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Reps. Michaud and Denham Introduce "IRS Rulemaking Fairness Act"
On September 25th Representatives Mike Michaud (D-ME) and Jeff Denham (R-CA) introduced a bipartisan bill to provide small businesses a voice when it comes to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rulemaking. Their bipartisan bill, the IRS Rulemaking Fairness Act (H.R. 3169), would add the IRS to the list of agencies required to certify that a proposed rule will not have a significant impact on small businesses or convene an advocacy review panel and publish a regulatory flexibility analysis. The legislation also includes language to clarify that the IRS's rulemaking must comply with existing regulatory review processes like the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA).
Sep 29, 2013 - 12:25:27 AM

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Check Withholding to Avoid a Tax Surprise, IRS Advises
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- With 2009 nearly half over, the Internal Revenue Service reminds Rhode Islanders that there is no better time to check their 2009 federal income tax withholding levels to make sure they do not face any surprises when returns are due next spring.
Jul 7, 2009 - 2:49:28 PM

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Prepare for Hurricanes by Safeguarding Tax Records
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- With the 2009 hurricane season now underway, the Internal Revenue Service encourages individuals and businesses to safeguard themselves by taking a few simple steps.
Jun 26, 2009 - 11:42:00 AM

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IRS Launches Tax Return Preparer Review; Recommendations to Improve Compliance Expected by Year End
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman announced that by the end of 2009, he will propose a comprehensive set of recommendations to help the Internal Revenue Service better leverage the tax return preparer community with the twin goals of increasing taxpayer compliance and ensuring uniform and high ethical standards of conduct for tax preparers.
Jun 8, 2009 - 12:02:34 PM

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IRS Offers Summer Tax Tips
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Before you start a summer job, take a vacation – or a "staycation" – or send the kids off to camp, the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know that certain summertime activities may qualify you for tax breaks. The IRS also advises that you can avoid problems at tax time by addressing certain issues now.
Jun 2, 2009 - 12:14:52 PM

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IRS Accepting Applications for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grants
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the 2010 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grant application process is now open.
May 23, 2009 - 10:39:34 AM

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IRS Announces Withholding Adjustment Option for Pension Plans and Provides Taxpayer Education
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- As part of a wider outreach effort to educate taxpayers about the benefits they will receive under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Internal Revenue Service today released new withholding adjustment procedures for pension plans.
May 15, 2009 - 10:12:43 AM

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IRS Reminds Small Tax-Exempt Organizations to File e-Postcards
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- The Internal Revenue Service today reminded many small tax-exempt organizations to file their annual electronic informational return with the IRS by the May 15 deadline.
May 7, 2009 - 10:22:44 AM

IRS News
E-file Hits Record 90 Million; More than 30 Million Returns e-Filed by Home Computer Users; Nearly 373,000 Mainers E-File
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- The Internal Revenue Service announced today a record 90 million tax returns were filed electronically this year, led by a big increase in people using home computers. Locally, nearly 373,000 Mainers filed electronically.
May 1, 2009 - 9:52:29 AM

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IRS Tips for After April 15
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Tax day has come and gone for most people, but your dealings with taxes may not be done. IRS spokesperson Peggy Riley offers these tips for handling some typical after-tax-day issues.
Apr 28, 2009 - 10:53:45 AM

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Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Recipients Announced - Local Maine Organization Receives Grant
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson announced that the Internal Revenue Service has awarded almost $9.5 million in matching grants to Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) for the 2009 grant cycle.
Apr 26, 2009 - 7:49:07 AM

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Energy-Saving Steps This Year May Result in Tax Savings Next Year
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- The Internal Revenue Service today reminded individual and business taxpayers that many energy-saving steps taken this year may result in bigger tax savings next year.
Apr 25, 2009 - 9:30:44 AM

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Special Tax Break Available for New Car Purchases This Year
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- The Internal Revenue Service announced today that taxpayers who buy a new passenger vehicle this year may be entitled to deduct state and local sales and excise taxes paid on the purchase on their 2009 tax returns next year.
Apr 1, 2009 - 10:28:24 PM

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IRS Reminds People Who Work but Don’t Earn a Lot of Money That They May be Eligible For the Earned Income Tax Credit
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- As the April 15 tax deadline approaches, the IRS reminds people who work but don't earn a lot of money that they may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. This credit is even more important this year as more workers may qualify because their incomes were reduced last year.
Apr 1, 2009 - 9:55:10 PM

