IRS announces 2018 National Small Business Week webcasts

IR-2018-104, April 25, 2018  ― The Internal Revenue Service announced today it will host daily webcasts during National Small Business Week, April 29-May 5. The webcasts are designed to help small business owners and self-employed individuals navigate common tax situations they may encounter.
 

IRS, Security Summit Partners warn of new twist on phone scam; crooks direct taxpayers to IRS.gov to “verify” calls

IR-2018-103, April 24, 2018 — The IRS today warned of a new twist on an old phone scam as criminals use telephone numbers that mimic IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers to trick taxpayers into paying non-existent tax bills.

Missed the tax-filing deadline? IRS issues tips on what to do

IR-2018-102, April 23, 2018 — While the federal income tax-filing deadline has passed for most people, there are some taxpayers still facing tax-related issues.

IRS systems are back up and running; millions of tax returns accepted; Taxpayers have until midnight Wednesday to file their taxes

IR-2018-101, April 18, 2018 — The Internal Revenue Service said today the agency’s processing systems are fully back up and running.

IRS provides additional day to file and pay for taxpayers through Wednesday, April 18; IRS processing systems back online

IR-2018-100, April 17, 2018 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it is providing taxpayers an additional day to file and pay their taxes following system issues that surfaced early on the April 17 tax deadline. 

Many corporations will pay a blended federal income tax this year under the new tax reform law 

IR-2018-99, April 16, 2018 – Many U.S. corporations elect to use a fiscal year end and not a calendar year end for federal income tax reporting purposes. 

Last-minute tips from IRS; e-file for convenience, faster refund

IR-2018-98, April 16, 2018 — The IRS today offered taxpayers still working on their 2017 taxes a number of tips. These basic tips are designed to help people avoid common errors that could delay refunds or cause future tax problems.

Tax filing deadline fast approaching; use IRS.gov for tax help, check refund status

IR-2018-97, April 16, 2018 — As Tuesday’s tax deadline approaches, the IRS reminded taxpayers that IRS.gov is available for immediate tax help to avoid long hold times on the IRS help line.

People with special circumstances get extra time to file 2017 taxes

IR-2018-96, April 16, 2018 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers that they may request an extension of time to file their tax return, but certain taxpayers get extra time without asking.

Combat zone tax benefits now available to Armed Forces members who served in the Sinai Peninsula; IRS accepting retroactive tax refund claims back to 2015

IR-2018-95, April 13, 2018 – U.S. Armed Forces members who served in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt may qualify for combat zone tax benefits retroactive to June 2015, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Inflation Adjustments Under Recently Enacted Tax Law

IR-2018-94, April 13, 2018 – The Internal Revenue Service has updated the tax year 2018 annual inflation adjustments to reflect changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The tax year 2018 adjustments are generally used on tax returns filed in 2019.

Newly-revised estimated tax form and publication can help people pay the right amount

IR-2018-93, April 13, 2018 – With tax reform bringing major changes for the year ahead, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded the many self-employed individuals, retirees, investors and others who need to pay their taxes quarterly that the first estimated tax payment for 2018 is due on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Tax deadline just days away; nearly 40 million to file by April 17

IR-2018-92, April 13, 2018 ― As the April 17 tax filing deadline approaches, the IRS is reminding the nearly 40 million taxpayers who have yet to file their tax returns that there are a variety of options to help them in the final days of the tax filing season.

Improved IRS website: Best way to get last-minute tax help

IR-2018-91, April 11, 2018 ― With just days remaining before the federal tax-filing deadline, the IRS said today that the new, mobile friendly website is available to help people who need last-minute tax information.

IRS direct deposit leads to faster refunds

IR-2018-90, April 10, 2018 — With the tax deadline just around the corner, the IRS reminds taxpayers that making an electronic direct deposit of their refund into a bank or other account is the fastest way to get their money.

IRS warning: Don’t be a victim of ‘ghost’ tax return preparers

IR-2018-89, April 10, 2018 ― The IRS is cautioning taxpayers to avoid the dangers of “ghost” tax return preparers.

IRS, Summit Partners warn on tax deadline scams, ‘IRS Refunds’ email

IR-2018-88 April 9, 2018 — With the April 17 tax deadline approaching, the IRS and Security Summit partners urge taxpayers and tax professionals to be alert to identity theft scams, especially a new email version currently pretending to be from “IRS Refunds.”

IRS reminds those with foreign assets about U.S. tax obligations

IR-2018-87, April 9, 2018 — The IRS today reminded U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including those with dual citizenship, to check if they have a U.S. tax liability and a filing requirement.

