The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released some initial statistics about the 2017 tax filing season. In the week ending April 21, 2017, the IRS received over 17 million tax returns, of which 13.6 million were e-filed. The last-minute surge brought the filing season total to 135.6 million, approximately the same as last year.
Darryl Genis, a 60-year-old DUI attorney practicing in Santa Barbara County, California, pled guilty recently to three counts of willfully failing to file tax returns between 2009 and 2011, and admitted to willfully failing to pay taxes for the same years, totaling nearly $680,000. He also admitted to underpaying taxes for the years 2005 through 2012. Genis agreed to pay civil penalties for all years at issue, and he faces up to three years of imprisonment.
If your company contracts with the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), you have one more reason to be compliant with your federal tax obligations: Effective September 30, 2016, these agencies will no longer award contracts to corporations having delinquent Federal tax liabilities or a felony conviction under any law. This includes any assessed liabilities such as unpaid income tax, employment tax, payroll withholdings, and social security and Medicare taxes that are not contested or paid on time.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made Statistics of Income - 2014 Individual Income Tax Returns Complete Report (Publication 1304) available to the public on August 31, 2016. Highlights include:
If you use the internet to provide customers with services, such as household chores and handyman services, or the use of assets, like a car or room for rent, you may be part of the newest workforce known as the "Sharing Economy" or "Gig Economy." The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is keeping with the times by acknowledging this quickly evolving category of businesses and assisting business owners with regard to their gig-source tax obligations by creating an Internet-based Sharing Economy Resource Center.
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson gave her mid-year report to Congress on July 7, 2016, reviewing the 2016 filing season and identifying priority issues she hopes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will address.
The Internal Revenue Service announced last week that tax season will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. That is the day the IRS will begin accepting individual electronic returns and processing paper returns. The last day to file 2015 tax returns is Monday, April 18, 2016, rather than the traditional April 15th date. Washington, D.C. observes Emancipation Day on Friday, April 15, 2016, which pushes the filing deadline to the following Monday.
On January 5, 2016, the Franchise Tax Board announced it is now accepting 2015 state tax returns. All California state income tax returns will be due no later than April 18 (three days beyond the traditional April 15 deadline due to a federal holiday).
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner, John Koskinen, and The National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson, spoke to an audience of tax professionals at the AICPA National Tax Conference in Washington, DC on November 4, 2014. Both presented a dismal tax filing season for taxpayers seeking assistance and guidance from the IRS, including a prediction by Commissioner Koskinen of over 30 minute hold times for phone service. Among the reasons cited for the anticipated challenges this tax filing season:
What happens when you realize you made an error on your tax return? Most people think they should file an amended tax returns, and in most cases, that would be correct; however, sometimes it is unnecessary. According to the IRS, if you made a math error, the IRS will correct it for you; an amended return is not normally required. Or, if you forgot to attach a tax form such as a W-2, you do not need to amend your tax return; the IRS will contact you and request missing forms if necessary. If you are due a refund based on your return as originally filed, the IRS recommends waiting to receive the refund before filing an amended return to claim an additional refund. If you are amending multiple years, you should mail them in separate envelopes, and finally, you should always amend your return if you made an error regarding your filing status, income, deductions or credits on your original tax return. To read more, click here.