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COVID-19 relief: Direct checks and a 90-day tax extension

Mar 17, 2020
"Americans need cash now," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says at a press conference.
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A short-staffed IRS is trying to reform

Mar 3, 2020
The IRS is trying to modernize its computer systems and improve customer service — with a smaller budget and workforce.
The Internal Revenue Service Building in 2008.
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Calling in the pros this tax season

Apr 15, 2019
With so many changes to the tax code, people like Evin Moore are using experts.
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House votes to continue controversial IRS program

Apr 10, 2019
The "free file" program is controversial because it's run by the same private companies that make money on tax preparation.
Armando La Rosa directs people to the Liberty Tax Service office as the deadline to file taxes looms on April 15, 2016 in Miami, Florida. 
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Why so few people do taxes on their own

Apr 10, 2019
Fear of costly mistakes drives some taxpayers to use a professional or software.
TurboTax products sit on display at Costco in 2016.
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This tax season, accountants are double-checking their software

Apr 3, 2019
It's the first filing season under the tax overhaul of 2017. Software companies are still catching up.
People are afraid to file their taxes — and accountants are moving slower.
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The IRS is using Instagram to try to humanize the agency

Apr 1, 2019
The Internal Revenue Service is getting creative.
One of the 12 monsters the IRS posted as part of the #IRSdirtydozen campaign, aimed at teaching taxpayers the most common tax scams they may encounter. 
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Government shutdown could affect tax refunds

Jan 7, 2019
The Internal Revenue Service is operating on a skeleton crew, down to just an eighth of its workforce, during what’s typically the major ramp-up before tax season. Here’s how that could put your tax return timeline into limbo. Click the…

What to expect on the new tax law in 2019

Dec 28, 2018
We’re still learning how the tax law is playing out and what it all means.
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It's time to get your financial life in order

Apr 20, 2018
Tax season may be over, but that doesn’t mean you should stop thinking about your finances. That’s one conclusion from John Schwartz of the New York Times, who decided that after many decades of keeping his nose to the grind…

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