News Releases for Current Month

Security Summit: Tax Pros can help clients battle identity theft risk related to unemployment

IR-2021-163, August 3, 2021 — IRS Security Summit partners today outlined for tax professionals how they can assist clients who were victims of unemployment compensation fraud schemes that targeted state workforce agencies in 2020 and 2021.

IRS announces 2021 Supplemental Application Low Income Taxpayer Clinic grant recipient

IR-2021-162, July 30, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that West Virginia University (WVU) College of Law has been selected for its 2021 Supplemental Application Low Income Taxpayer Clinic matching grant.

IRS: Businesses, charities, others with Employer Identification Numbers must update responsible party information within 60 days of any change

IR-2021-161, July 30, 2021 — Calling it a key security issue, the Internal Revenue Service today urged those entities with Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) to update their applications if there has been a change in the responsible party or contact information.

Paid leave credit available for providing leave to employees caring for individuals obtaining or recovering from a COVID-19 immunization

IR-2021-160, July 29, 2021 — The IRS today updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the paid sick and family leave tax credits under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).

IRS continues unemployment compensation adjustments, prepares another 1.5 million refunds

IR-2021-159, July 28, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service reported today that another 1.5 million taxpayers will receive refunds averaging more than $1,600 as it continues to adjust unemployment compensation from previously filed income tax returns.

Security Summit: Tax pros should encourage clients to obtain IP PINs to protect against tax-related identity theft

IR-2021-158, July 27, 2021 — Internal Revenue Service Security Summit partners today called on tax professionals to increase efforts to inform clients about the Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program that can protect against tax-related identity theft.

More than 2.2 million additional Economic Impact Payments disbursed under the American Rescue Plan

IR-2021-157, July 21, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service announced today they have disbursed more than 2.2 million additional Economic Impact Payments under the American Rescue Plan.

IRS holds additional weekend events July 23-24 to help people with Child Tax Credit payments and Economic Impact Payments

IR-2021-156, July 21, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service and partners in non-profit organizations, churches, community groups and others will host additional events in several cities this weekend to help eligible families register for the monthly Advance Child Tax Credit (AdvCTC) payments.

Security Summit partners urge tax pros to use multi-factor authentication; critical step to boost protection against data theft

IR-2021-155, July 20, 2021 — With security incidents on the rise, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry urged tax professionals and taxpayers to use a special feature – multi-factor authentication – available on tax software products to help protect against identity and data theft.

IRS improves services to taxpayers with digital authorizations and launch of new Tax Pro Account

IR-2021-154, July 19, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today launched a new feature that will give taxpayers digital control over who can represent them or view their tax records, a groundbreaking step in the agency’s expansion of electronic options for taxpayers and tax professionals.

IRS: Monthly Child Tax Credit payments begin

IR-2021-153, July 15, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced today that millions of American families have started receiving monthly Child Tax Credit payments as direct deposits begin posting in bank accounts and checks arrive in mailboxes.

IRS Security Summit announces summer campaign to raise awareness among tax pros about identity theft; urges practitioners to boost security immunity

IR-2021-152, July 14, 2021 — Continuing an effort to battle tax-related identity theft, the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry announced today that the annual campaign to raise awareness among tax professionals about data security will begin next week.

IRS readies nearly 4 million refunds for unemployment compensation overpayments

IR-2021-151, July 13, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today it will issue another round of refunds this week to nearly 4 million taxpayers who overpaid their taxes on unemployment compensation received last year.

IRS: Online Child Tax Credit eligibility tool now available in Spanish; other multilingual materials help families see if they qualify for advance payments

IR-2021-150, July 12, 2021 — The IRS has launched a new Spanish-language version of its online tool, Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant, designed to help families determine whether they qualify for the Child Tax Credit and the special monthly advance payments of the credit, due to begin on July 15.

IRS Nationwide Tax Forum kicks off July 20

IR-2021-149, July 9, 2021 — This Tuesday, July 13, is the last day for tax professionals to register to attend the 2021 IRS Virtual Nationwide Tax Forum and have access to all 30 webinars, including IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig’s keynote address on the first day of the forum.

IRS provides guidance for multiemployer retirement plans receiving assistance from the PBGC

IR-2021-148, July 9, 2021 — The IRS today provided guidance for multiemployer qualified retirement plans that receive special financial assistance from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and for participants and beneficiaries in those plans.

IRS.gov: The 24/7 summertime spot for tax help

IR-2021-147, July 9, 2021 — The IRS website provides millions of visitors with the answers they need to fit their busy summer schedules.

IRS holds special weekend events to help people who don’t normally file taxes get Child Tax Credit payments and Economic Impact Payments

IR-2021-146, July 7, 2021 — The IRS and partners in non-profit organizations, churches, community groups and others will host events in 12 cities this weekend to help people who don’t normally file a federal tax return to register for the monthly Advance Child Tax Credit (AdvCTC) payments.

IRS provides answers for certain transportation companies eligible for Treasury grants

IR-2021-145, July 6, 2021 — The IRS today posted answers to questions that certain transportation companies may have regarding Treasury grants and related taxes.

IRS wraps up its 2021 "Dirty Dozen" scams list with warning about promoted abusive arrangements

IR-2021-144, July 1, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today concludes the “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams with a warning to taxpayers to watch out for schemes peddled by tax promoters, including syndicated conservation easements, abusive micro-captive insurance arrangements and other abusive arrangements.

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