IRS, Tax Partners Announce Taxpayer Tips, New Measures In The Fight Against Identity Theft

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), states and tax industry are taking new steps in their efforts to protect taxpayers from tax-related identity theft. Known as the Security Summit, the collaborative effort between IRS, states, and tax industry began in March 2015. Now they’re asking for one more hand in their efforts – this time, from … Read more

Report Accuses IRS Of Encouraging Illegal Immigrants To File Using False Info, Identity Fraud

Last week, a television news station in Indiana ran an exposé allegedly revealing a new kind of identity fraud aimed at taxpayers. The report alleged that illegal immigrants were using stolen Social Security Numbers for tax-related purposes and not only does the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) know about the fraud, there is a “secret IRS … Read more

Former IRS Commissioners Differ On Politics, United Against Agency Cuts

Seven former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioners have signed onto a joint letter to Congress speaking out against further reductions in the IRS’ fiscal year 2015 budget. In the letter, the commissioners note that cuts of $838 million in the House and $470 million in the Senate would be the sixth year of cuts in … Read more

IRS Announces Lower Fees For 2016 As PTIN Registration Opens

It just got a little (stress on little) bit cheaper for tax professionals to practice in 2016. As of November 1, 2015, the annual fee for a 2016 preparer tax identification number (PTIN) is $50 for new applications and for renewals. That’s a few dollars cheaper than the prior fee schedule ($64.25 for a new … Read more

Despite Complaints, Past Failures & Opportunities For Fraud, Congress Pushes Private Tax Collection

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. – Winston Churchill Sometimes it feels like the government does this best. Failed policies are often recycled – often many times – in some sort of desperate attempt to make them work. Or to spend taxpayer dollars to promote self-serving agendas. Sometimes it’s … Read more

Court Switches Gears, Says AICPA Can Sue IRS Over Tax Preparer Credentials

An Appellate Court has overturned a ruling made last year that stopped the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) from challenging the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) new voluntary program to “credential” tax preparers. Initially, U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg (yes, the same Judge Boasberg who wrote the Loving opinion that barred the IRS from … Read more

House Republicans Move To Impeach IRS Commissioner Koskinen

Just days after the Department of Justice announced that there would be no charges in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax exempt scandal, the Republican chair of the House Oversight Committee has decided that’s not enough. Today, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced a resolution to begin impeach proceedings against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. You can … Read more

IRS Joins FBI, DEA & Other Federal Agencies With Access To Cellphone Surveillance Technology

If you think you’re being watched, you may be right. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has joined the list of at least thirteen federal agencies now equipped with sophisticated surveillance technology known as Stingray. The information was confirmed by The Guardian, which obtained invoices following a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) acknowledging … Read more

DOJ Says No Criminal Charges For Lerner, Others In IRS Scandal, Closes Investigation

No criminal charges. That’s the final word from the Department of Justice with respect to its lengthy investigation into whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) improperly targeted the Tea Party and related organizations applying for tax-exempt status. The Department of Justice advised Congress today that it is closing its investigation and confirmed that they will not … Read more