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Have You Heard? Tax Day Has Been Extended!
If you are panicking about filing your taxes, then this is your lucky year. Because of Emancipation Day, an April 16 holiday celebrated in Washington, D.C., that marks the abolition of slavery in the region, you will find yourself with a little bit of a tax extension. Because the honorable holiday occurs on a Saturday this year, it will be celebrated the Friday before. That’s right! April 15, which means three extra days for all of you last-minute filers.
New IRS Passport Law Limits Travel to Those in Tax Debt
Have a tax debt near $50,000? You may find yourself unable to travel. In December, President Barack Obama signed a 5-year infrastructure spending bill. Sandwiched within this bill aimed to improve our nation’s highway and transit systems, was an IRS passport law.
IRS Announces 131 Million Returns Already Filed This Season – 36 Million Owe Balances Due
2013 tax season on pace to match 2012 where 148 million returns were filed with almost 38 million of those owing unpaid taxes. Direct Tax Relief (DTR) assists clients who have filed and owe back taxes. The IRS reported that as of April 18, 2014, the IRS has received more than 131 million returns, of which 88 percent were e-filed (
IRS News Release IR-2014-56, April 24, 2014
). Of those 131 million returns 94,809,000 were due refunds (IR 2014-56).
Senate Hearings and Department of Justice/IRS Actions Likely to Drive up Reports of Foreign Banks and Financial Accounts (FBAR)
43,000 Taxpayers have disclosed their offshore accounts to IRS as Senate wants numbers to rise. Direct Tax Relief (DTR) assists clients with FBAR requirements On February 26, 2014 the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing on “Offshore Tax Evasion: The Effort to Collect Unpaid Taxes on Billions in Hidden Offshore Accounts” (
The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations-Hearings-2/26/14
IRS Criminal Investigation Issues Annual Report: 18% Gain in Prosecutions and Convictions Rose More Than 25% Compared to the Prior Year
Criminal Investigation recommended 4,364 cases for prosecution in 2013. Direct Tax Relief (DTR) assists clients to avoid mistakes that lead to criminal investigation and possible prosecution by giving them valid professional advice and guidance so they handle their taxes the correct legal way It was announced by the Internal Revenue Service on February 24, 2014
that the Criminal Investigation Division (CI) has released its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013
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