Tax Information for Tax Professionals
2009 Filing Season Key Messages
IR-2009-2, Jan. 6, 2009 — The IRS begins the 2009 tax filing season with steps to help financially distressed taxpayers.
Highlights of 2008 Tax Law Changes
FS-2009-1, January 2009 — Notable tax law changes for individuals.
Recovery Rebate Information Center
Lean more about the recovery rebate credit - a one-time benefit for people who didn't receive the full economic stimulus payment last year.
Disaster Relief Resource Center for Tax Professionals
Visit this resource center to learn how to re-establish your business after a natural disaster.
Low Volume Forms Unavailable to EROs January 16, 2009
Seven forms affecting less than 25,000 e-filed returns are unavailable until late February.
Changes to Lockbox Addresses Could Affect the Clients You Serve
The IRS lockbox payment addresses are changing for both individual and business taxpayers affecting five states for individual taxpayers and 23 states for business taxpayers.
Section 7216 Updated Rules for Tax Preparers (Updated 12/18/2008)
New regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 7216, Disclosure or Use of Tax Information by Preparers of Returns, become effective January 1, 2009.
EITC Due Diligence Compliance Program
Each year IRS examiners visit tax professionals to verify their compliance with the Due Diligence Requirements.
Electronic Tax Filing Resource Guide
Designed to give you the tools and resources to help prepare and file your clients' tax returns electronically.
Servicewide Key Messages for Tax Professionals
Quarterly messages for the tax professional community, including publications and educational products.
Tax Practitioner Video and Audio Presentations
These short presentations are dedicated to helping the tax practitioner.
Treasury Department Circular 230 (rev. 4/2008)
FAQs Related to Tax Return Preparer Penalty Notices
Section 8246 of the Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 2007 amends several provisions of the Code to extend the application of the income tax preparer penalties to all tax return preparers. Section 6694 addresses tax return preparer penalty provisions.
Nationwide Tax Forum Information
The IRS Nationwide Tax Forums provide a great opportunity for tax professionals to learn the latest on tax administration and earn up to 18 CPE credits. Over 40 seminars and workshops make the Forums the first source of information for thousands of tax professionals. View presentations from the 2008 Forums today!
IRSAC and IRPAC General Information
General Information on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council and the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee.
Authorized IRS e-file Providers Now Provide Own Proof of Status
IRS will not mail Annual Mass Acceptance (welcome back) letters for the 2008 filing season.
e-services - Online Tools for Tax Professionals
Tax professionals and payers can now use the e-services suite of web-based products to do business with the IRS electronically. These services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from just about any computer with an internet connection. New products are now available, including the on-line e-file application.
Form 990 Instructions and Background Documents
Major revision of annual return that most tax-exempt organizations must file; revised form must be filed starting with tax year 2008 (returns filed in 2009).
Tax Talk Today
Tax Talk Today is “the tax show for the tax pro.” The free, live Internet program features industry tax professionals and top IRS representatives in lively discussions and answering e-mail questions from viewers. The show includes late-breaking news from the IRS, making Tax Talk Today a ‘you heard it here first’ source of news about IRS initiatives, rules and decisions.
The Tax Gap
This page provides information on the tax gap and efforts to reduce it as outlined in news releases, statistics and technical fact sheets.
The International Tax Gap
Find resources on this page pertaining to the international tax gap — the difference between the amount of tax that taxpayers should pay and the amount that is paid voluntarily and on time. The tax gap can also be thought of as the sum of non-compliance with the tax law.
Director’s Directive on Announcement 2008-18, FET Compliance Initiative
This Directive provides guidance to examiners auditing taxpayers participating in the voluntary compliance initiative (Announcement 2008-18) regarding foreign insurance excise tax (FET) under IRC 4371- 4374.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: January 14, 2009