IRS urges taxpayers to check withholding now to avoid tax surprises later

 Spotlights special tools during week of Aug. 13 to help people overlooking major changes With the year more than halfway over, the Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers who haven’t yet done a “Paycheck Checkup” to take a few minutes to see if they are having the right amount of tax withholding following major changes in the tax law. A summertime check on tax withholding is critical for millions of taxpayers…

IRS has information and tools to help reporters

The IRS Multimedia Center is a one-stop shop where members of the media can go to get information straight from the agency. Reporters, producers and editors will find links to a variety of resources and multimedia files to help them report the latest tax news. The IRS also has other tools such as press kits, news releases, public service advertisements, and sound bites. Videos – Members of the media can find IRS videos…

Here’s how the IRS contacts taxpayers

Everyone should know how the IRS contacts taxpayers. This will help people avoid becoming a victim of scammers who pretend to be from the IRS with a goal of stealing personal information. Here are some facts about how the IRS communicates with taxpayers: The IRS doesn’t normally initiate contact with taxpayers by email. The agency does not send text messages or contact people through social media. When the IRS needs…

HOW TO PAY MY TAXES

Go to:  www.irs.gov/payments Easy ways to pay taxes The IRS offers several payment options where taxpayers can pay immediately or arrange to pay in installments. Taxpayers should not ignore a bill from the IRS because as more time passes, interest and penalties accumulate. Here are some ways to make payments: Direct Pay. Taxpayers can pay tax bills directly from a checking or savings account free with IRS Direct Pay. Taxpayers…

What taxpayers can do when a letter arrives this summer

Some taxpayers will receive a letter from the IRS this summer. Taxpayers should not panic and remember that they have fundamental rights when interacting with the agency.   These rights are in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Among other things, these rights dictate that letters from the IRS must include: Details about what the taxpayer owes, such as tax, interest and penalties. An explanation about why the taxpayer owes the…

Here’s how taxpayers can protect themselves from scammers

Here’s how taxpayers can protect themselves from scammers Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to avoiding tax scams. Here’s what taxpayers need to know to determine whether an encounter — in person, over the phone or by email — is an imposter or an actual IRS employee:   The IRS Does Not: Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card, gift…

Get Ready for Taxes: Plan Ahead for 2018 Filing Season to Avoid Refund Delays

  The Internal Revenue Service advised taxpayers about steps they can take now to ensure smooth processing of their 2017 tax return and avoid a delay in getting their refund next year. This is the first in a series of reminders to help taxpayers get ready for the upcoming tax filing season. Additionally, the IRS has a special page on its website with steps to take now for the 2018…