS conducted an internal review of the Form 990s series. After reviewing a statistically valid sample of recent filings, the IRS confirmed that there is low risk of SSNs being improperly included in new Form 990 filings. Therefore, the IRS is resuming the release of new Form 990 series to third-party groups.

Treasury and IRS Announce That All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized For Federal Tax Purposes; Ruling Provides Certainty, Benefits and Protections Under Federal Tax Law for Same-Sex Married Couples
IR-2013-72, Aug. 29, 2013 — Treasury and the IRS today ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes.

IRS Opens Online FATCA Registration System
IR-2013-69, Aug. 19, 2013 — The IRS announced the opening of a new online registration system for financial institutions that need to register with the IRS under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

August Filings for Section 527 Political Organizations Available
Aug. 29, 2013 — The IRS today announced the availability of the August public filings for section 527 political organizations.

Report Outlines Changes for IRS To Ensure Accountability, Chart a Path Forward; Immediate Actions, Next Steps Outlined
IR-2013-62, June 24, 2013 ― IRS Principal Deputy Commissioner Werfel issued a report outlining new actions and next steps to fix problems uncovered with the IRS’ review of tax-exempt applications and improve the wider processes and operations in place at the IRS.

IRS Charts a Path Forward with Immediate Actions
The IRS is outlining new actions and next steps to fix problems uncovered with the IRS’ review of tax-exempt applications and improve the wider processes and operations in place at the IRS.

Questions and Answers on 501(c) Organizations
May 15, 2013 — The IRS has received a variety of questions related to the exempt organization issues recently raised. The Q&As answer some basics on the issue.

Budget in Brief FY 2014
This summarizes how the budget request will enable the agency to meet its strategic goals: improve customer service and enhance enforcement of the tax laws.

IRS Achieves $1 Billion in Cost Savings and Efficiencies
FS-2013-05, April 2013 ― Since 2010, the IRS has saved $1 billion through working more efficiently and other means.

IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2013
IR-2013-33, March 26, 2013 — The IRS has issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.

IRS Statements and Announcements
Agency statements, comments and additional information.

Commissioner's Comments, Statements and Remarks
IRS Commissioner discusses a range of tax administration issues.

Identity Protection
The IRS has taken numerous steps to combat identity theft and protect taxpayers. Remember: The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or any social media tools to request personal or financial information.

General FAQs on Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions
The IRS is providing special transitional relief to banks and other payment settlement entities required to begin reporting payment card and third-party network transactions on new Form 1099-K.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Information Center
Update on the new economic stimulus legislation.

The “What Ifs” for Struggling Taxpayers
Here are some “What if” scenarios and the possible tax impact.

Tax Benefits for Education: Information Center
Many tax breaks are available to help with the cost of higher education.

Compliance & Enforcement News
A collection of recent news releases, statements and other items related to IRS compliance and enforcement efforts.

2013 and Prior Year Filing Season Statistics
Find tax filing season statistics showing cumulative and comparative totals from the current filing season and from prior years.

Fiscal Year 2013 Enforcement and Service Results
The Fiscal Year 2013 Enforcement and Service Results provide the dollars collected from the examination (audit) and collection functions of the IRS. The results also tally various taxpayer assistance program results.

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