IRS Latest News! January 2014

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Watch Out for Tax Scams as Filing Season Opening Nears
IR-2014-5, Jan. 23, 2014 — With the start of the 2014 tax season approaching on Jan. 31, the IRS urges taxpayers to be aware that tax-related scams using the IRS name proliferate during this time of year.

Free File Opens Today, Offers Free Tax Prep and E-filing
IR-2014-4, Jan. 17, 2014 — To help people get a jump on their taxes before the Jan. 31 filing season opens, the IRS announced the availability of Free File for most taxpayers.

National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Focuses on Taxpayer Bill of Rights and IRS Funding
IR-2014-3, Jan. 9, 2014 — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson released her annual report to Congress, urging the IRS to adopt a comprehensive Taxpayer Bill of Rights and expressing concern that the IRS is not adequately funded to serve taxpayers.

IRS Criminal Investigation Combats Identity Theft Refund Fraud
FS-2014-3, January 2014 — The IRS has seen a significant increase in refund fraud that involves identity thieves who file false claims for refunds by stealing and using someone’s Social Security number. The investigative work done by Criminal Investigation is a major component of the IRS’s efforts to combat tax-related identity theft.

Tips for Taxpayers, Victims about Identity Theft and Tax Returns
FS-2014-2, January 2014 — Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes nationwide, and refund fraud caused by identity theft is one of the biggest challenges facing the IRS. In 2014, the IRS continues to take new steps and strong actions to protect taxpayers and help victims of identity theft and refund fraud.

IRS Combats Identity Theft and Refund Fraud on Many Fronts
FS-2014-1, January 2014 — Stopping identity theft and refund fraud is a top priority for the IRS. The agency’s work on identity theft and refund fraud continues to grow, touching nearly every part of the organization. For the 2014 filing season, the IRS has expanded these efforts to better protect taxpayers and help victims.

Fall 2013 Statistics of Income Bulletin Now Available
IR-2014-2, Jan. 3, 2014 — Individual income tax returns, tax returns of partnerships and the contributions and distributions of IRA participants are detailed in the fall 2013 Statistics of Income report.

IRS Offers Videos to Help Taxpayers Preparing to File in 2014
IR-2014-1, Jan. 3, 2014 — The IRS is offering taxpayers a number of YouTube videos to help prepare their taxes for the upcoming filing season, which begins on Jan. 31.

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