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Below please find daily updates pertaining to the latest in financial, business, and tax news:

US Energy Administration

The United States is a net energy importer from Canada

Wed, May 23, 2018

Canada is the largest energy trading partner of the United States, based on the combined value of energy exports and imports. Although the value of bilateral energy trade with Canada has varied over the past decade, driven primarily by changes in the prices of oil and natural gas, the overall structure of bilateral energy trade flows has changed relatively little, with the value of U.S. energy ...

Electrified vehicles continue to see slow growth and less use than conventional vehicles

Tue, May 22, 2018

Electrified vehicles (hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and battery electric) have been sold as high fuel economy alternatives to conventional gasoline vehicles for a number of years but collectively have been slow to gain market share in the United States....

United States remains the world s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons

Mon, May 21, 2018

The United States remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2017, reaching a record high. The United States has been the world's top producer of natural gas since 2009, when U.S. natural gas production surpassed that of Russia, and the world's top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013, when U.S. production exceeded Saudi Arabia’s. Since 2008, U.S. pe...

Northeast region slated for record natural gas pipeline capacity buildout in 2018

Fri, May 18, 2018

EIA expects construction of new natural gas pipeline capacity in the United States to continue in 2018, in particular in the northeastern United States. By the end of 2018, if all projects come online by their scheduled service dates, more than 23 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of takeaway capacity will be online out of the Northeast, up from an estimated 16.7 Bcf/d at the end of 2017 and m...

Changing energy efficiency and fuel economy standards affects energy consumption

Thu, May 17, 2018

Legislation passed in the 1970s and 1980s and updated in subsequent decades established mandatory federal minimum energy efficiency standards for equipment and appliances in buildings and fuel economy standards for light-duty vehicles (LDVs). Three scenarios in EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) examine the impacts of varying energy efficiency policies on end-use consumption, including ...

Taxpayer Advocate Service Feed

NTA Blog: The Flood That Didn’t Materialize When the IRS Removed the Two-Year Period for Requesting Equitable Innocent Spouse Relief and Granted Relief More Frequently

Wed, May 23, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. Innocent spouse relief, which has been available under IRC § 6015 since 1998 (and was available prior to that, in a more limited way, under IRC § 6015(e)),...

Success Story: TAS Advocates for Taxpayer Facing Economic Burden

Mon, May 21, 2018

Every year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer’s tax issues. All personal details are removed to protect the taxpayer’s privacy. A taxpayer under audit requested TAS assistance because his tax refund was being held and he needed the money to make an urgent auto rep...

Practitioner’s ideas wanted in the 2018 Tax Forum focus groups

Fri, May 18, 2018

Each year the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country. These events feature the latest information from the IRS, news about tax law changes, the chance to meet with software vendors and the opportunity to attend nearly 50 seminars presented by IRS employees and members of profession...

IRS Accepting Applications for 2019 Low Income (LITC) Taxpayer Clinic grants

Thu, May 17, 2018

The IRS has announced the application period for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grants for calendar year 2019 is now open and will run through June 27, 2018. A listing of the 2018 LITC grant recipients is available on IRS.gov. The mission of LITCs is to ensure the fairness and integrity of the tax system for taxpayers who are low income or speak English as a second language: By providing p...

Tax Scholars and Officials Gather for the 3rd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights in The Netherlands

Thu, May 17, 2018

  National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson convened the 3rd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on May 3 and 4. Hosted by the International Bureau on Fiscal Documentation (IBFD), the conference connected government officials, scholars, and practitioners from around the world to explore how taxpayer rights globally serve as the foundation for effective...

NTA Blog: A Problem of the IRS’s Own Making - Automatic Revocations of 1023-EZ Exempt Organizations

Wed, May 16, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. The IRS introduced Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, in July 2014. IRS record...

NTA Blog: Taxpayer Advocate Service Survey Confirms Need to Maintain and Enhance a Robust Omni-Channel Taxpayer Service Strategy

Wed, May 09, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. In my most recent Annual Report to Congress, I published a study in support of the Service Priorities Project (SPP), a joint effort between Taxpayer Advocate Service...

Success Story: TAS Advocates for Small Business to Receive a Return of Levy Proceeds

Tue, May 01, 2018

Every year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer’s tax issues. All personal details are removed to protect the taxpayer’s privacy. A Power of Attorney contacted TAS for assistance with a small business taxpayer who was unable to pay his employees due to an IRS levy. ...

NTA Blog: Effective Use of the Offer in Compromise Program Will Save Valuable IRS Resources

Wed, Apr 25, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. Effective Use of the Offer in Compromise (OIC) Program Will Save Valuable IRS Resources While Bringing Finality to Taxpayers When a taxpayer can’t afford to p...

2018 Tax Forums will feature TAS seminars, Case Resolution Program

Fri, Apr 20, 2018

Each year the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country. These events feature the latest information from the IRS, news about tax law changes, the chance to meet with software vendors, and the opportunity to attend nearly 50 seminars presented by IRS employees and members of professio...