Tax Alerts

IRS Emphasizes Importance of Choosing a Trusted Tax Professional for Secure and Confidential Tax Preparation, IR-2024-31

The IRS has underscored the vital importance of selecting a tax professional carefully to safeguard personal and financial information. Taxpayers bear legal responsibility for their income tax return accuracy, regardless of the preparer. The IRS has provided a Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications and a dedicated IRS.gov page to guide individuals in Choosing a Tax Professional including selecting someone affiliated with a recognized national tax association. Also, the IRS has warned against unscrupulous tax return preparers, highlighting red flags such as the absence of a signature on the tax return. The IRS has advised taxpayers to avoid such unethical practices and select a tax professional with a valid Preparer Tax Identification Numberfor added security.

The IRS has requested taxpayers to:

  • seek a preparer available year-round;
  • review the preparer’s history;
  • inquire about service fees, avoiding those tied to a percentage of the refund or suggesting direct deposit into their accounts;
  • choose an authorized IRS e-file provider;
  • provide records and receipts, good preparers ask to see these documents and do not hire a preparer e-filing using a pay stub instead of a Form W-2;
  • understand the preparer’s credentials and qualifications;
  • never sign a blank or incomplete return; and
  • thoroughly review the tax return before signing it.

Finally, taxpayers are expected to report preparer misconduct to the IRS by utilizing Form 14157, Complaint: Tax Return Preparer. In cases where taxpayers suspect a preparer filed or altered their tax return without consent, they should file Form 14157-A, Tax Return Preparer Fraud or Misconduct Affidavit.

FL - Storm Extensions Offered

The Florida Department of Revenue is offering corporate income tax return filing extensions for businesses in counties affected by severe […]

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FL - Storm Extensions Offered

FL - Credit for employing individuals with unique abilities discussed

Florida issued guidance that discusses the new corporate income tax credit for employing individuals with unique abilities. The guidance includes […]

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FL - Credit for employing individuals with unique abilities discussed

FL - Indexed tax rate on asphalt for 2024-2025 announced

Florida issued guidance that discusses the new corporate income tax credit for employing individuals with unique abilities. The guidance includes […]

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FL - Indexed tax rate on asphalt for 2024-2025 announced

Seniors Warned of Rising Impersonation Scams, IR-2024-164

The IRS has issued a warning about the increasing threat of impersonation scams targeting seniors. These scams involve fraudsters posing as government officials, including IRS agents, […]

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Seniors Warned of Rising Impersonation Scams, IR-2024-164

Clean Hydrogen Credit Inflation Factors and Applicable Amounts for 2023 and 2024 Released, Notice 2024-45

The IRS released the inflation adjustment factors and the resulting applicable amounts for the clean hydrogen production credit for 2023 and 2024. For 2023, the inflation adjustment factor is one, so the inflation adjusted applicable amounts are the same as those in Code Sec. 45V(b). Thus, the applicable amounts for a […]

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Clean Hydrogen Credit Inflation Factors and Applicable Amounts for 2023 and 2024 Released, Notice 2024-45

Inflation Adjusted Credit Rate for Carbon Dioxide Sequestration Released, Notice 2024-39

The IRS has released the inflation adjustment factor for the credit for carbn dioxide (CO2) sequestration under Code Sec. 45Q for 2024. The inflation adjustment factor is 1.3877, and the credit is $27.75 per metric ton […]

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Inflation Adjusted Credit Rate for Carbon Dioxide Sequestration Released, Notice 2024-39

IRS Tightens Scrutiny on Employee Retention Credit Claims, IR-2024-169

The IRS has announced plans to deny tens of thousands of high-risk Employee Retention Credit (ERC) claims while beginning to process lower-risk claims. The agency’s review has […]

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IRS Tightens Scrutiny on Employee Retention Credit Claims, IR-2024-169

United States-Russia Tax Treaty To Be Suspended, Announcement 2024-26

The United States has provided formal notice to the Russian Federation on June 17, 2024, to confirm the suspension of the operation […]

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United States-Russia Tax Treaty To Be Suspended, Announcement 2024-26

IRS Highlights Home Energy Credits for Taxpayers, IR-2024-137

The IRS has advised taxpayers that making specific energy-efficient updates to their homes could qualify them for home energy credits. This guidance comes under the expanded provisions of […]

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IRS Highlights Home Energy Credits for Taxpayers, IR-2024-137

IRS Issues FAQs on Disaster Relief Related to Retirement Plans, FS-2024-19; IR-2024-132

The IRS issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to distributions from retirement plans and IRS for individuals impacted by federally declared disasters. These FAQs cover the ongoing disaster relief for certain distributions […]

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IRS Issues FAQs on Disaster Relief Related to Retirement Plans, FS-2024-19; IR-2024-132