Sunday, November 15, 2009

IRS News Events from Stakeholder Liaison - 13 November 2009.doc

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Newsroom                                                                      November 13, 2009


IRS Announces 2010 VITA Grant Recipients

IR-2009-104, Nov. 10, 2009 — The IRS awarded nearly $8 million in matching grants to support its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.


Nov. 18 Webinar for Tax Professionals Details Benefits of E-File

IR-2009-103, Nov. 10, 2009 — Tax professionals can hear first hand from their colleagues and e-mail questions to the Internal Revenue Service about the benefits of IRS e-file during a free Nov. 18 webinar, “E-file: Building the Case, A Panel Discussion with Tax Professionals.”


New Members, Chairman Selected for ETAAC

IR-2009-102, Nov. 9, 2009 — The Internal Revenue Service announced the selection of four new members and a Chairman for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC). The Treasury Department and the IRS Commissioner have approved the new members to serve a three-year term beginning October 2009 and ending October 2012.


H.R. 3548 - Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009

On Friday, November 6, 2009, the President signed into law H.R. 3548, the “Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009,” which provides an additional 14 weeks of emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) in all States and six additional weeks of EUC in very high unemployment States; extends the Federal Unemployment Tax Act surtax through June 30, 2011; extends the $8,000 First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit through April 30, 2010, and provides a $6,500 credit to certain other homebuyers through April 30, 2010; increases from two to five preceding years the period for which businesses can offset net operation losses in 2008 and 2009 against income; and makes certain other changes to Federal unemployment programs and tax laws.


Coming Soon to the Modernized e-File (MeF) Program - Individual Returns - 1040 MeF Program (including Form 4868)

IRS is adding the Form 1040, Form 4868, and 21 1040-related forms and schedules to the Modernized e-File (MeF) platform. This initial rollout will feature the most commonly filed forms.

  • The Assurance Testing System (ATS) will open November 2, 2009.
  • 1040 MeF Production will open on February 17, 2010.



Technical Guidance


New! Compliance Guide for Non-501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations

In Exempt Organizations' newest compliance guide, Pub. 4221-NC, Compliance Guide for Tax-Exempt Organizations (other than 501(c)(3) Public Charities and Private Foundations), the IRS addresses activities that could jeopardize an organization's exempt status and discusses the general recordkeeping, reporting and disclosure responsibilities that apply to non-501(c)(3) exempt organizations.




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

·         E-file: Building the Case — A Panel Discussion with Tax Professionals Webinar (11/18/2009)



Western Conference on Tax-Exempt Organizations - November 19-20, 2009

At the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, jointly sponsored by IRS Exempt Organizations and Loyola Law School.


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