2015 Tax Season ‘Miserable’ For Many Taxpayers: Will It Get Better In 2016?

“All we can do is try to maximize our services as well as we can; as well as we can is still going to be miserable. You really do get what you pay for.” That was the word from Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen last year as he described the challenges the agency … Read more

Congress May Give IRS Authority To License Tax Preparers

Last year, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen announced the Annual Filing Season Program, a voluntary and temporary program intended to fill the holes left after the IRS lost the right to regulate tax preparers following Loving v. Commissioner. At the time, Commissioner Koskinen called the program “not the ideal solution” and was hopeful … Read more

IRS Shuts Down E-Services For Labor Day Weekend

If you were planning to get a little bit of tax work done over the weekend, you might be out of luck. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is conducting its annual Labor Day maintenance this weekend. As a result, there will be an outage for certain IRS systems and services, including e-services (Transcript Delivery System, … Read more

IRS To Close Philly Office During Pope’s Visit

Just a few weeks remain until Pope Francis’ historic visit to Philadelphia. It’s not only Pope Francis’ first time in Philadelphia but his first official visit to the U.S. While the Pope will also be making stops in Washington, D.C. and New York City, the focus of his visit is the City of Brotherly Love … Read more

Taxpayers Sue IRS For Illegal Account Access In Data Breach

“What should have been a trustworthy digital service had been compromised and is yet the latest sign that the U.S. Government cannot be relied upon to keep the personal data of its citizens safe.” That’s the allegation made this week in a lawsuit filed by plaintiffs Beck Welborn and Wendy Windrich, individually and on behalf … Read more

IRS Releases Additional Statement On Illegal Access To Taxpayer Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a statement regarding additional reports of unauthorized access of taxpayer information using the “Get Transcript” application. Follows is the statement in full: Following an incident involving the IRS’s “Get Transcript” web application discovered in May, the IRS conducted an extensive review covering the 2015 filing season to assess whether … Read more

IRS Says Illegal Account Access Worse Than Originally Thought: 220,000 More Taxpayers Affected

Earlier this year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that identity thieves illegally accessed tax information tied to approximately 114,000 taxpayers with unsuccessful attempts made on about 111,000 additional taxpayer accounts. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen delivered the news at a hastily arranged press conference on May 26, 2015, to alert taxpayers to the breach. At … Read more

IRS Offers Tax Guidance On Free Identity Theft Protection Services

There’s no question that identity theft is a problem in the United States. A 2015 study released by Javelin Strategy & Research found that there were 12.7 million victims of identity theft in the U.S. 2014. That works out to a new identity fraud victim every two seconds. Identity theft has topped the list of … Read more