IRS Issues 2019 Annual Report; Highlights Program Areas Across the Agency

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IRS Issues 2019 Annual Report

IRS Issues 2019 Annual Report; Highlights Program Areas Across the Agency A new annual report highlighting accomplishments across the nation’s tax agency has been issued by the Internal Revenue Service. “Internal Revenue Service Progress Update/Fiscal Year 2019 – Putting Taxpayers First” provides an overview of a variety of operations across taxpayer service, compliance and support areas. The 41-page document is built around the agency’s six strategic goals.  “This report is about more than what happened during the past year,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig wrote in the report’s opening message to taxpayers. “It’s also designed to provide insight into the people serving this country on behalf of the IRS and provide a glimpse into the future.” The report highlights the work of IRS employees supporting the nation’s tax system during the past year. This covers a variety of taxpayer service efforts, including development of a new Taxpayer Withholding Estimator, as well as operations support efforts on areas involving Information Technology modernization, Human Capital Office initiatives and others.  The report also focuses on Criminal Investigation results and efforts involving civil enforcement. Ongoing compliance areas, among them micro-captives, syndicated conservation easements and virtual currency, are also included in the publication.  The report also … Read More

Webinar – SECURE Act & Disaster Act: Congress Passes 2019 Year-End Tax Legislation

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SECURE Act & Disaster Act: Congress Passes 2019 Year-End Tax Legislation

Webinar – SECURE Act & Disaster Act: Congress Passes 2019 Year-End Tax Legislation Webinar This course includes new and retroactive changes to the Internal Revenue Code addressing Individual, Business & Energy Provisions. At the completion of this Webinar, the participant will be up to date on the year-end 2019 Tax Extender Legislation as well as the changes and improvements made to Retirement plans under the SECURE Act as it pertains to individuals and businesses. The Course will help the Tax Professional be knowledgeable for preparing 2019 returns and beyond. In addition, the participant will be able to discuss opportunities with clients concerning amending 2018 tax returns resulting in potential refund of tax. For complete details, visit nstp.org NSTP Webinars present the finest instructors with the most up-to-date information.  Register today!

Proposed Rulemaking for Misdirected Refunds Notice Issued by IRS

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Proposed Rulemaking for Misdirected Refunds Issued by IRS

Proposed Rulemaking for Misdirected Refunds Notice Issued by IRS The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department have issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register regarding misdirected direct deposit refunds. These proposed regulations reflect changes to the law made by the Taxpayer First Act (TFA), which was signed into law on July 1, 2019. The TFA added section 6402(n) to the Code, which directed the IRS to establish procedures to allow taxpayers to report when a refund is not deposited into the taxpayer’s account, as well as establishing procedures for identification and recovery of the misdirected direct deposit refund. The proposed regulations are intended to increase awareness and provide guidance to affected taxpayers who have made a claim for refund, requested the refund be issued as a direct deposit, but did not receive a refund in the account designated on the claim for refund. It is important to note that a misdirected direct deposit refund is defined in the proposed regulations and in the IRM as “a refund or a portion of a refund was made by direct deposit to an account that is not the account designated on the taxpayer’s claim for refund.” This only applies to … Read More

Gig Economy Tax Center Opens Online

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Gig Economy Tax Center Opens Online

Gig Economy Tax Center Opens Online The Internal Revenue Service has created a new Gig Economy Tax Center on its website to help gig economy workers meet their tax obligations through more streamlined information. “The IRS developed this online center to help taxpayers in this emerging segment of the economy,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Whether renting out a spare bedroom or providing car rides, we want people to understand the rules so they can stay compliant with their taxes and avoid surprises down the line.” The gig economy is also known as the sharing, on-demand or access economy. It usually includes businesses that operate an app or website to connect people to provide services to customers. While there are many types of gig economy businesses, ride-sharing and home rentals are two of the most popular. Educating gig economy workers about their tax obligations is vital because many don’t receive form W-2s, 1099s or other information returns for their work in the gig economy. However, income from these sources is generally taxable, regardless of whether workers receive information returns. This is true even if the work is full time, part-time or if the person is paid in cash. Workers may … Read More

IRS IP PIN Availability Expands

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IRS IP PIN Availability Expands

IRS IP PIN Availability Expands When the IRS begins the 2020 tax filing season, taxpayers in selected locations will be eligible to opt into the online Identity Protection PIN program.  The IP PIN is a 6-digit number that adds another layer of protection for taxpayers’ Social Security numbers and helps protect against tax-related identity theft.  Taxpayers will be eligible for this voluntary program if they filed a federal tax return last year from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington.  The IRS has issued IP PINs to confirmed identity theft victims since 2011. In recent years, the IRS has been expanding the program to taxpayers who are not confirmed identity theft victims but who may want this additional protection.  Taxpayers opting into the IP PIN program must use the online Get an IP PIN tool at IRS.gov/IPPIN.  The IRS has created a new publication – Publication 5367, Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program for Taxpayers – to help taxpayers understand the required steps. Please share with clients who are interested in this program. The publication is in English and Spanish. It can … Read More

Avoid Tax-Time Surprise by Making a Payment Now Says IRS

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Avoid Tax-Time Surprise by Making a Tax Payment Now Says IRS

Avoid Tax-Time Surprise by Making a Payment Now Says IRS Taxpayers who paid too little tax during 2019 can still avoid a tax-time surprise by making a quarterly estimated tax payment now, directly to the Internal Revenue Service. The deadline for making a payment for the fourth quarter of 2019 is Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Income taxes are pay-as-you-go. This means that by law, taxpayers are required to pay most of their tax during the year as income is received. There are two ways to do this: Withholding from paychecks, pension payments, Social Security benefits or certain other government payments. This is how most people pay most of their tax. Making quarterly estimated tax payments throughout the year. Self-employed people and investors, among others, often pay tax this way. Either method can help avoid a surprise tax bill at tax time and the accompanying penalty that often applies. If a taxpayer failed to make required quarterly estimated tax payments earlier in the year, making a payment to cover these missed payments, as soon as possible, will usually lessen and may even eliminate any possible penalty. The IRS recommends that everyone check their possible tax liability by using the IRS Tax … Read More