Thursday, February 4, 2016

FYI: Update: IRS Systems are Operating

Hello Everyone,

FYI: 

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Update: IRS Systems are Operating

Updated IRS Statement

Feb. 4, 2016 - 6 p.m. EST

The IRS announced it resumed processing individual and business tax returns at approximately 5 p.m. Thursday following resolution of its system outage. Many of the tools and applications came up earlier on Thursday morning, including "Where's My Refund" on IRS.gov.

"IRS teams worked throughout the night and around the clock on this system outage," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. "Our processing systems are back in business. Taxpayers should see little, if any, impact on their tax returns or refunds. We apologize for the inconvenience this caused, and we appreciate the support and patience from taxpayers as well as our partners in the tax community and state revenue departments."

The IRS emphasized that taxpayers do not need to take any additional steps or action due to the outage, including people who filed just before or during the outage. Throughout this period, taxpayers were able to continue to send their tax returns to their e-file provider; these companies have already started sending these tax returns into the IRS.

Taxpayers who have received a specific refund date from the "Where's My Refund?" tool on IRS.gov should not be affected by the outage. The IRS reminds taxpayers that many variables factor into processing of tax refunds, including fraud prevention efforts, but we continue to anticipate that nine out of 10 taxpayers will receive their refunds within 21 days after being accepted by the IRS. In addition, the IRS reminds taxpayers that IRS.gov remains the best place to check for information on refunds. Additional information is available at: https://www.irs.gov/Refunds/What-to-Expect-for-Refunds-This-Year

The IRS is continuing to examine the underlying cause of the outage yesterday as well as monitoring any follow-up issues.  It's important to note that at this time this situation appears to be a hardware failure.

 

Link to update article on IRS.gov:  https://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Experiencing-Systems-Outage2

 

 

Jennifer Henrie-Brown, ID #1000247447

Stakeholder Liaison Specialist

Communications Stakeholder Outreach

Work cell phone:  510-926-0175

Jennifer.Henrie-Brown@irs.gov

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FYI: IRS Statement on Experiencing Systems Outage

Hello Everyone,

FYI:  See below for IRS Statement on Experiencing Systems Outage

 

Link to article on IRS.gov: https://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Statement-on-Experiencing-Systems-Outage

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: *C&L NPL Communications
Sent: Wednesday, February 03, 2016 06:06 PM Eastern Standard Time
To: *C&L NPL Communications
Subject: Outage Statement from IRS. Message for Tax Professionals.

The IRS experienced a hardware failure this afternoon affecting a number of tax processing systems, which are currently unavailable. Several of our systems are not currently operating, including our modernized e-file system and a number of other related systems. The IRS is currently in the process of making repairs and working to restore normal operations as soon as possible. We anticipate some of the systems will remain unavailable until tomorrow.

 

The IRS remains in close contact with e-file software transmitters and the tax community during this period.

 

A number of taxpayer and tax practitioner tools are unavailable. IRS.gov remains available, although a number of the services on the site are not, including Where's My Refund.

 

Taxpayers can continue to prepare and file their tax returns as they normally would. Taxpayers can continue to send their tax returns to their e-file provider; these companies will hold the tax returns until the IRS resumes accepting electronic tax returns. Taxpayers who have already filed their tax returns do not need to take any additional action.

 

The IRS is still assessing the scope of the outage. At this time, the IRS does not anticipate major refund disruptions; we continue to expect that 9 out of 10 taxpayers will receive their refunds within 21 days.

 

 

 

Jennifer Henrie-Brown, ID #1000247447

Stakeholder Liaison Specialist

Communications Stakeholder Outreach

Work cell phone:  510-926-0175

Jennifer.Henrie-Brown@irs.gov

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

FYI: IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TAC) will no longer be stocking Forms W-2, W-3, and 1099's (Drop-in article)

Hello everyone,

 

FYI:  IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TAC) will no longer be stocking Forms W-2, W-3 and 1099’s. 

Please see drop-in article attached above and below.  Please let your colleagues and members know of this development.

