IR-2018-243, December 6, 2018 WASHINGTON – As the 2019 tax season approaches, the IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry joined together to warn small businesses to be on-guard against a growing wave of identity theft and W-2 scams. Small business identity theft is big business for identity thieves. Just like individuals, businesses…

IR-2018-241, December 4, 2018 WASHINGTON — To help protect against cybercriminals stealing identities, the IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry urged people to review new, stronger standards to protect the passwords of their online accounts. Every individual or tax practitioner who maintains any type of online accounts should use strong passwords to…

IR-2018-240, December 4, 2018 WASHINGTON ― With the approach of the holidays and the 2019 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry warned people to be on the lookout following a surge of new, sophisticated email phishing scams. Taxpayers saw many more phishing scams in 2018 as the…

IR-2018-238, December 3, 2018 WASHINGTON ― With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service and Security Summit partners warn taxpayers to take extra steps to protect their tax and financial data from identity thieves. The holidays offer cybercriminals a chance to steal financial account information, Social Security numbers, credit card information…

IR-2018-236, November 29, 2018 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that 401(k) plans and similar employer-sponsored retirement plans can make loans and hardship distributions to victims of Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence and to members of their families. This relief was included in the preamble to proposed regulations, published Nov. 14 in the…

IR-2018-234, November 28, 2018 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is advising taxpayers that now is a good time to decide how to prepare and file their 2018 tax return. The IRS has updated its Get Ready page with steps to take now. This is the eighth and final in a series of reminders designed…

IR-2018-232, November 26, 2018 WASHINGTON — With the tax filing season quickly approaching, the Internal Revenue Service wants taxpayers to understand how long to keep tax returns and other documents. This is the seventh in a series of reminders to help taxpayers Get Ready for the upcoming tax filing season. The IRS has recently updated…

IR-2018-226, Nov. 19, 2018 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and Security Summit partners today warned the public of a surge of fraudulent emails impersonating the IRS and using tax transcripts as bait to entice users to open documents containing malware. The scam is especially problematic for businesses whose employees might open the malware because…

IR-2018-220, Nov. 14, 2018 WASHINGTON — Many taxpayers, at risk for having too little tax withheld from their pay, can avoid a surprise year-end tax bill by quickly updating the withholding form they give to their employer, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Although the tax reform law, enacted last December, lowered tax rates for…

IR-2018-218, Nov. 9, 2018 WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service today reminded people, including those in disaster areas, who want to file a 2017 tax return electronically to do so by Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Filing of paper tax returns will remain available after that date. IRS Modernized e-file, the system that processes electronically-filed individual returns,…

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