Tech timebomb: The IRS is still living in the 1960s

John Bodoh
December 17, 2014

If you want to understand IRS dysfunction, let me explain it this way: IRS computer programs have been subjected to major changes every year for over 60 years. Read More:


IRS Freezes Hiring, Warns of Busy Signals After Budget Cuts

By Richard Rubin
Dec 17, 2014

The IRS is freezing hiring, stopping most overtime pay and warning that it won’t answer about half the calls it will receive during the upcoming tax-filing season. Read More:


Congress passes tax extender legislation

By Alistair M. Nevius, J.D.
December 16, 2014

The Senate passed a bill to retroactively extend more than 50 expired tax provisions through 2014, by a vote of 76–16 on Tuesday evening. Read More:


New law creates tax-favored savings accounts for disabled taxpayers

By Alistair M. Nevius, J.D.
December 17, 2014

As part of the larger tax extender legislation passed on Tuesday, Congress approved the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 (H.R. 647), which will allow disabled individuals to save money to pay for their disability expenses in tax-favored accounts, called ABLE accounts. Read More:


Prosecutors Drop IRS Civil Forfeiture Case

Arnolds Park, Iowa (December 15, 2014)
By Michael Cohn

Federal prosecutors in Iowa have agreed to drop a controversial civil asset forfeiture case in which the Internal Revenue Service seized nearly $33,000 from the owner of a Mexican restaurant whose cash deposits at her bank had aroused suspicion of criminal activity. Read More:


House Rejects Charity Tax Breaks Obama Threatened to Veto

By Richard Rubin
Dec 11, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives rejected an $11 billion bill that would have provided tax incentives for charitable donations of food, money from retirement accounts and land-development rights. Read More:


This Week In Labor: December 11, 2014

December Labor Link: Events and programs offered through the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

2015 Minimum Wage Rate Set

The Missouri Department of Labor announced the state minimum wage rate for 2015 has been established, according to state law, at $7.65, effective January 1. Read more...

Recap - 3rd Annual Missouri Human Rights Conference

The Missouri Commission on Human Rights hosted the 3rd Annual Missouri Human Rights Conference on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at the Harry S. Truman Office Building in Jefferson City. Read more...

MCHR Diversity Spotlight – Religious Freedom

Thanks to the freedoms we enjoy in our state, Missourians are able to participate in a diverse array of religious celebrations and observances throughout the year. Read more...


IRS Announces 2015 Standard Mileage Rates

Kelly Phillips Erb

It will cost you less at the pump to fill your car next year. The U.S. Department of Energy has issued its predictions for the price of gasoline for 2015 and the numbers are the lowest full-year average since 2009. Gas prices are expected to drop 35 cents to $2.60 a gallon. Read More:


IR-2014-114: New Standard Mileage Rates Now Available; Business Rate to Rise in 2015

IRS Newswire     December 10, 2014
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.. Read More:


IR-2014-113: Deadline Nears for Return Preparers to Qualify for New IRS Program

IRS Newswire     December 9, 2014
WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service has begun issuing Records of Completion to tax return preparers who have met the requirements of a new voluntary program designed to help taxpayers determine return preparer qualifications in 2015. Read More:


IR-2014-112 - Required Distributions

Most Retirees Need to Take Required Retirement Plan Distributions by Dec. 31

IR-2014-112, Dec. 8, 2014
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers born before July 1, 1944, that they generally must receive payments from their individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Dec. 31.
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This Week's Unemployment FAQ: December 4, 2014

This week's Unemployment FAQ is: Is calling the only way to file my initial claim or my weekly request for payment?

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