National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 3: IRS expands Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program to taxpayers nationwide

IR-2020-267, December 2, 2020 — As part of the Security Summit effort, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that starting in January the Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program will be expanded to all taxpayers who can properly verify their identities.
 

IRS National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 2: 2021 online tax preparation products to offer multi-factor authentication for taxpayers, tax pros

IR-2020-266, December 1, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today marked the second day of National Tax Security Awareness Week by announcing an improved feature that will be available on all 2021 online tax preparation products.

National Tax Security Awareness Week opens with warnings to all taxpayers and tax professionals as holidays, 2021 tax season approach

IR-2020-265, November 30, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners today issued warnings to all taxpayers and tax professionals to beware of scams and identity theft schemes by criminals taking advantage of the combination of holiday shopping, the approaching tax season and coronavirus concerns.

Special $300 tax deduction helps most people give to charity this year – even if they don’t itemize

IR-2020-264, November 25, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers of a special new provision that will allow more people to easily deduct up to $300 in donations to qualifying charities this year.

Get Ready for Taxes: Steps to take now to make tax filing easier in 2021

IR-2020-263, November 24, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to take necessary actions this fall to help file federal tax returns timely and accurately in 2021.

The Treasury Department and IRS issue final regulations regarding like-kind exchanges of real property

IR-2020-262, November 23, 2020 — Today the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations relating to section 1031 like-kind exchanges.

IRS announces procurement research partnership to improve contracting processes

IR-2020-261, November 23, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service’s Office of the Chief Procurement Officer today announced a research partnership with Data and Analytic Solutions, a small business located in Fairfax, Virginia.

Register by Nov. 21 to get an Economic Impact Payment; same deadline for federal beneficiaries to get missed $500 per child payments

IR-2020-260, November 19, 2020 — The IRS Service today reminded people who don’t normally file tax returns that they have until November 21 at 3 p.m. Eastern time to register for an Economic Impact Payment.

Security Summit partners announce National Tax Security Awareness Week dates; urge increased security measures as fraudsters exploit COVID-19 concerns

IR-2020-259, November 19, 2020 — The IRS, state tax agencies and the nation's tax industry today announced that the 5th Annual National Tax Security Awareness Week will take place between November 30 and December 4.

IRS Advisory Council issues 2020 Annual Report

IR-2020-258, November 18, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) today issued its annual report for 2020, including recommendations to the IRS on new and continuing issues in tax administration.

Nov. 21 deadline nears to register online for Economic Impact Payment; Some people can claim special credit next tax filing season

IR-2020-257, November 17, 2020 — The IRS today reminded anyone who doesn’t normally file a tax return that they have until 3 p.m. EST this Saturday, November 21, to register with the IRS for an Economic Impact Payment.

Get Ready for Taxes: Get ready now to file 2020 federal income tax returns

IR-2020-256, November 17, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to take necessary actions this fall to help them file their federal tax returns timely and accurately in 2021, including special steps related to Economic Impact Payments.

IRS Criminal Investigation releases Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report; identifies $2.3 billion in tax fraud

IR-2020-255, November 16, 2020 — The IRS today released the Criminal Investigation Division's annual report, highlighting the agency’s successes and criminal enforcement actions taken in fiscal year 2020, the majority of which occurred during COVID-19.

IRS to mask key business transcript details; protect taxpayers from identity theft

IR-2020-254, November 13, 2020 — Moving to protect business taxpayers from identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service today announced that starting December 13 it will begin masking sensitive data on business tax transcripts.

IRS reminder to non-filers: Nov. 10 is ‘National EIP Registration Day;’ Community partners can help people sign up for Economic Impact Payment

IR-2020-253, November 9, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today urged anyone who doesn’t normally file a tax return and has not yet received an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) to take advantage of “National EIP Registration Day,” on Tuesday, November 10.

IRS provides certainty regarding the deductibility of payments by partnerships and S corporations for State and local income taxes

IR-2020-252, November 9, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued Notice 2020-75, which announces rules to be included in forthcoming proposed regulations.

IRS provides guidance on certain distributions from terminating 403(b) plans

IR-2020-251, November 5, 2020 — The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance for employers and employees with terminating 403(b) plans that fund benefits through 403(b)(7) custodial accounts.

Many college students may still qualify for an Economic Impact Payment; review the guidelines and register by Nov. 21 at IRS.gov

IR-2020-250, November 5, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today urged any eligible self-supporting college student who doesn’t need to file a tax return to register by November 21 so they can receive an Economic Impact Payment before the end of the year.

