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IRS gives extra time to small, automatically-revoked organizations hit by Hurricane Sandy 

The IRS is allowing small tax-exempt organizations affected by Hurricane Sandy until February 1, 2013, to apply for reinstatement of their exempt status and seek transitional relief. News Release IR-2012-96.

To be eligible for the postponed deadline, described in Notice 2012-71, the organization’s principal place of business must be located in the covered disaster area, or records necessary to meet the application deadline must be maintained in the covered disaster area. Organizations located outside the affected areas must still apply for transitional relief by December 31, 2012.

More information on organizations impacted by Hurricane  Sandy can be found at Automatic Revocation of Exemption or Automatic Revocation of Exemption List.

To check for future announcements, visit EO - Disaster Relief Resources for Charities and Contributors and Help for Victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Retirement plans can make loans, hardship distributions to Sandy victims 

As part of the administration’s efforts to bring all available resources to bear to support state and local partners impacted by Hurricane Sandy, the Internal Revenue Service announced November 16 that 401(k)s and similar employer-sponsored retirement plans can make loans and hardship distributions to victims of Hurricane Sandy and members of their families. Read News Release IR-2012-93.

For more information, read Announcement 2012-44.

IRS warns consumers of possible scams relating to Hurricane Sandy relief 

Following major disasters, it’s common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, email or in-person solicitations.

The IRS cautions both hurricane victims and people wishing to make disaster-related charitable donations to avoid scam artists by following these tips.

Employers hiring veterans by year’s end may get expanded tax credit 

Employers planning to claim an expanded tax credit for hiring certain veterans should act soon, according to the IRS. Many businesses may qualify to receive thousands of dollars through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, but only if the veteran begins work before the new year.

Read about the key facts of the WOTC as expanded by VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011

Priority Guidance Plan released 

The Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy and IRS use the Guidance Priority List each year to identify and prioritize the tax issues that should be addressed through regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices, and other published administrative guidance. The Guidance Priority List focuses resources on guidance items that are most important to taxpayers and tax administration. Published guidance plays an important role in increasing voluntary compliance by helping to clarify ambiguous areas of the tax law.

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