February 11, 2015
Communications at a Glance (the latest from Communications) - Please share with your members and colleagues. Select the blue links to see the full article.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
FS-2015-8, February 2015 — The IRS reminds employers that automatic gratuities are service charges, not tips.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tax Tip 2015-15, February 9, 2015
Information on the Affordable Care Act
FS-2015-9, February 2015 — This year, there are some changes to tax forms related to the Affordable Care Act.
Health Care Tax Tip 2015,-08, February 5, 2015
Health Care Tax Tip, 2015-07, February 4, 2015
Health Care Tax Tip 2015-06, January 29, 2015
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.
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