Rushing to file taxes can result in errors; e-file decreases errors, extensions available

IR-2018-86, April 6, 2018 — As the April 17 tax-filing deadline nears, many taxpayers may rush to finish their tax returns or find that extra time is needed to get them done.

Free tax preparation services available nationwide for those who qualify

IR-2018-85, April 5, 2018 –– The IRS reminded taxpayers today that they may qualify for free tax help at over 11,000 VITA sites nationwide.

Join the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel and help improve the IRS

IR-2018-84, April 3, 2018 — The IRS seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the TAP, a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies major taxpayer concerns and makes recommendations for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction.

Time is running out to file 2014 tax returns worth $1 billion in refunds

IR-2018-83, April 3, 2018 — The IRS is reminding an estimated 1 million taxpayers that time is running out to file a 2014 tax return and claim refunds totaling more than $1 billion.

 IRS issues guidance on business interest expense limitations

IR-2018-82, April 2, 2018 ― The Treasury Department and the IRS today issued Notice 2018-28, which provides guidance for computing the business interest expense limitation under recent tax legislation enacted on Dec. 22, 2017.

IRS Issues Guidance on Withholding on the Transfer of Partnership Interests by Foreign Persons

IR-2018-81, April 2, 2018 ―The Treasury Department and the IRS today issued guidance regarding the withholding on the transfer of non-publicly traded partnership interests under the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 

IRS urges ‘Paycheck Checkup’ for key groups; tax withholding may need adjustment

IR-2018-80, April 2, 2018 — The IRS today encouraged several key groups of taxpayers to perform a “paycheck checkup” to check if they are having the right amount of tax withholding following recent tax-law changes.

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on Transition Tax on Foreign Earnings

IR-2018-79, April 2, 2018 - The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today provided additional guidance (Notice 2018-26) for computing the “transition tax” on the untaxed foreign earnings of foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted on Dec. 22, 2017.

Tax Time Guide: ‘Where’s My Refund?’ online tool answers commonly asked question

IR-2018-78, March 29, 2018 — The IRS today said that most tax refunds are issued in less than 21 days, although some may take longer.

IRS releases Data Book for 2017 showing range of tax data, including audits, collection actions and taxpayer service

IR-2018-77, March 29, 2018 — The IRS today released the 2017 IRS Data Book, a snapshot of agency activities for the fiscal year.

Tax Time Guide: Make IRS.gov first stop to get quick answers to tax questions

IR-2018-76, March 27, 2018 — With the April 17 tax deadline fast approaching, taxpayers can find most answers to their tax questions by taking advantage of the wide variety of easy-to-use online tools available on IRS.gov.

Low income taxpayer clinics represented 19,479 taxpayers dealing with an IRS tax controversy; See the latest program report and LITC contact list

IR-2018-75, March 27, 2018 — The IRS’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program Office has issued its annual program report.

IRS seeks applications for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee

IR-2018-74, March 27, 2018 — The IRS is seeking qualified applicants for nomination to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC).

IRS encourages ‘Paycheck Checkup’ for taxpayers to check their withholding; special week focuses on changes

IR-2018-73, March 26, 2018 — Launching a special week of activities, the IRS today continued its effort to encourage taxpayers to do a “paycheck checkup” to make sure they have the right amount of tax taken out of their paychecks for their personal situation.

IRS offers tax tips year around, also available in Spanish

IR-2018-72, March 23, 2018 — More than 720,000 people get plain-language IRS tax tips sent to their email inbox through a free subscription service available on IRS.gov.

IRS reminds taxpayers to report virtual currency transactions

IR-2018-71, March 23, 2018 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers that income from virtual currency transactions is reportable on their income tax returns.

Tax Time Guide: Request online extension, get 6 more months to file

IR-2018-70, March 22, 2018 — The IRS reminds taxpayers who may have trouble meeting the April 17 tax filing deadline that Free File provides an easy, online option to get more time.

Tax filing deadline postponed until June 29 for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

IR-2018-69, March 22, 2018  –– The IRS is reminding victims of Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that filing and payment activities have been further postponed beyond Jan. 31, 2018.

Summit partners warn tax pros to be on alert; step up security measures

IR-2018-68, March 22, 2018 — The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry warned tax professionals to be alert to taxpayer data theft in the final weeks of the tax filing season.

Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Members Selected for 2018

IR-2018-67, March 21, 2018 — The IRS recommended and the Department of the Treasury has approved the selection of 25 new members to serve on the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel.

