• IRS Updates & News Release 2017

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    January 27, 2017
    IRS Updates & News Releases:
     
    Did you know? One of the best ways to get information is by visiting the IRS Small Business Tax Center where you can learn everything from how to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) online to how to best navigate an audit.
     
    IRS and Partners; Encourage use of IRS.gov and e-File; Warn of Refund Delays
    https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-and-partners-look-to-start-of-2017-tax-season-encourage-use-of-irsgov-and-efile-warn-of-refund-delays.
    The Internal Revenue Service and partners from the states and tax industry today reminded taxpayers that the nation’s 2017 individual income tax filing season opens Jan. 23.  The deadline is extended because the Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C., will be observed on Monday, April 17, pushing the nation’s filing deadline to April 18.
     
    Free File Opens; Offers Brand-Name Free Federal and Free State Tax Software
    https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/free-file-opens-today-offers-brand-name-free-federal-and-free-state-tax-software.
    The Internal Revenue Service and its private-sector partners announced the 2017 opening of Free File, the free tax software preparation program that gives eligible taxpayers a dozen options for brand-name products. 
     
     
    IRS Offers Free Tax Help
    https://www.irs.gov/uac/irs-offers-free-tax-help-2016.
    As tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers free tax help is available online, by phone and in-person. The IRS encourages taxpayers to take advantage of the online tools and resources at IRS.gov.

    Tax Preparedness Series: IRS Face-To-Face Help Now By Appointment
    https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-preparedness-series-irs-face-to-face-help-now-by-appointment.
    All IRS TACs now provide face-to-face service by-appointment. Instead of taxpayers going directly to their local TAC, they can call 844-545-5640 to reach an IRS representative, who is trained to either help them resolve their issue or schedule an appointment for them to get the help they need.

    "Taxes. Security. Together." Tax Tip Series
    https://www.irs.gov/uac/taxes-security-together-tax-tip-series.
    IRS, States, Industry Urge Taxpayers to Learn Signs of Identity Theft
    IRS, Partners Move to Strengthen Anti-Fraud Effort with Form W-2 Verification Code
    Security Awareness for Taxpayers: The Tax Community Needs Your Help
     
    Tax Tips
    https://www.irs.gov/uac/irs-tax-tips.
    What to Do If You Suffer a Data Breach or Other Security Incident
    How the IRS Taxpayer Bill of Rights Works
    Safeguarding Taxpayer Data – Secure Your Office
     
    Health Care Tax Tips
    http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Health-Care-Tax-Tips2.
    Affordable Care Act: What Employers with Fewer than 50 Employees Need to Know
    If/Then Chart Explains How the Health Care Law Affects You
    What to Know About Health Coverage Information Statements You May Receive in 2017
    Employers and Coverage Providers: 11 Facts About Health Care Information Forms
     
    Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace
    https://www.healthcare.gov/small-businesses/.  
    The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace helps small businesses provide health coverage to their employees. The SHOP Marketplace is open to employers with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).
     
     
     
     
    Contact:
    John Blakeman, Stakeholder Liaison NW Area
    john.w.blakeman@irs.gov, (503) 265-3669
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