IRS provides guidance for employers claiming the Employee Retention Credit for 2020, including eligibility rules for PPP borrowers 

IR-2021-48, March 1, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance for employers claiming the employee retention credit under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), as modified by the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (Relief Act), for calendar quarters in 2020.

IRS reminds businesses to report large cash transactions; e-file encouraged

IR-2021-47, February 26, 2021 — The IRS today reminds businesses of their responsibility to file Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000, and encourages e-filing to help them file accurate, complete forms.

Tax Time Guide: Select a tax return preparer with care

IR-2021-46, February 25, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers to choose a tax return preparer with care. Even though the vast majority of tax return preparers provide honest, quality service, some cause great harm through fraud, identity theft and other scams every year.

IRS issues alert on improper corporate domestic production activities deduction refund claims

IR-2021-45, February 25, 2021 — IRS officials issued an alert today concerning amended returns and claims for the Domestic Production Activities Deduction.

Tax Time Guide: How to do taxes for free and get refunds fast

IR-2021-44, February 23, 2021 — During this tax season when many people are trying to stay safe at home, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers about ways to do their taxes for free online or with help from volunteers.

Victims of Texas winter storms get deadline extensions and other tax relief

IR-2021-43, February 22, 2021 — Victims of this month’s winter storms in Texas will have until June 15, 2021, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS reminds farmers and fishers of March 1 tax deadline

IR-2021-42, February 19, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service is reminding those with income from a farming or fishing business that they can avoid making any estimated tax payments by filing and paying their entire tax due on or before March 1.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinics represented over 20,000 taxpayers dealing with an IRS tax controversy; see the latest program report and the 2021 LITC grant recipient list

IR-2021-41, February 19, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program office today announced highlights from its 2020 annual report, featuring successful taxpayer outreach to thousands of taxpayers.

New law provides additional flexibility for health FSAs and dependent care assistance programs

IR-2021-40, February 18, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today provided greater flexibility, due to the pandemic, to employee benefit plans offering health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) or dependent care assistance programs.

Twenty-four new members join the 2021 Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

IR-2021-39, February 18, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service recommended, and the Department of the Treasury has approved, the selection of 24 new members to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel for 2021.

As required by law, all first and second Economic Impact Payments issued; eligible people can claim Recovery Rebate Credit

IR-2021-38, February 16, 2021 — The IRS announced today that, as required by law, all legally permitted first and second round of Economic Impact Payments have been issued and the IRS now turns its full attention to the 2021 filing season.

Register now for free Feb. 18 IRS webinar on how to choose a tax professional

IR-2021-37, February 12, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service will hold a free webinar, “How to Choose a Tax Pro,” on Thursday, February 18 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

Get ready for tax season using IRS Online Account

IR-2021-36, February 11, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers they can securely access their IRS account information through their individual online account.

Avoid pandemic paper delays: Use e-file with direct deposit for faster refunds as IRS prepares to open 2020 filing season

IR-2021-35, February 11, 2021 — With filing season opening on February 12, the Internal Revenue Service urged taxpayers to take some simple steps to help ensure they file accurate tax returns and speed their tax refunds to avoid a variety of pandemic-related issues.

IRS, Summit partners issue urgent EFIN scam alert to tax professionals

IR-2021-34, February 10, 2021 — The IRS, state tax agencies and tax industry today warned tax professionals of a new scam email that impersonates the IRS and attempts to steal Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs).

Double-check for missing or incorrect Forms W-2, 1099 before filing taxes

IR-2021-33, February 9, 2021 — With some areas seeing mail delays, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to double-check to make sure they have all of their tax documents, including Forms W-2 and 1099, before filing a tax return.

IRS names Sieger to permanent position of CIO

IR-2021-32, February 9, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that Nancy Sieger has been selected as the Chief Information Officer. She has served as acting CIO since June 2019.

New IRS form available for self-employed individuals to claim COVID-19 sick and family leave tax credits under FFCRA

IR-2021-31, February 8, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that a new form is available for eligible self-employed individuals to claim sick and family leave tax credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Beware of "ghost" preparers who don’t sign tax returns

IR-2021-30, February 5, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to avoid “ghost” tax return preparers whose refusal to sign returns can cause a frightening array of problems.

IRS names Maloy as director of Taxpayer First Act Office

IR-2021-29, February 5, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today named Heather C. Maloy to the position of director, Taxpayer First Act Office. She will report directly to the IRS Commissioner in her new role.

Educators can now deduct out-of-pocket expenses for COVID-19 protective items 

IR-2021-28, February 4, 2021 — Eligible educators can deduct unreimbursed expenses for COVID-19 protective items to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the classroom.

New law increases deduction limit for corporate cash contributions for disaster relief; IRS provides recordkeeping relief

IR-2021-27, January 29, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today explained how corporations may qualify for the new 100% limit for disaster relief contributions and offered a temporary waiver of the recordkeeping requirement for corporations otherwise qualifying for the increased limit.

IRS updates FAQs on paid sick leave credit and family leave credit 

IR-2021-26, January 29, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today posted updated FAQs about recent legislation that extended and amended tax relief to certain small- and mid-sized employers under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

EITC Awareness Day: Critical tax credit provides a significant refund boost to millions

IR-2021-25, January 29, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service and partners across the nation remind taxpayers about the Earned Income Tax Credit today on “EITC Awareness Day” 2021.

