IRS Free File available today; filers can claim important tax benefits

IR-2022-14, January 14, 2022 — The IRS today announced the availability of Free File, providing taxpayers online tax preparation products available at no charge.

IRS issues Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit

IR-2022-13, January 13, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit. 

Get ready for taxes: Bookmark IRS.gov resources and online tools to use before, during and after filing 

IR-2022-12, January 13, 2022 – The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to use IRS online tools and resources to find the information they need to be ready to file their 2021 federal tax returns, including important special steps related to Economic Impact Payments and advance Child Tax Credit payments.

National Taxpayer Advocate delivers Annual Report to Congress; focuses on taxpayer impact of processing and refund delays

IR-2022-11, January 12, 2022 — National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins today released her 2021 Annual Report to Congress, calling calendar year 2021 “the most challenging year taxpayers and tax professionals have ever experienced.” 

IRS updates FAQs for 2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments

IR-2022-10, January 11, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the 2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit to help eligible families properly claim the credit when they prepare and file their 2021 tax return.

IRS selects new IRSAC members for 2022

IR-2022-09, January 10, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the appointment of nine new members to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC). 

2022 tax filing season begins Jan. 24; IRS outlines refund timing and what to expect in advance of April 18 tax deadline

IR-2022-08, January 10, 2022 — The IRS announced that the nation's tax season will start on Monday, January 24, 2022, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2021 tax year returns. 

IRS releases its 2021 Progress Update detailing challenging year

IR-2022-07, January 7, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today released its 2021 annual report describing the agency’s work delivering taxpayer service and compliance efforts during the pandemic while highlighting efforts taken by IRS employees to help people during the year.

IRS updates FAQs for 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit

IR-2022-06, January 7, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) on 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit (FS-2022-02).

IRS updates Topic G FAQs for 2020 Unemployment Compensation Exclusion

IR-2022-05, January 7, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) on 2020 Unemployment Compensation Exclusion (FS-2022-01).

IRS-CI counts down the top 10 cases of 2021

IR-2022-04, January 7, 2022 — Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) began counting down the top 10 cases for calendar year 2021 on its Twitter account on January 3.

IRS reminder to many: Make final 2021 quarterly tax payment by Jan. 18; avoid surprise tax bill, possible penalty

IR-2022-03, January 5, 2022 — The IRS urges taxpayers to check into their options to avoid being subject to estimated tax penalties, which apply when someone underpays their taxes.

IRS revises Form 1024, used by most types of organizations to apply for exempt status, to allow electronic filing

IR-2022-2, January 3, 2022 — As part of ongoing efforts to improve service for the tax-exempt community, the IRS has revised Form 1024, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(a) or Section 521 of the Internal Revenue Code, to allow electronic filing. 

For Colorado wildfire victims, IRS extends 2021 tax-filing deadline, other deadlines to May 16

IR-2022-01, January 3, 2022 — Victims of this weekend’s wildfires in Colorado will have until May 16, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS reminder: For many employers and self-employed people, deferred Social Security tax payment due Jan. 3

IR-2021-256, December 27, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded employers and self-employed individuals that chose to defer paying part of their 2020 Social Security tax obligation that a payment is due on January 3, 2022.

IRS issues information letters to Advance Child Tax Credit recipients and recipients of the third round of Economic Impact Payments; taxpayers should hold onto letters to help the 2022 Filing Season experience

IR-2021-255, December 22, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it will issue information letters to Advance Child Tax Credit recipients starting in December and to recipients of the third round of the Economic Impact Payments at the end of January. Using this information when preparing a tax return can reduce errors and delays in processing.

Hurricane Ida tax relief extended to February 15 for part or all of six qualifying states 

IR-2021-254, December 22, 2021 — Victims of Hurricane Ida in six states now have until February 15, 2022, extended from January 3, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

United States, Malta sign a competent authority arrangement (CAA) confirming pension fund meaning 

IR-2021-253, December 21, 2021 — The competent authorities of the United States and Malta signed a competent authority arrangement (CAA) confirming their understanding of the meaning of pension fund for purposes of the United States–Malta income tax treaty (Treaty). The competent authorities have entered into this agreement after becoming aware that U.S. taxpayers with no connection to Malta were misconstruing the pension provisions of the Treaty to avoid income tax on the earnings of, and distributions from, personal retirement schemes established in Malta. 

For Illinois and Tennessee tornado victims, IRS extends 2021 tax-filing deadline, other deadlines to May 16

IR-2021-252, December 20, 2021 — Victims of this month’s tornadoes in parts of Illinois and Tennessee will have until May 16, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. This is the same relief already provided to storm victims in Kentucky.

IRS issues standard mileage rates for 2022

IR-2021-251, December 17, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2022 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

IRS makes Tax Exempt Organization Search primary source to get exempt organization data

IR-2021-250, December 16, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the publicly available data it provides on electronically filed Forms 990 in a machine-readable format will be available solely on the Tax Exempt Organization Search webpage.

