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  • The Senate Finance Committee approved its tax reform plan Thursday night by a party line vote of 14-12. The Committee wrapped up a four-day markup after defeating dozens of Democratic amendments. The plan, for which legislative language is still not available, would set a permanent 20 percent corporate ...

  • The Internal Revenue Service today warned people to avoid a new phishing scheme that impersonates the IRS and the FBI as part of a ransomware scam to take computer data hostage. The scam email uses the emblems of both the IRS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It tries to entice users to select ...

  • Thirty students have earned scholarships from the National Society of Accountants (NSA) Scholarship Foundation. Together, they will receive $37,950 in scholarship awards. The Foundation has provided more than $1 million since 1969 to deserving undergraduate and graduate students who are committed ...

  • If it seems there is a new tax scam every week, that is because there is. This week's scam is linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. The IRS says this scam is being reported across the country, ...

  • In recognition of National Small Business Week -- April 30 to May 6 -- the National Society of Accountants (NSA) is highlighting IRS products to help small business owners and self-employed individuals understand and meet their tax obligations. Some of these tools focus on an emerging area of business ...

  • The Internal Revenue Service spotted $961 million in fraudulent refund claims on tax returns through early March, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration in a report released April 7. The report provides interim results of the 2017 tax filing season and is available here ...

  • Taxpayers usually will have taxes withheld from their pay if they are an employee. However, if a person doesnt have taxes withheld, or they dont have enough tax withheld, they may need to make estimated tax payments. Taxpayers that are self-employed normally have to pay their taxes this way. Here ...

  • Tips on Hiring a Qualified Tax Preparer Its the annual ritual that no one likes: Doing your taxes. So why do it? The National Society of Accountants (NSA) has people for that! NSA is the primary organization representing Main Street accounting and tax professionals who prepare millions ...

  • The Internal Revenue Service today granted many businesses affected by this weeks severe winter storm additional time to request a six-month extension to file their 2016 federal income tax returns. The IRS is providing this relief to victims and tax professionals affected by this weeks storm (known ...

  • Hiring someone to prepare your tax return? Make sure they have the credentials and experience to handle it professionally and stand behind their work. Unlike other industries, there is no national licensing requirement to become a paid tax preparer. Anyone can claim to be a tax preparer and charge ...

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