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Congressman Wants The IRS To Explain Itself Congressman Wants The IRS To Explain Itself

It was revealed earlier this week that the IRS probably digs through your email without a warrant during its investigations. It’s able to do this thanks to the outdated ECPA which allows government agencies to obtain emails that are more …

The IRS Doesn’t Think The Fourth Amendment Applies To Your Email The IRS Doesn’t Think The Fourth Amendment Applies To Your Email
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The IRS runs a number of tax audits each year, and as such, has to obtain information on private citizens. If the information is in a physical format, the agency must obtain a warrant to access it. If it’s stored …

Tax Returns: Jan. 30 is When Processing Begins Tax Returns: Jan. 30 is When Processing Begins

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced this week that the 2013 tax filing season won’t open until January 30. The IRS will not begin processing individual income tax returns until then. The IRS had originally planned to open electronic …

New Phishing Scam Targeting Veterans In New Jersey New Phishing Scam Targeting Veterans In New Jersey

There are as many scams out there as there are stars in the sky. Just this morning I received an email about filling out an Apple survey to get free money for the app store. It even had an apple.com …

Senator Responds to Saverin’s Tax Scheme Senator Responds to Saverin’s Tax Scheme
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We’ve been following Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and his exit from the United States involving him renouncing his US citizenship. According to representatives speaking on Saverin’s behalf, his decision to leave the US has nothing to do with avoiding taxes, …

Facebook Co-Founder Resigns Citizenship to Escape High U.S. Taxes Facebook Co-Founder Resigns Citizenship to Escape High U.S. Taxes
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If you haven’t been living under a rock you know Facebook is about to go public and that current estimates value the company in the $90 billion+ range. Essentially, everyone with stock in the company is about to have a …

Paying Taxes Kills People: Death & Taxes [Study] Paying Taxes Kills People: Death & Taxes [Study]
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Bad news for drivers on tax day. The Journal of the American Medial Association has just published finding that confirm there are more traffic related fatalities on April 15th than any other day in April. Utilizing data from the National …

IRS Gets Tech Savvy at Tax Time with Twitter IRS Gets Tech Savvy at Tax Time with Twitter

Yes, unfortunately it’s that time of year again. Tax season is in full bloom. If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you need to get on it this week. The deadline is the 17th of April, so that leaves you …

Tax Season 2012: No W-2 Still? What To Do.

Last week, we talked about the deadline that businesses have for sending out W-2 forms to employees (Jan 31). At that time, I suggested that, if you had not received your W-2 yet, to just sit tight and give it …

Tax Season 2012: Avoid Online Scams Tax Season 2012: Avoid Online Scams

For years, online scammers have been taking advantage of people at tax time. Many people look for ways to get their tax refund back as quickly as possible. Legitimate tax return prep offices and other businesses offers “refund anticipation loans”, …

Google Gets Audited by the IRS Google Gets Audited by the IRS
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Government scrutiny is starting to go along with Google like grape jelly goes along with peanut butter. This time it’s not the DoJ or the FTC or the Senate, but the IRS – the United States Internal Revenue Service. A …

IRS Launches Tax App For Android And iPhone Users

The Internal Revenue Service has introduced IRS2Go, its first smartphone app that allows people to check on the status of their tax refund and receive tax information.

"This new smart phone app reflects our commitment to modernizing the agency and engaging taxpayers where they want when they want it," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.

"As technology evolves and younger taxpayers get their information in new ways, we will keep innovating to make it easy for all taxpayers to access helpful information."

Facebook Users Set Up Fan Group(s) for Suicide Pilot
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Update: Ok, make that multiple Facebook groups…(via Business Insider)

IRS Offers Improved Online Filing
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The Internal Revenue Service has announced that starting on January 16 it is expanding its e-file program for 2008 federal tax returns.

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman recommends taxpayers consider e-file this year as the best option to file accurate tax returns and receive fast refunds. The e-file program includes new improvements to the Free File program that will allow nearly all taxpayers to e-file for free.

IRS Proposal Could Change Ecommerce
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The U.S. Treasury Department wants to crack down on Internet businesses like eBay and Amazon.com and require them to share their customer’s personal data with the Internal Revenue Service.

Intuit Not Intuitive About Late Filer Crush

An overwhelming number of last minute US income tax filers obliterated Intuit’s capacity to handle their tax returns, leading to a lot of frustration and worries about punitive IRS action.

More Americans Filing Taxes Online
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With tax season here and the deadline looming for Americans to make their annual payments to Uncle Sam more people are filing their taxes online.

IRS Sniffing For eBay Cash
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Many sellers on eBay likely report their gains for tax purposes as they are required to do. Some people may not know they are supposed to do this, or actively choose not to pay. The Internal Revenue Service wants to make eBay and other auction sites part of the process that reports that income.

IRS Nails Symantec With $1B Tax Bill

Symantec apparently underreported the value of transfers it made of intellectual property to a pair of foreign subsidiaries after its purchase of Veritas.

IRS Given Go-Ahead To Seek PayPal Info

The honeymoon may be over for PayPal clients using their accounts to funnel money from offshore and avoid the Internal Revenue Service. A federal court in California granted the IRS permission to seek account information from the eBay-owned company.

IRS Gets Go-Ahead For PayPal Request

The Internal Revenue Service began the process for obtaining information from eBay-owned PayPal on certain money transfers outside the US.