e-News for Tax Professionals Issue 2018-41

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e-News for Tax Professionals October 12, 2018

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Issue Number:  2018-41

Inside This Issue


  1. IRS Extends Deadlines for Victims of Hurricane Michael
  2. PTIN Renewal Season Opens Next Week
  3. IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online Debut New Seminars
  4. Upcoming Webinars on Tax Security and Tax Reform

1.  IRS Extends Deadlines for Victims of Hurricane Michael 

Hurricane Michael victims in parts of Florida and elsewhere have until Feb. 28, 2019, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

The IRS is offering this relief to any Major Disaster Declaration area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for either individual or public assistance. Currently, this only includes parts of Florida, but taxpayers in localities added later to the disaster area, including those in other states, will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.

"The IRS has moved swiftly to announce this relief for taxpayers affected by Hurricane Michael in advance of the Oct. 15 extension filing deadline," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig." We recognize the devastation this historic storm caused for many taxpayers, and IRS employees stand ready to support the disaster recovery effort as they have done many times in the past."

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2.  PTIN Renewal Season Opens Next Week

The IRS Return Preparer Office will open PTIN (Preparer Tax Identification Number) renewal season next week. However, some PTIN holders already received an email this week inviting them to renew early. Stay tuned for more information on renewal season. 

Separately, the Return Preparer Office is encouraging all non-credentialed PTIN holders to consider participating in the Annual Filing Season Program or to become an Enrolled Agent.

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3.  IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online Debut New Seminars

The IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online relaunch on Oct. 15 with 14 new webinars recorded last summer at the Nationwide Tax Forums.

Tax professionals can earn continuing education credits online by completing self-study seminars that cover topics of broad interest such as military tax issues, automated underreporter and S Corporation Shareholder basis.

For more information, www.irstaxforumsonline.com.

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4.  Upcoming Webinars on Data Security and Tax Reform

Learn how you can protect your clients and your business from data thefts by registering for the IRS Webinar, Protect Your Clients, Protect Yourself: Tax Security 101. The webinar will be offered on Oct. 24 at 2pm EST. Register today.

In addition, the IRS is offering the following webinars on tax reform basics:

For more information, visit the Upcoming Webinars page on IRS.gov.

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