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SPEAK UP• Improve IRS• We Listen

By Andrea Price, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Member Representing Ohio
The Truth Contributor

The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) is supported by and aligned with the IRS but is not part of the IRS and are not employees of the IRS. TAP is comprised of civic-minded citizen volunteers from all walks of life representing each state, D.C., Puerto Rico and an international member (citizens living, working or doing business abroad).

TAP’s mission is to listen to taxpayers, identify taxpayers’ issues and make suggestions for improving the IRS service and customer satisfaction.

This month, I would like to highlight: 1) a few recommendations adopted by the IRS from taxpayers to include CPAs/tax practitioners and tax attorneys, and 2) IRS Taxpayer Tip.

The IRS has agreed to adopt the following suggestions submitted by taxpayers:

1.     Informational Returns Toll-Free Filing Information Returns Electronically (FIRE) Line. Suggestion: Reorder the position in the phone script of the announcements 57439,56354,58053and 58054 to appear at the beginning of the phone script. IRS action: Changed the order of the messages played on the FIRE telephone line. Will first play the welcome message, and then play the modified 56354 as follows; If you are calling about the status of your refund, press 1. If you are calling about CP2100/2100A or Notice 972CG press 2. For all others, press 3. To hear these options again press 9.

2.     Letter 63C. Suggestion: Under What You need to Do, add the option of “Your information is correct; however, our records indicate you didn’t reach the minimum income reporting level required for the issuance of a Form W-2”.

IRS action: agreed to update the letter.

3.     1099- MISC & Instructions. Suggestion: Change Text to include property managers as not all property managers are real estate agents. Clarify the wording to provide definitive reporting status.  IRS action: Change to read: “Payments of rent to real estate agents or property managers. However, the real estate agent or property manager must…” Change to read: “However, if the value of a pass provided in a month is greater than $21, the full value is part of the gross income and must be reported on Form 1099-MISC.

4.     1040 Sch. A & B. Suggestion: Replace eligible person with: “You may deduct up to $50 per night each for the patient and a person traveling with the person receiving treatment. IRS action: Modify the last sentence of the bullet to read: “Don’t deduct more than $50 a night for each person who meets the requirements in Pub. 502 under Lodging.”

5.     Pub. 560-Deduction Worksheet for Self-Employed. Suggestion: Add “Elective Deferral” definition to the Definitions You Need to Know list. IRS action: the following definition has been added: Elective Deferrals. An elective deferral is the contribution made by employees to a qualified retirement plan. Non-owner employees: The employee salary reduction/elective deferral contributions must be elected/made by the end of the tax year and deposited into the employee’s plan account within seven days (safe harbor) and not later than 15 days. Owner/employees: The employee deferrals must be elected by the end of the tax year and then can be made by the tax return filing deadline, including extensions.

IRS Tax Tip- Do a Paycheck Check-Up at least once a year

It’s important to check your federal income tax withholding now to avoid an unexpected tax bill or penalty with next year’s return. The IRS Withholding Calculator can help.

Everyone should check their withholding. Due to tax law changes,

it’s especially important to check now if you:

• Are a two-income family
• Have two or more jobs at the same time
• Work a seasonal job or only work part of the year
• Claim the child tax credit
• Have dependents age 17 or older
• Previously itemized your deductions
• Have high income or a complex tax return
• Had a large tax refund or tax bill the last time you filed

Use the IRS Withholding Calculator to do a Paycheck Checkup

  • The IRS Withholding Calculator helps figure out if you should submit a new Form W-4 to your employer or make estimated tax payments to the IRS before the end of the year.
  • Have your most recent pay stub and federal tax return on hand.
  • The calculator’s results are only as accurate as the information you enter.
  • Find the IRS calculator at IRS.gov/withholding.

Everyone has something to say about taxes and the IRS. Please take a moment to give us your suggestions for TAP to consider by contacting one of the following:

TAP Ohio member: tapohioandreaprice@gmail.com

Toll-free at:1-888-912-1227

Website: www.improveirs.org


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