IRS Statements and Announcements Archive

Below are the web versions of our Statements and Announcements from 2006 through 2020.

The most recent statements and announcements may be found in our IRS Statements and Announcements page.

Update on $500 per child payments for federal beneficiaries

October 23, 2020 — IRS statement regarding update on $500 per child payments for federal beneficiaries.

IRS to restart sending 500 series balance due notices

October 23, 2020 — The IRS will resume issuing the 500 series balance due notices to taxpayers later in October. These notices were paused on May 9 due to COVID-19.

IRS has taken steps to confirm the integrity of systems protecting taxpayer data

September 29, 2020 — IRS Statement about the integrity of our tax system depends on all taxpayers knowing that their return information is subject to the highest levels of confidentiality and protection in the hands of the IRS.

IRS Statement on Economic Impact Payments by state (as of Aug. 28, 2020)

August 28, 2020 — The following chart shows the number of Economic Impact Payments and the total amount of the payments by state.

Failure to deposit penalties on some employers claiming new tax credits

August 21, 2020 — Statement on the failure to deposit penalties on some employers claiming new tax credits.

IRS temporarily stops mailing notices to taxpayers with balances due

August 21, 2020 — IRS statement on temporarily stopping the mailing of balance due notices.

IRS seeks comments on Revenue Procedure 94-69

August 19, 2020 — The IRS’ Large Business and International Division is requesting comments from large corporate taxpayers currently utilizing the procedures under Revenue Procedure 94-69 to disclose changes in tax positions after the opening of an examination.

IRS Statement on Economic Impact Payments by state (as of July 17, 2020)

July 17, 2020 — The following chart shows the number of Economic Impact Payments and the total amount of the payments by state.

IRS Statement on implementing a process to provide accessible tax notices to the blind

July 15, 2020 — The IRS is announcing that it has agreed to develop and implement a process to allow blind taxpayers to request post-filing tax notices—such as notices about additional taxes or penalties owed—in Braille, large print, or electronic formats.

IRS Statement on Economic Impact Payments by state

June 26, 2020 — The following chart shows the number of Economic Impact Payments and the total amount of the payments by state.

IRS Statement on Taxpayer Assistance Centers

June 26, 2020 — Starting Monday, June 29, 2020, the IRS will begin opening its Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) to the public in phases.

IRS statement on interest payments

June 24, 2020 — Interest on individual 2019 refunds reflected on returns filed by July 15, 2020 will generally be paid from April 15, 2020 until the date of the refund.

IRS Statement on Getting Answers to Economic Impact Payment Questions

April 18, 2020 – The IRS is regularly updating the Economic Impact Payment and the Get My Payment tool frequently asked questions pages on as more information becomes available.

IRS Statement on Get My Payment Application: Status Not Available

April 15, 2020 — The Get My Payment site is operating smoothly and effectively. In situations where payment status is not available, the app will respond with “Status Not Available.” 

IRS Statement on Changes to Virtual Currency Webpage

February 14, 2020 — The IRS recognizes that the language on our page potentially caused concern for some taxpayers. We have changed the language in order to lessen any confusion.

IRS Statement - Delegation Order

October 25, 2019 — In a delegation order released today, the IRS Commissioner delegated authority regarding denials of requests to go to Appeals, to officials in the Office of Chief Counsel.

Update on Passport Certifications and Taxpayer Advocate Service

October 16, 2019 — To help support fairness and integrity in the tax system, the Internal Revenue Service has made a change in how it handles passport certifications for people with significant tax debt.

IRS Statement on Free File Program

October 11, 2019 — IRS commissions MITRE assessment of the Free File Program to address recent concerns raised about the Free File Alliance.

IRS Statement on draft 2020 Form W-4

May 31, 2019 — Following feedback from the payroll and tax communities, the IRS issued an early draft of the 2020 W-4 for public comment.

IRS statement and instructions regarding recent software outage

May 14, 2019 — The IRS has been working closely with CCH to ease the impact on taxpayers caused by their recent software outage.

IRS statement on the National Taxpayer Advocate position

May 13, 2019 — As the process to select the next National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) begins, the IRS is seeking candidates from the tax community who might be interested in the position.

IRS Activities Following the Shutdown

January 29, 2019 — The IRS has reopened following the end of the government shutdown, and IRS employees are working hard to resume normal operations and help taxpayers as much as possible.

IRS Update on Shutdown Impact on Tax Court Cases; Important Information for Taxpayers, Tax Professionals with Pending Cases

January 25, 2019 — The United States Tax Court’s website announced that the Tax Court shut down operations on Friday, December 28, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice. The IRS reminds taxpayers and tax professionals the Tax Court website is the best place to get information about a pending case.

IRS operations during the appropriations lapse

January 15, 2019 — Due to the lapse in appropriations, most IRS operations are closed during the shutdown. An IRS-wide furlough began on December 22, 2018, that affects many operations.

IRS Statement - IRS reopens IVES, some fee-based programs

January 9, 2019 — Following an extensive review, the IRS began processing requests on Jan. 7 for transcript information made through the Income Verification Express Service (IVES) program.