Security Summit partners warn taxpayers of new COVID-related text scam

IR-2020-249, November 4, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned of a new text scam created by thieves that trick people into disclosing bank account information under the guise of receiving the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment.

IRS makes it easier to set up payment agreements; offers other relief to taxpayers struggling with tax debts

IR-2020-248, November 2, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced a number of changes designed to help struggling taxpayers impacted by COVID-19 more easily settle their tax debts with the IRS.

IRS: People with foreign accounts reminded of the extension to file 2019 FBAR by Oct. 31, Dec. 31 if impacted by certain natural disasters

IR-2020-247, October 28, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service reminds U.S. citizens, entities and resident aliens with a foreign bank or financial account that they have until October 31, 2020, to file their 2019 Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).

Circular 230, Publication 947 available in Spanish for tax pros for the first time

IR-2020-246, October 27, 2020 — As part of an ongoing initiative to provide information and assistance to underserved communities more effectively, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that it is making two key publications designed for tax professionals available in Spanish.

IRS provides tax inflation adjustments for tax year 2021

IR-2020-245, October 26, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the tax year 2021 annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules and other tax changes. Revenue Procedure 2020-45 provides details about these annual adjustments.

Income ranges for determining IRA eligibility change for 2021

IR-2020-244, October 26, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2021 in Notice 2020-79, posted today on IRS.gov.

IRS reminds businesses to e-file payroll tax returns

IR-2020-243, October 26, 2020 — The next quarterly payroll tax return due date is October 31, and the Internal Revenue Service urges business owners to use the speed and convenience of filing the returns electronically. Deposits made by Monday, November 2, however, would still be considered timely as October 31 is a Saturday.

To help non-filers, IRS sets Nov. 10 as ‘National EIP Registration Day;’ Register at IRS.gov for Economic Impact Payment

IR-2020-242, October 23, 2020 — The IRS today set November 10 as “National EIP Registration Day,” as the agency and partners across the country launch a final push to encourage everyone who doesn’t normally file a tax return to register to receive an Economic Impact Payment.

IRS offers new stricter settlement for micro-captive insurance schemes; offer letters being mailed to groups under audit

IR-2020-241, October 22, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today a second time-limited settlement initiative for certain taxpayers under audit who participated in abusive micro-captive insurance transactions.

IRS releases draft Form 1065 instructions on partner tax basis capital reporting

IR-2020-240, October 22, 2020 — The IRS released today an early draft of the instructions to Form 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income, for tax year 2020 (filing season 2021) that include revised instructions for partnerships required to report capital accounts to partners on Schedule K-1 (Form 1065).

IRS announces 2021 Tax Counseling for the Elderly and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Grants

IR-2020-239, October 21, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service recently awarded over $36 million in Tax Counseling for the Elderly and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance grants to organizations that provide free federal tax return preparation.

IRS reminds tax professionals to renew PTINs now for 2021

IR-2020-238, October 20, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service reminds the nation’s more than 780,000 active tax return preparers to start the upcoming 2021 filing season smoothly by renewing their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) now. All current PTINs will expire December 31, 2020.

IRS provides tax relief for victims of September wildfires in California; Oct. 15 deadline, other dates extended to Jan. 15

IR-2020-237, October 19, 2020 — Victims of the California wildfires that began on September 4 now have until January 15, 2021, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS provides tax relief for victims of Hurricane Delta; Oct. 15 deadline, other dates extended to Feb. 16

IR-2020-236, October 19, 2020 — Victims of Hurricane Delta that began on October 6 now have until February 16, 2021 to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS fights fraud aimed at charities, joins international awareness week

IR-2020-235, October 19, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service is combating fraud by once again joining organizations around the world to highlight the third annual International Charity Fraud Awareness Week, October 19-23.

Online seminars from 2020 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums now available

IR-2020-234, October 13, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced 18 new seminars from the 2020 Nationwide Tax Forums are now available on IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online. The cost is $29 per seminar.

IRS adds QR technology to key balance due notices to help taxpayers

IR-2020-233, October 9, 2020 — For the first time, the IRS is adding barcode technology to notices sent to millions of taxpayers.

IRS: Check tax withholdings now as the last quarter of 2020 begins

IR-2020-232, October 9, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that now is the perfect time to review their tax withholding and payments to avoid a surprise when filing next year.

October 15 deadline nears for taxpayers who requested tax filing extensions

IR-2020-231, October 7, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers who filed an extension that the October 15 due date to file their 2019 tax return is near.

IRS Free File marks record increase; available through Oct. 15

IR-2020-230, October 6, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that Free File, the IRS-private sector partnership that offers free tax preparation products, scored a record percentage increase in new users as taxpayers turned to free name-brand providers in 2020.

