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David Wheeler Newman summarizes the recent White house tax bill which proposes, among other things, to repeal the estate tax.
In a news release, the IRS has reminded (IR-2002-134) taxpayers that they can use their year-end gifts to tax-exempt charitable and religious groups to reduce their taxes. The IRS notes that only contributions actually made during the tax year are deductible. However,...
The Service is reminding small tax-exempt organizations whose tax year ended on December 31, 2007 that the first e-Postcards are due by May 15, 2008. For organizations with a tax year that ends after December 31, 2007, the e-Postcard is due by the 15th day of the 5th...

Hiding income in offshore accounts, identity theft, return preparer fraud, and filing false or misleading tax forms top the annual list of “dirty dozen” tax scams from the Internal Revenue Service for 2011. Also included is the misuse of tax-exempt...


As reported earlier on the PGDC, the IRS has now issued an official reminder that IRA owners age 70-1/2 or older have until January 31 to make tax-free transfers to eligible charities and report them as 2012 qualified charitable distributions (QCDs).


The Internal Revenue Service has issued its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a...


The IRS has announced annual inflation adjustments for more than 40 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes for the 2014 tax year.


For tax year 2013, the Internal Revenue Service has announced annual inflation adjustments for more than two dozen tax provisions. Of note is the increase of the annual gift tax exclusion to $14,000.

Richard Fox analyzes a recent CCA which points to a substance over form issue on a complex charitable transaction. Caution to overly aggressive planners.

The Internal Revenue Service recently released for public comment the draft instructions to the 2008 Form 990, which is the return most tax-exempt organizations must file annually. The IRS seeks public comment on the draft instructions to ensure that the final...

24 Jun 2008 | Information Release | National Publication | News story | 3 comments
The Internal Revenue Service today announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2008. Taxpayers may use the optional standard rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable,...
The IRS has announced its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for 2009. And yes, abuse of charities and charitable deductions again made the list.
12 Nov 2012 | Information Release | National Publication | News story | 1 comments

Following major disasters, it's common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. The Internal Revenue Service has issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place in the wake of...

9 Sep 2008 | Information Release | National Publication | News story | 2 comments
The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department have issued new regulations that will streamline the approval process for organizations seeking tax-exempt status as publicly supported charities.
Individuals and businesses making contributions to charity should keep in mind several important tax law provisions that have taken effect in recent years. Some of these changes include the following...

Recently, the IRS issued clarification for Private Foundations regarding the responsibilities of the granting organizations and its grantees, to assure that the granted funds were utilized for their intended purposes. Generally, grantees must now provide reasonable...

25 Feb 2008 | Information Release | National Publication | News story | 4 comments
The Internal Revenue Service has announced the launch of a simple online filing system that small tax-exempt organizations can use to comply with a new law requiring them to file an annual return. It has also launched a disclosure website where the public can view a...
In the year 2000, the GAO estimated that 733,000 income tax returns claimed a deduction for a donation of a vehicle to charity. That is one in every 175 returns! These donations were valued at about $2.5 billion, reducing taxpayer liability by an estimated $654 million...
The Service has announced three appointments of key leaders in the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division (TE/GE): Sarah Hall Ingram will be the new deputy commissioner of TE/GE. She will report to Steven T. Miller, who recently was named TE/GE commissioner....
30 Jun 2004 | Information Release | National Publication | News story | 4 comments
The IRS has released two new publications to help donors and charities avoid the pitfalls and properly comply with the rules regarding vehicle donations. Publication 4302, "A Charity's Guide to Car Donations," and Publication 4303, "A Donor's Guide to Car Donations"...
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