IRS wraps up ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams for 2018; Encourages taxpayers to remain vigilant

IR-2018-66, March 21, 2018 — The IRS today concluded its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams with a warning to taxpayers to remain vigilant about these aggressive and evolving schemes throughout the year.

Tax Time Guide: Contribute to an IRA by April 17, claim it for 2017

IR-2018-65, March 20, 2018 —The IRS reminded taxpayers today that it’s not too late to contribute to an IRA and still claim it on a 2017 tax return.

IRS online tool lets taxpayers check their account balance

IR-2018-63, March 19, 2018 — The IRS today urged taxpayers to use a handy online tool to check the status of their federal tax accounts.

Security Summit urges tax pros to protect their identification numbers: EFINs, PTINs and CAF numbers

IR-2018-61, March 16, 2018 — The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today urged tax practitioners to maintain and monitor their Electronic Filing Identification Numbers and Centralized Authorization File numbers to help safeguard taxpayer data.

Additional time to make refund claims for wrongful incarceration exclusion: File back-year claims by Dec. 17, 2018, at special address

IR-2018-60, March 16, 2018 — The IRS announced that wrongfully incarcerated individuals have additional time to take advantage of the retroactive exclusion from income for any civil damages, restitution or other monetary award received in connection with their incarcerations.

Taxpayers can now e-file returns including four tax benefits related to incentives for energy production and conservation

IR-2018-59, March 16, 2018 --The Internal Revenue Service today said that it is ready to process tax year 2017 returns claiming four additional tax benefits recently renewed retroactively into law.

Tax Time Guide: Taxpayers who owe taxes have multiple options

IR-2018-57, March 15, 2018 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers that there are several easy options to pay taxes electronically. 

IRS reminds retirees of April 1 deadline to take required retirement plan distributions

IR-2018-56, March 15, 2018 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers who turned age 70½ during 2017 that, in most cases, they must start receiving required minimum distributions from IRAs and workplace retirement plans by Sunday, April 1, 2018.

IRS provides additional details on section 965, transition tax; Deadlines approach for some 2017 filers

IR-2018-53, March 13, 2018 — The Internal Revenue Service today provided additional information to help taxpayers meet their filing and payment requirements for the section 965 transition tax.

IRS to end offshore voluntary disclosure program; Taxpayers with undisclosed foreign assets urged to come forward now

IR-2018-52, March 13, 2018 – The Internal Revenue Service today announced it will begin to ramp down the 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) and close the program on Sept. 28, 2018.

Tax Time Guide: Guard personal, financial, tax information thoroughly

IR-2018-51, March 13, 2018 — The IRS today urged taxpayers to remain vigilant in protecting their personal and tax information.

Winter storm extension: Many businesses have extra time to request a 6-month extension

IR-2018-50, March 13, 2018 — The IRS today granted many businesses affected by severe winter storms additional time to request a six-month extension to file their 2017 federal income tax returns.

Tax Time Guide: IRS Publication 17 helps taxpayers with 2017 taxes

IR-2018-46, March 8, 2018 — Taxpayers who are looking for a comprehensive guide of 2017 tax benefits and useful tips to help them with their taxes don’t have to go further than IRS Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax.

IRS: Refunds worth $1.1 billion waiting to be claimed by those who have not filed 2014 federal income tax returns

IR-2018-44, March 8, 2018 ― Unclaimed federal income tax refunds totaling about $1.1 billion may be waiting for an estimated 1 million taxpayers who did not file a 2014 federal income tax return, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Interest Rates Increase for the Second Quarter of 2018

IR-2018-43, March 7, 2018 ― The IRS today announced that interest rates increased for the calendar quarter beginning April 1, 2018.

Tax Time Guide: Use IRS.gov to Find Qualified Tax Professionals

IR-2018-41, Mar. 6, 2018 — With more than half of the nation relying on tax practitioners, the IRS today reminded taxpayers that IRS.gov offers useful information and tips in finding a qualified tax professional.

Phone Scams Pose Serious Threat; Remain on IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams

IR-2018-40, March 6, 2018 — The IRS reminded taxpayers to be careful with continuing aggressive phone scams as criminals pose as IRS agents in hopes of stealing money.

Phishing Schemes Make IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams for 2018; Individuals, Businesses, Tax Pros Urged to Remain Vigilant

IR-2018-39, March 5, 2018 — Following continuing threats to taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service today listed email “phishing” schemes as a top filing season concern and part of the annual listing of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2018.
 

IR-2018-38, March 1, 2018 — As the filing deadline approaches next month, the IRS today reminds taxpayers that more than 70 percent of them qualify for free tax filing with IRS Free File.

