IRS Statements and Announcements

Jan. 29, 2024 — As we start the 2024 filing season today, I just wanted to take a moment to especially thank everyone in the nation’s tax professional community.

Jan. 26, 2024 — Contrary to some wildly inaccurate reports Friday night, the IRS is not having widespread system issues in advance of Monday's filing season opening. IRS systems continue operating well, and the agency has seen a strong, successful testing season in advance of the 2024 tax season opening.

Jan. 10, 2024 — IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel today updated the Senate Finance Committee on the agency’s efforts to protect honest taxpayers and combat fraud in the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) program.

Sept. 18, 2023 — Text of the Sept. 18, 2023, letter IRS Commissioner Werfel shared with the members of Congress updating them on agency enforcement efforts and efforts to address audit disparity issues in areas such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

June 7, 2023 — The IRS reassures California taxpayers that they continue to have an automatic extension until later this year to file and pay their taxes for those covered by disaster declarations in the state.

May 16, 2023 — Letter from IRS Commissioner Werfel to Treasury Secretary Yellen to accompany Direct File report.

May 15, 2023 — Text of the May 15, 2023, letter IRS Commissioner Werfel shared with the Senate Finance Committee and other members of Congress following questions about apparent racial disparity in the selection of tax returns for audit.

April 14, 2023 — The 2022 Data Book reports examination coverage rates by type and size of return for examinations in process or closed as of September 30, 2022.

Feb. 3, 2023 — The IRS is aware of questions involving special tax refunds or payments made by states in 2022; we are working with state tax officials as quickly as possible to provide additional information and clarity for taxpayers.

November 10, 2022 — We are on the brink of an exciting new era for the IRS, one that is desperately needed to transform the agency to improve taxpayer service and ensure fairness in tax compliance.

October 28, 2022 — As the end of my term approaches, I want to share with you that Doug O'Donnell, the IRS Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement, has been selected to serve as acting IRS Commissioner. His selection, announced today by Treasury Secretary Yellen, will keep our important work for our nation moving forward until a new IRS commissioner is nominated by the Administration and confirmed by the Senate.

October 11, 2022 — The IRS announced today draft changes to the Schedule UTP and the UTP Instructions for 2022 Tax Year (processing year 2023).

October 4, 2022 — The IRS will begin mailing letters in October on behalf of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, sharing information about obtaining Marketplace healthcare coverage.

September 2, 2022 — The IRS recently discovered that some machine-readable (XML) Form 990-T data made available for bulk download section on the Tax Exempt Organization Search (TEOS) should not have been made public.

August 16, 2022 — A statement from the Commissioner about the historic reconciliation package marking a transformational moment for the IRS and an opportunity for the future of tax administration.

August 4, 2022 — Letter to members of the Senate from the IRS Commissioner about the reconciliation package.

August 4, 2022 — Letter to members of the House of Representatives from the IRS Commissioner about the reconciliation package.

July 27, 2022 — The IRS is aware that some payments made for 2021 tax returns have not been correctly applied to joint taxpayer accounts, and these taxpayers are receiving erroneous balance due notices (CP-14 notices) or notices showing the incorrect amount.

June 22, 2022 — The IRS is committed to having healthy inventories by the end of this year and continues to make strong progress handling unprocessed tax returns. This follows unprecedented actions taken by the agency, and these intensive efforts to help taxpayers will continue in the months ahead.

May 26, 2022 — Today’s Data Book release contains important statistics about the nature of the IRS’s enforcement activities. A fact that is worth noting is that these are point-in-time estimates of the IRS’s ongoing examinations for the respective tax years.

May 13, 2022 — IRS processed 3.2 billion information returns in 2020. Information returns are not tax returns, and they are documents submitted to the IRS by third-party payors, not taxpayers. 99% of the information returns we used were matched to corresponding tax returns and processed. The remaining 1% of those documents were destroyed due to a software limitation and to make room for new documents relevant to the pending 2021 filing season.

April 18, 2022 — A statement about this year marking the first time in history that many families with children in Puerto Rico will be eligible to claim the Child Tax Credit.

February 21, 2022 — A statement about new features available in IRS Online Account registration.

January 27, 2022 — A statement about the Child Tax Credit letters being sent.

January 27, 2022 — A statement about IRS providing meaningful assistance to taxpayers.

Statements are pursuant to the requirements of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended, for the federal fiscal year mentioned in each statement.

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