June 05, 1989
Year-Round Tax Information on Cable Television
On June 6, 1989, the Internal Revenue Service will begin
beaming free year-round tax information to cable television viewers
by satellite. The satellite program service will be transmitted to
cable operators for one hour each week as part of IRS's continuing
effort to inform the public on tax matters.
Programs scheduled for June 6 include tax information geared
toward day care providers and people with second jobs. It also
includes a 30-minute documentary to show what happens when a tax
return is examined or audited.
Topics scheduled for June 13 cover tax information for
specialized audiences -- older Americans (also broadcast in
Spanish), children with income, and single parents. For June 20
topics include tax information for people with moving expenses,
military personnel, reporting requirements for tax exempt
organizations and how taxes influence behavior. Future topics
include tax information for medical professionals and educators and
the history of the federal tax system.
A monthly program schedule highlighting each week's programming
is available to cable operators from IRS district offices.
The satellite program service will be transmitted for one hour
each week on Westar IV, Transponder 6D (audio frequency 6.2 and 6.8)
from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. eastern time. It is targeted to Multiple
System Operators (MSOs) and single systems for their broadcast use.
Because there is no copyright on Government programming,
receivers can record the programs of their choice off-air for future
use. Taxpayers who own a satellite dish can receive the programs as
well by directing their dishes.
The IRS also remind cable operators that it has a monthly
call-in program, "Tax Line '89," broadcast Thursday evenings from
9:00 to 10:00 p.m. eastern time and available over SATCOM 3R,
Transponder 2 and Westar V, Transponder 12X. This month's show is
set for Thursday, June 1, 1989.
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