IRS Plans to Issue Regulations Clarifying Limitations on Carried Interest

IR-2018-37, March 1, 2018 — The IRS announced today that S corporations are subject to the extended three year holding period for applicable partnership interests and that regulations will be issued soon.

Updated Withholding Calculator, Form W-4 Released; Calculator Helps Taxpayers Review Withholding Following New Tax Law

IR-2018-36, Feb. 28, 2018 — The IRS today released an updated Withholding Calculator on IRS.gov and a new version of Form W-4 to help taxpayers check their 2018 tax withholding following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December.

IRS: Many EITC, ACTC Refunds Arriving Soon

IR-2018-35 Feb. 27, 2018 — As the IRS begins releasing refunds for taxpayers who claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit, the agency reminds them that many of these refunds should arrive in bank accounts or on debit cards this week.

March 1 Tax Deadline Nears for Many Farmers, Fishers; IRS Direct Pay Offers Easy Way to Pay

IR-2018-34, Feb. 23, 2018 ― The IRS is reminding farmers and fishers about the March 1 deadline to take advantage of special rules that can allow them to forgo making quarterly estimated tax payments.

Three Popular Tax Benefits Retroactively Renewed for 2017; IRS Ready to Accept Returns Claiming These Benefits; e-file for Fastest Refunds

IR-2018-33, Feb. 22, 2018 — The IRS today said that it is ready to process tax year 2017 returns claiming three popular tax benefits recently renewed retroactively into law.

Interest on Home Equity Loans Often Still Deductible Under New Law

IR-2018-32, Feb. 21, 2018 — The IRS today advised taxpayers that in many cases they can continue to deduct interest paid on home equity loans.

Avoid the Rush: Today Marks Busiest Phone Day of the Year; Taxpayers Get Answers Faster by Visiting IRS.gov

IR-2018-31, Feb. 20, 2018 — The IRS alerted taxpayers the day after Presidents Day marks the busiest day of the year for calls to the toll-free help line.

Avoid the Rush: Some Taxpayers May Need Prior-Year Tax Data

IR-2018-30, Feb. 16, 2018 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers who have changed tax software products that they may need information from their 2016 tax return to complete their taxes this year.

Avoid the Rush: Visits to Taxpayer Assistance Centers Require Appointments

IR-2018-29, Feb. 15, 2018 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers that IRS offices provide service by appointment.

Avoid the Rush: Taxpayers Must Validate Identity When Calling the IRS

IR-2018-28, Feb. 14, 2018 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers and tax professionals that they will be asked to verify their identities if they call the IRS.

Scam Alert: IRS Urges Taxpayers to Watch Out for Erroneous Refunds; Beware of Fake Calls to Return Money to a Collection Agency

IR-2018-27, Feb. 13, 2018 — The IRS today warned taxpayers of a quickly growing scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into their bank accounts.

Avoid the Rush: Track Tax Refunds Online at IRS.gov

IR-2018-26, Feb. 13, 2018 — With millions of tax refunds being processed, the IRS reminds taxpayers they can get fast answers about their refund by using the "Where's My Refund?" tool available on IRS.gov and through the IRS2Go app.

IRS Issues Guidance on Changes in Accounting Periods Related to the Transition Tax

IR-2018-25, Feb. 13, 2018 — The Treasury Department and the IRS today announced modifications to the procedures for changing the accounting period of foreign corporations owned by U.S. shareholders that are subject to the transition tax under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

IRS Names 8 New IRPAC Members

IR-2018-24, Feb. 12, 2018 — The IRS announced today the selection of eight new members and 14 reinstated members for the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC), which provides a forum for IRS officials and members of the public to address information reporting issues.

Avoid the Rush: Use IRS.gov Online Tools to Answer Questions

IR-2018-23, Feb. 12, 2018 — With a surge of tax returns expected during the upcoming Presidents Day weekend, the Internal Revenue Service offers taxpayers several tips and time-saving resources to get them the help they need quickly and easily.

IRS Statement on Retroactive Extender Provisions

Feb. 9, 2018 - The IRS is reviewing the legislation signed Feb. 9 that retroactively extended and modified numerous tax provisions covering 2017

IRS: Avoid the Rush over Presidents Day Holiday; Online Tools, Resources Can Help

IR-2018-22, Feb. 8, 2018 — With the surge of tax returns expected during the upcoming Presidents Day weekend, the IRS is offering taxpayers several tips and various time-saving resources to get them the help they need from the IRS quickly and easily.

