Friday, April 5, 2013

FYI: IRS News & Events from IRS Stakeholder Liaison

Hello Everyone,
I hope all is going well with you and you are having a successful filing season!
Attached is IRS' Stakeholder Liaison News & Events.

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IRS Seeks Applications for Information Reporting Advisory Council
IR-2013-37, April 2, 2013 — The IRS is requesting nominations for membership to the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC), a federal advisory panel that advises the IRS on various tax administration issues.

IRS Smartphone App IRS2Go Now Available in Spanish
IR-2013-36, April 2, 2013 — The IRS has released IRS2Go 3.0, an update to its free smartphone application that offers practical tax tools and information for the first time in either Spanish or English.

IRS Expands Law Enforcement Assistance Program on Identity Theft to 50 States; Victim Assistance and Criminal Investigations Grow
IR-2013-34, March 28, 2013 — The IRS announced a nationwide expansion of a program that helps law enforcement get tax return data vital to their local efforts in investigating and prosecuting cases of identity theft.


IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2013
IR-2013-33, March 26, 2013 — The IRS has issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.


IRS Releases FY 2012 Data Book
IR-2013-32, March 25, 2013 — The IRS today released the 2012 IRS Data Book, a snapshot of agency activities for the fiscal year.


Relief Available To Many Extension Requesters Claiming Tax Benefits
IR-2013-31, March 20, 2013 —The IRS is providing late-payment penalty relief to eligible individuals and businesses requesting a tax-filing extension because they are attaching to their returns forms that couldn’t be filed until after January.


IRS Seeks Comments on Bilateral Safe Harbors for Certain Transfer Pricing Issues
IR-2013-30, March 15, 2013 — The IRS is seeking public comments on the development of a model memorandum of understanding between Competent Authorities on certain transfer pricing issues.



IRS Technical Guidance


First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up

Use our First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up to get account information such as the total amount of your credit or your repayment amount. 

Notice 2013-26 allows additional time for filing claims for certain excise tax payments because ATRA extended various fuel tax credits that expired on Dec. 31. The due date for filing certain claims for payments related to biodiesel mixtures and alternative fuel had already passed by the date that ATRA was enacted. 

Notice 2013-22 invites the public to submit recommendations for items that should be included on the 2013-2014 Guidance Priority List.


Notice 2013-24 provides transitional relief for additions to tax under section 6651(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code due to the delayed publication of some IRS forms relating to the 2012 tax year.


New Phone Number to Check the Status of VCP Submissions

The new telephone number to check the status of your Voluntary Correction Program submission is: (626) 927-2011 (not a toll-free number)


Recent Developments for Tax Forms, Instructions, and Publications

·        Draft Form 8957, FATCA Registration Released:  The draft form is released for public review and comment and should not be printed and submitted by a financial institution in an attempt to register for FATCA.

FATCA registration can be accomplished most efficiently and effectively through an electronic online process that will avoid the need to print, complete, and mail paper forms.  The online registration portal will be available in July 2013.

        Empowerment Zone Designations -- 22-MAR-2013

        Update to the 2012 Instructions for Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) -- 22-MAR-2013

        Updated Social Security Administration Telephone Number for Questions About Back Pay Under a Statute -- 21-MAR-2013

        Correction to Instructions for Form 720 (Rev. January 2013) -- 20-MAR-2013

        Corrections to Publication 1141, General Rules and Specifications for Substitute Forms W-2 and W-3 (Revised February 2013) -- 14-MAR-2013




Retirement Plans – Phone Forums & Webinars

·        Currently, there are no webinars scheduled.


IRS Nationwide Tax Forums 2013 Locations and Dates

For dates and more, go to the National Tax Forum website.


California Workshops for Small Business Owners

Please share this link with your small business clients.  The workshops provide detailed instructional lessons that cover their tax filing, paying and operating requirements and responsibilities.


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Have a great day, and a wonderful weekend!



Jennifer Henrie-Brown, ID #94-07690
Stakeholder Liaison Specialist
Communications Stakeholder Outreach
510-637-2199/ fax 510-637-2434