Families will soon receive their December advance Child Tax Credit payment; those not receiving payments may claim any missed payments on the upcoming 2021 tax return

IR-2021-249, December 15, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced today that millions of American families will soon receive their final advance Child Tax Credit (CTC) payment for the month of December. 

For Kentucky tornado victims, IRS extends 2021 tax-filing deadline, other deadlines to May 16  

IR-2021-248, December 14, 2021 — Victims of this weekend’s tornadoes in Kentucky will have until May 16, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS joins leading nonprofit groups to highlight special charitable tax benefit available through Dec. 31

IR-2021-247, December 13, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service joined today with several leading nonprofit groups to highlight a special tax provision that allows more people to deduct donations to qualifying charities on their 2021 federal income tax return. 

IRS provides revised questions and answers for 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit

IR-2021-246, December 10, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit (FS-2021-17). 

Most retirees must take required minimum distributions by Dec. 31 

IR-2021-245, December 8, 2021 — The IRS today reminded retirement plan participants and individual retirement account owners that payments, called required minimum distributions, must usually be taken by December 31. 

IRS is seeking qualified applicants for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee

IR-2021-244, December 8, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service is seeking qualified applicants for nomination to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC). The ETAAC is an organized public forum for discussion of issues in electronic tax administration, such as prevention of identity theft and refund fraud. 

Get ready for taxes: What's new and what to consider when filing in 2022

IR-2021-243, December 7, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to take important actions this month to help them file their federal tax returns in 2022, including special steps related to Economic Impact Payments and advance Child Tax Credit payments.

IRS issues guidance regarding the retroactive termination of the Employee Retention Credit

IR-2021-242, December 6, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance for employers regarding the retroactive termination of the Employee Retention Credit.

National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 5: Security Summit partners remind businesses to tighten security; be aware of steps to help prevent, protect data loss

IR-2021-241, December 3, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry urged businesses to be alert to cyberattacks aimed at gaining access to business data and customer information and be aware of steps to help them on tax-related issues related to identity theft.

National Tax Security Awareness Week: Tax pros, taxpayers can use secure online account and digital signature options

IR-2021-240, December 2, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry marked the fourth day of National Tax Security Awareness Week with a reminder to tax professionals and taxpayers that they can use digital signatures on a variety of common IRS forms and access a secure online platform to view and make changes to their account.

National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 4: Security Summit warns tax pros that pandemic adds to data-theft risks; offers tips and outlines common scams

IR-2021-239, December 2, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry today warned tax professionals that they face additional security risks from cybercriminals seeking to use the pandemic and phishing scams to steal sensitive client information. 

National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 3: Choosing a special Identity Protection PIN adds extra safety for taxpayers

IR-2021-238, December 1, 2021 — As part of a wider effort to increase security, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers they can get extra protection starting in January by joining the agency’s Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) program. 

National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 2: Giving Tuesday reminder that scammers can use fake charities to get sensitive information 

IR-2021-237, November 30, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service and Security Summit partners today warned taxpayers to be wary of fake charities used by scammers to get money as well as sensitive financial and personal information from victims.

Taxpayer alert as holidays, tax season approach: Watch out for scams, protect financial information; National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 1 highlights important tips

IR-2021-236, November 29, 2021 — Kicking off a special week, the Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners today warned taxpayers and tax professionals to beware of a dangerous combination of events that can increase their exposure to tax scams or identity theft.

Child Tax Credit payments: IRS online portal now available in Spanish; Nov. 29 is last day for families to opt out or make other changes

IR-2021-235, November 23, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service this week launched a new Spanish-language version of the Child Tax Credit Update Portal (CTC-UP).

Interest rates remain the same for the first quarter of 2022 

IR-2021-234, November 23, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning January 1, 2022.

Scam risks remain during pandemic; Security Summit focuses special week on taxpayer, tax professional protection against identity theft

IR-2021-233, November 19, 2021 — With the 2022 tax season and the holidays rapidly approaching, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the nation's tax industry today announced a special week focusing attention on taxpayers protecting sensitive financial information against identity thieves.

IRS Criminal Investigation releases annual report highlighting 2,500+ investigations, law enforcement partnerships

IR-2021-232, November 18, 2021 — Over 2,500 criminal investigations, the identification of more than $10 billion from tax fraud and financial crimes, and a nearly 90% conviction rate are just a few highlights from the IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report. 

IRS provides answers to states and local governments on taxability and reporting of payments from Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

IR-2021-231, November 17, 2021 — IRS provides answers to states and local governments on taxability and reporting of payments from Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.

