Updated 2018 Withholding Tables Now Available

News Release: IR-2018- 05, Jan. 11, 2018 - click here to read .

Notice 1036: This notice includes the 2018 Percentage Method Tables for Income Tax Withholding. Employers should implement the 2018 withholding tables as soon as possible, but not later than February 15, 2018.

Withholding Table FAQs - click here
Free Webinar for Small Businesses
Presented by the Federal Trade Commission & Internal Revenue Service

Protecting Sensitive Business and Customer Data: Practical Identity Safety Practices for Your Business   

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Presenters from the IRS and the Federal Trade Commission will talk about how businesses can protect themselves, their customers, and employees against ID theft. They will also discuss impostor scams targeting businesses, cyber-security practices, and how to respond to a data breach. click here for registration and details
An Important Message from the IRS to tax professionals who contact IRS through the Practitioner Priority Service or any toll-free IRS telephone number:

The IRS continues to review its procedures to better protect sensitive taxpayer data. As part of this effort, the IRS will request additional information from tax professionals who contact us through the Practitioner Priority Service or any toll-free IRS telephone number.

This procedural change will require tax practitioners to provide personal information so that our customer service representatives may confirm their identities. This additional information may include data such as your Social Security number and your date of birth. This personal information, in addition to the CAF number, is necessary to verify the identities of the person to whom we are releasing taxpayer information.

We’ve also made an update to Form 2848, Power of Attorney, and Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization, that will require you to inform your client if you are using an Intermediate Service Provider to access client transcripts via the Transcript Delivery System. A box must be checked if you are using a third party. We define Intermediate Service Providers as privately owned companies that offer subscriptions to their software and/or services that the taxpayer’s authorized representative can use to retrieve, store, and display tax return data (personal or business) instead of obtaining tax information directly from the IRS. The IRS must know who is using our tools; and taxpayers must know when a party other than their authorized representative is involved in accessing their sensitive data.

We realize there have been a number of changes for tax professionals in recent weeks. But each change is intended to enhance protections for you and your clients. Unfortunately, business as usual is no longer an option. Cyber-criminals are well-funded, persistent and adept at stealing data from outside the IRS and using it to eventually file fraudulent tax returns. As cyber-criminals evolve, so must we.

As part of our efforts, we also have strengthened protections for IRS e-Services. If you are an e-Services account holder, we urge you to immediately upgrade your account through our new two-factor identity verification process. Some of you may need to complete this process by mail which could add 10 days or more to the process. Please, do not wait until the start of filing season or until you have an urgent need for one of the e-Services tools before updating your account.

In the future, we will be asking each e-Service user to sign a new user agreement intended to ensure that all tax professionals understand their security obligations. We will share this information with you in advance.

Protecting you and your clients from identity theft is a paramount issue for us. But we can’t do it alone. We need your help and your understanding as we continue to review and enhance our procedures.
News Release: IR-2018- 2, Jan. 9, 2018 - Security Summit Partners Warn Tax Pros of Heightened Fraud Activity as Filing Season Approaches

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals of early signs that cyber-criminals already are at work as the nation’s tax season approaches. Fraudsters are using a new round of emails posing as potential clients or even the IRS to trick tax practitioners into disclosing sensitive information. click here for the complete IRS news release
By Popular Demand: Rebroadcast of Internal Revenue Service Webinar

The Office of Professional Responsibility: What You Need to Know about Practicing before the IRS

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

News Release: IR-2018- 01, Jan. 04, 2018 - 2018 Tax Filing Season Begins Jan. 29, Tax Returns Due April 17; Help Available for Taxpayers

January 29 - February 2

The FTC and its partners are hosting a series of free events, including webinars and Twitter chats. Visit here for information about these events, and how to participate.

Have a Successful and
Healthy Tax Season!