IRS offers guidance to taxpayers on identity theft involving unemployment benefits

IR-2021-24, January 28, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers who receive Forms 1099-G for unemployment benefits they did not actually get because of identity theft to contact their appropriate state agency for a corrected form.

Important reminders before filing 2020 tax returns

IR-2021-23, January 27, 2021 — Following an unpredictable year with many changes and challenges, the Internal Revenue Service today shared important reminders for taxpayers who are about to file their 2020 federal tax returns.

IRS creates new Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer position; Ken Corbin to lead new focus to improve service to taxpayers

IR-2021-22, January 26, 2021 — As part of a larger effort related to the Taxpayer First Act, the IRS announced today the creation of a new Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer position to help unify and expand efforts across the agency to serve taxpayers.

New law extends COVID tax credit for employers who keep workers on payroll

IR-2021-21, January 26, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service urges employers to take advantage of the newly-extended employee retention credit, designed to make it easier for businesses that, despite challenges posed by COVID-19, choose to keep their employees on the payroll.

New IRS "Submit Forms 2848 and 8821 Online" offers contact-free signature options for tax pros and clients sending authorization forms

IR-2021-20, January 25, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today rolled out a new online option that will help tax professionals remotely obtain signatures from individual and business clients and submit authorization forms electronically.

Get a federal tax refund faster with direct deposit

IR-2021-19, January 22, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers that the fastest way to get their tax refund is by filing electronically and choosing direct deposit.

IRS urges taxpayers to gather tax documents now for smooth filing later

IR-2021-18, January 22, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers that organizing tax records is an important first step for getting ready to prepare and file their 2020 tax return.

Employers can withhold, make payments of deferred Social Security taxes from 2020

IR-2021-17, January 19, 2021 — The IRS today released Notice 2021-11 addressing how employers who elected to defer certain employees’ taxes can withhold and pay the deferred taxes throughout 2021 instead of just the first four months of the year.

2021 tax filing season begins Feb. 12; IRS outlines steps to speed refunds during pandemic

IR-2021-16, January 15, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation's tax season will start on Friday, February 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns.

IRS Free File available today; claim Recovery Rebate Credit and other tax credits

IR-2021-15, January 15, 2021 — IRS Free File – online tax preparation products available at no charge – launched today, giving taxpayers an early opportunity to claim credits like the Recovery Rebate Credit and other deductions, the Internal Revenue Service announced.

Businesses have Feb. 1 deadline to provide Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC to recipients

IR-2021-14, January 14, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded businesses and other payors that the revised Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and the new Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, must be furnished to most recipients by February 1, 2021.

IRS reminds taxpayers to make final estimated tax payment for 2020

IR-2021-13, January 14, 2021 — Taxpayers who paid too little tax during 2020 can still avoid a tax-time bill and possible penalties by making a quarterly estimated tax payment now, directly to the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS selects new IRSAC members for 2021

IR-2021-12, January 13, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the appointment of 13 new members to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council.

National Taxpayer Advocate delivers Annual Report to Congress; focuses on taxpayer impact of COVID-19 and IRS funding needs

IR-2021-11, January 13, 2021 — National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins today released her 2020 Annual Report to Congress, focusing on the unprecedented challenges taxpayers faced in filing their tax returns and receiving refunds and stimulus payments during a year consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

IRS ready for the upcoming tax season; last-minute changes to tax laws included in IRS forms and instructions

IR-2021-10, January 12, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today assured taxpayers and tax professionals that updates to key federal tax forms and instructions are complete and will be available when Americans begin filing their tax returns.

All taxpayers now eligible for Identity Protection PINs

IR-2021-09, January 12, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today expanded the Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program to all taxpayers who can verify their identities.

IRS seeks applications for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee through March 1

IR-2021-08, January 11, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service is seeking qualified applicants for nomination to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee.

IRS sends Taxpayer First Act Report to Congress

IR-2021-07, January 11, 2021 — The IRS today sent the Taxpayer First Act Report to Congress, a comprehensive set of recommendations that will reimagine the taxpayer experience, enhance employee training and restructure the organization to increase collaboration and innovation.

Treasury issues millions of second Economic Impact Payments by debit card

IR-2021-06, January 7, 2021 —  Starting this week, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are sending approximately 8 million second Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) by prepaid debit card.

Treasury, IRS provide final regulations to help businesses claim credits for carbon capture 

IR-2021-05, January 6, 2021 — Today the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations regarding the credit for qualified carbon oxide captured using carbon capture equipment placed in service on or after February 9, 2018.

Eligible Paycheck Protection Program expenses now deductible

IR-2021-04, January 6, 2021 — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance today allowing deductions for the payments of eligible expenses when such payments would result (or be expected to result) in the forgiveness of a loan (covered loan) under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

IRS releases 2020 Progress Update; annual report details unprecedented year

IR-2021-03, January 5, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today released its 2020 annual report describing the agency’s work delivering taxpayer service and compliance efforts during COVID-19 while spotlighting actions taken by IRS employees to help people during the challenging year.

IRS revises Form 1024-A, application for Section 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status as part of ongoing efforts to improve service

IR-2021-02, January 5, 2021 — As part of ongoing efforts to improve service for the tax-exempt community, the Internal Revenue Service issued the revised Form 1024-A, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(4), and its instructions to allow electronic filing.

Economic Impact Payments on their way, visit IRS.gov instead of calling

IR-2021-01, January 4, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today urged people to visit IRS.gov for the most current information on the second round of Economic Impact Payments rather than calling the agency or their financial institutions or tax software providers.

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