Protect data with a WISP; summer surge of tax scams; Atlanta tax forums; storm victims reminder; and more
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The IRS and its Security Summit partners encourage tax professionals to take advantage of its security plan template designed to make data security planning easier. The Written Information Security Plan (WISP) is an easy-to-understand document developed by and for tax and industry professionals to keep customer and business information safe and secure. This is the first in a five-part “Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself” summer series from the Security Summit, a public-private partnership that works to protect the tax system against tax-related identity theft and fraud. Given the importance of security plans, the WISP will be a special focus at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums this year. This news release is also available in Spanish and Simplified Chinese.
The IRS advises tax pros and taxpayers to be on the lookout for a summer surge of tax scams. The latest email schemes touch on a variety of topics, but many center around promises about a third round of Economic Impact Payments. The IRS is also receiving reports of emails urging people to “Claim your tax refund online,” and text messages that the person’s tax return was “banned” by the IRS. These scams are riddled with spelling errors and awkward phrasing, but they consistently try to entice people to click on a link.
As part of the Security Summit effort, the IRS has been working in partnership with state tax administrators, tax professionals and the nation’s tax industry to warn people about identity theft risks, including the ongoing push by scammers to trick people into sharing personal information through email, texts and phone calls. The Security Summit is currently in the middle of a special summer news release series aimed at increasing awareness among tax professionals on ways to protect themselves – and their clients – against identity theft. Visit IRS.gov for more about the most recent wave of activity involving tax scammers.
Tax pros have only three opportunities left this summer to register for the IRS’s longest-running outreach and continuing education event. The IRS Nationwide Tax Forums will take place next in Atlanta on July 25-27, followed by:
In addition to an agenda of more than 40 continuing education seminars, four of which will be offered in English and Spanish, tax pros can participate in a new series of special events, including sessions focused on practice management, the taxpayer experience, cybersecurity and a town hall meeting with the National Taxpayer Advocate. Attendees can also bring their toughest unresolved IRS case (one case per tax business) to the on-site Case Resolution Program. The tax forums also feature a two-day expo with representatives from tax, financial and business communities offering their products, services and expertise designed with the tax professional in mind. Also part of the expo is the IRS Zone, featuring various IRS subject matter experts and executives.
For more information and to register, visit the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums website.
Tax pros: If you have clients in parts of four states that were affected by springtime disaster declarations, remind them that their 2022 federal income tax returns and tax payments are due on Monday, July 31, 2023. Those areas include:
The IRS normally provides relief, including postponing various tax filing and payment deadlines, for any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If their address of record is in a disaster-area locality, individual and business taxpayers automatically get the extra time, without having to ask for it. This news release is also available in Spanish and Simplified Chinese.
For those using an extension, filing as soon as possible will enable taxpayers to take advantage of special tools available on IRS.gov. These online tools are available any time, so taxpayers can use them at their convenience. Visit IRS.gov for a list of available online tools and resources. This news release is also available in Spanish and Simplified Chinese.
The upcoming webinar, Employee Retention Credit, takes place on July 25 at 2 p.m. ET. Certificates of completion will be offered to all participants who qualify. Tax professionals can earn up to two continuing education credits. Visit the Webinars for Tax Practitioners webpage for more information about the course and to register.
Notice 2023-54 announces that the Department of the Treasury and the IRS intend to issue final regulations related to required minimum distributions under section 401(a)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code that will apply no earlier than the 2024 distribution calendar year.
Revenue Ruling 2023-13 provides various prescribed rates for federal income tax purposes including the applicable federal interest rates, the adjusted applicable federal interest rates, the adjusted federal long-term rate, and the adjusted federal long-term tax-exempt rate. These rates are determined as prescribed by section 1274.
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