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IRS contract workers delinquent on taxes

People who work for the Internal Revenue Service in Massachusetts and at its other locations around the country are required to pay income taxes like everyone else. Unlike other federal agencies, the IRS requires its all of its workers to be in full compliance by timely filing their returns and either paying in full all amounts owed or entering into approved installment arrangements. However, a report recently released by the agency's inspector general showed that nearly 700 contract workers owe a combined total of $5.4 million in taxes. Over half of those are supposedly ineligible to work for the IRS because they have not enrolled in an installment plan to get them caught up.

New IRS laws to impact restaurants

Restaurants in Massachusetts will be having to deal with new rules regarding the way that the Internal Revenue Service handles some tips for waiters. The IRS will now classify a number of waiters' tips as taxable income to the restaurant instead of considering them to be self-reported tips. Under this new policy, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, tips that are automatically included by restaurants in the bill for large tables will now be considered taxable service charges.

Powerball winners share a $448M jackpot with the IRS

Three lottery players have hit the Powerball jackpot and will share a $448 million prize. All three of the winners purchased tickets and picked five numbers between 1 and 59, as well as a Powerball number from 1 to 35. The jackpot, which was expected to be $425 million during the final days, grew by $23 million in the final hours.

A proactive stance can help when short on money for taxes

Not having enough money to pay your taxes can be intimidating, but ignoring the matter should be even more so. Unfortunately, some Massachusetts residents have the mistaken notion that if they do not have the money to pay their taxes, they should not file a return. Nothing could be further from the truth. Failing to file a return along with failure to pay taxes when due can result in a myriad of consequences beyond the usual penalty fees and interest. Bank levies and asset seizure are a couple of examples of what can happen when taxes that are due and payable are not reported or paid in a timely fashion.

IRS subjected to criminal investigations

Massachusetts residents may be interested in a recent IRS criminal probe, which followed allegations that the agency unfairly targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. The IRS admitted that its employees used names containing phrases like "patriot" and "tea party" to decide whether or not to force specific organizations to undergo extra reviews. The White House and the Attorney General's office have since condemned these practices.

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