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2008 IRS Filing Season Statistics
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Individual taxpayers e-filed almost 90 million tax returns during 2008, an increase of more than 12 percent over the prior year. Of the 155 million tax returns filed, about 58 percent were filed electronically.
Nov 13, 2008 - 7:37:56 PM

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October 15 Deadline Nears; Don't Let Stimulus Payment Pass You By
AUGUSTA -- The October 15 deadline to file a 2007 income tax return and to receive an economic stimulus payment this year is fast approaching.
Sep 25, 2008 - 11:23:47 AM

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It's Not Too Late to Claim Your Economic Stimulus Payment; IRS Will Issue Checks Through End of the Year
AUGUSTA -- The last of the economic stimulus checks will go out today under the planned payment schedule, which was a timetable for tax returns filed before April 15. However, the Internal Revenue Service will continue processing tax returns and issuing economic stimulus checks for much of the year.
Jul 11, 2008 - 9:16:32 PM

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Payment Options Available for Those Who Can't Pay in Full
AUGUSTA -- The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who owe but can't pay in full that several options are available to help them meet their tax obligations and save money by the April 15 filing deadline.
Apr 12, 2008 - 9:43:22 PM

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Maine IRS Assistance Centers Open Saturday, April 12 to provide Free Help for Certain Taxpayers, Retirees and Disabled Vets
AUGUSTA -- With the April 15 tax filing deadline quickly approaching, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that free help is available and announced extended hours at four Maine locations.
Apr 9, 2008 - 11:58:17 AM

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IRS Urges Taxpayers To e-file Extension Requests By April 15 Filing Deadline; 43,000 Expected in Maine
AUGUSTA - The Internal Revenue Service yesterday urged taxpayers who need additional time to complete their tax returns to submit their requests for an automatic extension electronically by April 15. E-filing a request for an extension is convenient, safe and secure, and taxpayers receive confirmation to keep with their records.
Apr 4, 2008 - 10:40:56 AM

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Seven Tax Tips for Busy Mainers
AUGUSTA -- With the April 15 tax deadline two weeks away, here's seven tips for busy Mainers from the Internal Revenue Service.
Apr 2, 2008 - 11:59:22 AM

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IRS Tax Tip 2008 - Special Edition: March 29 - A Day of Help for Millions Filing Returns Solely to Obtain Stimulus Payments
AUGUSTA -- Are you one of millions of Americans who need to file a tax return this year solely to obtain your economic stimulus payment? The IRS has set aside Saturday, March 29 as "Super Saturday," a day of help just for you!
Mar 28, 2008 - 8:57:09 AM

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IRS Sets March 29 as "Super Saturday" to Help Retirees, Veterans, Low-Income Workers Receive Economic Stimulus Payments: Four Maine IRS Offices Open to Provide Assistance
AUGUSTA -- The Internal Revenue Service and scores of its partners nationwide will open hundreds of locations on Super Saturday, March 29, in an effort to reach those Americans who are eligible for the economic stimulus payment but who normally are not required to file an income tax return.
Mar 25, 2008 - 9:32:28 AM

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IRS Has $4 Million for Maine Taxpayers Who Have Not Filed a 2004 Tax Return
AUGUSTA -- Unclaimed refunds totaling approximately $4 million are awaiting about 4,700 Maine taxpayers who failed to file a federal income tax return for 2004, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. However, to collect the money, a return for 2004 must be filed with an IRS office no later than Tuesday, April 15, 2008.
Mar 24, 2008 - 10:16:51 AM

IRS News
IRS Announces Economic Stimulus Payment Schedules, Provides Online Payment Calculator
AUGUSTA -- The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it will begin sending more than 130 million economic stimulus payments starting May 2. The initial round of weekly payments will be completed by early July.
Mar 18, 2008 - 11:27:31 AM

IRS News
Form 4136 Revised; Some Farmers, Fishermen Have Until March 10 to E-File, IRS Says
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Agricultural industry taxpayers, farmers and fishermen, who electronically file Form 1040 returns with Form 4136, Credit for Federal Tax Paid on Fuels, must wait until March 3 to e-file the newly-revised Form 4136.
Mar 7, 2008 - 10:53:45 AM