IRS: All of Mississippi now qualifies for expanded Hurricane Ida relief; Sept. 15, Oct. 15 deadlines, other dates extended to Jan. 3 

IR-2021-230, November 17, 2021 — Victims of Hurricane Ida throughout Mississippi now have additional time – until January 3, 2022 – to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS offers how-to videos to help taxpayers apply for Offers in Compromise and avoid scams

IR-2021-229, November 17, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today unveiled a new how-to video series enabling taxpayers to avoid potential scams by considering and applying for an Offer in Compromise (OIC) themselves and avoid paying excessive fees to companies advertising outlandish claims.

IRS unveils new online identity verification process for accessing self-help tools

IR-2021-228, November 17, 2021 — The IRS today announced the launch of an improved identity verification and sign-in process that enables more people to securely access and use IRS online tools and applications.

IRS Advisory Council issues 2021 Annual Report

IR-2021-227, November 17, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) today issued its annual report for 2021, including recommendations to the IRS on new and continuing issues in tax administration.

Tax professionals can now order more transcripts from the IRS

IR-2021-226, November 16, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that, effective Nov. 15, 2021, tax professionals are able to order up to 30 Transcript Delivery System (TDS) transcripts per client through the Practitioner Priority Service® line.

IRS provides guidance on per diem rates and the temporary 100% deduction for food or beverages from restaurants

IR-2021-225, November 16, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued Notice 2021-63 to make clear how the temporary 100% business deduction for food or beverages from restaurants applies to taxpayers properly applying the rules of Revenue Procedure 2019-48 for using per diem rates. 

More California wildfire relief from IRS: Sept. 15, Oct. 15 deadlines, other dates further extended to Jan. 3 for certain areas

IR-2021-224, November 15, 2021 — Wildfire victims in parts of California now have until January 3, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. 

IRS announces new online tool to help U.S. withholding agents validate their 1042-S data prior to filing

IR-2021-223, November 15, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today launched a new online tool designed to help U.S. withholding agents comply with their reporting and withholding responsibilities with respect to IRS Form 1042-S, Foreign Person’s U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding.

IRS: Families will soon receive November advance Child Tax Credit payments; time running out to sign up online to get an advance payment in December

IR-2021-222, November 12, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced today that millions of American families will soon receive their advance Child Tax Credit (CTC) payment for the month of November. Low-income families who are not getting payments and have not filed a tax return can still get one, but they must sign up on IRS.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Monday, Nov. 15.

IRS updates FAQs for 2020 Unemployment Compensation Exclusion 

IR-2021-221, November 12, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today updated its frequently-asked-questions (FAQs) on 2020 Unemployment Compensation Exclusion.

IRS Financial Report available on IRS.gov

IR-2021-220, November 10, 2021 – The Internal Revenue Service published its Financial Report on IRS.gov today. This new report provides the American people with a comprehensive view of the IRS’s financial activities as well as the accomplishments of its finance management community.

IRS provides tax inflation adjustments for tax year 2022

IR-2021-219, November 10, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the tax year 2022 annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules and other tax changes. Revenue Procedure 2021-45 provides details about these annual adjustments.

IRS updates 2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments Frequently Asked Questions

IR-2021-218, November 9, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today updated frequently-asked-questions (FAQs) for the 2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments to describe how taxpayers can now provide the IRS an estimate of your 2021 income using the Child Tax Credit Update Portal (CTC UP).

Get ready for taxes: Easy steps taxpayers can take now to make tax filing easier in 2022

IR-2021-217, November 8, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers, including those who received stimulus payments or advance Child Tax Credit payments, to take important steps this fall to help them file their federal tax returns in 2022.

IRS announces 401(k) limit increases to $20,500

IR-2021-216, November 4, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the amount individuals can contribute to their 401(k) plans in 2022 has increased to $20,500, up from $19,500 for 2021 and 2020.

IRS releases reporting guidance for partnership interests held in connection with the performance of services

IR-2021-215, November 3, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today posted detailed reporting directions for certain passthrough entities and taxpayers reporting of partnership interests held in connection with the performance of services, often referred to as “carried interests,” in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Year-end giving reminder: Special tax deduction helps most people give up to $600 to charity, even if they don’t itemize 

IR-2021-214, November 3, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that a special tax provision will allow more Americans to easily deduct up to $600 in donations to qualifying charities on their 2021 federal income tax return.

More Ida relief from IRS: Sept. 15, Oct. 15 deadlines, other dates extended to Jan. 3 for parts of Connecticut

IR-2021-213, November 3, 2021 — Victims of Hurricane Ida in parts of Connecticut now have until January 3, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS issues another 430,000 refunds for adjustments related to unemployment compensation

IR-2021-212, November 1, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service recently sent approximately 430,000 refunds totaling more than $510 million to taxpayers who paid taxes on unemployment compensation excluded from income for tax year 2020. 

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