Tag Archives: Internal Revenue Service

Tell the IRS exactly what you think

Ever dreamed of telling the taxman what he can do with itemized deductions? Here’s your chance.

The Internal Revenue Service is looking for volunteers from Tennessee – and several other states – willing to serve on a federal advisory committee that will recommend ways to improve IRS service.

Volunteers must be willing to commit up to 500 hours during the year and pass an FBI criminal background check. And, committee members must be current on their federal taxes. The deadline to apply is April 27.

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Don’t let the IRS keep your money

The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 1,779 Tennessee taxpayers. These folks aren’t in trouble. On the contrary, the IRS owes them money.
 
The IRS announced today that it has $2.1 million in undelivered tax refund checks owed to Tennessee taxpayers. The checks average $1,182.
 

“Taxpayers who believe their refund check may have been returned to the IRS as undelivered, should use the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on IRS.gov. The tool will provide the status of their refund and, in some cases, instructions on how to resolve delivery problems,” the IRS said in a news release.

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The IRS has no sense of humor

Nobody likes paying income taxes, but refusing to pay based on some high-minded moral grounds could cost you a big fine and maybe jail time.

In an effort to keep folks out of the pokey, the IRS today issued its annual warning against using “frivolous tax arguments” to keep from paying Uncle Sam his due.

“Anyone who contemplates arguing on legal grounds against paying their fair share of taxes should first read the 84-page document, The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments.

“The document explains many of the common frivolous arguments made in recent years and it describes the legal responses that refute these claims. It will help taxpayers avoid wasting their time and money with frivolous arguments and incurring penalties,” the IRS says in a press release.

Like I said, the feds really don’t have a sense of humor.

IRS offers draft of small biz health care tax form

The Internal Revenue Service is offering a sneak peek at the new form small businesses will use to claim the health care tax credit next year.

A draft Form 8941 is online at IRS.gov. A final version of the form will be available later this year, the IRS said.

Both small businesses and tax-exempt organizations will use the form.

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E-mail scam targets electronic tax payment system

Paying taxes is annoying enough, but a new e-mail scam is making it even more of a pain.

The Internal Revenue Service said today that a new e-mail scam targets businesses and individuals who use the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System to pay their taxes.

“This scam claims you made a tax payment through EFTPS that was rejected,” said IRS spokesman Dan Boone.

The IRS does not send e-mails about your taxes, Boone added.

If you get one of these scam e-mails, or anything similar, forward the e-mail to the IRS using the instructions at IRS.gov.

Lawsuit sparks divergent comments on ‘tax lady’

She’s all over TV and now she may be all over.

California’s attorney general on Monday filed a $34 million suit against the “tax lady” Roni Deutch, accusing her firm of making false promises to help taxpayers resolve IRS problems.

It’s interesting to see how readers respond to reports filed by different news outlets. Depending on who’s commenting, the suit is election year politics by California AG Jerry Brown or a righteous prosecution.

Check out the differing views expressed in comments posted on Yahoo! News and Fox News.com.

What’s your take on the tax lady?