Key IRS Identity Theft Indicators Continue Dramatic Decline in 2017; Security Summit Marks 2017 Progress Against Identity Theft

IR-2018-21, Feb. 8, 2018 –The Internal Revenue Service today announced steep declines in tax-related identity theft in 2017, attributing the success to the Security Summit initiatives that help safeguard the nation’s taxpayers.

To Help Taxpayers, IRS Clarifies Some Common Early Filing Season Myths

IR-2018-20, Feb. 7, 2018 — With the 2018 filing season in full swing, the IRS today offered taxpayers some basic tax and refund tips to clear up some common misbeliefs.

IRS Announces 2018 Pension Plan Limitations Not Affected by Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

IR-2018-19, Feb. 6, 2018— The Internal Revenue Service today announced that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 does not affect the tax year 2018 dollar limitations for retirement plans announced in IR 2017-177 and detailed in Notice 2017-64.

IRS Encourages Taxpayers to Renew ITINs; Delays Expected for Those Who Missed Deadline

IR-2018-18, Feb. 5, 2018 — The Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers with expired Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to renew them as soon as possible.

Tax Pros Urged to Step Up Security as Filing Scheme Emerges, Reminded to Report Data Thefts

IR-2018-17, Feb. 2, 2018 – Seeing the emergence of a new filing season scam, the Internal Revenue Service today urged tax professionals to step up security and beware of phishing emails that can secretly download malicious software that can help cybercriminals steal client data.

Tax Issues for Alaska Native American Corporations and Alaska Native Settlement Trusts

IR-2018-16, Jan. 30, 2018 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminds Alaska Native Corporations and Alaska Native Settlement Trusts that they may be able to take advantage of certain benefits in the recently enacted tax reform legislation.

IRS Reminds Employers: Forms W-2, W-3 Some Forms 1099-MISC Due Jan. 31

IR-2018-15, Jan. 30, 2018 ― The Internal Revenue Service is reminding employers that the deadline for filing employee Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, for calendar year 2017 is Jan. 31, 2018. This includes Forms W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements.

IRS Announces 2018 Tax Filing Season Opens with April 17 Deadline; 155 Million Tax Returns Projected, 70 Percent Expect Refunds

IR-2018-14, Jan. 29, 2018 — Marking the beginning of the nation’s tax season, the Internal Revenue Service said today that it successfully started accepting and processing 2017 federal individual income tax returns. More than 155 million returns are expected to be filed this year. 

IRS, Partners Across the Nation Mark Today’s EITC Awareness Day; Taxpayers May Qualify for Significant Tax Benefit

IR-2018-13, Jan. 26, 2018 — The Internal Revenue Service and its partners across the country remind taxpayers about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on EITC Awareness Day.

IRS Encourages Tribal Communities to Check Out Earned Income Tax Credit

IR-2018-12, Jan 25, 2018 - The Internal Revenue Service urges Native American taxpayers to look into the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to see if they qualify.

IRS: Special Rules Help Many with Disabilities Qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit

IR-2018-11, Jan. 24, 2017 - The Internal Revenue Service wants taxpayers with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities to be aware of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and correctly claim it if they qualify.

Many Hurricane Victims Qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit; Special Method Can Aid Workers Whose Income Dropped

IR-2018-10, Jan. 23, 2018 – The IRS is urging victims of last year’s hurricanes, especially those who lived in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, to see if they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on Transition Tax on Foreign Earnings

IR-2018-09, Jan. 19, 2018 - The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today provided additional guidance (Notice 2018-13) for computing the “transition tax” on the untaxed foreign earnings of foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

IRS, States and Tax Industry Warn Employers to Beware of Form W-2 Scam; Tax Season Could Bring New Surge in Phishing Scheme

IR-2018-8, Jan. 17, 2018  – The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today urged all employers to educate their payroll personnel about a Form W-2 phishing scam that made victims of hundreds of organizations and thousands of employees last year.

IRS Urges Travelers Requiring Passports to Pay Their Back Taxes or Enter into Payment Agreements; People Owing $51,000 or More Covered

IR-2018-7, Jan. 16, 2018 — The Internal Revenue Service today strongly encouraged taxpayers who are seriously behind on their taxes to pay what they owe or enter into a payment agreement with the IRS to avoid putting their passports in jeopardy.

Free Tax Software Available Now through Free File; Partnership Launches its 16th Year of Free Assistance to Taxpayers

IR-2018-6, Jan. 12, 2018 — Although the tax filing season officially opens Jan. 29, taxpayers starting today can begin preparing and e-filing their taxes for free with IRS Free File software. Free File software will automatically submit returns as soon as the filing season begins.

