E-Filing Lags behind Mandate

IRS estimates indicate about 60% of all tax forms will be electronically filed during 2008, far short of a 1998 congressional mandate of 80% by 2007. For a second year, the Service’s Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee recommended that Congress authorize the IRS to require e-filing by paid tax preparers who use tax software to prepare more than 50 individual returns per year.

ETAAC also urged the IRS to “strongly encourage” e-filing vendors to eliminate filing fees.

Source: The IRS Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee’s Annual Report to Congress, www.irs.gov.


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


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