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New Tax Reform Changes Website Explains What Is Changing and What Is Not

Fri, Feb 15, 2019

En Español The 2018 Form 1040, schedules and instructions are now available. Our Tax Reform Changes website shows where the new tax law items can be found on the 2018 form, in addition to the 2017 form. You may know that Congress approved major tax reform in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on Dec. 22, 2017. The IRS is currently working on implementing this comp...

National Taxpayer Advocate Releases Annual Report to Congress Addressing Impact of Shutdown, Urging for Multi-Year Funding for IT Modernization and Improving Taxpayer Service

Tue, Feb 12, 2019

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson releases her 2018 Annual Report to Congress, describing challenges the IRS is facing as a result of the recent government shutdown and recommending that Congress provide the IRS with additional multi-year funding to replace its core 1960s-era information technology (IT) systems. Ms. Olson notes IT funding as her top legislative recommendation. The resour...

TAS Tax Tip: Tax Filing Help Information

Thu, Feb 07, 2019

The tax return filing season is here. Do you need help with filing information and options? Here are some useful tips from the Taxpayer Advocate Service. Options for Filing a Tax Return Each year, most people who work are required to file a federal income tax return. If you must file, you have two options: Filing an electronic tax return (often called electronic filing or e-filing), or Filing ...

Success Story: The Taxpayer Advocate Service’s advocacy protects taxpayers’ rights in IRS tax lien withdrawal case

Mon, Feb 04, 2019

Every year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer’s tax issues. All personal details are removed to protect the taxpayer’s privacy. TAS is an advocate for protecting taxpayers’ rights. This success story is an example of how TAS's advocacy protected a taxpayer&r...

TAS Tax Tip: New 2018 Form 1040 Changes and Helpful Hints for Completion

Thu, Jan 31, 2019

It’s filing season! The IRS’s new Form 1040 for 2018, its corresponding Schedules 1-6, and instructions are now available. Taxpayer Advocate Service’s Tax Reform Changes website contains updated references to the new 2018 form and schedules now as well. There’s no denying this year’s new Form 1040 and schedules are very different than the tax form and schedules you...

Taxpayer Advocate Service offices are open

Mon, Jan 28, 2019

As of January 28, 2019, all TAS offices are open. Some offices may be closed due to weather or other emergencies as updated on our Contact Us page. As always, the Taxpayer Advocate Service is committed to helping our taxpayers. All cases matter greatly to us and we need to make sure we are addressing the most serious cases first. Due to the prolonged government shutdown, we will need some time ...

NTA Blog: Holiday Greetings

Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. As we wrap up this year with putting the finishing touches on the National Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report to Congress, we are taking a break this week and n...

TAS Tax Tip: Deduction and Expense Changes; Gear-up now for changes that will affect your 2018 return

Mon, Dec 17, 2018

It’s the holidays and is anyone really thinking about taxes? We hope you are, because there are certain things you will want to know now, and some you may need to act upon before the end of the calendar year.For individuals, the Taxpayer Advocate Service’s Tax Reform Changes website, in both English and Spanish, has information for you about what is changing and what is not for the ...

Help us spread the news about our new Tax Reform Changes website

Thu, Dec 13, 2018

NEW (12/13/2018): The 2018 Form 1040, schedules and instructions are now available. Our Tax Reform Changes website shows where the new tax law items can be found on the 2018 form, in addition to the 2017 form. Promote Our SiteIs your business or association involved in helping others understand federal income taxes and the ramifications of changes to those laws each y...

Nuevo Sitio Web Sobre Cambios en la Reforma de Impuestos que Explica qué está Cambiando y qué no

Thu, Dec 13, 2018

English NUEVO (12/13/2018):El formulario 1040 de 2018, los anexos y las instrucciones ya están disponibles. Nuestro sitio web de Cambios en la Reforma de Impuestos muestra dónde se pueden encontrar los nuevos elementos de la reforma de impuestos legislación fiscal en el formulario de 2018, además del formulario de 2017. 0 de 2018, los an...

Tax-News.com: FASB Seeks To Ease Transition To New Credit Losses Standard

Mon, Feb 18, 2019

On February 6, 2019, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) that would ease transition to the credit losses standard by providing the option to measure certain types of assets at fair value. ...

Tax-News.com: Mexico Enacts Decree For Tax Cuts In Border States

Mon, Jan 14, 2019

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has signed a decree providing for tax cuts in the Mexican states bordering the United States....

Tax-News.com: IRS Issues Proposed Regulations On BEAT

Fri, Dec 21, 2018

On December 13, 2018, the United States Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations on the operation of the base erosion and anti-abuse tax, contained in Section 59A of the Internal Revenue Code. ...

Tax-News.com: OECD States Tapped VAT, CIT To Achieve Record Revenues In 2017

Fri, Dec 07, 2018

Last year, the tax burden in OECD countries reached its highest level recorded, at 34.2 percent of gross domestic product, up 20 basis points on 2016, largely due to increasing taxes on personal consumption and companies. ...

Tax-News.com: OECD Reports Progress On Harmful Tax Regimes Work

Fri, Nov 23, 2018

Releasing a progress update, the OECD said international efforts to curb harmful tax practices and prevent the misuse of preferential tax regimes are having a tangible impact worldwide....

Tax-News.com: FASB Issues New Standard For Variable Interest Entities

Fri, Nov 02, 2018

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on October 31 issued Accounting Standards Update 2018-17, intended to reduce the cost and complexity of financial reporting associated with consolidation of variable interest entities (VIEs), for which consolidation is not based on a majority of voting rights....

Tax-News.com: Estonia Tops Tax Foundation's Tax Competitiveness Index

Mon, Oct 29, 2018

Estonia has topped the Tax Foundation's International Tax Competitiveness Index for the fifth successive year, being deemed to have the "best tax code in the OECD."...

Tax-News.com: Global CPA Body Calls For International Digital Tax Solution

Mon, Oct 29, 2018

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants has issued a policy paper calling for a multilateral approach to solving the tax challenges posed by the digital economy. ...

Tax-News.com: US Transition Tax Guidance Available

Fri, Oct 12, 2018

On October 10, 2018, the United States Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register notifying taxpayers of the availability of additional guidance regarding the transition tax under Section 965....

Tax-News.com: US Urged To Trim Tax Form W-4

Mon, Jul 16, 2018

The American Institute of CPAs has urged the Internal Revenue Service and the US Treasury Department to simplify the draft 2019 Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, and the accompanying instructions, to reduce administrative burdens on taxpayers....