National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins escalated her push for the IRS to adopt barcode scanning of paper tax returns, but the IRS would commit only to a goal of scanning certain 2022 returns.
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Payments made by the second-listed spouse on a joint return for 2021 under certain conditions may not have been properly credited by the IRS.
The IRS’s fiscal 2022–26 Strategic Plan sets out goals to modernize its operations and interactions with taxpayers while adapting to new challenges and threats.
The U.S. GOA recommended that the IRS pilot videoconferencing for its program singling out “high-risk” return preparers for direct compliance checks and education with respect to refundable tax credits and other taxpayer tax benefits.
Looking ahead to next filing season, the AICPA renews previous calls for taxpayer relief and administrative remedies to help the IRS clear overages in its return and correspondence inventories.
Temporary waiving of fingerprinting and identification procedures for new federal employees due to the pandemic could have allowed access to taxpayer data by individuals who were ineligible for federal employment.
The IRS extended to five years the period under which a taxpayer can use a simplified method (in lieu of a letter ruling request) to obtain an extension of time to make a portability election.
The IRS’s definition would exclude foreign currency options or other derivatives, but such instruments may still be subject to the Sec. 1256 mark-to-market rules under other provisions.
The Supreme Court reversed an Eighth Circuit decision, holding that the Sec. 6330(d)(1) filing deadline is not jurisdictional and is subject to equitable tolling.
This item focuses on interest netting between different tax periods and/or types of tax (“net rate” netting claims).
Taxpayers can lose their US passports over unpaid tax debts meeting certain criteria, and courts have only limited jurisdiction to review a certification or remedy it.
The IRS Cincinnati Centralized Innocent Spouse Operation’s opinion that a taxpayer was entitled to relief was not binding on the Office of Chief Counsel as a ‘final determination’ of liability.
Taxpayers must be careful to comply with increasingly onerous IRS disclosure requirements so they don’t lose key tax benefits.
The IRS also has posted general Superfund FAQs and tax rates for some chemical substances subject to the recently reinstated excise tax.
Nonresident alien amended returns and those for Puerto Rico residents are added; superseding returns can be designated.
In her Objectives Report to Congress for fiscal 2023, National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins describes steps the IRS can take to improve its return and correspondence processing and telephone service to taxpayers.
The IRS deploys more AI-powered phone abilities, enabling taxpayers calling the Service to authenticate their identifies and arrange to pay tax liabilities.
The US Government Accountability Office’s 25 top to-do items for IRS tax administration focus on service, tax fraud, cybersecurity, information reporting, audits and staffing.
Last week’s bump was the third midyear increase in the past 14 years, and it came after members of Congress wrote to the IRS about rising fuel prices.
The IRS highlights additional abusive taxpayer arrangements and tactics as its annual “Dirty Dozen” series ends.