Updated 2018 Withholding Tables Now Available; Taxpayers Could See Paycheck Changes by February

IR-2018-5, Jan. 11, 2018 — The Internal Revenue Service today released Notice 1036, which updates the income-tax withholding tables for 2018 reflecting changes made by the tax reform legislation enacted last month.

IRS Selects New Advisory Council Members

IR-2017-4, Jan. 11, 2018 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the appointment of seven new members to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC).

National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Discusses Tax Reform Implementation and Unveils “Purple Book”

IR-2018-3, Jan. 10, 2018 — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2017 Annual Report to Congress, describing challenges the IRS will face as it implements the recently enacted tax reform legislation and unveiling a new publication, “The Purple Book,” that presents 50 legislative recommendations intended to strengthen taxpayer rights and improve tax administration.

Security Summit Partners Warn Tax Pros of Heightened Fraud Activity as Filing Season Approaches

IR-2018-2, Jan. 09, 2018 – The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals of early signs that cybercriminals already are at work as the nation’s tax season approaches.

2018 Tax Filing Season Begins Jan. 29, Tax Returns Due April 17; Help Available for Taxpayers

IR-2018-1, Jan. 04, 2018 ― The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the nation’s tax season will begin Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 and reminded taxpayers claiming certain tax credits that refunds won’t be available before late February.

IRS Issues Guidance on Transition Tax on Foreign Earnings

IR-2017-212, Dec. 29, 2017 ― The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today issued Notice 2018-07, which provides guidance for computing the “transition tax” under recent tax legislation enacted on Dec. 22, 2017.

Get Ready for Taxes: Choosing a Tax Return Preparer?

IR-2017-211, Dec. 28, 2017 —  As the tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers to start thinking about who will prepare their federal tax return.

IRS Advisory: Prepaid Real Property Taxes May Be Deductible in 2017 if Assessed and Paid in 2017

IR-2017-210, Dec. 27, 2017 — The Internal Revenue Service advised tax professionals and taxpayers today that pre-paying 2018 state and local real property taxes in 2017 may be tax deductible under certain circumstances.

IRS Statement – Withholding for 2018

Dec. 26, 2017 — The IRS is working to develop withholding guidance to implement the tax reform bill signed into law on December 22.

IRS Extends Due Date for Employers and Providers to Issue Health Coverage Forms to Individuals in 2018

IR-2017-209, Dec. 22, 2017 ― The IRS announced today that it has extended the 2018 due date for certain entities to provide 2017 health coverage information forms to individuals.

IRS Criminal Investigation Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report

IR-2017-208, December 20, 2017  — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the release of the Criminal Investigation Division’s (CI) annual report, reflecting significant accomplishments and criminal enforcement actions taken in fiscal year 2017.

IRS: Tax Professionals Need 2018 PTIN; Continuing Education for Annual Filing Season Program Due by Year End

IR-2017-207, Dec. 20, 2017  — The Internal Revenue Service is reminding federal tax return preparers that they must renew their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTIN) that expire Dec. 31, 2017.

Get Ready for Taxes: Filing Electronically a Safe, Easy Way to File

IR-2017-206, Dec. 19, 2017  — The Internal Revenue Service said today that it expects more than 90 percent of all 2017 individual tax returns to be prepared using tax software.

IRS Provides Additional Relief for Partnerships and Certain other Entities

IR-2017-205, Dec. 14, 2017 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued revised guidance extending relief for certain partnerships, real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMICs), and other entities that did not file the required returns by the new due date for tax years beginning in 2016.

Standard Mileage Rates for 2018 Up from Rates for 2017

IR-2017-204, Dec. 14, 2017 ― The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Consumer Alert: IRS Warns Taxpayers, Tax Pros of New Email Scam Targeting Hotmail Users

IR-2017-203, Dec. 13, 2017 — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers and tax professionals of a new email scam targeting Hotmail users that is being used to steal personal and financial information.

IRS Provides Safe Harbors to Help Taxpayers Suffering Property Losses, Including Losses from Hurricanes

IR-2017-202, Dec. 13, 2017  —  As part of a wider effort to help victims of natural disasters, the Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance providing safe harbor methods that individuals may use in determining the amount of their casualty and theft losses for their homes and personal belongings, including losses from recent hurricanes.

Get Ready for Taxes: What to Do Before the Tax Year Ends Dec. 31

IR-2017-201, Dec. 12, 2017  —  As tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers there are things they should do now to get ready for filing season.

