February 11, 2015



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IRS Launches Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers; Online Tool Offers New Option to Help Taxpayers

IR-2015-22, Feb. 5, 2015 — The IRS today announced the launch of a new, online public directory of tax return preparers to help taxpayers find a tax professional with credentials and select qualifications to help them prepare their tax returns.

Special Edition Tax Tip 2015-01, February 10, 2015

Tax Tip 2015-07, January 28, 2015

FS-2015-6, February 2015 — Taxpayers should be aware of the credentials, qualifications and extent of service each prospective professional provides before obtaining their service.


IRS Warns of High Volume on Toll-Free Customer Service Phones; Urges Taxpayers to use IRS.gov Tools for Faster Answers

IR-2015-27, Feb. 11, 2015 — Use IRS.gov over the Presidents Day weekend when IRS expects high call volumes on its toll-free telephone lines.

Tax Tip 2015-17, February 11, 2015

Tax Tip 2015-16, February 10, 2015

Tax Tip 2015-12, February 4, 2015

Tax Tip 2015-11, February 3, 2015

Tax Tip 2015-10, February 2, 2015

Tax Tip 2015-18, February 12, 2015


Updated IRS Smartphone App IRS2Go Version 5.0 Now Available

IR-2015-24, Feb. 06, 2015 - The IRS today announced the release of IRS2Go 5.0, an update to the only official IRS smartphone application, compatible with both Apple and Android devices.


Social Security Announces New Online Service for Replacement SSA-1099s


2015 Tax Filing Season Volume Outpacing Prior Year

IR-2015-25, Feb. 6, 2015 — IRS is receiving returns and issuing refunds in greater numbers than at the same time last year (filing season statistics for the week ending Jan. 30, 2015, are included).




IRS Completes the "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams for 2015

IR-2015-26, Feb. 9, 2015 — The IRS wrapped up the 2015 "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams today with a warning to taxpayers about aggressive telephone scams continuing coast-to-coast during the early weeks of this year's filing season.


Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Program Reports on Activities

IR-2015-13, Jan. 29, 2015 —The IRS’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program Office has issued its annual program report, which describes how LITCs have assisted thousands of low income taxpayers nationwide with free or low-cost representation, education and advocacy services.


IRS Preparer-Level Treatment Tests : Results from the First Year of a Multi-Year Study


Tips Versus Service Charges: How to Report

FS-2015-8, February 2015 — The IRS reminds employers that automatic gratuities are service charges, not tips.


Taxpayer Bill of Rights: #3, The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax

FS-2015-7, February 2015 — Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the Internal Revenue Service.


Taxpayer Bill of Rights: #2, The Right to Quality Service

FS-2015-5, February 2015 — Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS.


Taxpayer Bill of Rights: #1, The Right to Be Informed

FS-2015-3, January 2015 — Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the Internal Revenue Service.


Earned Income Tax Credit; Do I Qualify?

FS-2015-4, January 2015 — The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a financial boost for people working hard to make ends meet. Millions of workers may qualify for the first time this year due to changes in their marital, parental or financial status.


IRS Can Help if W-2s Are Missing

Tax Tip 2015-15, February 9, 2015



Information on the Affordable Care Act

2014 Tax Changes: Health Care Law Brings Updates to Tax Forms; Other Benefits Renewed

FS-2015-9, February 2015 — This year, there are some changes to tax forms related to the Affordable Care Act.


Important Information about Advance Payments of the Premium Tax Credit and Your Tax Return

Health Care Tax Tip 2015,-08, February 5, 2015


Taxpayers Will Use New Information Statement to claim Premium Tax Credit

Health Care Tax Tip, 2015-07, February 4, 2015


The Health Care Law’s Effect on You

Health Care Tax Tip 2015-06, January 29, 2015


Recently Posted:


IMRS Hot Issues

Publication 2043 IRS Refund Information Guidelines, Online Tools and more . . .


IRS Technical Guidance


Announcement 2015-8 addresses the application of the Court’s holding to claims for refund of employment taxes.  In United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., 134 S.Ct. 1395 (2014), the Supreme Court held that the severance payments at issue in the case were wages subject to tax under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA).


Notice 2015-11 provides for the allocation of the national limitation for qualified zone academy bonds among the States, the District of Columbia, and the possessions of the United States. 


Notice 2015-12 solicits applications for allocations of the remaining available amount of the volume cap for new clean renewable energy bonds (“New CREBs”) under § 54C(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, provides guidance on the application requirements and forms for requests for volume cap allocations, and the method that the IRS will use to allocate the remaining volume cap. 


Revenue Procedure 2015-17 sets forth procedures for issuing determination letters and rulings on the exempt status of qualified nonprofit health insurance issuers (QNHIIs).


Revenue Procedure 2015-19 provides the depreciation deduction limitations for owners of passenger automobiles (including trucks and vans) first placed in service during calendar year 2015 and the amount to be included in income by lessees of passenger automobiles first leased during calendar year 2015.  In addition, this revenue procedure revises the tables of depreciation limitations and lessee inclusion amounts for automobiles first placed in service or leased during 2014 and to which the 50 percent bonus depreciation applies as extended by the Tax Increase Prevent Act of 2014. 




2015 Nationwide Tax Forum dates

Join your colleagues for three days of informative education sessions, training and networking, featuring a full agenda of the latest tax law information, hands-on workshops, networking opportunities and exhibits of the latest products and services for your business needs.


Webinars for Tax Practitioners



Retirement Plans


Exempt Organizations



Webinars for Small Businesses


Arizona Workshops for Small Business Owners

New Mexico Workshops for Small Business Owners

Texas Workshops for Small Business Owners

Please share these links with your small business clients. The workshops provide detailed instructional lessons that cover their tax filing, paying and operating requirements and responsibilities.

Small Business Outreach – Workshop Wednesdays


The Service is continuing to explore opportunities to partner with stakeholders to help entrepreneurs in their business ventures, especially new sole proprietors. Please see the attached documents which summarize our resources for small business owners.


Workshop Wednesday 2015-2 edition - January 28, 2015 – Identity Theft Revisited



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