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TWTP is currently #9 on the overall list – and in the top 10 on several of the other more specific lists. The numbers are updated daily, so the rankings could move up or down each day.
* If you have recently gotten married or plan to get married in the near future, the IRS has some tips to help you avoid stress at tax time. Summertime Tax Tip 2009-04 provides “Tax Tips for Recently Married Taxpayers”.
You should pay special attention to Tax Tip #1 -
“Notify the Social Security Administration Report any name change to the Social Security Administration, so your name and SSN will match when you file your next tax return. Informing the SSA of a name change is quite simple. File a Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security card at your local SSA office. The form is available on SSA’s Web site at www.socialsecurity.gov, by calling 800-772-1213 or at local offices.”
I have been telling clients and readers alike to do this as soon as you return from the honeymoon for years now.
* The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it will conduct a series of public forums at which individuals and representatives of “diverse constituent groups” will be able to provide input on the topic of regulating tax preparers.
The public forums, a crucial part of an effort launched in June by IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman to help ensure tax preparers are qualified, ethical and provide a high level of service, will kick off on July 30 in Washington, D.C.
Two panels are scheduled for a forum on July 30. The first panel will give consumer groups an opportunity to provide recommendations. These groups include the AARP, Consumer Federation of America, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, National Community Tax Coalition and Low Income Tax Clinics.
The second panel will be made up of tax professional groups, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Enrolled Agents, the National Association of Tax Professionals and the National Society of Accountants.
The panels will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building amphitheater starting at 9 AM. If you would like to attend and add your 2+ cents worth to the discussion you confirm your attendance by sending an e-mail message to: CL.NPL.Communications@irs.gov.
The dates and locations of additional meetings will be announced by the IRS (and here) as they become available. Small groups of tax preparers will also have the opportunity this summer to meet with IRS representatives to present their ideas at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums.