The IRS recently posted a newsletter that outlines a 400% increase in tax scams. Generally, the IRS does not contact taxpayers via email and certainly doesn't request personal information via that format. If you receive a suspect email or text, the best practice is to discard that communication and contact the IRS directly to confirm any issues. Click here to read more.
Are you trying to get your tax information together but aren't sure what information to provide? We have created a checklist here that will give you a pretty extensive starting point.
According to a statement from the IRS, the agency experienced a hardware failure Wednesday afternoon. At this time they are unable to process e-filed returns. Although they are still assessing the scope of the outage, they do not anticipate a major disruption in the filing season. Click here for the IRS statement. UPDATE - The IRS has resumed accepting e-filed returns as of February 5th.
J. Alan Hayes