Miserable, Awful & Delayed: Commissioner, Tax Advocate Talk 2015 Tax Season

Worried about the upcoming tax season? So are IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson. I sat down with both of them to talk about challenges for the upcoming season, including coping with budget cuts, increased compliance concerns due to ACA, FATCA and the extenders and a delay to the tax season.

IRS Warns Taxpayers To Be Diligent As Identity Thieves Add New Twist To Phone Scam

If your phone is still ringing with tax scams and IRS impersonations, you’re not alone. J. Russell George, the Inspector General, has referred to these ongoing schemes as “the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen.” As IRS and TIGTA try to combat the growing problem of identity theft and tax scams, the fraudsters are hoping to stay a few steps ahead. They’re switching up their schemes in an effort to not get caught. Have you read about their latest efforts?

IRS Announces 2015 Tax Brackets, Standard Deduction Amounts And More

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the annual inflation adjustments for a number of provisions for the year 2015, including tax rate schedules, tax tables and cost-of-living adjustments for certain tax items. If you’re looking for 2015 tax rates, here you go!

Taxpayers Freaking Out Over Hoax Claiming 2015 IRS Refunds Already Delayed

Earlier this week, a panicked reader shot me the link to an article with this headline: 2014 Federal Tax Refunds To Be Delayed Until October 15. I glanced at the article on my phone and fired off a quick inquiry to the media department at Internal Revenue Service (IRS) questioning whether it was true. A … Read more

IRS Announces New Tax Preparer Program To Mixed Reactions

There will be a tax preparer certification program after all. That was the word from Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen. If you’re scratching your head after Loving v. Commissioner and wondering how that’s possible, here’s your answer: the program will be voluntary. Following losses at the lower court and the appellate court which held … Read more

Lois Lerner And The Case Of The Missing Emails

(Author’s note: This post was based on information provided to/from Committee as of June 24. I will post updates as separate posts as the hearings and inquiries progress.) It sounds like a bad premise for a mystery: a crime was (allegedly) committed and the key to the whole thing has incomprehensibly and irretrievably gone missing. … Read more