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It’s filing season! The IRS’s new Form 1040 for 2018, its corresponding Schedules 1–6, and instructions are now available.

Taxpayer Advocate Service’s Tax Reform Changes website contains updated references to the new 2018 form and schedules now as well.

There’s no denying this year’s new Form 1040 and schedules are very different than the tax form and schedules you are used to seeing and completing in the past. …


By National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson

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www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog

In last week’s blog, I discussed issues that arose during the 2018 filing season that contributed to the delay of taxpayers’ refunds when those taxpayers’ returns were selected into the non-IDT refund fraud program, including:


By National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson

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www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog

As we approach the filing season, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss an issue that affects many taxpayer returns, namely the IRS processes for identifying and stopping refund fraud. Attempted refund fraud has become a significant problem in our tax system. According to the most recent figures available, in calendar year (CY) 2016, identity theft (IDT), refund fraud alone, cost the government roughly $1.7 billion. I fully support the IRS’s efforts to reduce refund fraud and protect revenue. However, I have expressed concern over several years that the refund fraud false positive rate (FPR) is too high and that the IRS takes far too long to process legitimate taxpayers’ returns once it has determined that they have been inaccurately selected. …

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