Join us on Facebook
What's Happening
more>>
cover 092117
120th Anniversary Party: The 2017 Vintage Festival
Food & Wine
more >>
Flippy
Meet ‘Flippy,’ the hamburger cooking robot
Columnist, Blogs & Reports
more >>
Bonnie Lee
Taxpertise
Bonnie Lee

Improvements to the IRS

The Internal Revenue Service has added several new features to their website. If you go to www.irs.gov, you will be pleased to find that if you need information about your tax liabilities or your refund, or general tax related questions, you will find the tools to provide the information. So much nicer than sitting on hold for two hours, am I right? According to the IRS, “The online account allows individual taxpayers to access the latest information available about their federal tax account through a secure and convenient tool on IRS.gov.” When it first launched in December 2016, the tool assisted taxpayers with basic account inquiries such as information about their balance due and access to the various IRS payment options. Since then, the IRS has added new features allowing taxpayers to:
  • View up to 18 months of tax payment history
  • View payoff amounts and tax balance due for each tax year
  • Obtain online transcripts of various Form 1040-series through Get Transcript
  • Give feedback on their experience with their online account and make suggestions for improvements
“We are constantly looking for ways to improve taxpayers’ interactions with the IRS and adding these new features to the taxpayer’s online account is an important step in that direction,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “The IRS is committed to serving taxpayers in multiple ways and now taxpayers who want to interact digitally with us in a secure environment have access to even more helpful features.” Before accessing the tool, taxpayers must authenticate their identities through the rigorous Secure Access process. This is a two-step authentication process, which means returning users must have their credentials (username and password) plus a security code sent as a text to their mobile phones. Taxpayers who have registered using Secure Access for Get Transcript Online or Get an IP PIN may use their same username and password. To register for the first time, taxpayers must have their personal and financial information including: Social Security number, specific financial information, such as a credit card number or loan numbers, email address and a text-enabled mobile phone in the user's name. Taxpayers may review the Secure Access  process prior to starting registration. As part of the security process to authenticate taxpayers, the IRS will send verification, activation or security codes via email and text. The IRS warns taxpayers that it will not initiate contact via text or email asking for log-in information or personal data. The IRS texts and emails will only contain one-time codes. In addition to the online account, the IRS continues to provide several self-service tools and helpful resources available on IRS.gov for individuals, businesses and tax professionals. Some of these tools include: tracking your refund, prequalifying for an offer in compromise, preparing and electronically filing your income tax return for free (must be a simple return), setting up an installment agreement, etc. Check it out. Technology is making our financial lives so much easier to navigate.  
Continue Story...
‘Renters Week’ rally on Sonoma Plaza 'Renters Week' rally on Sonoma Plaza

  A pro-DACA rally drew a large crowd to Sonoma Plaza on September 8. Housing advocates will rally... Continue

School bond money; a Broadway crescendo; and a nonprofit Oscar School bond money; a Broadway crescendo; and a nonprofit Oscar

The Sonoma Valley School District board of trustees voted unanimously to approve a plan to spend the... Continue


• Road paving, delays to continue next week
• Development war: Big stakes, tough tactics
• Does anyone support affordable housing?
• Marijuana battlefield in Glen Ellen
• No-cost mammogram program at SV Hospital
• Last call at ‘The Spitfire Grill’
• Big change at Sonoma Market
• Springs community clean-up on 9/23
• Disguised suspect robs Sonoma bank, disappears
• Free DACA renewal services at La Luz
Letters & Opinion
more >>
EDITORIAL:
Sonoma’s planning system is broken

Despite the aspirations of its General Plan, the policies and measures of its Development Code, its Planning... Continue


