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IRS Whistleblower Office Director Discusses Significance of Whistleblower Information in Identifying Noncompliance

John Hinman, Director, IRS Whistleblower Office highlighted the importance of whistleblower information in identifying noncompliance and reducing the tax gap in an executive column published by the IRS. Each year, the IRS receives thousands of award claims from individuals who identify taxpayers who may not be abiding by U.S. tax laws. The IRS Whistleblower Office […]

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Senate Dems Call For Filing Extension Due to ITIN Processing Delays

A group of Senate Democrats is calling on the IRS to extend the filing deadline for those unable to file for and receive the advanced child tax credit (CTC) due to the processing backlog of individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) applications. In a July 14, 2022, letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and IRS Commissioner […]

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IRS Helps Taxpayers Understand How and Why Agency Representatives May Reach Out, FS-2022-33

The IRS has released a Fact Sheet to help taxpayers understand how and why agency representatives may contact them and how to identify them and avoid scams. Generally, the IRS sends a letter or written notice to a taxpayer in advance, but not always. Depending on the situation, IRS employees may first call or visit […]

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AICPA Offers Recommendations on Required Minimum Distribution Proposal

The American Institute of CPAs offered the Internal Revenue Service a series of recommendations related to proposed regulations for required minimum distributions from individual retirement accounts. The July 1, 2022, comment letter to the agency covered two specific areas: minimum distribution requirements for designated beneficiaries when death of the employee or IRA owner occurs after […]

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GAO Issues Report on Stimulus Checks During COVID-19 Pandemic, GAO Report: Stimulus Checks–Direct Payments to Individuals during the COVID-19 Pandemic (GAO-22-106044)

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on stimulus checks during the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. From April 2020 to December 2021, the federal government made direct payments to taxpayers totaling $931 billion to address pandemic-related financial stress. Report Findings Some eligible taxpayers never received payments. Eligible taxpayers can still claim their payments through […]

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