IRS Repeats Warning about Phone Scams

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to represent the IRS.

“There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout the nation,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail. A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. This is not how we operate. People should hang up immediately and contact TIGTA or the IRS.”

Additionally, it is important for taxpayers to know that the IRS:

  • Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
  • Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
  • Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.

Read entire article here.

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Phone Forums and Webinars – Retirement Plans

August 14 Webinar: Defined Benefit Plan Terminations

Sign up for this August 14 webinar and learn about issues related to terminating a defined benefit retirement plan. The IRS will discuss what defines the date of termination, final funding requirements, PBGC issues, reversions, and what is needed in a notice of intent to terminate the plan.

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JURIST – New York governor signs bill legalizing medical marijuana

 

[JURIST] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo[official website] on Monday signed [press release] the Compassionate Care Act [text] into law, making New York the twenty-third state to legalize medical marijuana. The bill legalizes the possession, manufacture, use, delivery, transport or administration of medical marijuana by a designated caregiver for a certified medical use. It allows medical professionals to prescribe marijuana to patients with debilitating or life-threatening conditions such as terminal illness, severe chronic pain, nausea and other illnesses or as the commissioner deems appropriate. The legislation also requires patients to obtain a registry identification card, valid for a year, unless the patient is terminally ill, in which case the registration remains in effect until death. The bill also imposes an excise tax on the marijuana, which is only to be administered in ingestible or sublingual (dissolvable) form.

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Notice of Public Hearing: Special Education : P-12 : NYSED

 

 

United States Department of Education
Notice of Public Hearing 
July 16, 2014
1:00 pm-3:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New York State Education Department
Office of Professional Discipline
1411 Broadway 
Regents Room 10th Floor
New York, New York

On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, the United States Department of Education (the Department) will conduct public hearings, pursuant to section 457 of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1234f to determine whether it should enter into a Compliance Agreement with the New York State Education Department (NYSED).  Written public comments on this issue will also be accepted through July 26, 2014.  NYSED has requested that the Department allow NYSED to enter into a Compliance Agreement to resolve its noncompliance with a specific requirement under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Since April 2012, NYSED has not been in compliance with the IDEA Part B requirement to issue within thirty (30) days, unless a party requests and is granted a specific extension, the State-level independent decision in an appeal of an impartial due process hearing officer’s decision.  (20 U.S.C. § 1415(g); 34 CFR §§ 300.514(b) and 300.515(b)).  NYSED has stated that it is not able to correct this noncompliance within one year due to the significant and unanticipated increase in the number of appeals of due process hearing decisions under Part B of the IDEA.

 

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You must have a photo ID and should arrive early to process through security.  To facilitate security processing, all individuals planning to attend must notify the Department by July 7, 2014 so that a list of attendees can be provided to Building Security.  In addition, please indicate if you plan to give testimony.  Participation notification and requests for reasonable accommodations should be submitted to: Jocelyn Logan-Friend with the Department at OSEPnysedhearinginfo@ed.gov by July 7, 2014. 

 

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n consideration of information provided through this public comment process, the Department will determine whether it is feasible for NYSED to reach compliance within one year and, based on that determination, will issue Written Findings and a Decision to that effect, which will be published in the Federal Register along with the substance of any Compliance Agreement. 

To obtain a copy of this notice, please contact Jocelyn Logan-Friend atOSEPnysedhearinginfo@ed.gov

You may also click here.

 

 

New 1023-EZ Form Makes Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status Easier; Most Charities Qualify

The Internal Revenue Service this week introduced a new, shorter application form to help small charities apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status more easily.

The new Form 1023-EZ, available today on IRS.gov, is three pages long, compared with the standard 26-page Form 1023. Most small organizations, including as many as 70 percent of all applicants, qualify to use the new streamlined form. Most organizations with gross receipts of $50,000 or less and assets of $250,000 or less are eligible.

 

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The new EZ form must be filed online. The instructions include an eligibility checklist that organizations must complete before filing the form.

The Form 1023-EZ must be filed using pay.gov, and a $400 user fee is due at the time the form is submitted. Further details on the new Form 1023-EZ application process can be found in Revenue Procedure 2014-40, posted today on IRS.gov.

 

 

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U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad

 

June 16 Deadline Nears for Taxpayers Living Abroad

Taxpayers abroad qualifying for an automatic two-month extension must file their 2013 federal income tax returns by Monday, June 16.

This deadline applies to U.S. citizens and resident aliens living overseas, or serving in the military outside the U.S. on the regular April 15 due date.

Eligible taxpayers get one additional day because the normal June 15 extended due date falls on Sunday this year.

To use the two-month extension, a taxpayer must attach a statement to his or her tax return explaining which of these two situations applies.

See U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad for more information.

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FATCA Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) List Search and Download Tool is Now Available

 

FATCA Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) List Search and Download Tool

The FFI List Search and Download Tool located on the FATCA Website is now available.  

Use the Search and Download Tool to find out if a Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) has registered.

Download an entire list of Financial Institutions or search for a specific Financial Institution.

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