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IRS revises EIN application process; seeks to enhance security

WASHINGTON — As part of its ongoing security review, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that starting May 13 only individuals with tax identification numbers may request an Employer Identification Number (EIN) as the “responsible…
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Business Execs Less Optimistic on Economy

Business executives’ outlook on the global economy slid sharply over the past year, amid concerns about trade conflict and other business impacts, according to the first-quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey, which polls chief executive officers,…
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1031 Exchanges May Help Real Estate Investors

1031 Exchanges May Help Real Estate Investors Transition to a Less Active Role. For many real estate investors, there comes a point in their lives where they no longer want to be bothered with the headaches that come with actively managing…
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IRS concludes "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams

IRS concludes "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for 2019: Agency encourages taxpayers to remain vigilant year-round. WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today wrapped up issuing its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams. The IRS reminds…
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IRS expands relief from underpayment penalty

The IRS announced on Friday that it is amending Notice 2019-11 to lower the amount of tax that an individual must have paid in 2018 to avoid the underpayment of estimated income tax penalty to 80% (Notice 2019-25). The change was made after…
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IRS Offers Variety of Payment Options, Penalty Waivers

As the 2019 tax filing season gets into full swing, some taxpayers are facing a surprise tax bill instead of a refund. For those who are unprepared, the Internal Revenue Service offers several payment options. The IRS anticipates that most…
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IRS finalizes centralized partnership audit regulations

The IRS on Friday issued final regulations (T.D. 9844) that implement the centralized partnership audit regime that now governs partnership audit procedures. The final regulations affect partnerships for tax years beginning after Dec. 31,…
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IRS Activities Following the Shutdown

The IRS has reopened following the end of the government shutdown, and IRS employees are working hard to resume normal operations and help taxpayers as much as possible. As the IRS resumes operations, there are some important pieces of information…
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New schedules with New Form 1040

The 2018 Form 1040 replaces prior year Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ. The 2018 Form 1040 uses a building-block approach that allows individuals to file only the schedules they need with their federal tax return. Many people will only need to…