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Four online ACA estimators help you prepare for tax time

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Taxpayers and businesses can use these before filing their federal tax returns.

Tax filing season will be here before you know it. As you plan and prepare your information over the next few months, … more

It’s time for a Premium Tax Credit check-up

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While you may be tempted to forget about taxes at the end of the filing season, there is still time to receive the benefits of many tax credits.When you applied for assistance to help pay the … more

New email scam uses fake IRS notices to solicit Affordable Care Act payments

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Did you get a notice you thought was from the IRS? Make sure it is a real one before paying. The IRS has issued a warning to taxpayers and tax professionals about a new scam related to the Affordable … more

TAS Tax Tip: Filing, Requesting an Extension of Time to File and Payment Options

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The tax return filing deadline is almost here. Have you filed yet? The filing deadline to submit 2018 tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2019 for most taxpayers. Because of the Patriots’ Day holiday on … more

Know how getting married changes your tax situation

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When you get married, your tax situation changes. Your marital status as of Dec. 31 determines your tax filing options for the entire year. If you’re married at year-end, you have two filing status … more

Practitioner’s ideas wanted in the 2018 Tax Forum focus groups

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Each year the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country.

These events feature the … more

TAS Tax Tip: Updates to Estimated Tax Penalty Waiver

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The April 15th tax deadline has passed, however the IRS announced on March 22, 2019 that it is expanding the waiver of the Estimated Tax Penalty to include relief for taxpayers whose total … more

TAS Tax Tip: Claiming the EITC or CTC Credit this year? Here are some tips…

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Are you planning on claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Child Tax Credit (CTC) on your federal tax return this year? If yes, then you should know some things have changed since last … more

Premium Tax Credit Change Estimator

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The Taxpayer Advocate Service developed the Premium Tax Credit Change Estimator to help you estimate how your premium tax credit will change if your income or family size change during the year.

2018 Tax Forums will feature TAS seminars, Case Resolution Program

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Each year the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country. These events feature the … more

2019 Tax Forums will feature TAS seminars and the Case Resolution Program

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Each year the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country. These events feature the … more

TAS Focus Groups on Installment Agreements and TAS Services at 2017 Tax Forums

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Each year the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country.These events feature the latest … more

TAS Tax Tip: Payment and Penalty Relief Options

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Tax time can be especially tough if taxes are owed with your tax return and even harder if penalties and interest are charged. Our website’s Get Help pages have a wealth of information about various … more

TAS Tax Tip: Correcting tax returns, if you made a mistake or forgot to file

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If you make a mistake on your taxes, do you know what to do and how to correct the mistake? There are many options on how to fix a mistake on your tax return, depending on whether you received a … more

TAS wants to hear from Practitioners at the 2019 Tax Forums – Join our Focus Groups

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Each year, the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country.

Taxpayer Advocate Service ( … more

Success Story: TAS helps taxpayer validate eligibility for Earned Income Tax Credit

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Every year the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer issues. All personal details are … more

TAS Tax Tip: Deduction and Expense Changes; Gear-up now for changes that will affect your 2018 return

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It’s the holidays and is anyone really thinking about taxes? We hope you are, because there are certain things you will want to know now, and some you may need to act upon before the end of the … more

NTA Special Blog: Taxpayer Advocate Service Launches Tax Reform Website in Spanish

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Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www. … more

Important News: Some 2016 refunds won’t be released until after February 15

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One of the biggest changes for taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) on federal tax returns for tax year 2016 is that any credit or refund … more

Free File Options

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Filing electronically is the safest, fastest, and most accurate way to file your tax return. If you choose to prepare and file your own tax return, the IRS offers you two ways to electronically file ( … more

TAS Helps Taxpayers Defrauded by Tax Return Preparer

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Even with a cautious and thorough appraisal of a tax return preparer you’re considering hiring, it can sometimes be hard to tell an honest preparer from a dishonest one. Unfortunately, some preparers … more

Getting a PTIN

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A preparer tax identification number (PTIN) is generally required for anyone who is paid for preparing or helping to prepare all or substantially all a federal tax return, claim for refund, or … more

NTA Blog: IRS Administration of the Section 965 Transition Tax Contravenes Congressional Intent and Imposes Unintended Burden on Taxpayers

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Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www. … more

NTA Blog: Expanding Pay-As-You-Earn Tax Collection Could Bring Significant Benefits

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Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www. … more

TAS Tax Tip: I got an IRS notice; now what do I do?

