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Tax software reviews Publication 3991 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Introduction Introduction All of the changes discussed in this publication resulted from the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002. Tax software reviews This publication highlights tax law changes that took effect retroactively for 2001 and others that take effect in 2002 and later years. Tax software reviews The chapters are divided into separate sections based on when the changes take effect. Tax software reviews For example, this publication covers the following topics. Tax software reviews Tax benefits for the area of New York City damaged in terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Tax software reviews New deduction available for educator expenses. Tax software reviews Limit on the use of the non-accrual experience method of accounting. Tax software reviews Pension changes such as the new tax credit for certain pension plan startup costs, an increased SEP contribution limit, figuring 403(b) catch-up contributions, and a provision for deemed IRAs. Tax software reviews Extension of the welfare-to-work credit and work opportunity credit. Tax software reviews New 5-year carryback rule for net operating losses (NOLs). Tax software reviews See the discussion of each topic for more information. Tax software reviews Certain changes had a major effect on two of the publications we issued for 2001. Tax software reviews We published supplements to those two publications and they have been included in this publication as follows. Tax software reviews Chapter 4 contains the supplement to Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. Tax software reviews This discusses the increase in the amount of depreciation deduction for certain automobiles. Tax software reviews Chapter 5 contains the supplement to Publication 946, How To Depreciate Property. Tax software reviews This discusses the special depreciation allowance for property acquired after September 10, 2001. Tax software reviews Adjusting your withholding or estimated tax payments for 2002. Tax software reviews   If your tax for 2002 will be more or less than your 2001 tax, you may need to adjust your withholding or estimated tax payments accordingly. Tax software reviews If your tax will decrease, you can get the benefit of lower taxes throughout the year. Tax software reviews If you will owe more tax, you can avoid a penalty when you file your tax return. Tax software reviews   See the following table for forms and publications that will help you adjust your withholding or estimated tax payments. Tax software reviews See chapter 6 for information on ordering forms and publications. Tax software reviews To adjust your. Tax software reviews . Tax software reviews . Tax software reviews . Tax software reviews Get Form. Tax software reviews . Tax software reviews . Tax software reviews And Publication. Tax software reviews . Tax software reviews . Tax software reviews Withholding W–4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate 919, How Do I Adjust My Tax Withholding? Estimated tax payments 1040–ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax Photographs of missing children. Tax software reviews   The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Tax software reviews Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Tax software reviews You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1–800–THE–LOST (1–800–843–5678) if you recognize a child. Tax software reviews Comments and suggestions. Tax software reviews   We welcome your comments about this publication. Tax software reviews   You can e-mail us while visiting our web site at www. Tax software reviews irs. Tax software reviews gov. Tax software reviews   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Technical Publications Branch W:CAR:MP:FP:P 1111 Constitution Ave. Tax software reviews NW Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. Tax software reviews Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Tax software reviews Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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IRS Seeks Volunteers for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

IR-2014-26, March 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies major taxpayer concerns, and makes recommendations for improving IRS services.

The TAP provides a forum for taxpayers to raise concerns about IRS service and offer suggestions for improvement. The TAP reports annually to the Secretary of the Treasury, the IRS Commissioner and the National Taxpayer Advocate. The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate is an independent organization within the IRS and provides oversight of the TAP.

“In trying to comply with an increasingly complex tax system, taxpayers may find they need different services than the IRS is currently providing,” said Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate. “The TAP is vital because it provides the IRS with the taxpayers’ perspective as well as recommendations for improvement. This helps the IRS deliver the best possible service to assist taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations.”  

The TAP includes members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each member is appointed to represent the interests of taxpayers in his or her geographic location as well as taxpayers as a whole.

The TAP is also seeking to include at least one additional member to represent international taxpayers. For these purposes, “international taxpayers” are broadly defined to include U.S. citizens working, living, or doing business abroad or in a U.S. territory. The new international member will not be required to attend any face-to-face meetings.

To be a member of the TAP you must be a U.S. citizen, be current with your federal tax obligations, be able to commit 200 to 300 hours during the year and pass an FBI criminal background check. New TAP members will serve a three-year term starting in December 2014. Applicants chosen as alternate members will be considered to fill any vacancies that open in their areas during the next three years.

The TAP is seeking members in the following locations: Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and International.

The panel needs alternates for the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Federal advisory committees are required to have a fairly balanced membership in terms of the points of view represented. As such, candidates from underrepresented groups, including but not limited to U.S. taxpayers living abroad, Native Americans, and non-tax practitioners, are encouraged to apply.

Applications for the TAP will be accepted through April 11, 2014. Applications are available online at www.improveirs.org. For additional information about the TAP or the application process, please call 888-912-1227 (a toll-free call) and select prompt number five. Callers who are outside of the U.S. and U.S. territories should call 954-423-7973 (not a toll-free call). You may also contact the TAP staff at taxpayeradvocacypanel@irs.gov for assistance.

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