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Tax Groups Urge Congress To Boost IRS Funding

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation, American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the National Society of Accountants (NSA) are urging lawmakers to fully fund the IRS, especially as the Service works to implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The professional associations highlighted the IRS’s…

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Trump Announces IRS Commissioner Nominee

President Trump on February 8 announced his nomination of Charles P. Rettig for IRS Commissioner. Rettig is currently a tax attorney in California. “During his 35+ year professional career with Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez, PC, Chuck Rettig has represented numerous taxpayers before every administrative level…

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TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT (H.R. 1) – Businesses, Tax-Exempt Orgs & International

BUSINESSES Corporate Taxes H.R. 1 calls for a 21-percent corporate tax rate beginning in 2018. The new law makes the new rate permanent. The maximum corporate tax rate currently tops out at 35 percent. Although the current 2017 maximum corporate tax rate is 35 percent, many corporations…

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TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT (H.R. 1) – Individuals

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) has been approved by Congress and signed by President Trump. After a last-minute procedural glitch that required the Senate to vote first on the final bill, the most sweeping change to the U.S. tax code in decades cleared the…

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Lawmakers Question IRS’ New Sole-Source Identity Verification Contract with Equifax

The House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee held an October 4 hearing on the IRS’s efforts and challenges toward modernizing its information technology (IT) infrastructure. Witnesses from the IRS, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and Government Accountability Office (GAO) testified before the subcommittee. The IRS…

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IRS CI Division Chief Unveils International Tax Enforcement Group

The IRS Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) is putting together a new international tax enforcement group, according to IRS-CI Chief Don Fort. This information was revealed publicly to reporters for the first time during an August 2 conference call. The new initiative is expected to be fully operational…

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TIGTA Examines IRS’s Handling of Fraudulent Returns

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recently reviewed the IRS’s handling of fraudulent returns filed by incarcerated individuals. According to TIGTA, some 17,000 incarcerated individuals claimed potentially fraudulent refunds worth $48 million. TIGTA reported that returns frequently are not supported by third-party income documents. In…

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Lawmakers Hold Hearing on IRS Record Retention Practices

The Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee reviewed the IRS’s record retention practices at a hearing on July 25. Officials from the IRS and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) testified. “The IRS has long been challenged in the area of record…

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IRS Appeals Pilot Program Offers Virtual Service to Taxpayers

The IRS Office of Appeals has launched a web-based pilot program to provide a virtual conference option to taxpayers, effective August 1, 2017. The pilot program will use a secure, web-based screen-sharing platform to connect with taxpayers face-to-face from anywhere they have internet access. The IRS expects…

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ACA Repeal & Replacement Fails in Senate; Administrative Changes Possible

At press time, it appears that legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – including its taxes – will not be revisited until after Congress’ August recess. Although there have not been any legislative changes to the ACA, there could be administrative changes. “The…

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