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The IRS will send a notice or a letter for any number of reasons. It may be about a specific issue on your federal tax return or account, explain changes to your account, ask for more information, or … more

NTA Blog: The Adoption of a Withholding Code and the Improvement of Free File Fillable Forms Would Streamline Tax Withholding and Reporting

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Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www. … more

TAS Attorney Advisor Christopher Lee testifies before Senate committee

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Taxpayer Advocate Service Senior Attorney-Advisor Christopher J. Lee testified today at a field hearing of the Senate Budget Committee held by U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.). The hearing was to … more

NTA Blog: Analysis of Tax Settlement Programs as Amnesties - When Should the Government Offer Them and How Should They Be Structured? (Part 1 of 3)

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Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www. … more

NTA Blog: An Analysis of Tax Settlement Programs as Amnesties: A Discussion of Belated Alternatives to the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program and Recommendations for Further Improvements (Part 3 of 3)

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Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www. … more

NTA Blog: An Analysis of Tax Settlement Programs as Amnesties - Why IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Settlement Programs Posed Risks to Voluntary Compliance (Part 2 of 3)

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Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www. … more

FY2014 Objectives Report To Congress

Full Report

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National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released a report to Congress that identifies the priority issues the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will focus on during the upcoming fiscal year. The … more

Success Story: TAS Helps Taxpayer Victimized by a Return Preparer

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Every year the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer issues. All personal details are … more

Getting an ITIN

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An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a nine-digit number issued by the IRS to be used on a tax return.

You need this number if you’re required to file a tax return and you don’t … more

Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR)

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Do you have financial assets overseas?  If it’s a certain kind of account, and worth over a certain amount, you may have to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, also known as a FBAR. … more

NTA Blog: Miscellaneous Tax Return Preparer Issues as We Head into the 2018 Filing Season

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Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www. … more

Success story: Victim of Preparer Fraud Receives Refund

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Every year the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer issues. All personal details are … more

Tax Professionals

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The Taxpayer Advocate Service can help you help your clients. We have a variety of information for tax professionals, including tax law updates and guidance, TAS programs, and ways to let TAS know … more

Consequences of Not Filing

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Every year, the IRS and the media put out lots of information and reminders about the due date for filing your tax return. The most common tax forms and due dates are as follows, but due dates vary … more

Service helps people deal with the IRS (KMOV St. Louis)

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A recent story on News 4 in St. Louis featured Local Taxpayer Advocate Peggy Guinn and Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Director Shelia Andrews. It let viewers know that TAS is there to help them with their … more

Success Story: TAS Advocates for Taxpayer Facing Economic Burden

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Every year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer’s tax issues. All personal … more

Alert: IRS Urges Taxpayers to Watch Out for Erroneous Refunds

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The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers of a quickly growing scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into their bank accounts. Criminals have a new twist on an old scam. After … more

Getting a Transcript

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Tax transcripts are often used to validate your income and tax filing status for mortgage applications, student loans, and small business loan applications. They can also be useful when you’re … more

I made a mistake on my taxes

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What should I do?

You have many options on how to fix a mistake on your tax return depending on whether you received a notice and the kind of mistake you made.

No matter what kind of mistake you … more

Success Story: TAS Helps Taxpayer Get Amended Returns Processed

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Every year the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer issues. All personal details are … more

Home Credits

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If you own a home or are planning to buy one, you may have tax credits available. There are two common home credits:

Mortgage Interest Credit: helps lower-income individuals afford home ownership. … more

Offer in Compromise

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If you can’t pay your tax debt in full, or if paying it all will create a financial hardship for you, an offer in compromise (OIC) may be an option.

An OIC (also known as an offer) is an agreement … more

Forum on taxpayer service in Harrisburg PA

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National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson and Sen. Bob Casey, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, convened a public forum to discuss what taxpayers want … more

Forum on taxpayer service in Los Angeles, CA

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National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson and Rep. Xavier Becerra, a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on Social Security, held a public … more

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