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IRS Busts Myths About Stimulus Payments
AUGUSTA -- The Internal Revenue Service moved to set the record straight on several issues surrounding the administration of the 2008 economic stimulus payments. Approximately 130 million taxpayers will receive a payment of at least $300 beginning in May 2008.
Mar 1, 2008 - 10:46:40 PM

IRS News
IRS Partners Host Free Tax Help for Low-Income, Elderly Taxpayers
PORTSMOUTH, NH -- Nearly 12,000 free tax preparation sites will be open nationwide this year as the Internal Revenue Service continues to expand its partnerships with nonprofit and community organizations performing vital tax preparation services for low-income and elderly taxpayers.
Feb 20, 2008 - 11:38:51 AM

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IRS Will Send Stimulus Payments Automatically Starting in May; Eligible Taxpayers Must File a 2007 Tax Return to Receive Rebate
AUGUSTA -- The Internal Revenue Service today advised taxpayers that in most cases they will not have to do anything extra this year to get the economic stimulus payments beginning in May.
Feb 14, 2008 - 9:29:36 AM

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IRS Warns of New E-Mail and Telephone Scams Using the IRS Name; Advance Payment Scams Starting
AUGUSTA -- The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to beware of several current e-mail and telephone scams that use the IRS name as a lure. The IRS expects such scams to continue through the end of tax return filing season and beyond.
Jan 31, 2008 - 9:10:02 AM

IRS News
York, Maine Resident Selected for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel
YORK -- A Maine man was recently selected by the Treasury Department to serve on the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a Federal Advisory Committee charged with providing direct taxpayer input to the IRS. Panel members listen to taxpayers, identify issues and make suggestions for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction.
Jan 25, 2008 - 9:52:21 PM

IRS News
IRS E-File Opens for 2008 Filing Season for Most Taxpayers
AUGUSTA -- Most taxpayers may file their 2007 tax returns electronically beginning on January 11 as the Internal Revenue Service opens the e-file program.
Jan 10, 2008 - 9:26:33 PM

IRS News
Tax Packages Begin Arriving in Maine
AUGUSTA -- IRS reminds taxpayers to watch for late tax law changes that could affect their return.
Jan 2, 2008 - 8:49:39 PM

IRS News
Filing Season Opens on Time Except for Certain Taxpayers Potentially Affected by AMT Patch
AUGUSTA - The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the upcoming tax season is expected to start on time for everyone except certain taxpayers potentially affected by late enactment of the Alternative Minimum Tax "patch."
Dec 28, 2007 - 6:59:50 AM

IRS News
Certain Payments to Disabled Veterans Ruled Tax-Free; Some May Be Due Refunds
AUGUSTA -- Payments under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) program are no longer taxable and disabled veterans who paid tax on these benefits in the past three years can now claim refunds, the Internal Revenue Service said today.
Dec 14, 2007 - 11:17:00 PM

IRS News
IRS Reminds Charities and Churches of Political Activity Ban
AUGUSTA -- The Internal Revenue Service today reminded section 501(c)(3) organizations, including charities and churches that federal law prohibits them from becoming directly or indirectly involved in campaigns of political candidates.
Nov 24, 2007 - 9:38:05 PM

IRS News
IRS Has $213,000 in Refund Checks Looking for a Home in Maine
AUGUSTA -- The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 313 Maine taxpayers who are due refund checks worth about $213,000 after those checks were returned as undeliverable.
Nov 14, 2007 - 10:43:50 PM

IRS News
IRS and State of Maine to Share Employment Tax Examination Results
AUGUSTA -- Officials from the Internal Revenue Service and more than two dozen state workforce agencies, including Maine, today announced they have entered into agreements to share the results of employment tax examinations.
Nov 6, 2007 - 6:55:45 PM

IRS News
IRS Seeks Applications for TE/GE Advisory Committee
AUGUSTA -- The Internal Revenue Service is seeking applications for vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). The committee provides a venue for public input into critical tax administration areas.
Nov 2, 2007 - 9:02:30 PM

IRS News
Back-to-School Tax Breaks Help Teachers Pay Classroom Costs; Aid Parents, Students with College Tuition
AUGUSTA -- With the new school year now under way, the Internal Revenue Service reminded teachers, parents and students that saving receipts and keeping good records can help them take advantage of various education-related deductions and credits on their 2007 federal income tax return.
Sep 20, 2007 - 8:31:12 PM

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