 

Small businesses should get their blank Wage and Tax Statements forms early

 

Don’t wait until the last minute to get blank Forms W-2, W-3 or 1099. The demand for paper tax products is declining because of an increase in e-filing and the availability of products online. Due to the decreased demand and printing and shipping costs, the IRS will no longer stock Forms W-2, W-3 and 1099 in Taxpayer Assistance Centers. The forms, which are used by small business owners, can be ordered online or by telephone and mailed directly to the taxpayer’s home or business address.

 

To order online, go to the IRS’ Online Ordering for Information Returns and Employer Returns website at: https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Online-Ordering-for-Information-Returns-and-Employer-Returns

 

To order by phone, call the IRS at: 1-800-829-3676.

 

The Social Security Administration also offers an online option to create and file electronic Forms W-2. File Forms W-2/W-2c and W-3/W-3c electronically by visiting the Social Security Administration’s Employer Reporting Instructions and Information website at: https://www.socialsecurity.gov/employer/ to create and file electronic fill-in versions of Forms W-2 and W-3.

 

 

 

Jennifer Henrie-Brown, ID #1000247447

Stakeholder Liaison Specialist

Communications Stakeholder Outreach

Work cell phone:  510-926-0175

Jennifer.Henrie-Brown@irs.gov

IRS Video Portal
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

FYI: Upcoming IRS Webinars (FBAR; Tangible Property Regulations) & update regarding San Jose Taxpayer Assistance Center

Hello Everyone,

 

Hope you had a wonderful holiday season!

 

Want to inform you there are two webinars coming up you may be interested in viewing: 

·       FBAR on January 21, 2016 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (PT)

·       Tangible Property Regulations webinar on January  20, 2016 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (PT). 

See above attached flyers for additional information.

 

Also, want to inform those of you located in the San Jose geographic area (or who have clients located in the San Jose geographic area) the IRS is expanding appointment service to another 40 Taxpayer Assistance Centers nationwide on January 11, 2016.  The San Jose Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC)  is one of those TACs.  Taxpayers requiring TAC assistance at the IRS San Jose TAC should call 1-844-545-5640 to schedule an appointment at 55 South Market Street, Suite 100, San Jose, CA  95113.  The IRS will begin taking calls January 5 for appointments starting January 11 or later.  Please note several issues taxpayers may visit an IRS TAC for could possibly be resolved at IRS.gov without traveling to an IRS office (e.g., get a tax transcript, make a payment, resolve a notice, obtain a form or publication or ask about a refund, etc.). 

 

IRS.gov offers several online options including (but not limited to):

·       Where’s My Refund?, where people can check their refund status and estimated delivery date

·       Get Transcript, order a transcript online and have it mailed

·       Direct Pay,  make tax payments or estimated tax payments directly from a checking or savings account

·       Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, individuals or businesses can make all type of federal tax payments

·       Online Payment Agreement, eligible taxpayers can set up installment payments for tax liability

·       Where’s My Amended Return

·       Answers to tax law questions

·       All IRS Forms and Publications

 

 

Jennifer Henrie-Brown, ID #1000247447

Stakeholder Liaison Specialist

Communications Stakeholder Outreach

510-637-2199/ fax 510-637-2434

Jennifer.Henrie-Brown@irs.gov

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

FYI: Data Thefts and Protecting Client Tax Information Webinar is Available On IRS Video Portal

Hello Everyone,

 

FYI:  The “Data Thefts and Protecting Client Tax Information” IRS webinar is available for viewing in the IRS Video Portal:

Aired:     Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
View:      IRS Video Portal

Note the Power Point presentation is posted for downloading.

 

Fact Sheet:

Tax Return Preparers: Data Thefts and Protecting Client Tax Information

 

The IRS offers programs for small businesses and tax practitioners, please visit Internal Revenue Service website and type webinars in the search box.


To view other archived webinars, please visit IRS Video Portal and click the All Webinars link at the bottom of the page.

 

Please feel free to share this with others who may benefit from this information.

 

 

Jennifer Henrie-Brown, ID #1000247447

Stakeholder Liaison Specialist

Communications Stakeholder Outreach

Work cell phone:  510-926-0175

Jennifer.Henrie-Brown@irs.gov

IRS Video Portal
Follow us on Twitter, YouTube