Friday, March 4, 2011

IRS News Events from Stakeholder Liaison

Practitioner Email Group:
Goodnews! I have a new position in Oakland as Supervisor Stakeholder Liaison and this will be my last email to you in my role as Stakeholder Liaison in San Jose.
However, you will be in good hands! Jennifer Henrie-Brown, Stakeholder Liaison will be helping you until we can fill the position in San Jose permanatly. Her phone number is 510-637-2199 and email is 
Please welcome her.

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Newsroom                                                                               March 4, 2011


IRS Has $1.1 Billion for People Who Have Not Filed a 2007 Income Tax Return
IR-2011-21, Feb. 28, 2011 — Refunds totaling more than $1.1 billion may be waiting for nearly 1.1 million people who did not file a federal income tax return for 2007, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. However, to collect the money, a return for 2007 must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 18, 2011.

IRS Announces New Effort to Help Struggling Taxpayers Get a Fresh Start; Major Changes Made to Lien Process
IR-2011-20, Feb. 24, 2011 — The IRS announced a series of new steps to help people and businesses pay back taxes and avoid tax liens.

More Business Package Mailings End Following Growth of e-File

Business taxpayers will no longer receive certain tax packages in the mail from the IRS. Most importantly, the Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return will no longer be mailed.


IRS provides new look to certain collection notices

The newest release of redesigned taxpayer notices includes 12 tax collection notices featuring the Service’s new design and plain language standards. The redesigned tax delinquent account (TDA) notices present a clear, clean line and use best practices to aid in comprehension and readability. Redesigned TDA notices include CPs 501, 503, 504, 504B, 521, 523, 601, 603, 604, 604B, 621 and 623.


IRS Headliners & Technical Guidance


Headliner Volume 309, Feb 23, 2011

The Internal Revenue Service released the 2011 update to the Allowable Living Expense Standards on March 1.


Revenue Procedure 2011-21 provides the depreciation deduction limitations for owners of passenger automobiles (including trucks and vans) first placed in service during calendar year 2011 and the amount to be included in income by lessees of passenger automobiles first leased during calendar year 2011.


Notice 2011-19 provides guidance regarding when securities of the employer are readily tradable on an established securities market or readily tradable on an established market for purposes of certain provisions of the Internal Revenue Code relating to employer securities held by certain qualified retirement plans.


Notice 2011-18 provides transitional relief from information reporting requirements in section 6045B of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) that apply to issuers of stock with respect to organizational actions that affect the basis of the stock.  


Notice 2011-14 providing guidance on the federal tax consequences of payments made to or on behalf of financially distressed homeowners under programs established pursuant to the Treasury Department’s Housing Finance Agency Innovative Fund for the Hardest-Hit Housing Markets and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program.




National/Local Phone Forums and Webinars for Practitioners


EP/EO Presents




IRS Nationwide Tax Forums 

The first forum will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, starting June 28 - 30, with pre-Registration starting June 14, 2011.


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Subject:  1040 e-file (Legacy) - Form 8941 – Error Reject Code 0010, SEQ 0090

ATTN: Software Developers, Return Transmitters and Authorized IRS e-file Providers/EROs


An issue has been identified where ERC 0010 is setting erroneously on SEQ 0090 for Form 8941 when less than the full 12 positions are entered in variable format. Until the programming can be corrected, you should use the full 12 positions of SEQ 0090 (ex. 00000001000+) to avoid setting ERC 0010. 


A subsequent QuickAlert will be issued when the problem has been resolved.


We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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