e-News for Tax Professionals Issue 2017-24

Source: e-News for Tax Professionals Issue 2017-24


.  New Phone Scam Involves Bogus Certified Letters

Beware of a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), in which fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. This scam is being reported across the country.


2.  Orlando IRS Tax Forum Registration Deadline Is June 27

Tax professionals who want to attend the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum in Orlando, Fla., can save $115 by registering now. Enrolled agents, certified public accountants, certified financial planners, Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) participants and other tax professionals can register at the standard rate of $255 through June 27. Attendees registering after that date will pay $370. The Orlando Nationwide Tax Forum takes place July 11 to 13


  1. IRS Adds New Features to Taxpayer Online Account

The Internal Revenue Service has added several new features to the online account tool first introduced last year. Taxpayers may now view up to 18 months of payment history, view payoff amounts and tax balance due amounts for individual tax years and more


  1. Extended Maintenance Window for Modernized e-File this Weekend

The maintenance build window for the Modernized e-File Production Environment is being extended on Sunday, June 18. The system will be unavailable from 1 a.m. until 12 pm ET. This build will deploy critical system updates.


5.  IRS Delays E-Services System Upgrade

The planned move of IRS e-Services to a new platform has been delayed until later this summer. Tax professionals should be advised the planned e-Services outage for June 15-19 has been cancelled. In addition, state users will be able to submit new or update existing state e-file coordinator applications and TDS applications until the upgrade begins later this summer.

A revised schedule for the planned upgrade will be provided.

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