The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) launched a new, web-based tool to assist taxpayers with simple balance inquiries. The new feature is one part of the IRS' plans to build a wider platform for taxpayers to more quickly and securely access various aspects of their account information online. A rigorous identity authentication process is required for all new users of this tool.
The Internal Reveue Service (IRS) has temporarily suspended its online Identity Protection PIN tool in order to conduct a review of the security features of the application. The IP PIN is a six-digit number taxpayers can use as "an additional layer of protection" against identity theft. As of the end of February 2016, the IRS prevented 800 cases of tax fraud using these PIN numbers.
The FTB has disabled registration for new MyFTB accounts in anticipation of a new, enhanced version of MyFTB, to be released January 2016. However, taxpayers who have existing MyFTB accounts are able to use the following online services:
With practically no guidance being provided by Congress, courts have been trying cases regarding the application of sales tax to online retailers like Amazon.com, Inc. Unfortunately, not all state rulings have been consistent.
As California residents prepare to file their taxes, there is one thing that tax officials are concentrating particularly hard on: sales taxes on items purchased online. Under state law, California residents must pay a "use tax" on any goods purchased online from a retailer that is based outside of the state. However, most Californians do not pay the tax, and that could result in a number of tax controversies with officials.