Alerts from IRS Stakeholder Liaison

Reporting Phishing and Online Scams 

This tax season, remind your clients that the IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.

Know the Signs of a Data Breach 

To protect your clients and your tax practice, learn the tell-tale signs that your office may have experienced a data theft.

April 15 FBAR Filing Deadline 

U.S. citizens and resident aliens who have a foreign bank or financial account must file their annual FBAR by April 15.

IRS Revises EIN Application Process 

Starting May 13, 2019, only those with either an SSN or an ITIN may request an EIN as the “responsible party.”

Revised Handbook for E-File Providers 

Publication 1345, Handbook for Authorized IRS e-file Providers of Individual Income Tax Returns, has been updated.

Beware of New Tax Season Scams 

Certain Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) telephone numbers are being used in a new spoofing scam.

2018 Health Care Reporting Requirement 

The IRS has issued a reminder that full-year health care coverage must be reported on 2018 tax returns.

Delinquent Taxpayers May Have Passports Revoked or Denied 

Delinquent taxpayers may not be able to renew a current passport or obtain a new passport.

Returns Per PTIN Expands to All PTIN Holders 

Beginning the week of February 25, 2019, the IRS is expanding the availability of “Returns Per PTIN” to all PTIN holders.

IRS Seeks Help with Ghost Preparers 

The IRS is requesting help from the preparer community in its campaign against “ghost preparers.”