IRS Warns of Latest Scam Variation Involving Bogus "Federal Student Tax"

From the IRS | May 27, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service issued a warning to taxpayers about bogus phone calls from IRS impersonators demanding payment for a non-existent tax, the "Federal Student Tax."
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IRS Consumer Alert: Scammers Change Tactics, Once Again

From the IRS:  Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, but now the IRS is receiving new reports of scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return information over the phone.

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Keep Your Health Insurance Documents with Your Tax Records

IRS Health Care Tax Tip 2016-36 | March 24, 2016:  Gathering documents and keeping well-organized records make it easier to prepare a tax return. They can also help provide answers if the IRS needs to follow-up with you for more information.
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Passports Denied for Delinquent Taxpayers

The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act requires the Secretary of State to deny a passport (or renewal of a passport) to a seriously delinquent taxpayer (i.e., generally, a taxpayer with any outstanding debt for Federal taxes in excess of $50,000). It also requires the IRS to enter into qualified tax collection contracts with private debt collectors for the collection of inactive tax receivables.

Six Facts You Should Know Before Deducting a Charitable Donation

IRS Tax Tip 2016-47 | March 24, 2016:  If you gave money or goods to a charity in 2015, you may be able to claim a deduction on your federal tax return. Here are six important facts you should know about charitable donations.

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2016 Mileage Rates

Effective January 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates are revised as follows:

  • Business Rate = 54 cents per mile (down from 57.5 cents)
  • Medical and Moving Rate = 19 cents per mile (down from 23 cents)
  • The Charitable Rate remains unchanged at 14 cents