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Giving to Charity This Holiday Season? Here’s How to Report it on Your Taxes

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Reporting Charitable Deductions

The end of 2014 is just days away, and if you’re like many Americans, you are planning to give to one or more charitable organizations before the new year dawns. Around 34 percent of all charitable giving is done in the last three months of the year and slightly more than half of that is during the month of December. Giving is up substantially this year over 2013, thanks in large part to the continued national economic recovery.

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IRS Answered Only 61% Of Calls In 2013

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IRS Did Not Answer 4 Out Of Every 10 Calls

In a recent report by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olsen, the IRS was only able to answer 61% of phone calls made by taxpayers to the agency. Just 10 years ago, the IRS was able to address 87% of calls.  The reasons cited were the increasing complexity of tax questions unable to be answered by automated systems as a result of the overall increasing complexity of the tax code.  This coupled with budget cuts to the agency resulted in nearly 4 out...

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Volunteer IRS Sites Prepare 50% of Tax Returns Incorrectly

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VITA Sites Still Preparing Tax Returns Incorrectly

In a follow up to a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), free income tax preparation sites have made no significant gains in increasing the accuracy of the tax returns they prepare. The new report states that Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites (VITA) who prepare income tax returns for low/moderate-income, elderly, disabled and limited-English-proficient taxpayers are still filing approximately 50% of...

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Taxpayers: Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

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Protect yourself from Identity Theft

Identity theft has become a huge problem for the IRS.  Last year alone, there were nearly 650,000 cases of Identity Theft reported to the IRS.  Some believe the skyrocketing amount of cases are a direct result that the IRS now requires all tax returns to be filed electronically.  The IRS has implemented “digital safeguards” this year to intercept returns which they deem have a high probability of identity theft, and have deployed a task force of 3,000...

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