Monday, August 10, 2009

August 10, 2009 IRS News and Information

Practitioner email group:

Here is the latest IRS news and information, please share with your members and colleagues.  Select the blue links to see the full article


Newsroom                                                                                      August 7, 2009


IRS Alerts Public to New Identity Theft Scams
IR-2009-71, August 4, 2009 — Summertime brings no relief from phony e-mails that claim to come from the IRS but which really come from scammers trying to steal the identity of the e-mail recipients.

IRS Seeks New Issues for the Industry Issue Resolution Program
IR-2009-70, Aug. 3, 2009 — The IRS is encouraging business taxpayers, associations and other interested parties to submit to the Industry Issue Resolution (IIR) Program tax issues for resolution that involve a controversy, dispute or an unnecessary burden on business taxpayers.

IRS Warns Taxpayers to Beware of First-Time Homebuyer Credit Fraud
IR-2009-69, July 29, 2009 — Preparer pleads guilty to falsely claiming credit on client's return.

IRS Seeks Public Comment for Proposals to Boost Tax Preparer Performance Standards
IR-2009-68, July 24, 2009 — The IRS is inviting the public to contribute ideas as part of an effort to ensure high performance standards for all tax preparers.


Inserts Eliminated from Copies of Notices

The IRS has stopped duplicating the inserts previously included in copies of client notices sent to representatives on behalf of their individual and business clients, but will continue sending inserts with notices to taxpayers.

If you need forms, schedules or publications to respond to a notice, or information about notices, go to


IRS Estate and Gift Tax Working with State Authorities on Real Estate Transfers

The IRS Estate and Gift Tax Program recently started working with state and county authorities in several states to determine if real estate transfers reported to them are unreported gifts. Although a tax may not be due, a gift tax return may be required for real estate transfers above the annual exclusion amount.  Penalties will be considered on all delinquent taxable gift returns filed.

See information about:

·                     Estate and Gift Taxes

·                     Gift Tax

·                     Gift Tax Return 


2009 Summertime Tax Tips – 7 new tips have posted, share with your clients.


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Information Center


IRS Headliners


Volume 272: Some State Offices Offering One-Stop Form 2290 Filing and Vehicle Registration


Volume 273: July Tax Talk Today Spotlights OPR’s Oversight Role in Setting and Enforcing Tax Professionals’ Competency Standards


Technical Guidance


REG-152166-05 withdraws the notice of proposed rulemaking published on April 19, 1996, in the Federal Register and contains proposed regulations relating to the issuance of Taxpayer Assistance Orders.


TD 9455 provides final regulations regarding the use of designated summonses.




National Phone Forums (,,id=158856,00.html)

Everyone’s at Risk – Combating the Increasing Threat of Online Fraud and Identity Theft - August 19, 2009

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) - Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Employment Tax


IRS 2009 Nationwide Tax Forums

A 45 minute study will be conducted at the Dallas and New York Tax Forum, to help improve the Electronic Reading Room. Please e-mail Shauna Whitcomb at: if you would like to assist!


I hope you find this information useful in your tax practice.  If you know someone who might want to subscribe to an IRS e-Subscription, please forward this message to them and they may go to the Subscription page on the IRS Web site to subscribe.


If you would like to discontinue receiving local Stakeholder Liaison e-mails, please e-mail  James.R.Kinsey   and request removal of your name.


Thank you, 


James R. Kinsey
Sr Stakeholder Liaison Specialist
Communication, Liaison & Disclosure
SB/SE Division
Work 408-817-6842
Fax 408-817-4601



No comments: