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Identity protection PIN program expands

  • 8 February 2019
  • Author: machele
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The IRS is expanding to seven additional states its voluntary program for taxpayers who wish to obtain identity protection personal identification numbers (IP PINs) and are not currently victims of tax return identity theft. The pilot program originally involved Washington, D.C., Florida, and Georgia. IP PINs will now be available in seven more states: California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, and Rhode Island. Those states report the highest number of identity thefts to the Federal Trade Commission.

Government shutdown ends in time for tax season

  • 28 January 2019
  • Author: machele
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The partial government shutdown ended on Friday, allowing the full IRS workforce to return to work on Monday, Jan. 28 — the start of tax filing season for individuals. The Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019, H.J. Res. 28, passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump on Friday, funds the agency until Feb. 15.

Qualified business income deduction regs. and other guidance issued

  • 23 January 2019
  • Author: machele
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On Friday, the IRS released guidance on a large number of Sec. 199A issues, including the eagerly awaited final Sec. 199A regulations (in an as-yet-unnumbered Treasury decision). The IRS also issued new proposed regulations on how to treat previously suspended losses and how to determine the deduction for taxpayers that hold interests in regulated investment companies (RICs), charitable remainder trusts (CRTs), and split-interest trusts. The guidance also includes a notice that provides a safe-harbor rule for rental real estate businesses and a revenue procedure on calculating W-2 wages.

IRS sets start date for tax season, will issue refunds during government shutdown

  • 8 January 2019
  • Author: machele
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The IRS announced on Monday evening that it is prepared to start processing 2018 tax returns on Jan. 28 and that it will pay tax refunds despite the partial shutdown of the federal government. The agency has been operating under a contingency plan that has furloughed 88% of the IRS’s workforce. It says it will recall “a significant portion” of its furloughed staff for tax season. The agency also says it will issue an updated contingency plan in the next few days.

2019 standard mileage rates announced

The optional standard mileage rates for business use of a vehicle will increase significantly in 2019, after increasing slightly last year, the IRS announced Friday (Notice 2019-2). For business use of a car, van, pickup truck, or panel truck, the rate for 2019 will be 58 cents per mile up from 54.5 cents per mile in 2018. Taxpayers can use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile.
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