Weekly Report from Washington, D.C.

Congress is on its August recess. The IRS cautioned tax professionals to be alert for account takeovers by cybercriminals. The Service also announced an upcoming temporary outage of e-Services tools.


Lawmakers discussed tax reform (TAXDAY, 2017/08/10, C.1).


Cybercrimes. The IRS warned tax professionals about remote access takeovers. Cybercriminals take over computer systems operated by tax professionals to steal client data (IR-2017-127; TAXDAY, 2017/08/09, I.1).

IRS Commissioner. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen spoke at the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) National Conference in Washington, D.C. Koskinen discussed customer service, his push for IRS authority to regulate practitioners and the budget appropriations process (TAXDAY, 2017/08/09, I.4).

E-Services. The IRS announced a complete outage of all e-Services tools from 6:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, August 17, 2017 until 6:00 a.m. EDT, Monday, August 21, 2017. The outage will allow a complete transition of e-Services to a new platform, the Service explained (TAXDAY, 2017/08/07, I.3).

ITINs. The IRS reminded taxpayers to renew their Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs). Legislation passed in 2015 changed the rules for the expiration of ITINs (IR-2017-128; TAXDAY, 2017/08/09, I.2).

By Jessica Jeane and George L, Yaksick, Jr., Wolters Kluwer News Staff

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