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What the IRS is doing and what you can do to avoid Employee Retention Credit scams

The IRS shared new steps the agency is taking to prevent honest taxpayers from falling victim to Employee Retention Credit (ERC) scams. The IRS continues to warn small businesses about aggressive promoters encouraging filing potentially ineligible claims. The IRS...

  • September 18, 2023

IRS reminds gig workers, self-employed and others of Sept. 15 third quarter estimated tax payment deadline

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers who pay estimated taxes that the deadline to submit their third quarter payment is Sept. 15, 2023. Taxpayers not subject to withholding may need to make quarterly estimated tax payments....

  • September 14, 2023

Tax Court Case Shows IRS Effort to Revoke Passports for Tax Debt

Under the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the IRS can deny, revoke or limit a passport if you have a seriously delinquent tax debt Ken Berry Aug. 29, 2023 By Ken Berry, J.D. If you’re planning to...

  • August 30, 2023

ERC And The Dangers Of An IRS Examination

Jessica Ledingham, J.D., LL.M. Contributor I strive to alleviate stress by analyzing and clarifying the tax code. The Basics of ERC A recurring concept in the media is the Employee Retention Credit. The ERC is a refundable payroll tax...

  • August 22, 2023

Knowing how scammers pose as the IRS can help taxpayers protect themselves

Crooks are always looking for new ways to scam unsuspecting taxpayers. Scammers impersonate the IRS by phone or email, in person, or by mail or delivery service – and cost people their time and money. By staying vigilant against...

  • August 8, 2023

Get an Identity Protection PIN

Here is a video tax tip from the IRS: Get an Identity Protection PIN English | Spanish | ASL Subscribe today: The IRS YouTube channels provide short, informative videos on various tax related topics. www.youtube.com/@irsvideos www.youtube.com/@irsmultilingual www.youtube.com/@irsvideosASL  

  • August 1, 2023

Here’s what to expect after requesting an appeal of a tax matter

If a taxpayer disagrees with an IRS decision, they may be able to avoid the time and expense of a court trial by asking the IRS Independent Office of Appeals to review their case. This office is separate from...

  • June 15, 2023

Upcoming IRS improvements for small business owners

FS-2023-13, May 2023  As part of National Small Business Week, April 30 to May 6, the Internal Revenue Service wants small business taxpayers to know they will soon see changes to help them better interact with the Internal Revenue Service...

  • May 8, 2023

This IRS online tool simplifies estimating 2023 tax withholding

A few minutes spent reviewing income tax withholding early in the year helps set a taxpayer up for success all year long. The Tax Withholding Estimator on IRS.gov makes it easy to figure out how much to withhold. This...

  • February 23, 2023

Taxpayers should hang up if tax season scammers come calling

The tax filing season is a popular time for scammers to call and try to dupe unsuspecting taxpayers. These thieves often make threatening or alarming calls posing as the IRS to try to steal taxpayer money or personal information....

  • February 11, 2023

Everyone should know the facts about how the IRS communicates with taxpayers

Knowledge is a taxpayer’s first line of defense against scammers who pretend to be from the IRS with the goal of stealing personal information. Here are some facts about how the IRS communicates with taxpayers: The IRS doesn’t normally...

  • November 23, 2022

IRS advises that improperly forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loans are taxable

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service recently issued guidance addressing improper forgiveness of a Paycheck Protection Program loan (PPP loan). The guidance confirms that, when a taxpayer’s loan is forgiven based upon misrepresentations or omissions, the taxpayer is not...

  • September 22, 2022

Every taxpayer has the right to retain representation when working with the IRS

Taxpayers have the right to retain an authorized representative of their choice to represent them when they are dealing with the IRS. They also have the right to seek assistance from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic if they cannot afford...

  • September 19, 2022

Got a letter or notice from the IRS? Here are the next steps

When the IRS needs to ask a question about a taxpayer’s tax return, notify them about a change to their account, or request a payment, the agency often mails a letter or notice to the taxpayer. Getting mail from...

  • September 16, 2022

Understanding taxpayer rights: Every taxpayer has the right to privacy

The privacy of America’s taxpayers is paramount at the IRS. The right to privacy is one of ten rights the Taxpayer Bill of Rights gives all taxpayers. Taxpayers have the right to expect that any IRS inquiry, examination, or...

  • August 18, 2022

Knowing how the IRS contacts taxpayers can help protect people from scammers

Scammers often pose as the IRS to steal taxpayers’ personal information. They may reach out through fraudulent phone calls, emails, texts or social media messages. It’s important for taxpayers to understand how the IRS contacts people, so they don’t...

  • August 8, 2022

IRS Statement on balance due notices (CP-14)

The IRS is aware that some payments made for 2021 tax returns have not been correctly applied to joint taxpayer accounts, and these taxpayers are receiving erroneous balance due notices (CP-14 notices) or notices showing the incorrect amount. Who...

  • August 3, 2022

IRS sent incorrect balance due notices to couples

By  Michael Cohn July 28, 2022, 4:35 p.m. EDT1 Min Read Twitter LinkedIn Email Show more sharing options The Internal Revenue Service admitted that some married couples received erroneous balance due notices for their 2021 tax returns. The IRS added...

  • August 2, 2022

What businesses need to know about reporting nonemployee compensation and backup withholding to the IRS

When a business hires an independent contractor, the employer is generally not responsible for withholding income taxes, Social Security, or Medicare taxes from their compensation. However, by law, business taxpayers who pay nonemployee compensation of $600 or more must...

  • July 26, 2022

IRS continues work on inventory of tax returns; original tax returns filed in 2021 to be completed this week

WASHINGTON – Following intensive work during the past several months, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that processing on a key group of individual tax returns filed during 2021 will be completed by the end of this week. Due...

  • June 21, 2022