IRS extends Economic Impact Payment deadline to Nov. 21 to help non-filers

IR-2020-229, October 5, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the deadline to register for an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) is now November 21, 2020.

IRS provides details about settlements in syndicated conservation easement transaction initiative

IR-2020-228, October 1, 2020 — As the Internal Revenue Service continues combatting abusive syndicated conservation easements, the agency today released additional information to help address questions related to the ongoing settlement initiative.

IRS issues final regulations for Achieving a Better Life Experience accounts

IR-2020-227, October 1, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service posted to IRS.gov final regulations today for Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts.

IRS expands enforcement focus on abusive micro-captive insurance schemes; taxpayers urged to consult independent tax advisor before Oct. 15 filing deadline

IR-2020-226, October 1, 2020 — With the Oct. 15th filing deadline quickly approaching, the Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to consult an independent tax advisor if they participated in a micro-captive insurance transaction.

IRS issues final regulations on the deduction for meals and entertainment

IR-2020-225, September 30, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations on the business expense deduction for meals and entertainment following changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

Redesigned IRS.gov page helps people closing a business; page features steps to navigate final tax actions 

IR-2020-224, September 30, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today launched a redesigned page on IRS.gov to help business owners navigate the federal tax steps when closing a business.

IRS provides final regulations on income tax withholding on certain periodic retirement and annuity payments

IR-2020-223, September 28, 2020 — The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today issued final regulations updating the federal income tax withholding rules for certain periodic retirement and annuity payments made after December 31, 2020.

IRS provides tax relief for victims of Hurricane Sally; Oct. 15 deadline, other dates extended to Jan. 15

IR-2020-222, September 24, 2020 — Victims of Hurricane Sally that began on September 14 now have until January 15, 2021 to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS highlights employer credits for businesses during Small Business Week

IR-2020-221, September 24, 2020 — During Small Business Week, the Internal Revenue Service reminds business owners and self-employed individuals of the employer credits available to them during COVID-19.

IRS reminds taxpayers of the home office deduction rules during Small Business Week

IR-2020-220, September 23, 2020 — During Small Business Week, Sept. 22-24, the Internal Revenue Service wants individuals to consider taking the home office deduction if they qualify.

IRS: Drought-stricken farmers, ranchers have more time to replace livestock

IR-2020-219, September 22, 2020 — Farmers and ranchers who were forced to sell livestock due to drought may have an additional year to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS highlights online resources during Small Business Week; many resources available in multiple languages

IR-2020-218, September 22, 2020 —  In support of National Small Business Week – September 22 to 24 – the Internal Revenue Service is emphasizing the many IRS online resources available to help small business owners and self-employed individuals handle the tax aspects of their business.

IRS provides final regulations on deductions for estates and non-grantor trusts, including excess deductions on termination

IR-2020-217, September 21, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued final regulations that provide guidance for decedents’ estates and non-grantor trusts clarifying that certain deductions of such estates and non-grantor trusts are not miscellaneous itemized deductions.

IRS finalizes regulations for 100 percent bonus depreciation

IR-2020-216, September 21, 2020 — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today released the last set of final regulations implementing the 100% additional first year depreciation deduction that allows businesses to write off the cost of most depreciable business assets in the year they are placed in service by the business.

IRS provides tax relief for victims of Oregon wildfires; Oct. 15 deadline, other dates extended to Jan. 15

IR-2020-215, September 17, 2020  — Victims of the Oregon wildfires and straight-line winds that began on September 7 now have until January 15, 2021 to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS releases state-by-state breakdown of nearly 9 million non-filers who will be mailed letters about Economic Impact Payments

IR-2020-214, September 17, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today released a state-by-state breakdown of the roughly nine million people receiving a special mailing this month encouraging them to see if they’re eligible to claim an Economic Impact Payment.

IRS reminds taxpayers who filed an extension that the Oct. 15 due date approaches

IR-2020-213, September 16, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers who filed an extension that the October 15 due date to file 2019 tax returns is approaching.

IRS reminds taxpayers and practitioners of expedited letter ruling procedures

IR-2020-212, September 16, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service continues to look for ways to assist taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

IRS updates LB&I examination directive on credit for increasing research activities

IR-2020-211, September 15, 2020 — The IRS has revised guidance for examiners in the Large Business & International division (LB&I) reviewing the amounts claimed for the tax credit for increasing research activities.

IRS issues final regulations for the rehabilitation credit

IR-2020-210, September 15, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued final regulations for taxpayers who claim the rehabilitation credit.

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