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IRS Statement on IP PINs
As part of its ongoing security review, the Internal Revenue Service temporarily suspended the Identity Protection PIN tool  on IRS.gov. The IRS is conducting a further review of the application that allows taxpayers to retrieve their IP PINs...
IRS Statement on 'Get Transcript'
Following an incident involving the IRS’s “Get Transcript” application discovered last May, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration conducted a nine-month long investigation looking back to the launch of the...
Consumers Warned of New Surge in IRS E-mail Schemes during 2016 Tax Season; Tax Industry Also Targeted
The Internal Revenue Service renewed a consumer alert for e-mail schemes after seeing an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents so far this tax season. The emails are designed to trick taxpayers into thinking these are...
IRS Statement on E-filing PIN
The IRS recently identified and halted an automated attack upon its Electronic Filing PIN application on IRS.gov. Using personal data stolen elsewhere outside the IRS, identity thieves used malware in an attempt to generate E-file PINs for stolen...
Phishing Remains on IRS 'Dirty Dozen' List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season
The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. These “phishing” schemes continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams...
IRS Issues Nine Out of 10 Refunds in Less than 21 Days
The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that it issues 90 percent of refunds in less than 21 days. The best way to check the status of a refund is online through the " Where’s My Refund? " at IRS.gov or via the IRS2Go phone...
5 Security Steps Tax Preparers Should Complete Now
The IRS recommended on Jan. 21 that tax return preparers perform a complete security scan of their computer hard drives and devices to prevent the spread of malware during filing season.    The agency noted on Thursday that it is seeing...
Most Americans Want Paid Preparers to Be Licensed, CFA Finds
The vast majority of Americans want paid tax preparers to be tested and licensed, and required to provide an upfront list of their fees, according to a report released on Jan. 20 by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA). 
Compliant Taxpayers May Be Less So After IRS Audit
IRS audits don’t have a uniform impact on self-employed taxpayers, and those who were behaving themselves before the audit may not afterward, according to a study released in the National Taxpayer Advocate’s recent annual report to...
IRS Identity Protection PIN Notice CP 01A Displaying the Wrong Tax Year
Due to an error, taxpayers are receiving Identity Protection PIN letters with an incorrect year listed. Taxpayers and tax professionals should be advised the IP PIN listed on the CP 01A Notice dated January 4, 2016 is valid for use on all...

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