New IRS Message to Taxpayers: We’ve Got Your Back

The recently installed head of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen, dropped in on members of the media the other day at the National Press Club in Washington. His message: The tax collection agency is out to restore public trust amid accusations the IRS acted inappropriately in reviewing tax-exempt status for certain public welfare groups, known as 501(c)(4) organizations. “Taxpayers need to be confident that the IRS will treat them fairly. It doesn’t make any difference who they are, what …

IRS Owes You $760 Million in Refunds

No, it’s not opposite day. The IRS really does owe almost 1 million taxpayers like you nearly $760 million in refunds - or a median $571 for about half of those owed money. The IRS says the refunds are owed to people who didn’t file a federal income tax return for 2010. But here’s the catch: To collect the money, you’ve got to file a 2010 return with the IRS no later than Tuesday, April 15. “We encourage students, part-time workers …

How Long Should I Keep Tax Documents?

The following is a guest post by Jim Young. Ever wonder how long you really need to hold on to your tax documents? Depending on which expert you ask, you might get a range of responses ranging from a few years to a lifetime. See also: Find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide location near you. IRS Publication 552 gives you a direct answer and says that you are required to keep records as long as they may be needed for the …