LETTERS:
Regulate Sonoma’s wine tasting rooms
More Letters...
Put California-grown products first
More Letters...
Title IX policy needs overhaul
More Letters...
Sonoma should allow medical cannabis dispensary
More Letters...
Letter: Use school bond money for academics, not athletics
More Letters...
‘Big Brother’ on the farm
More Letters...
Taxpayers pay for lobbying in Sacramento
More Letters...
Whistleblower questions Sonoma finances, motives
More Letters...
Comments on Brown Act were cynical, unfair
More Letters...
Want to improve housing affordability? Increase the homeowners exemption
More Letters...
Busting the myth that Prop 13 eviscerated local tax revenue
More Letters...
Hospital board chair on south lot proposals, executive salaries
More Letters...
Hotel EIR is well flacked, but flawed
More Letters...
Who runs things in the Valley?
More Letters...
‘Corporate behavior’ at Family Resource Center
More Letters...
Too late to save ‘quality of life?’
More Letters...
Common view of education ignores unjust, racist concepts
More Letters...
Hospital land sale would be short-sighted choice
More Letters...
Appalled by ‘Indian’ parade entry
More Letters...
Ken Brown: support legal medicinal cannabis facility in Sonoma
More Letters...
VIDEO
Local Movie Trailers and Videos of Interest - more >>
SUN Columnist & Blogs
more >>
Public Citizen - Larry Barnett
Before It's Too Late - Eric Gullotta
The Sonoma Garden - Karen Boness
Progressive Majority Coalition - Ben Boyce
Snark Infested Waters - Bob Edwards
Board Walk - Susan Gorin
Nonprofit Matters - Dr. B.J. Bischoff
What's Up With That? - Katy Byrne
Connecting the Dots - Fred Allebach
Voices of the New Majority - Mario Castillo
Creative Arts - Sonoma Valley Sun
Sun In-Depth Report - Sonoma Valley Sun
Under the Sun: Interviews -
Rude Awakenings - Catherine Sevenau
Taxpertise - Bonnie Lee
The Green Tara - Serialized Novel - Nora Parks
Reality Check - Logan Harvey
Find What You're looking For

Archives

Events & Entertainment
more>>
15462323_11_The-cast-of-The Spitfire-Grill-800
Last call at ‘The Spitfire Grill’
THE SUN EMAIL UPDATE
Sign up for our free daily email with the latest news, events and opinion.
What We're Following
more>>
Stories of interest from around the Web
What’s in a name? Death Wish Coffee recalled for potential deadly toxin
> Modern Farmer - September 22nd, 2017
Bank robber drives off with $1.8 million after guards leave keys in armored car
> Atlanta Journal Constitution - September 22nd, 2017
Via Alexa, talking bird places Amazon order
> Atlanta Journal Constitution - September 20th, 2017
The official guide to Whine and Cheese
> McSweeny's - September 20th, 2017
Illegal immigration into Caliornia drops as border crossings shift to Texas
> Sacramento Bee - September 20th, 2017
He once owned Napa Valley’s hottest wine. Now he’s in federal prison
> Wine-Searcher - September 15th, 2017
CA ranks #1 in poverty; high cost of housing is major factor 
> Southern California Public Radio - September 13th, 2017
Relatives of undocumented children caught up in ICE dragnet
> ProPublica - September 12th, 2017
The future of the American shopping mall
> Smithsonian Magazine - September 12th, 2017
27 things to blame Millennials for
> Sacramento Bee - September 12th, 2017
Instant drive-through window: Car crashes into Windsor restaurant
> Sonoma County Sheriff's Office - September 11th, 2017
Board of Supes will hear appeal of Kenwood’s Resort at Sonoma Country Inn project
> Kenwood Press - September 6th, 2017
An environmental group claims Napa Valley fails to follow CEQA when it approves new wineries
> Napa Valley Register - September 5th, 2017
Governor Brown is headed to Russia to talk climate
> KQED - September 5th, 2017
Should going to college in California be free?
> Sacramento Bee - September 5th, 2017
Trump recinds DACA program; will wind down over six month
> Santa Rosa Press Democrat - September 5th, 2017
Is California seeing the first real effects of climate change?
> New York Times - September 5th, 2017
$400 juicer company shuts down as founder frolics at Burning Man
> Eater - September 4th, 2017
Sheriff’s report: Santa Rosa family of 3 arrested in shooting death of mom’s boyfriend 
> Sonoma County Sheriff - September 4th, 2017
Sonoma cop wins foot chase with armed suspect
> Sonoma County Sheriff's Office - September 4th, 2017
More Following Stories...
Live Traffic
Link to Live Crime Map