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IRS Tips
IRS Summertime Tax Tip 2017-20: Moving Expenses May Be Deductible

Moving Expenses May Be Deductible Taxpayers may be able to deduct certain expenses of moving to a new home because they started or changed job locations. Use Form 3903, Moving Expenses, to claim the moving expense deduction when filing a federal tax return. Home means the taxpayer’s main home. It does not include a seasonal […]

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IRS Tax Tip 2017-19: Be Alert to Scammers Who Pose as the IRS

Be Alert to Scammers Who Pose as the IRS Scammers pretending to be from the IRS continue to target taxpayers. These scams take many different forms. Among the most common are phone calls and fake emails. Thieves use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to try and steal money from taxpayers. Identity theft […]

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Issue Number: IRS Summertime Tax Tip 2017-15

Taxpayers must report all gambling winnings as income. They must be able to itemize deductions to claim any gambling losses on their tax return. Taxpayers who gamble may find these tax tips helpful: Gambling income. Income from gambling includes winnings from the lottery, horseracing and casinos. It also includes cash and non-cash prizes. Taxpayers must […]

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Eight Tips to Protect Taxpayers from Identity Theft

Identity theft happens when someone steals personal information for financial gain. Tax-related identity theft happens when someone uses another person’s stolen Social Security number (SSN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN) to file a tax return to obtain a fraudulent refund. Many people first find out they are victims of identity theft when they submit their […]

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Don’t Take the Bait, Step 5: Prevent Remote Access Takeover Attacks

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today reminded tax professionals that their entire digital network could be at risk for remote takeover by cybercriminals. Such a takeover could lead to fraudulent tax filings and damage to their clients.   Multiple incidents have been reported to the IRS in […]

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IRS Begins Issuing Notices to Taxpayers whose ITINs Expire by End of 2017

IRS YouTube Videos: Individual Taxpayer Identification Number – English | Spanish  IR-2017-128, Aug. 8, 2017 WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service began mailing letters this month to more than 1 million taxpayers with expiring Individual Taxpayer ‎Identification Numbers and urges recipients to renew them as quickly as possible to avoid tax refund and processing delays. ITINs […]

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IRS Offers Self-Help Tax Tools

Want to know how to file a tax return for free or the fastest way to check on a refund?  Finding answers to those and other tax questions is only a few key strokes away. Millions of taxpayers use these free self-help tools on IRS.gov to find what they need. Some of the most popular […]

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How Does the IRS Contact Taxpayers?

When the IRS needs to contact a taxpayer, the first contact is normally by letter delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. The IRS doesn’t normally initiate contact with taxpayers by email, nor does it send text messages or contact through social media channels. Depending on the situation, IRS employees may first call or visit with […]

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Don’t Take the Bait, Step 4: Defend against Ransomware

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals that ransomware attacks are on the rise worldwide as bad actors here and abroad infiltrate computer systems and hold sensitive data hostage. The IRS is aware of a handful of tax practitioners who have been victimized by ransomware […]

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