IRS Statement on Form W-4

September 20, 2018 — Following feedback from the payroll and tax communities, the Treasury Department and the IRS will incorporate important changes into a new version of the Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, for 2020.

IRS Statement on Retroactive Extender Provisions

Feb. 9, 2018 — Review IRS updates on retroactive extender provisions.

IRS Statements – Withholding for 2018

Find IRS statements on 2018 tax withholding tables.

IRS Statement - Secure Access
December 8, 2017 — IRS announced that taxpayers may resume creating new accounts protected by Secure Access authentication.

IRS Statement on 2018 Filing Season Start Date
November 3, 2017 — IRS reminds taxpayers that no start date has been set for the 2018 tax season. Speculation about January start dates is premature.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) Statement‎ about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)
March 30, 2017 — The IRS Data Retrieval Tool on and remains unavailable.

IRS and U.S. Department of Education Office of FSA Statement‎ about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
March 9, 2017 — The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is currently unavailable. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

IRS Statement on "Get an IP PIN" Tool
July 19, 2016 — The IRS today announced that the “Get an IP PIN” tool has returned to with a stronger authentication process to help protect taxpayers.

IRS Takes Steps to Strengthen IVES Program; Works with Industry to Quickly Implement New Safeguards
June 23, 2016 — As part of a wider effort to protect taxpayer information and strengthen authentication standards, the Internal Revenue Service is putting in place new requirements for participants using the Income Verification Express Service (IVES), a service supporting the lending industry to verify loan applicant’s incomes.

IRS Statement on the Electronic Filing PIN
June 23, 2016 — As a precautionary step to protect taxpayers, the IRS today announced that the electronic filing PIN tool  is no longer available on or by toll-free phone following additional questionable activity.

IRS User Fee Program
May 4, 2016 — Federal law and policy requires agencies, including the IRS, to charge a user fee to recover the cost of providing certain services to the public that confer a special benefit to the recipient.

IRS Statement on IP PIN
March 7, 2016 — As part of its ongoing security review, the Internal Revenue Service temporarily suspended the Identity Protection PIN tool on and is conducting a further review of the application.

IRS Statement On “Get Transcript”
February 26, 2016 — Following an incident involving the IRS’s “Get Transcript” application discovered last May, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration conducted a nine-month long investigation looking back to the launch of the application in January 2014 for additional suspicious activity.

IRS Statement on e-filing PIN
February 9, 2016 — The IRS recently identified and halted an automated attack upon its Electronic Filing PIN application on

Updated IRS Statement: IRS Systems are Operating
February 4, 2016 — The IRS announced it resumed processing individual and business tax returns at approximately 5 p.m. Thursday following resolution of its system outage.

IRS Statement on the Opening of the 2016 Filing Season
January 19, 2016 — The IRS successfully opened its systems today in a smooth opening of the 2016 tax filing season. Through mid-day, the IRS had received several hundred thousand tax returns.

Additional IRS Statement on the "Get Transcript" Incident
August 17, 2015 — The IRS has issued an additional statement on the Get Transcript incident, discussing its extensive review covering the 2015 filing season.

IRS Statement on the Senate Finance Committee Report
August 5, 2015 — The IRS has issued a statement on the Senate Finance Committee report.

IRS Statement on the "Get Transcript" Application
May 26, 2015 — The IRS announced that criminals used data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through IRS’ “Get Transcript” application.

Statement of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
February 2, 2015 — Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen commented on the proposed budget for the IRS for FY 2016.

Statement on Health Coverage Information Reporting by Employers
July 24, 2014 — The IRS has issued a statement on draft forms that will be used by employers to report employee health coverage.

IRS Statement on an IRS letter to the Senate Finance Committee
June 14, 2014 — IRS issues a statement on a June 13, 2014, IRS letter to the Senate Finance Committee.

IRS Statement on "Heartbleed" and Filing Season
April 9, 2014 — The IRS has issued a statement on the "Heartbleed" security flaw. Our systems continue operating and are not affected by this bug.

IRS Statement on Data Security Employee Issue
March 18, 2014 — The IRS today issued a statement on a data security employee issue.

IRS Operations Resumption Statement
October 18, 2013 — The IRS started reopening operations on Oct. 17. Our employees are reporting back to work, and we are assessing the impact of the 16-day shutdown on our national operations.

IRS Statement on Obtaining Emails
April 18, 2013 — The IRS administers the nation's tax laws in a way that follows the law and treats taxpayers with respect.

IRS Statement on Court Ruling Related to Return Preparers
January 22, 2013 — The IRS has issued a statement on a court ruling related to enforcement of regulatory requirements for registered tax return preparers.

Statement of IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman on the Filing Deadline for Small Charities
May 18, 2010 — Forthcoming guidance will help small organizations that haven't filed keep their tax-exempt status

Statement of IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman

June 16, 2009 — Secretary Geithner and Commissioner Shulman ask that Congress act to make clear that there will be no tax consequence to employers or employees for personal use of work-related devices such as cell phones provided by employers.

Fiscal Year 2006 Enforcement and Service Results
November 20, 2006 — Statement of IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson.