IRS News Release Announces Start Date for the 2017 Electronic Filing Season

In a News Release issued by the IRS announced the start date for the 2017 filing season will be January 23, 2017. While this is a good piece of news for taxpayers as we were anticipating that the filing season would start in early February 2017, the IRS reminded taxpayers claiming certain tax credits to expect longer wait for refunds.

Additionally, the IRS informed everyone that the deadline for filing your taxes in 2017 will be Tuesday, April 18, 2017, rather than the traditional April 15 date. In 2017, April 15 falls on a Saturday, and this would usually move the filing deadline to the following Monday – April 17. However, Emancipation Day – a legal holiday in the District of Columbia – will be observed on that Monday, which pushes the nation’s filing deadline to Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Under the tax law, legal holidays in the District of Columbia affect the filing deadline across the nation.

For details on the individual income tax filing season start, including other important information, please continue reading below or visit the IRS website.



IRS Reminds Extension Filers of the Oct. 17 Deadline

Millions of taxpayers ask for an extra six months to file their taxes every year. If you are one of them, then you should know that Monday, Oct. 17 is the extension deadline in 2016. This is so because Oct. 15 falls on a Saturday.

If you have not yet filed, here are some things to keep in mind about the extension deadline and your taxes:


New Private Debt Collection Program to Begin
Next Spring; IRS to Contract with Four
Agencies; Taxpayer Rights Said to be Protected

WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it plans to begin private collection of certain overdue federal tax debts next spring and has selected four contractors to implement the new program.

The new program, authorized under a federal law enacted by Congress last December, enables these designated contractors to collect, on the government’s behalf, outstanding inactive tax receivables. As a condition of receiving a contract, these agencies must respect taxpayer rights including, among other things, abiding by the consumer protection provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.


No Passport For You!!!

Beginning December 4, 2015, the IRS received authority to instruct the State Department to revoke or not issue a passport to individuals owing significant taxes. This measure is part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).

Section 32101 of the FAST Act adopted a new Internal Revenue Code provision, Section 7345. Under FAST Act Section 32101 and new Internal Revenue Code Section 7345, if the IRS certifies to the State Department that an individual “has a seriously delinquent tax debt”, the State Department shall not issue a passport to the individual. If the IRS makes this certification to the State Department for a tax-delinquent individual with an existing passport, the State Department may revoke the person’s passport, or can limit the passport for return travel only to the U.S. The State Department also the authority to issue a passport, despite receiving a certification notice from the IRS, for “emergency and for humanitarian reasons.”


IRS Urges You to Check Tax Status

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to consider a mid-year tax withholding checkup following several new factors that could affect their refunds in 2017.  Taking a closer look at the taxes being withheld can help ensure the right amount is withheld, either for tax refund purposes or to avoid an unexpected tax bill next year.

The withholding review takes on even more importance this year given a new tax law change that requires the IRS to hold refunds a few weeks for some early filers in 2017 claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. In addition, the IRS and state tax administrators continue to strengthen identity theft and refund fraud protections, which means some tax returns could again face additional review time next year to protect against fraud.

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