IRS Statement - Secure Access

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

Interest Rates Remain the Same for the First Quarter of 2018

IR-2017-200, Dec. 5, 2017 ― The IRS today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning Jan. 1, 2018. 

Get Ready for Taxes: Taxpayers with Expiring ITINs Should Submit Renewal Applications by Dec. 31

IR-2017-199, Dec. 5, 2017 ―The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers with expiring Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to submit their renewal applications as soon as possible. Failing to renew them by the end of the year will cause refund and processing delays in 2018.

National Tax Security Awareness Week No. 5: Small Businesses: Be Alert to Identity Theft

IR-2017-198, Dec. 1, 2017 — The IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry joined together to warn small businesses to be on-guard against a growing wave of identity theft against employers.

National Tax Security Awareness Week No. 4: Employers, Payroll Officials, Avoid the W-2 Email Scam

IR-2017-197, Nov. 30, 2017 — The IRS, state tax agencies and private-sector tax groups warned the nation’s business, payroll and human resource communities about a growing W-2 email scam that threatens sensitive tax information held by employers.

National Tax Security Awareness Week No. 3: Victims of Data Breaches Should Consider These Steps

IR-2017-196, Nov. 29, 2017 ― The number of data breaches was already on a record pace for 2017 before the reported theft of nearly 145 million Americans’ names, addresses and Social Security numbers brought the issue to the forefront.

Get Ready for Taxes: IRS.gov Offers Free Tax Help

IR-2017-195, Nov. 28, 2017 ― As tax filing season approaches, the IRS encourages taxpayers to visit IRS.gov first for tax tools and resources before calling.

National Tax Security Awareness Week No. 2: Don’t Take the Bait; Avoid Phishing Emails by Data Thieves

IR-2017-194, Nov. 28, 2017 ― With the approach of the holidays and the 2018 filing season, the IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry urge people to be on the lookout for new, sophisticated email phishing scams that could endanger their personal information and next year’s tax refund.

National Tax Security Awareness Week No. 1: Online Security - Seven Steps for Safety 

IR-2017-193, Nov. 27, 2017 ― During the online holiday shopping season, the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry remind people to be vigilant with their personal information.

IRS Offers Small Businesses a One-Stop Resource Center for Help Preparing, Filing and Paying Taxes

IR-2017-192, Nov. 22, 2017 — Small businesses across the country are preparing for their special day -- Small Business Saturday – taking place on Nov. 25

Get Ready for Taxes: Donations May Cut Tax Bills

IR-2017-191, Nov. 21, 2017 ― The IRS reminds taxpayers looking to maximize their tax savings before the end of the year to consider charitable giving.

IRS, State Tax Agencies and Tax Industry Announce National Tax Security Awareness Week, Nov. 27-Dec. 1; Event Focuses on Protecting Tax, Financial Data in Advance of Holidays, Filing Season

IR-2017-190, Nov. 17, 2017 ― For the second year, the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry will host National Tax Security Awareness Week to encourage both individual and business taxpayers to take additional steps to protect their tax data and identities in advance of the 2018 filing season.

Reminder to Employers and Other Businesses: Jan. 31 Filing Deadline Now Applies to All Wage Statements and Independent Contractor Forms

IR-2017-189, Nov. 16, 2017 — The IRS today reminded employers and other businesses of the Jan. 31 filing deadline that now applies to filing wage statements and independent contractor forms with the government.

IRS Advisory Council Releases Its 2017 Annual Report

IR-2017-188, Nov. 15, 2017 — IRSAC today issued its annual report for 2017, including numerous recommendations to the IRS on new and continuing issues in tax administration.

Plan now to Use Health Flexible Spending Arrangements in 2018; Contribute up to $2,650; $500 Carryover Option Available to Many

IR-2017-187, Nov. 15, 2017 ― The IRS today reminded eligible employees that now is the time to begin planning to take full advantage of their employer’s health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) during 2018.

Get Ready for Taxes: Save for Retirement Now, Get a Tax Credit Later; Saver’s Credit Helps Low-, Moderate-Income Workers

IR-2017-186, Nov. 14, 2017 — The IRS reminds low- and moderate-income workers to plan now to earn a credit on their 2017 tax return.

Get Ready for Taxes: Plan Ahead for 2018 Filing Season to Avoid Refund Delays

IR-2017-185, Nov. 7, 2017 — The IRS today advised taxpayers about steps they can take now to ensure smooth processing of their 2017 tax return and avoid a delay in getting their refund next year.

IRS Statement on 2018 Filing Season Start Date

Nov. 3, 2017 – IRS reminds taxpayers that no start date has been set for the 2018 tax season. Speculation about January start dates is premature.

IRS Urges Taxpayers with Expiring ITINs to Submit Renewal Applications as Year-End Deadline Approaches

IR-2017-184, Nov. 1, 2017 — The IRS reminds taxpayers with expiring ITINs to submit their renewal applications as soon as possible.

For Tax Year 2016, E-File Closes on Nov. 18; After That, Disaster Victims, Others Need to File on Paper

IR-2017-183, Oct. 31, 2017 —The IRS today reminded people, including those in disaster areas, who want to file a 2016 tax return electronically to do so by Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.

10 Million Taxpayers Face an Estimated Tax Penalty Each Year; Act Now to Reduce or Avoid it for 2017; New Web Page Can Help

IR-2017-182, Oct. 31, 2017 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers assessed an estimated tax penalty for tax year 2016 that they still have time to take steps to reduce or eliminate the penalty for 2017 and future years

IRS Encourages Taxpayers to Check Their Withholding; Checking Now Helps Avoid Surprises at Tax Time

IR-2017-181, Oct. 30, 2017 —  As the end of 2017 approaches, the Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to consider a tax withholding checkup.

2018 PTIN Renewal Period Underway for Tax Professionals

IR-2017-180, Oct. 26, 2017 –– The IRS today reminded the nation’s more than 727,000 federal tax return preparers that they must renew their PTINs for 2018.

IRS Announces 2018 Pension Plan Limitations; 401(k) Contribution Limit Increases to $18,500 for 2018

IR-2017-177, Oct. 19, 2017 — The IRS today announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2018.

Security Summit Partners Mark Progress in Identity Theft Battle; Prepare for 2018 Tax Season

IR-2017-176, Oct. 17, 2017 — The IRS, state tax agencies and private-sector industry leaders today detailed their continued progress against tax-related identity theft and prepared additional safeguards for the 2018 filing season to curb refund fraud.

Online Seminars from the 2017 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Now Available

IR-2017-175, Oct. 16, 2017 — The IRS today reminded tax professionals that they can earn continuing education credits online through seminars filmed at the 2017 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums.

IRS Issues Reminder to Taxpayers as Scams Continue Across the Nation

IR-2017-173, Oct. 13, 2017 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to remain vigilant to scams as they continue to be reported around the country. Phishing, phone scams and identity theft top the list of items normally reported.

IRS Gives Tax Relief to Victims of California Wildfires; Extension Filers Have Until Jan. 31 to File

IR-2017-172, Oct. 13, 2017 –– Victims of wildfires ravaging parts of California now have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS Provides Tax Relief to Residents of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

IR-2017-168, Oct. 04, 2017 — The IRS today issued guidance to provide relief to residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who evacuated or couldn’t return because of Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria.

Drought-Stricken Farmers and Ranchers Have More Time to Replace Livestock Under IRS Relief

IR-2017-164, Sept. 27, 2017 — Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought in an applicable region now have an additional year to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, according to the IRS.

IRS Offers Help to Hurricane Victims: A Recap of Key Tax Relief Provisions Available Following Harvey, Irma and Maria

IR-2017-160, Sept. 26, 2017 — The IRS today offered a rundown of key tax relief that has been made available to victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Commissioner's Comments, Statements and Remarks

Prepared comments, statements and remarks by the IRS Commissioner.

2018 and Prior Year Filing Season Statistics

Filing season statistics showing cumulative and comparative totals.

Budget in Brief FY 2017

This summarizes how the budget request will enable the agency to meet its strategic goals: improve customer service and enhance enforcement of the tax laws.

IRS Future State

As the needs of the tax community and taxpayers continue to rapidly change, the IRS has intensified its efforts to pursue a Future State of tax administration, touching on a variety of projects and issues across the agency.

IRS Charts a Path Forward with Immediate Actions

The IRS is outlining new actions and next steps to fix problems uncovered with the IRS’ review of tax-exempt applications and improve the wider processes and operations in place at the IRS. 

Questions and Answers on 501(c) Organizations

May 15, 2013 — The IRS has received a variety of questions related to the exempt organization issues recently raised. The Q&As answer some basics on the issue. 

Fiscal Year 2017 Enforcement and Service Results

The Fiscal Year 2017 Enforcement and Service Results (tables) provide the dollars collected from the examination (audit) and collection functions of the IRS. The results also tally the results of various taxpayer assistance programs.

Compliance & Enforcement News

A collection of recent news releases, statements and other items related to IRS compliance and enforcement efforts.

Email Updates

Tax tips, filing season news, and more.

Taxpayer Bill of Rights

What you should know